12-08-2011

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COUNTY BOARD SAVES MONEY ON INSURANCE BUT TAKES BUSINESS OUT OF COUNTY

The Bond County Board decided in a 3-1 vote at Tuesday night’s meeting to use Bauer Financial of Glen Carbon as their health insurance broker for the 2012 fiscal year.  The county will save a considerable amount of money, around $300,000.00, by moving from a self insured plan to a full insured plan with Blue Cross - Blue Shield.  Two businesses submitted bids to the county that fit the requirements to be considered.  One bid was from SIUA Insurance in Greenville the other from Bauer Financial of Glen Carbon.  A member of the audience asked if both plans were the same and board member Tom DeVore said they were.  However, the board voted to move their business outside Bond County and use the Glen Carbon firm.  The explanation for not doing business in the county was given by both DeVore and Chairman Brock Willeford who said they felt SIUA Insurance had not given the county enough options in years past and could have missed opportunities to save the county money.  Neither Willeford nor DeVore were on the board when those decisions were made.  Joe Whalen agreed with the insurance plan but voted against using the out of county firm when one inside Bond County could offer the same plan at the same cost. 


HUMANE SOCIETY COMPETING IN CONTEST

The Bond County Humane Society is competing in a contest to win $2,000.00.  We spoke with Rachel Hunsdorfer who said local citizens entered the humane society in the contest.  The citizens wrote a story regarding an animal adoption they made via the Bond County Humane Society called Thanking the Big Dog in the Sky Dance.  On the website, you may vote once a day for whichever story you like.  The winner of the contest will receive $2,000.00.  The Humane Society desperately needs this money to help keep their doors open.  The contest runs from now until December 18.  To cast your vote, go to www.theanimalrescuesite.com

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CONTEST

The Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob Area Chamber of Commerce is having a Christmas lights contest this year.  We spoke to the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Dawn Mushill about how you may participate. Upload your photo or video of your home or business Christmas lights to the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.troymaryvillecoc.com beginning December 1. Go online December 15-22 to vote for your favorite decorations.  The home and business with the most votes will win prizes.  For more information, call 667-8769.


ACCELERATED READER PROGRAM AT POCAHONTAS SCHOOL

Students at the Pocahontas School continue another year in the Accelerated Reader Program.  Students read books and take computerized tests, earning points which accumulate allowing students to reach various point clubs.  Point club achievements for November include Kayla DeSherlia in the 300 point club, Ethan Carpenter in the 200 point club, and Jordan Kirkman in the 150 point club.  In the 100 point club are Allyson Leitschuh, Brad Nelson, Kurt Weiss, Kody Sterkis, Kenneth Dowdy, and Jarin Weber.  Many other students are actively participating in the Accelerated Reader Program at the Pocahontas School.

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OBITUARIES

Richard L. Wilkening

Richard L. “Beard” Wilkening, age 58, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, December 7 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. Funeral arrangements for 58 year-old Richard “Beard” Wilkening are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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