New laws taking effect at the beginning of this year include changes to FOID cards.  A new state law requires a person awaiting trial, as a condition of bail, to relinquish their FOID card to the circuit court clerk who will mail it to the Illinois State Police. Another law makes it illegal for a person convicted of domestic battery to obtain or keep a FOID card.
People who have an order of protection issued against them must also surrender their FOID card for the duration of the order.


As of January 1, it is no longer legal to dispose of unwanted electronics in regular trash.  Discarded electronics, including computers, monitors, electronic keyboards, scanners, fax machines, and many other electronic devices, must now be taken to a registered recycling business for proper management.  It is also illegal for Illinois landfills to accept these electronic devices. In 2011, electronics manufacturers recycled or refurbished more than 28 million pounds of products.  The reuse of these products, including metals, plastics, and glass, conserves natural resources and saves energy.  Gold, cadmium, lead, and silver may threaten groundwater safety if put in a landfill. The Illinois EPA maintains a website which explains requirements for individuals and manufacturers, a list of registered collectors, and a complete listing of all electronic items included in the ban.

Prairie Farms


Bond County Deputies are investigating the reported theft of items, valued at less than $300.00, from a residence on Campground Trail south of Dudleyville.

A Bond County Deputy worked a non-injury car/deer accident Monday, at 8:26 p.m., on Rt. 127 south of Hookdale Avenue.


The I-70 Patrol wrote ten speeding tickets Monday.


This time last year we were recovering from a violent spring-like storm and were only a couple of weeks away from a 14 inch snowfall.  The rainfall and snowfall amounts for 2011 show we had a little more rain compared with the 10-year average but we had a lot more snow than in the last decade. The rainfall total for Greenville in 2011 was 47.4 inches and the 10-year average is 43.9 inches, a difference of 3 ½ inches.  The highest rainfall month in 2011 was June with rainfall totaling 10 inches.  2008 had the most rain in the past ten years with nearly 60 inches. The 2011 snowfall total for Greenville was 34.3 inches and the 10-year average is 19.7 inches, that’s almost 15 inches more snow than we usually see.  That amount, 15 inches, fell in January, one of the biggest single snowfalls in recent history. 


Bernard G. "Ben" Grapperhaus

Bernard G. "Ben" Grapperhaus, age 81, of Breese, passed away Sunday, January 1 at home.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Dominic's Church in Breese.  Interment of his ashes will be in the church cemetery at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to the Clinton County Senior Center or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle is in charge of arrangements.

Floyd Thomas Parks

Floyd Thomas Parks, age 88, of Shiloh, passed away Monday, January 2 at Belleville Memorial Hospital.  A memorial service will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.  Burial will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens.  There is no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.  Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

Paul David Dieckman, Sr.

Paul David Dieckman, Sr., age 86, of Shawnee, Kansas, formerly of Tamalco, passed away Thursday, December 29 at Heartland Assisted Living in Shawnee.  Graveside services will be Tuesday, January 10, at 3:00 p.m. at Carlyle Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation.  Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle is in charge of arrangements.

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