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COUNTY BOARD LAWSUIT DISCUSSION CONTINUED AT RECENT MEETING

The Bond County Board met last Wednesday night in special session. The county board discussed the redistricting map lawsuit in Bond County Court.  Dr. Randall Pearson, professor in the geography department at SIUE, was a witness for the plaintiff in a recent hearing on the lawsuit.  Pearson is the man who found the errors in the map passed by the board earlier this year and also presented a map at the lawsuit hearing that supposedly has equal population between the county districts and keeps all sitting board members in their current districts.  At the last county board meeting, questions were raised by Brock Willeford and Tom DeVore as to whether Pearson drew the map from his own independent ideas or did he validate a map drawn by the plaintiff Ron Shevlin.  Shevlin said in open meetings he did not draw the map but did provide input.  Shevlin did not say what input that was and declined an offer to speak with WGEL.  Pearson sent an open letter to the Bond County Board and the residents of Bond County.  In the letter Pearson says he validated both the worksheets and the map.   Calls to both attorneys’ offices for comment were not been returned.  At this point the lawsuit appears to be heading toward more depositions and confusion as to which district residents will be voting in with a primary scheduled in March.  The county board will meet again Tuesday, January 3.       


LOSING WEIGHT IN THE NEW YEAR

This January, many people will set some goals and resolutions for themselves for 2012.  One of the most popular resolutions is to lose weight.  Karen File of the Bond County Health Department said losing weight or controlling your weight is good for your body. The skeletal system is designed to sustain a certain amount of weight.  Aching knees and ankles may sometimes be caused by the distribution of weight.  Being overweight may also cause the heart to overwork.  All organs in the body are designed to work with a certain amount of weight.  Mental attitude is also very important. Karen believes anyone who exercises on a regular basis would say their day goes better.  Exercise may even help with depression.  The next time you go to the grocery store, Karen suggests you park in the back of the parking lot.  Take the steps instead of using an elevator or escalator and anytime you get a chance to bend over and pick something up take advantage of it.  Ultimately, be sure you keep moving.  If you have any questions, call the health department at 664-1442.

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IDOT WORKERS DONATE SUPPLIES TO MILITARY PERSONNEL

Illinois Department of Transportation workers donated nearly 1,200 pounds of food and supplies to be sent over the holidays to military personnel serving overseas.  IDOT staff participated in a collection drive for Operation Support Our Troops – America which resulted in more than 170 Christmas cards and personal letters going with the food supplies to troops.  Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said, “We should always remember the sacrifice our men and women serving overseas make each day and do what we can to express our gratitude and support.”  For more information, call 217-558-0517.

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OBITUARIES

Bernetta Redfearn

Bernetta Redfearn, age 79, of Panama, passed away Thursday, December 29 at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Funeral services will be Monday, at 1:00 p.m. at Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Fern F. Harris

Fern F. Harris, age 98, of DeSoto, Kansas, formerly of Greenville, passed away Thursday, December 29.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at noon at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery west of Keyesport.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville Christian Church.

Mary L. L. Marler

Mary L. L. Marler, age 83, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Friday, December 30 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Mulberry Grove.  Burial will be in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Edwardsville.  Friends may call Monday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Mulberry Grove First Responders or to the family. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond J. Johnson, Sr.

Raymond J. Johnson, Sr., age 85, of Beckemeyer, passed away Friday, December 30 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.  Graveside services will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony Cemetery in Beckemeyer with full military honors.  Memorials are suggested to the Carlyle VFW or to the Beckemeyer American Legion. 

Waldo J. “Bud” Merkle

Waldo J. “Bud” Merkle, age 70, of Highland, passed away Sunday, January 1 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Gateway Branch of the MS Society.


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