The driver of a trash truck was killed Wednesday afternoon on St. Rose Road in Clinton County.  According to information provided by Sergeant Stevens of the Illinois State Police, Chad M. True, age 36, of Irvington was driving a trash truck that rear-ended a dump truck which had slowed to make a left turn onto Bauman Road from eastbound St. Rose Road.  Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss pronounced True dead at the scene.  A passenger in the trash truck, Robert R. Marshall, age 39, of Centralia, was ejected from the truck.  He was flown to St. Louis University Hospital where he is reportedly in stable condition.  Highland Ambulance took David G. Bien, age 62, of Belleville, driver of the dump truck, to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland with serious injuries.  Highland-Pierron Firefighters also responded to the accident scene because the trash truck caught fire.


The Bond County Board meet Tuesday evening at the courthouse.  Before the regular meeting, there was a special redistricting committee meeting.  With the new 2010 census data, it is clear some precincts will need to be redrawn.  Brock Willeford and Joe Whalen both said the goal is to create districts that are as even in population as possible.  If you have ideas on redistricting, contact the Bond County Clerk’s office for the up-to-date information and submit your suggestions to the clerk’s office or at the next special redistricting committee meeting Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. 

During the regular meeting, the Bond County Board heard from Barb Smith of the Greenville Women’s Club about the progress in relighting the courthouse.  Smith said the total cost of the project will hopefully be less than originally thought, and that  about 4,000 feet of flexible lighting will be needed.  She also said the project will likely be underway by Thanksgiving but a lot depended on donations and fundraising.  If you would like to make a donation toward the project contact the Greenville Women’s Club. 

The Bond County Board approved the sale of a 2008 Crown Victoria from the sheriff’s department to the 911 department for $1.00.  The car could be used by the 911 department to travel to training and respond to emergencies.


WGEL spoke with Bond County Treasurer Katie Weiss who said tax bills will be mailed out this week. Due dates for payments are July 11 and September 6 and any unpaid taxes November 4 will be sold at the annual tax sale.  Weiss said partial payments will be accepted until the day before the tax sale and that interest will be assessed according to state statute at 1 ½ % per month. Weiss suggested you check your tax bills to be sure you are getting all the exemptions for which you qualify such as over 65 years of age, disabled, or disabled veteran.  If there is a problem with exemptions, call the County Assessor’s office at 664-2848.




The Greenville Women’s Club is initiating a new “Welcome to Greenville” effort for new residents.  WGEL spoke with Audrey Walter who said the club spoke with the city manager and mayor who were both very enthused about the idea.  Women’s Club members have been calling on businesses and organizations to ask if they would like to participate and the response has been astounding. Walter said when water service is turned on for a new resident, that action will trigger sending them a welcome bag from the Greenville Municipal Building.  Information about the city will be included in the bag, along with a request for a personal meeting where other gifts will be given to the new residents.




Florence C. , age 85, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, June 7 at her home.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Memorials are suggested to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or to the American Diabetes Association.

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