A single-vehicle accident, just after noon Thursday in Montgomery County, claimed the life of a Nokomis man.  Karl Johnson, age 55, of Nokomis, was eastbound on Illinois Route 16 in rural Montgomery County when, according to the Illinois State Police accident report, his pickup truck veered off the road into a field.  The truck traveled 628 feet without braking or turning and struck a concrete culvert.  Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death has yet to be determined.  The accident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police. 



At this week’s Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Mike Gauch reported an estimate of $140,000.00, including the purchase of computers, for construction of a smart classroom to be incorporated with the library.  The board looked at possible floor plans.
Senate Bill 7 deals with school reform, including evaluations.  New evaluation tools for teachers will base at least 30% of their final score on student performance.  Training sessions are planned for board members, administrators, and teachers.
Superintendent Gauch highlighted healthy account balances in his treasurer’s report.  All school remodeling projects are currently paid in full and one in-district loan has been repaid.  The district received the most recent state aid payment on time.
The board considered a new school bus lease agreement for next year.  A final decision will be made in November.
Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown spoke recently with Superintendent Gauch concerning the purchase of ten security cameras to be installed in the school and on the grounds, at no cost to the district.  More information will be shared later.
Following a closed session, the board hired Jacob Jolliff to be assistant junior high boy’s basketball coach.
The board set a special meeting for Thursday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss expiration and renewal of bonds for the district.
The next meeting is scheduled for November 21 with a tentative tax levy hearing at 6:45 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:00.


At the recent Bond County Board meeting, board members spoke with Highway Engineer Doug DeLong about the road and bridge conditions in the county.  According to DeLong, Keyesport Bridge is well on its way to completion. They are currently waiting on a guardrail to be transported to the building site.  The board’s other concern is two major road projects to be completed, the Jamestown Road and the Sorento Road projects.  The problem is there are not enough funds to fix both roads simultaneously. A decision will give priority to one project.  There will be an informal meeting with IDOT November 10 where DeLong will present road projects.  The board may set those road project priorities at their next meeting November 1 prior to DeLong’s meeting with IDOT.   


Ellen Priesmeyer

Ellen Priesmeyer, age 81, of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, October 19 at her home.  Funeral services will be Sunday, at 3:00 p.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice.

Henry Martin

Henry Martin, age 63, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, October 18 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.  Funeral arrangements for 63 year-old Henry Martin are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


SATURDAY - mostly sunny, high 68, low 48

SUNDAY - partly sunny, high 70, low 47


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Tom’s guest this week is Sally Bolen.  Tom and Sally will discuss Operation Christmas Child; that distributes shoebox Christmas Gifts to disadvantaged, poor and children in war torn areas worldwide.  Find out how you can donate and get involved at the local level.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.    

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