05-03-2012

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2 YEAR-OLD IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER BEING FOUND SUBMERGED IN POND

A 911 call was taken by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, around 3:00 p.m. from a grandmother in the 3900 block of Cherokee Trail in Edwardsville, reporting that her two-year-old twin grandsons had walked away from her residence and she could not find them.  While on the phone with 911, one of the boys was found near a pond and the other was located submerged in the water, according to authorities.  The child was near the bank and removed from the water.  CPR was administered and the two-year-old was transported first to Anderson Hospital in Maryville then air lifted to a St. Louis Area Hospital in critical condition.  The Madison County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the accident.  


MOTORCYCLE / DEER ACCIDENT ON MULBERRY GROVE ROAD

A Bond County Deputy, Smithboro First Responders, and Bond County EMS responded Wednesday, at 10:05 p.m., to the scene of a motorcycle accident on the Mulberry Grove Road just south of Trapper Avenue.  According to the accident report, Christopher P. Cumberland, age 49, of Mulberry Grove was northbound on the Mulberry Grove Road, on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, when a deer ran onto the road in front of him.  He swerved to miss the deer, ran off the road, hit the ditch, and was thrown from the motorcycle as it rolled over twice.  Bond County EMS took Cumberland to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries.


NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER 2012

Today is the 61st Annual National Day of Prayer, a day when people of all faiths are invited to pray for the nation. Margie Newton of the Greenville Free Methodist Church said it is a wonderful ministry and they are excited to participate. Various churches offer prayer functions where they pray for many issues including financial problems, physical issues, local, state, and national leaders, and the nation. A Prayer Tent was set up at Apple Days and Margie told WGEL many people were interested in having people pray for them.  A Prayer Tent will be set up on the courthouse lawn today, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. They hope many churches in the area come to participate.  There is a Prayer Breakfast at the United Methodist Church in Mulberry Grove starting at 6:30 a.m. with prayer to follow.  There is also a Breakfast Buffet at the Tamalco Christian Church from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. with periodic breaks for prayer.  A Prayer Day program is planned on the south steps of the Bond County Courthouse, starting at noon.

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COUNTY BOARD APPROVES ATTORNEY BILL FOR REDISTRICTING LAWSUIT WORK

The Bond County Board met Tuesday night and approved a payment to Attorney Thomas Long for his work representing the county in the redistricting lawsuit.  Long had submitted a bill of just under $49,000.00.  At Tuesday night’s meeting, the board approved payment of the bill, with a few minor deductions, bringing the approved amount to $46,657.02.  The vote was split with Republicans Brock Willeford, Tom DeVore, and Jack Langel voting yes and Democrats Frank Lucco and Joe Whalen voting no.  The lawsuit over the redistricting map was ruled in the county’s favor, meaning Judge Metz said it was a valid map. The plaintiff in the case, Ron Shevlin, is appealing that ruling which will lead to more costs for the county.  In other county news, Bond County Highway Department Engineer Doug Delong reported a 2.28 million dollar grant was awarded to Bond County to replace a bridge on New Douglas Road.  The grant money is for 2014.     


SENATOR MCCARTER TALKS ABOUT COFGA DECISION

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability recently met and voted 7 to 3 against closing several state facilities, including the Murray Developmental Center.  Senator McCarter said he hopes the commission’s decision means something to the Governor, as he will make the final decision on closing the facilities. The Senator said the individuals at Murray are not the same as those who were able to testify at the podium saying community care was a good option for them.  Senator McCarter said we need to protect the folks at the Murray Developmental Center.

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MULBERRY GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR

The Mulberry Grove Elementary School Science Fair and Science Night are today.  Mulberry Grove teacher Mrs. Tricia Stephens said they have 70 students from Kindergarten through the 6th grade who have entered the science fair. Students in grades 4-6 are encouraged to develop a project using the scientific method.  Students in grades K-3 are also allowed to follow the Scientific Method, however they are also allowed to do an investigation.  From 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., the projects will be displayed with ribbons. The students will not know which awards they received until this evening.  Teachers will have science booths set up around the perimeter of the gym for students and parents to visit.  The Starlab will be set up in the cafeteria and parents and students are encouraged to get a ticket and learn about the stars and Greek mythology.  There is also a book fair.  For more information, call the Mulberry Grove Elementary School at 326-8811.


FREE PROGRAM ABOUT ILLINOIS TOURISM

Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Director Heather Wilkins is the featured speaker at a free program Thursday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m., at the Greenville Education Center.  The program is sponsored by the Greenville Tourism Office and Greenville Chamber of Commerce and is open to anyone interested in developing and promoting the community as a tourist destination.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, call John Goldsmith at 664-9272.

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OBITUARIES

Earl L. “Buster” Robert

Earl L. “Buster” Robert, age 88, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, May 1 at Caring First Nursing Home in Breese.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in Carlyle Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Clinton County Relay for Life.


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