8-10-2011

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2011 MISS BOND COUNTY FAIR QUEEN PAGEANT

The 2011 Miss Bond County Fair Queen Pageant was Monday night and cooler temperatures made an already-enjoyable event even more enjoyable.  Seven young women vied for the Bond County Fair Queen title and nineteen beautiful girls entertained and charmed the audience in the Little Miss Bond County Pageant. After answering questions in sharp business attire, the candidates performed a group dance, led by 2010 Queen Allison Grissom.  The candidates then walked the stage in evening gowns and addressed the audience with a speech they had written. As the sun was setting, the judges made their decision and Katie Maurer was named Bond County Fair Queen 2011.  First runner-up was Kelcie Woker and second runner-up was Whitney Utlaut.The Participation Award was a tie between Kelcie Woker and Chelsie Stewart.  The People’s Choice Award went to Kelcie Woker.  Miss Congeniality is Katie Maurer and Miss Photogenic was awarded to Nicole Sies.


 

BOND COUNTY TAX DEED PROCEEDINGS

Bond County officials completed their tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2007 and prior real estate taxes.  The county will offer the real estate for sale to the public through sealed bids.  WGEL spoke with Joseph Meyer, Bond County Tax Agent, who said the properties will be sold in a sealed-bid auction and a catalog of all the properties being offered may be picked up at Treasurer Katie Weiss’ office from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Meyer said the sealed bids must be in no later than August 12th.  Most of the properties are vacant lots, Meyer said, and quite a few are in Royal Lake.  The properties are a by-product of the county’s tax collection program and are properties the owners have basically abandoned.   The catalog contains about twenty-five pages and the properties are located all around the county.  Meyer said there are forty-four items listed in the catalog and some of the properties include some mineral rights, oil rights, and gas wells.  Meyer said you should really be a pro if you’re going to buy properties with mineral rights, but the public is encouraged to look through the properties to see if they find something they like. The required minimum bid is $655.00 per item.  All items will be sold to the highest bid received on or before August 12th.  Complete bidder’s packets and sale catalogs are available at the Bond County Treasurer’s Office or online at www.iltaxsale.com.

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GOVERNOR SIGNS CLEAN ENERGY LAW

Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation to help develop a state-of-the-art coal gasification facility in southern Illinois, creating 1,650 jobs and reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 90 percent. Following principles the Governor outlined in the spring legislative session, the new law will ensure consumer protections, create jobs, and safeguard the environment. Senate Bill 2169 provides the framework for Power Holdings LLC to build a $2.3 billion facility in Jefferson County to convert coal to pipeline-quality synthesis natural gas.  Power Holdings, which has already obtained an active air quality permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, will use an ultra-clean coal gasification technology for removal of harmful gases and set a new standard for commercial energy projects by capturing and safely storing more than 90 percent of the plant's carbon emissions. Power Holdings expects to generate more than $10 billion in economic activity and create more than 1,650 jobs, including approximately 1,100 construction jobs, 300 permanent mining jobs, and 250 permanent plant jobs. The plant will use at least four million tons of Illinois coal per year.


FUND RAISER TO BENEFIT THE SCHMITT FAMILY

The Schmitt family, of Pierron, who lost their home in a tragic fire in May, continues to receive support from the local community.  The fire destroyed the Schmitt’s home and tragically claimed the life of 6 year-old son, Braedyn, and sent Candace Schmitt and sons Kyle, age 13, and Brenden, age 9, to the hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.  For Candace and Kyle, the hospital stay was more than two months. A benefit chicken and beer dance and silent auction will be August 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland, sponsored by the 13U Pierron Panthers baseball team.  WGEL spoke with Karen Rittenhouse, whose son plays on the team. Rittenhouse said the doors will open at 6:00 p.m., chicken will be served at 7:00, and the band, Cold Shot, will begin playing at 8:00.  The cost is $20.00 per person or $140.00 for a table of eight.  For more information, contact Karen at 618-654-9697 or Nancy at 618-791-8057. Donations to the family may still be made through the Bank of Edwardsville.

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OBITUARIES

Duane W. Essenpreis

Duane W. Essenpreis, age 92, of Highland, passed away Sunday, August 7 in Moline.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery with full military honors.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Masonic services are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, Tennessee or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.


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