The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary presented the hospital with another huge gift Monday night of $300,000.00.  The $300,000.00 gift brought the auxiliary’s grand total of giving to more than 4.2 million dollars since the auxiliary started.  The biggest part of the fundraising comes from the Auxiliary Thrift Shop but the Auxiliary runs many very successful fund raisers throughout the year including the Holiday Bazaar, the Book Fair and the gift shop at the hospital.  Hospital Board President Buddy Bond thanked the auxiliary for another fantastic year and said they continue to be the Gold Standard for volunteer organizations in Illinois.  This year’s gift will go toward phase two of the electronic medical records project.  Last year’s gift went toward phase one of entering medical histories electronically something that is mandatory for the hospital to continue to receive the current levels of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement from the Federal Government.  Alan Gaffner told those in attendance that the state of Illinois currently owes the hospital 2.5 million dollars in Medicaid reimbursement and for health care provided to State of Illinois Employees.   The auxiliary also honored its longest consecutive office holder. For the last 18 years Sharon Ahern has served as treasurer for the Auxiliary and modernized the book keeping for the organization to a professional level.  The Auxiliary and the community owe Sharon a debt of gratitude for her hard work.    



Thursday, February 23, the Greenville High School FFA is hosting a student work auction to raise funds for their organization and raise awareness about agriculture.  FFA President Daniel Suess said during FFA Week, Greenville High School FFA members will share information about agriculture throughout the community.  The work auction is Thursday, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the high school and everyone is invited to attend and bid on a student. Participants will bid on and potentially buy an FFA student for an 8-hour work day. All bids will be on a per hour basis. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria and the auction is at 7:30 in the high school gymnasium.  If you have any questions, call the high school at 664-1370.


Approximately 70-80 students, parents, and community members attended the Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting Tuesday night in relation to a staff / student issue.  Board Attorney Michael Waggoner read the following statement from the board prior to hearing audience comments. 
“The Mulberry Grove Board of Education has been investigating a situation that has arisen regarding a potentially improper relationship between a student and staff member.  During the course of this investigation, the administration and board have learned of facts that have not been made public and shall remain confidential at this time.  It is important to note the staff member involved has been on administrative leave since the allegations surfaced and at no time has student safety been at issue.  The board will continue to work through this personnel matter to a logical conclusion.  The final decisions and actions will be based in fact and will be made to protect the safety and well being of the students and integrity of the district as a whole.  With that in mind, the board is not able to discuss the details of the matter at this time, but emphasizes all actions taken to date and in the future will protect the safety and well being of all students.”  That was the official statement from the Unit 1 board read at Tuesday night’s meeting by board attorney Michael Waggoner.
The board received all written and spoken comments and board president Mark Blankenship thanked everyone for attending and sharing.  The board will consider all information pertinent to the issue in closed session.  The board took no action on the issue Tuesday night.




Pam Lincoln and her new husband John recently tied the knot in a rather interesting location.  Pam said her husband John is a big history buff and when they talked about getting married, one of the dates they were considering for the wedding was Washington’s birthday.  Pam thought it would be neat to get married on Lincoln’s birthday as she would be marrying a man with the last name of Lincoln.  John agreed and they decided to get married on President Lincoln’s birthday at his old home in Springfield.  No one had ever done this before but the Lincolns were allowed to tie the knot on the back porch of the Lincoln home.  Pam said it was a great experience to be able to stand where one of the greatest presidents of all time lived.  Mrs. Lincoln has always lived in Illinois.  She grew up in Pocahontas, where her sister Karen still lives.


The fourth grade class at Sorento School hosted their annual American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, February 17.  34 persons registered with 31 units collected, surpassing the class’s goal of 25 units.  Cathy Hallemann received a seven-gallon pin, Ryan Hilliard, Laurie Vosholler, Ashley Moore, and Rebecca Conklin received blood drop pins as first-time donors.



Lou Ella M. Mewes

Lou Ella M. Mewes, age 87, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, February 19 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Jamestown.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Paul United Church of Christ.  Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

Casper W. Richter       

Casper W. Richter, age 81, of Breese, passed away Wednesday, February 22.   A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to the Breese Senior Center or to the St. Augustine Building Fund.

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