01-05-2012

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EMAIL SCAM USES LOCAL COMPANY’S NAME

A suspicious email has been making its way to the inboxes of several local citizens.  We spoke Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton who passed along a word of caution to those who may have received an email purporting to be from Newwave Communications.  The email appears to have come from the help desk at Newwave and it announces upgrades and maintenance to their webmail server.  To avoid a service interruption, email recipients are requested to reply to the message with their password and username.  Chief Lorton said people should NOT send any sort of private or personal information via email, specifically in this case.  The Greenville Police Department called the General Manager of Newwave and he said that under no circumstances would they request that sort of information via an email.  If you should receive this email, Chief Lorton suggests you delete it immediately.  If you have any questions, contact the Greenville Police Department at 664-2131.


BOND COUNTY BOARD TALKS REDISTRICTING LAWSUIT AGAIN

The Bond County Board met Tuesday night at the courthouse.   One of the topics of discussion was the redistricting lawsuit.  Although the conversation continued for about 40 minutes, very little new information was shared.  County Clerk Randy Reitz reminded the board that the election is not far away and military ballots are required to go out by early February.  Board Chairman Brock Willeford reiterated that he is still hoping for a resolution to the lawsuit but believed the map he presented and was approved in June was still legally valid despite some errors in the placing of a few census blocks. 

The board also discussed the need to centralize such things as employee vacation time and sick time at the county treasurer’s office.  Currently, that information is kept by each department head.  County policy allows for a total of ten vacation days to be carried over from year to year.  It was said during the board meeting that at least one department in the county has employees who have carried over more vacation time than that policy allows.      


HAY BALE FIRE WEST OF MULBERRY GROVE HIGH SCHOOL

Mulberry Grove Firefighters responded Wednesday, at 1:07 p.m., to a report of hay bales burning in a field west of the Mulberry Grove High School along Rt. 140.  According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, the cause of the fire was a nearby brush pile fire which was spread by the wind.  Eighteen big round bales were lost to the blaze.  Keyesport and Greenville Firefighters provided mutual aid with tankers and manpower.  No injuries were reported and firefighters were on the scene about four hours.

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NEW BULLYING LAW GOES INTO EFFECT WITH NEW YEAR

More than 200 new laws went into effect on January 1 in Illinois. Among those new laws is one which will allow school boards and administrators to suspend or expel a student if that student threatens a school employee, another student, or any school-related personnel on the Internet or any social networking websites. "Bullying no longer takes place only at school," said bill sponsor state Rep. Dwight Kay, Republican from Glen Carbon. "Bullies use the Internet to follow their victim home and harass them through social networking. This bill gives school boards and administrators a way to deal with online threats from students towards other students, faculty, or anyone else."

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OBITUARIES

Harry G. Schmidt

Harry G. Schmidt, age 86, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, January 3 at Carlyle Healthcare Center.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Breese.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Immanuel United Church of Christ or the Alzheimer’s Association. 


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