02-27-2012

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PANA MAN KILLED SUNDAY IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

A single-vehicle crash Sunday morning, February 26, in Fayette County, claimed the life of a Pana man.  According to information from Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, Avgary Kehias, age 88, was northbound on Rt. 51 at County Road 3125 North when he lost control of his pickup truck.  The truck left the road, struck a utility pole, and overturned.  Kehias was ejected from the truck and Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen pronounced him dead at the scene at 12:02 p.m.  The Fayette County Coroner and Illinois State Police continue to investigate the crash.


GRACE PERIOD ALLOWS PEOPLE TO REGISTER TO VOTE

The Illinois primary election is Tuesday, March 20.  The State Board of Elections recently extended the grace period for citizens to register to vote.  Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz said election time is coming up very quickly.  You may call Reitz's off to be sure you are registered to vote. If you are not registered at this time, it does not mean you cannot vote in the March primary. Something new called "grace voting" has been implemented in Illinois. Grace voting allows you to go to Reitz’s office, located at 203 W. College, to register and at that time, cast your vote.  Normal registration closed Tuesday, February 21. Grace voting started Wednesday, February 22 and will continue until Tuesday, March 13. If you are not registered, take advantage of this opportunity to vote.  If you have any questions, call Randy at 664-0449.

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FREE HEALTH TESTS OFFERED AT HEALTH FAIR 2012

Free health tests will be offered at the thirty-second Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair, Friday, March 16, from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Greenville First United Methodist Church.  Free tests include oral health screenings, hand strength screening, testing for glaucoma, video ear inspections, body fat composition screenings, cataract screening, vision testing, blood pressure readings, pulmonary function tests, digital foot scans, and spinal muscle tension screenings.  For more information, call Melissa at 664-1230, ext. 3060.

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MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

At the February Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Mike Gauch reported the district received one categorical state aid payment for transportation.  Financially, the district remains stable, but no payments were made on loans to the transportation fund due to projected expenses.
ISAT testing starts soon in the elementary and a financial aid night for high school seniors and their parents is scheduled for February 28.  Those attending should bring all documents needed to work on completing FAFSA applications.
A $25,000.00 Agriculture grant application has been submitted to the Monsanto Corporation.
Blueprints for the proposed “Smart Classroom” were presented.  The board is still considering construction of a smart classroom but the grant for the room does not include students’ computers.  The board is considering purchasing or leasing computers.
The board passed a resolution declaring intent to issue working cash fund bonds in the amount of $130,000.00.
Following a closed session, the board accepted a retirement letter from Elementary Custodian Karol Goodin, effective June 30, 2013.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m.


FFA WORK AUCTION A HUGE SUCCESS

The Greenville High School FFA had a student work auction Thursday, February 23.  FFA Advisor Steve Zimmerman said the work auction was awesome.  They brought in a new record of more than $9,000.00, nearly $3,000.00 more than last year’s auction.  Zimmerman told WGEL they really appreciate everyone in the community who supported their efforts.  A free meal was served before the auction and for those who were unable to attend, Zimmerman encourages you to try to make it to next year’s auction.  They usually schedule the auction during FFA Week on Tuesday or Thursday.  Zimmerman said he sees a bright future for his students as FFA helps them develop leadership abilities and character.

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OBITUARIES

Mildred C. “Sis” Lampe

Mildred C. “Sis” Lampe, age 75, of Germantown, passed away Friday, February 24.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.  Burial will be in Carlyle City Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Monday. from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Darwin L. Plocher

Darwin L. Plocher, age 72, of Highland, passed away Saturday, February 25 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Funeral arrangements for 72 year-old Darwin L. Plocher are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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