12-06-2011

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LAWSUIT OVER REDISTRICTING MAPS CONTINUES…..WILLEFORD PROPOSES COMPROMISE

The lawsuit over the redistricting maps passed by the Bond County Board was heard in court late last week.  A motion to dismiss the case filed by attorney Thomas Long representing the county was denied by Judge Metz.  During the hearing, Randy Pearson of Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville gave an analysis he had been asked to do of the redistricting maps.  The analysis showed a mistake had been made and the populations of the districts was not as even as believed when the maps where passed back in June.  According to the lawsuit paperwork at the Bond County Courthouse, 88 persons who were believed to be in one district where actually in a different district.  At this point, the lawsuit is going forward at a big cost to the county.  Attorney Long submitted a $23,733.04 bill to the county for work done so far on the lawsuit.  According to the bill, Long’s rate is $220.00 per hour.  If the lawsuit goes to trial, the cost to the county could be tremendous.  Bond County Board Chairman Brock Willeford released a statement proposing a compromise.  According to Willeford’s statement, Pearson presented a map at the hearing that quote “achieves perfect population disparity and also appears to comply with state and federal law.”  Willeford said Pearson’s analysis was performed at the request of the plaintiff Ron Shevlin.  Willeford proposed using the redistricting maps presented by Pearson in the next election and at the end of his statement Willeford requested input from board members, attorneys, and related parties to the litigation. 


BOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND YELLOW DOT PROGRAM

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently unveiled the Yellow Dot Program. Mark Ayers of the Bond County Health Department said the program concerns the first hour after an injury or an accident.  A yellow card in the glove box gives important medical information about the driver and a yellow dot on the back of the vehicle tells first responders of the presence of important information on the card. Every minute counts and first responders with that important medical information get the injured person to the right hospital. The yellow card, yellow dot, and other information regarding the program is readily available in the lobby of the Bond County Health Department at 1520 S. 4th Street in Greenville.  For more information, go to www.yellowdotillinois.org.


HAND SURGEON AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT CLINIC

Hand surgeon Lisa Sasso is now seeing patients at the Greenville Regional Hospital Outpatient Specialty Clinic every other Tuesday.  Dr. Sasso practices at the Southern Illinois Hand Center in Effingham and specializes in traumatic and reconstructive hand and wrist surgery and will also treat issues such as carpal tunnel, fractures, ligament injuries, arthritis and skin lesions.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sasso, call 217-347-3003.

 

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FIREARM SEASON CONCLUDES

The second weekend of the 2011 Illinois Firearm Deer Season concluded Sunday, December 4.  The preliminary numbers for the state for the first three days of the season show approximately 66,501 deer were harvested.  This is 1536 deer less than last year.  Bond County reported 551 deer harvested, slightly more than last year.    Approximately 61 percent of the deer taken during the first weekend of firearm hunting were bucks.  Bow hunters had a slower year this year with only a reported total of 54,129 deer, a decrease of 9,468 from last year.  Bond County bow hunters reported 367 deer harvested compared to 416 last year.


AMEREN ILLINOIS FRIDGE RECYCLING REFERRAL BONUS PROGRAM

Ameren Illinois is gearing up for the holidays and offering its customers a way to help out their local nonprofit organizations and get $50.00 at the same time.  We spoke with Victoria Busch from Ameren who said this is a program Ameren has been doing for a while.  It is a part of their refrigerator recycling program and they have added a referral bonus component to the program.  This means those customers who are willing and able to recycle their old refrigerator, can also contribute to a nonprofit organization.  Through December 31, nonprofit organizations can earn up to $20.00 as a result of someone donating an old or secondary refrigerator.  In the Greenville area, the Bond County Senior Center is one of the nonprofit organizations taking part in the program.  This program allows everyone to be a little greener, support the environment, earn a little extra money, and help out local nonprofit organizations.  Ameren customers spend between $100.00 - $160.00 annually due to inefficient refrigerators.  If you have a refrigerator which is ready to be picked up, call 1-866-899-9088.  For more information, visit www.AmerenIllinois.com.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE HOLIDAY CONCERT

The Kaskaskia College Music Department Holiday Concert is Tuesday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jane Knight Auditorium.  The concert and jazz bands will perform and there will be a reception immediately following the concert.  There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome.

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OBITUARIES

Michael Keyes

Michael Keyes, age 28, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, December 4 at his home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Nettie J. Hawn

Nettie J. Hawn, age 70, of Wentzville, Missouri, formerly of Trenton, passed away Saturday, December 3 at her home.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Burial will be at a later date.  Friends may call Thursday, from 11:00 until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Westgate Baptist Church.


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