01-19-2012

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERRIFF’S DEPARTMENT SEARCHING FOR MISSING MAN

The Montgomery County Sherriff’s Department is searching for a missing Coffeen man.  The Montgomery County Sherriff’s department responded to a 911 call Wednesday about a possibly suicidal subject who was missing.  Howard Beard age 73 of Cumberland Street in Coffeen was reported missing by his wife.  Coffeen Police, Sherriff’s Deputies and Hillsboro police searched the property and outbuilding and did not local Beard.  The Montgomery County Sherriff’s department is asking anyone who may have seen, heard from or have information regarding Howard Beard would contact their department at 217-532-9511.  Beard is 5 foot ten inches tall, weighs 215 pounds, gray hair and blue eyes, last seen near the Casey’s General Store in Coffeen Monday morning. 


BOND COUNTY COURTHOUSE GETS NEW HEATING AND COOLING

The Bond County Courthouse getting a big update over the next few months.  Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown, who oversees county buildings, said Bond County received a grant to upgrade the heating and cooling in the main courthouse.   Former Bond County Board Chairperson, Jill Franks worked on the state grant several months ago.  The upgrade should reduce energy costs. Sheriff Brown told WGEL it is a win-win situation for the county.  The work is projected to be completed before March 9. Approximately 80% of the funds for the project came from the grant. 

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COUNTY BOARD MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT

The Bond County Board met Tuesday night at the courthouse.  The board reappointed Jon Zeeb and Ron Jarrett to the zoning board of appeals.  The board approved an engineering agreement with Hampton, Lenzini, and Renwick to look at repairs to the Dorris Creek and Campground Trail bridges.  There was no discussion about the redistricting lawsuit in Bond County Court.  The board then went into executive session. 

 

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BRADFORD NATIONAL BANK OFFERS FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS IN 2012

Bradford National Bank will award four $1,000 scholarships in 2012, one each to a graduating senior from Greenville, Mulberry Grove, Highland, and Triad High Schools.  Scholarship guidelines and applications are available for download at www.bradfordbank.com.  Applications are also available at any of their locations in Greenville, Highland, or Marine or from any of the school’s guidance offices.  Applications for Highland and Triad students are due by April 15.  Greenville and Mulberry Grove students have until May 1.  For more information, visit the website www.bradfordbank.com


CAR FIRE ON I-70 ENGULFS ENTIRE VEHICLE

Greenville Firefighters responded Wednesday, at 8:58 a.m., to the scene of a car fire on I-70 near mile marker 40  The vehicle, driven by Gary Bell of Paris, Illinois, was in the west bound lane.  The fire engulfed the entire vehicle and appeared to have started somewhere in the engine, although the specific cause of the fire was undetermined.  There were no injuries associated with the incident and firemen were on the scene for 42 minutes.


FIREFIGHTERS INVESTIGATE SMOKE SMELL ON NORTH FIRST STREET

Wednesday, January 18, at 9:09 a.m., Greenville Firefighters responded to a home on North First Street in Greenville to investigate a reported smell of smoke.  Firefighters found a piece of plastic had melted on a heating element of a dishwasher.  They removed the hazard and advised the owner of the problem.  Firefighters were on the scene about 15 minutes.

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OBITUARIES

Richard A. Mueller

Richard A. Mueller, age 73, of Papillion, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, January 17 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery also in Highland.  Friends may call Friday, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Saint Paul School Educational Foundation.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of the arrangements.


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