The Greenville City Council meets today at 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building.  The council will hear and act upon recommendations from the Plan Commission and will discuss several infrastructure projects including a Route 127 access road and a sewer lining project. There will be a special meeting of the council at 7:00 for a public hearing to discuss a $10 million bond by Greenville Regional Hospital.


The Illinois Department of Public Health encourages you to get your blood cholesterol checked during September, National Cholesterol Education Month, and take steps to lower it if it is high. High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Each year, more than a million Americans have heart attacks and about half a million people die from heart disease according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This September, ask your health care provider about a simple blood test to check your cholesterol. For more information, call 217-782-3300 or log onto the IDPH website.


Five teams recently completed the 2011 Fayette County Crop Survey. According to the Fayette County Farm Bureau, the projected corn crop average yield is 150 bushels per acre with samplings ranging between 72 and 200 bushels per acre.  The soybean crop had an average of around 33 bushels per acre with samplings ranging between 19 and 55 bushels per acre.  Both the corn and the soybean crop numbers are down from their 2010 averages. For more information about the Fayette County Crop Survey, contact the Fayette County Farm Bureau office at 618-283-3276.


Harvest Days at the Latzer Homestead south of Highland drew large crowds this past weekend, September 9-11.  Beautiful weather and good harvest conditions provided many opportunities for attendees to view farming operations using older equipment and techniques.  Horse drawn implements, machinery powered by steam engines, and old harvesting equipment were demonstrated.  Other demonstrations included a gas-powered wringer washing machine, grinding corn into meal, grinding wheat into flour, and shoeing horses.  The living history area provided a glimpse of living conditions, dress, and equipment, for soldiers from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War.  There were lots of activities for the kids, several craft booths, live entertainment, and stands serving great food.

Prairie Farms


A Mount Olive resident recently observed a bat on the ground during daylight hours and called the Litchfield Animal Medical Center.  The bat was caught and tested positive for rabies at the Public Health Lab in Springfield.  Dr. James Pastrovich of the Litchfield Animal Medical Center reminds you that rabies, while rare, is still present in some wildlife such as bats, skunks, and raccoons.  If these animals are seen during daylight hours or if they act sick or weak, suspect rabies as a possible cause for their behavior.  Pet owners are reminded to keep all pets current with rabies vaccines.  For more information, call 217-324-3311.



Kent Voils, on the left, with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and landowner Phil Venhaus receiving the plaque  in recognition of being named “Wildlife Landowner of the Year” by the DNR for this region. Venhaus is from Breese and the property he received the award for is just North of Woburn in Bond County.


Comets soccer defeated Staunton 5-1 Monday.  Goals were scored by Michael Schlemper, with two, Gustav Peikert, Trammel Horton, and a Staunton own-goal.  Assists were credited to Horton, Peikert, Ryan Mueller, and Dellon Sanders.  The Comets out shot the Bulldogs 34-9 (15-5 on goal) and Hunter Florian recorded four saves to secure the win.


Phyllis “Jens” Corbin

Phyllis “Jens” Corbin, age 51, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, September 11 at her home.  Funeral services will be Saturday, September 17, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Greenville.  Burial will be in Chaulk Hill Cemetery in Louisiana.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  The family requests no flowers and memorials to First Christian Church or Bond County Hospice.

Joanne Ritzheimer

Joanne Ritzheimer, age 79, of Trenton, passed away Saturday, September 10 at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.  A memorial service will be Saturday, at 4:00 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ in Trenton.  Friends may call Saturday, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. John's United Church of Christ or St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary.

Mary Ruth Easley

Mary Ruth Easley, age 96, of Highland, passed away Monday, September 12 at her home.  A funeral Mass will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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