8-15-2011

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ILLINOIS AUDITOR GENERAL REPORTS RECORD DEFICITS

The Institute for Truth in Accounting announced completion of a comprehensive study of all 50 states' assets and liabilities, including pension and retirement healthcare obligations.  The study determined Illinois has a taxpayer burden of $26,800.00 per taxpayer – this is the amount of money each taxpayer would have to pay to eliminate the state’s current debt.  Connecticut had the highest taxpayer burden at $41,200.00.  Iowa and South Dakota taxpayers had burdens of less than $500.00 each.  Utah, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming have surpluses.
Illinois’ Auditor General released a report that the net assets of the state are negative 37.9 billion dollars, the largest in the nation.  Only four states have negative assets, or liabilities; Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut and California.  However, the Illinois deficit is nine times greater than that of California.

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TRAIN STRIKES AND KILLS PEDESTRIAN IN ALTON

According to Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn, Lawrence E. Meyer, age 50, of Alton, was struck Saturday, around 10:05 p.m., by a St. Louis bound Amtrak passenger train just west of the Humbert Road crossing in Alton.   Madison County Supervisory Coroner Investigator Robert M. Lewis pronounced Meyer dead at the scene at 11:07 p.m.  There will be an autopsy and routine toxicology tests for presence of drugs or alcohol.  The Alton Police Department continues to investigate this incident.


GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES NEW SYNTHETIC DRUG ORDINANCE

At their recent meeting, the Greenville City Council reviewed and approved a Synthetic Cannabinoid Ordinance.  The issue arose at the July meeting when several citizens spoke about the advent of new substances, usually offered in smoke shops, that have the effect of a cannabis-type high. The ordinance includes a broad group of substances in its definition to stay ahead of new formulations made to circumvent laws and includes the statement, "any substance described as tobacco, herbs, incense, spice, or blend thereof, regardless of whether marketed for the purpose of being smoked, which contains a list of four chemicals."  The ordinance makes it unlawful to sell, offer to sell, display, gift, or possess such substances. The ordinance becomes effective in ten days.


UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION SCHEDULED TO MEET

The Unit 2 Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the central office conference room.  The agenda includes superintendents’ and principals’ reports, a preliminary budget review for 2012, committee reports, bids for gasoline, diesel and oil, project parenting updates, and a closed session.

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63RD ANNUAL GRANTFORK HOMECOMING

The 63rd Annual Grantfork Homecoming is Friday and Saturday, August 19-20 sponsored by Grantfork Volunteer Firefighters.  Parades both nights start at 6:30 and there are free dances both nights from 8:00 p.m. – midnight.  Hick Town is playing Friday night and the Jim Miller Band will perform Saturday night.  There will be great food, games, rides, and a softball tournament Saturday and Sunday.

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HOMEMAKER’S EXTENSION TO HOST BIKE-A-THON

The Homemaker’s Extension Association is hosting a Bike-a-Thon Saturday, September 10 to benefit Bond County 4-H.  Registration forms are available online at facebook.com/bondcountyhea.


OBITUARIES

Charlotte A. Marchello

Charlotte A. Marchello, age 54, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, August 14 at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville.  Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Radom, Illinois.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home.  There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.  Memorials are suggested to Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology for the benefit of the Metastatic Brain Tumor Center.

Elva J. MicKittrick

Elva J. McKittrick, age 110, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away Wednesday, August 10 at Royal Oak Care Center in Arizona. Funeral arrangements for 110 year-old, Elva McKittrick, are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Irene O. Huelsmann

Irene O. Huelsmann, age 78, of Breese, passed away Saturday, August 13.  A funeral Mass will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic / St. Augustine Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.

Joyce B. Hasenmyer

Joyce B. Hasenmyer, age 79, of north of Greenville, passed away Saturday, August 13 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Greenville College or the American Cancer Society. 


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