At Tuesday night’s Bond County Board meeting, they determined the board member term lengths for the different districts in Bond County.  Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz said every ten years with the census, all counties are required to have all board members elected at the same time.  Unfortunately, you don’t want every board member elected at the same time at each election, because then you could have an entirely new board with no idea of what has been done in the past.  The solution to this problem is a staggered term system: 2 years – 4 years – 4 years, or 4 years- 4 years – 2 years.  That fills up the time before the next census, and lines them all up to be re-elected at the same time every ten years.  Election times in each district was determined with a lottery.  Board members from districts 1 and 3 will run for election in a 4 years – 4 years – 2 years pattern.  Representatives from districts 2, 4, and 5 will run in a 2 years - 4 years – 4 years pattern.  If you have any questions, call the Bond County Clerk’s office at 664-0449.


A groundbreaking ceremony is today, at 10:00 a.m., at the sight of the new St. Joseph’s Hospital Campus in Highland. Randy Schorfheide said the groundbreaking ceremony celebrates the start of construction on the new St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, helping them fulfill their 134 year mission to provide healthcare services to local residents. St. Joseph’s Hospital has been in Highland since 1878 and the current building has been there since 1948.  The new campus encompasses a 91,000 square foot hospital and an adjacent medical office building with all digital technology. All 25 inpatient rooms will be private and will have a clear view of surrounding nature.  The ceremony is near the Poplar Street/Troxler Road intersection.



Several local schools will all be traveling to Coffeen Lake Friday, April 20 to compete in the 2012 IHSA State Bass Fishing Sectional competition.  Among the schools competing are Carlyle, Edwardsville, and Highland.  The competition is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The top three boats from each sectional will continue on to compete at the state finals, Thursday, May 3 - Saturday, May 5 at Carlyle Lake.  This year, 232 Illinois schools entered the Bass Fishing competition.


If you have piles of old documents you don’t know what to do with, then Bradford National Bank might be able to help.  We spoke to Bradford National Bank’s Randy Alderman about their upcoming shredding and recycling day.
Randy told WGEL Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Bradford National Bank is hosting a free shredding day at the Bradford Community Building in Greenville.  People sometimes have difficulty getting rid of their personal and financial documents, as they do not want their information to get into the wrong hands.  This service is limited to paper products with account or personal information, such as old cancelled checks, old tax returns, etc.  Newspapers and magazines will not be accepted.  For more information, call 664-2200.


The Extreme Makeover Lighthouse of Hope Relay for Life Team is having a scavenger hunt Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m., beginning at the Greenville VFW Hall.  The cost for the hunt is $5.00 per person.  There will be a pulled pork dinner, cooked by Wes Pourchot, at 5:00 p.m.  The cost of the dinner is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 5-10, and children under the age of 5 may eat free.  There will be a silent auction and Exit 36 will entertain from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.  All proceeds go to Relay for Life.


Greenville Firefighters responded to the American Farm Heritage Museum grounds Wednesday, April 18, at 9:50 a.m., to a report of a riding lawn mower on fire. When firefighters arrived, the fire had been extinguished but the mower was smoldering so firefighters doused the mower with water to ensure the fire was out.  The cause of the fire is unknown and damage is estimated to be more than $1000.00.



Glennon J. “Shorty” Netemeyer

Glennon J. “Shorty” Netemeyer, age 72, of New Baden, passed away Thursday, April 19.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. George Catholic Church in New Baden.  Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery with full military honors.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.  Memorials are suggested to the New Baden Fire Department Equipment Fund or to the Clinton Manor Activity Fund.

Norman L. Prater

Norman L. Prater, age 90, of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, April 18 at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to Helia Healthcare.

Thelma R. Essenpreis

Thelma R. Essenpreis, age 96, of Highland, passed away Thursday, April 19 at Faith Care Center in Highland.  Funeral services will be Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children or to the Grantfork United Church of Christ.


SATURDAY - sunny, high 58, low 41

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 64, low 40


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Monica Rensing, the Healthy Families of America Supervisor at the Bond County Health Department.  They’ll talk about National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the many different forms that child abuse can take, and how you can help.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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