7-27-2011

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COMMITTEE FOR OCCUPANCY PERMIT PUBLIC HEARING

The ad hoc Committee for Occupancy Permits met Friday afternoon with a dozen members of the community to talk about a possible occupancy permit requirement. Most of the people in the crowd spoke against the new requirement. A local realtor said the inspection could eliminate low income buyers because sellers would have to add the cost of upgrading their property to the sale price.  City Manager Dave Willey told the group the main reason for the program would be to insure rental property and homes for sale were in safe condition. The ordinance under consideration by the city would require a property inspection and permit issued to the new occupant before he or she could move in.  


MCCARTER CHARTER SCHOOL LEGISLATION NOW LAW

Governor Quinn recently signed Senate Bill 79, cosponsored by Senator Kyle McCarter, creating the Charter School Commission to organize new charter schools around the state.  McCarter said, “Charter schools provide a great opportunity for growth and success.  I especially like the fact that under the new commission, the focus will be on at-risk students.”  Illinois Charter Schools are not governed by the same bureaucratic rules as public schools. They often have longer academic years and school days, smaller classes, and have more flexibility in setting curriculums, tailoring programs, services, and activities, to address individual needs of their students.

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JUNE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES RISE

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, unemployment rates in Illinois rose slightly in June, up one tenth of one percent to 8.9 percent.  This is the second time since January 2010 unemployment rates have increased in Illinois.  The Illinois rate has been equal to or below the U.S. rate for nine consecutive months and Illinois has reported declines in fifteen of the past seventeen months.


UNIT 2 SCHOOL REGISTRATION DATES

It is almost time to register for the 2011-2012 school year.  Registration dates for Unit 2 Schools are as follows:  Pocahontas school – August 3, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sorento – August 8, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Greenville Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools – August 4, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. and August 5, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  KRP teachers will schedule home visits the week of August 15 to meet with parents to complete registration.  If you have questions, call 664-0170, ext. 102.


SCHOOL REGISTRATION FOR BOND COUNTY UNIT 1

Registration dates for Mulberry Grove Schools have been scheduled.  Student registration for Mulberry Grove Elementary, Junior High, and High School is August 4, from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. and August 5, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  If you need more information, call 326-8812.

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OBITUARIES

Margaret A. Lake

Margaret A. Lake, age 92, of Bartelso, passed away Tuesday, July 26 at Carlyle Healthcare Center.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia Church in Bartelso.  Burial will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to St. Cecilia Church.

Dorothy M. Cruse

Dorothy M. Cruse, age 77, of Pocahontas, passed away Monday, July 25 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Greenville Church of Christ.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas and Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville Church of Christ.


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