04-19-2012

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FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN MARINE

Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies, Marine Firefighters, and Laughlin Ambulance Service Personnel responded Tuesday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m., to the scene of a single-car accident in the 700 block of West Division Street in Marine.  Deputies determined a 2011 Buick left the road and struck a tree.  Laughlin Ambulance Service took the driver, William G. Szedlar, age 69, of Glen Carbon, to a local hospital where he later died.

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8TH ANNUAL ART IN EDUCATION ART SHOW

Thursday and Friday, April 19-20. Bradford National Bank and Our Common Ground are hosting the 8th Annual Art in Education Art Show in the Bradford Community Building.  Randy Alderman said this year is particularly exciting because they have every art department and every school from the Unit 2 School District participating and the artwork is fabulous.  They turn the Bradford Community Building into a nice art gallery to showcase the work.  There will be free refreshments and Thursday night, elementary school students will entertain.  They will also have a special display of robots.  For more information about the show, call Bradford National Bank at 664-2200.


BOND COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY LASAGNA FUND RAISER

The Bond County Humane Society is having a formal lasagna dinner fund raiser Friday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville.  Gayle Wise said this is the third year for the "Putting on the Ritz for Fritz" event for the Bond County Humane Society and she is honored to be able to showcase Greenville High School talent.  Wise said the kids are amazing and it will be a great show.  Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Watson’s Drugstore, both Bradford National Bank locations, and at the Humane Society Office on 4th Street.  The Humane Society is in desperate need of funds. Donations are down, but drop-offs are up.  This is a dressy event and due to increased interest it is best to buy your ticket early.  Please purchase tickets by Friday, April 20.  If you have any questions, call the Bond County Humane Society at 664-4068.

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TRENTON CAPITAL CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE TO MEET

The Kaskaskia College Trenton Capital Campaign Steering Committee is scheduled to meet Friday, April 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Trenton House Restaurant.


BCHD RECOGNIZES THEIR VOLUNTEERS DURING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

This week is National Volunteer Week and the Bond County Health Department is recognizing their many volunteers who selflessly give their time to help provide a valuable service to the community. Thus far, their hospice team of 27 volunteers has given more than 888.5 hours of service in 2012, and their Medical Reserve Corp as grown to 77 volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering, call 664-1442.

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BRADFORD NATIONAL BANK CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY

Bradford National Bank has a fun day planned for Friday, April 20, to help show their customers how much they appreciate them.  Randy Alderman at Bradford National Bank said as Bradford National Bank celebrates its 145th year of community banking, they are hosting a customer appreciation day, with a spring theme, at all Bradford National Bank locations.  The banks will all be decorated in a spring/baseball theme.  There will be refreshments and they will have door prizes, no purchase necessary.  It is going to be a fun day for the community and their customers.  If you have any questions, or if you’d like more information, call the bank at 664-2200.


MURRAY CENTER STORY

Supporters of the Murray Center in Centralia are hoping to get a big crowd to a meeting to attempt to stop the closing of the center.  Doctor Phil Chapman is one of many people working to save the center. Doctor Chapman told WGEL the Murray Center serves 280 residents who have developmental disabilities and mental incapacities.  They need 24 hour care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Governor Quinn decided to close this center but there are a number of concerned citizens who are hoping to keep the center open.  Friday, April 20, there will be a meeting at 3:00 p.m. at Centralia High School.  The union and many local businesses are in favor of keeping Murray Center open.  There is also a Parents Association that has completed a DVD tape showing some of the residents at the center, as well as some of the services provided.  If the center closes, there will be 550 jobs lost, at a cost of 22.5 million dollars to the community. 

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OBITUARIES

Thelma R. Essenpreis

Thelma R. Essenpreis, age 96, of Pocahontas, passed away Thursday, April 19 at Faith Care Center in Highland.  Funeral arrangements for 96 year-old Thelma R. Essenpreis are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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