The Bond County Board met in special session Monday night.  The tense meeting was attended by more than 20 residents and interested persons.  The controversy was the new district maps to be considered.  County Chairman Brock Willeford introduced two maps at the Friday morning special redistricting committee meeting.  Both of these maps had a less than one percent deviation in population from district to district, in fact one map had a deviation of only one voter from district to district.  Both maps also made several changes to precincts, and placed the two Democrat board members, Frank Lucco and Joe Whalen, in the same district.  Whalen presented two maps with a deviation in population of just over 6% between districts, but broke only one precinct and did not have himself and Frank Lucco living in the same district.  Since there may be only one representative on the board from each precinct both Lucco and Whalen could not win re-election unless one of them moved to another precinct. 

The discussion began and ended with Lucco making two motions to table the redistricting vote to allow himself and the public more time to consider the maps.  Both motions were seconded by Whalen but failed to pass in a 2-3 board vote.  During the debate over the maps, the board heard from many members of the audience about the new maps.  Chairman Willeford said his main goal was equal representation between districts and the maps he proposed accomplished that goal.    State’s Attorney Chris Bauer said a delay in the process would be Ok, and the maps proposed by Willeford did not appear to take into consideration areas of common interest, such as townships, to which board member Tom DeVore replied “thank you for that unsolicited opinion.”  Several audience members reiterated the fact that the new maps had been unveiled at the Friday morning meeting, and now they were being voted on Monday night.  Gerald McCray pointed out that if it had not been for WGEL, the public would not have been aware this meeting was taking place.  In the end, the board voted 3-2 to adopt a new redistricting map that will place Lucco and Whalen in the same district.     Jack Langel, Tom DeVore, and Brock Willeford voted yes, and Joe Whalen and Frank Lucco voted no.   These maps will be in place for the next ten years until the next census.  Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz told WGEL the new maps are available at his office for the public to view.     


Severe thunderstorms hit the area Tuesday evening, June 21 and winds in excess of 70 miles per hour capsized a boat on Carlyle Lake.  According to US Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager Bob Wilkins, Carlyle Lake Park Rangers on the Carlyle Lake Dam saw the fifteen foot sailboat in the McNair Campground area at the east end of the dam with one person on board.  High winds capsized the boat but the man on board was wearing a life jacket and Park Rangers successfully rescued him with no injuries.  Wilkins said the man tried unsuccessfully to right his boat but the size of the boat, mast, sails, and high winds prevented his doing so and he was exhausted from the efforts when rescued.  Wilkins stressed the importance of wearing life jackets and said if the man on the capsized boat had not been wearing a life jacket, the story might well have ended much differently with injuries or death.



Westbound I-64 will be reduced to one lane between 18th St. and 10th St. in East St. Louis, from 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 until 6:00 a.m. Thursday weather permitting. Eastbound I-64 will be reduced to one lane between 18th St. and 10th St. from 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 30 until 6:00 a.m. Friday. These lane restrictions are necessary to set the steel beams for the new 15th Street Bridge over I-64. Motorists should also expect 15 minute closures while the beams are being set over traffic lanes. Traffic will be allowed to clear after each closure. Although delays are expected to be minimal, motorists should consider alternate routes or use extra caution when traveling through this area.

Prairie Farms


Representatives of Klingner and Associates Architects attended the June 20 Mulberry Grove School Board meeting.  They presented examples of their work with other school districts and proposals for their work with Johnson Controls, the firm in charge of the remodeling projects at the school.  Superintendent Mike Gauch presented the treasurer’s report and said the district received one categorical state aid payment this fiscal year in November but none since.  The district received a $192,000.00 Energy Efficiency Opportunity Grant which will be used to offset costs of some of the remodeling projects.  A $40,000.00 CD, which will mature soon, will not be renewed but added to the Education Fund.  Working Cash and the Education Fund will carry through summer bills until the first district tax payment in August.  Superintendent Gauch said building remodeling projects are progressing on schedule.  The high school gym floor has been removed and the new sub floor is about half done.  Maple finish flooring has arrived and installation began last week.  Geothermal heating and cooling pipes are currently being installed in classrooms and the system will be tested soon. Following a closed session, the board hired Laura Wessleman high school math teacher, and Teresa Tompkins high school softball coach.  Klingner and Associates of Quincy were hired to be the district architects.  The board approved increases in admission prices for athletic events.  New prices are $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for students, and $1.00 for senior citizens over age 55. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m.



June Haberer, age 95, of Crystal City, Missouri, formerly of Greenville, passed away Monday, June 27 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Maxey Cemetery in rural Smithboro.  Friends may call Wednesday, after noon at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Shriner’s Hospital or the Food Pantry of the First United Methodist Church in Festus, Missouri.


Darrel Alderman, age 86, of Hillsboro, passed away Monday, July 27 at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with full military honors by VFW Post 1306.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. 


Kay Getz, age 91, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, June 26 in New Berg, Indiana.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville First Presbyterian Church or the Guiding Eyes for the Blind at Donnell-Wiegand.

Do you subscribe to the WGEL Daily? If not sign up now for free daily News!

- WGEL Daily Sign Up -
First Name
Last Name

Wgel.com | Community Calendar | Daily Archive