The Bond County Board met Tuesday night at the courthouse.  The board heard from Anna Oestriech on changes being made to the conception of the new Senior Center and Transit Building.  Anna told the board the senior center is now going to lease three acres of land from the Bond County Health Department instead of the original 1.5 acres.  Anna said the design phase for the new building will be completed soon and drawings will hopefully be available before too long.  They are hoping to break ground in the spring and have a completed building by the end of the year.  The new Senior Center and Transit Building will be next to the Bond County Health Department Building on South 4th Street. 

The Bond County Board announced openings on the Bond County Board of Health and the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department Board. 



It was New Faces and Places day Tuesday as the Greenville Chamber of Commerce presented new businesses and changes in some existing businesses since this time last year. Chamber Executive Director John Goldsmith said they had a great turnout for their New Faces and Places breakfast.  There were about 15 new businesses or existing businesses with new personnel present.  Since last fall, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce added 19 new members, many of which were in attendance at the program.  They also heard from Greenville City Manager Dave Willey and Economic Development Director Scott Lurkins about some of the exciting things going on in the city.  Goldsmith said they are looking forward to a great year as they move forward in 2012, adding new members and continuing their existing programs such as Business After Hours.  Their most recent Business After Hours event, hosted by Bradford National Bank, had about 75 people in attendance.  The Business After Hours program was re-introduced last fall, and each month, it grows in popularity.  The next event is scheduled for Thursday, March 1 at the Marcoot Jersey Creamery.


Monday night the Governor Bond Lake Committee met. Chairman Buddy Bond called the board to session and the group talked about the previous year’s activities and plans for 2012. Committee member and Greenville Code Enforcement Officer Matt Willman said last year was a really good, safe year at Governor Bond Lake.  To their knowledge, there were no accidents and they had a few nice fishing reports.  Willman said they would cut back on patrols around the lake to help save money as budgets get tight. They plan to patrol only when there are a high number of people enjoying the lake.  Last year, the council gave some money to stock the lake with Largemouth Bass. 



At the recent Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District annual awards recognition night, Randy Dugan was honored for twenty-five years of service.  Jeremy Hopkins received the Firefighter of the Year award and Curtis Waters received the First Responder of the Year award.


According to information from Keyesport Fire Chief Jim Golder, the Keyesport Fire Protection District awards banquet was Tuesday night.  Dan Korte and Steve Gevke received certificates in recognition of five years of service and Mary Cox received a certificate for ten years of service.  Chad Vohlken received two plaques in honor of being named Firefighter of the Year and First Responder of the Year.


Kaskaskia College is moving forward with Phase II of their plans to expand and improve the Vandalia campus. Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood said Phase II is the continuation of the development of the branch campus at Vandalia and KC is proceeding with their planning for the second building on the Vandalia campus.  The first building was constructed with college funds as well as funds from a private campaign which generated three million dollars in local support.  The second phase will be constructed using state money.  The planned facility is multi-purpose and will have programs for the arts and sciences as well as career and technical programs.  Dr. Underwood said they are excited about the move forward as they continue with the advancement of the Vandalia campus to meet the educational needs of the northern part of the Kaskaskia College District.  The total cost of the project is estimated at $7.6 million.



Clarence A. Voegele

Clarence A. Voegele, age 88, of Marine, passed away Wednesday, February 8 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 9:00 a.m., at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Marine.  Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church or the Marine Volunteer Fire Department.

Johanna J. Haar 

Johanna J. Haar, age 86, of Albers, passed away Wednesday, February 8 at Aviston Countryside Manor.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers.  Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Joseph Auxiliary Lights Scholarship or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Rebecca S. “Becky” Butler

Rebecca S. “Becky” Butler, age 62, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, February 7 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home.  Friends may call Thursday, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Young J. Kim

Young J. Kim, age 77, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, February 7 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

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