05-08-2012

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GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING PREVIEW

The Greenville City Council is expected to discuss and vote on a recommendation from council staff to implement a new tax on utilities at tonight's meeting.  The recommendation, which may be approved by a simple majority affirmation of the council, would implement a 5% increase on the gas and electric rate, the maximum allowed by statute. Approving the municipal tax on electricity and gas consumption is estimated to generate more than $470,000.00 per full year and would, if implemented immediately, collect more than $350,000.00 for nine months of the fiscal year.
Last month, the city had a series of town meetings on the budgeting process and the process of balancing costs and revenue.
The meeting is at 7:30 tonight at the Greenville Municipal Building.


DAY TWO OF THE GREAT CELEBRITY PIE AUCTION

Day two of the Great Celebrity Pie Auction has come and gone, and the grand total of money raised is $5,655.  A huge thank you is owed to the pie bakers and all the bidders.  And if you haven’t bought a pie yet your last opportunity to help raise money for the Bond County Relay for Life, through the pie auction is Wednesday.  The last day starts with Bond County Circuit Clerk Rex Catron at 7AM, Daryl Bolen and Joe Doll at 7:30, from Unit 1 School District Ryan Bauer at 8AM and from the Sorento School Bill Carpenter at 8:30.  One more chance to bid and raise as much money as possible for the Bond County Relay for Life during day 3, the last day, of the Great Celebrity Pie Auction on WGEL Radio. 


HIGHLAND PLACES FIRST AT STATE BASS FISHING TOURNAMENT

Highland High School reeled in a 1st place victory at the IHSA Bass Fishing State Final at Carlyle Lake Saturday. According to the IHSA website, Highland Boat #1 placed first with a total weight of 27 pounds 13 ounces, beating second place Elkville whose total weight was almost a pound less at 26 pounds 15 ounces. Highland Boat #2 placed 11th with 24 pounds 7 ounces. Other local teams to place were Farina-South Central Boat #1 in 7th place with 24 pounds 11 ounces and Farina-South Central Boat #2 in 26th place with 20 pounds 3 ounces.


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TEST DRIVE EVENT FOR COMETS SPORTS BOOSTERS

Saturday, May 12, Tri-Ford in Greenville is hosting a test drive event to benefit the Comets Sports Boosters.  Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat said the Comets Sports Boosters is hosting their third annual “Drive one for the Comets” event.  It will be a test drive fundraiser in the Greenville High School Cafeteria parking lot from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Anyone 18 or older with a valid driver’s license may test drive a new Ford car or truck.  For every completed test drive, the Comets Sports Boosters will receive $20.00.  If you have any questions, call the high school athletic department at 664-1370, extension 5.


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BOND COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF SCRAMBLE

The Bond County Humane Society is having a fund raising golf scramble Friday, June 8, at Governor’s Run Golf Course in Carlyle.  The entry fee is $80.00 per golfer which includes greens fees, cart, and meals.  Registration and a light lunch start at noon, tee time is 1:00 p.m., and dinner is at 5:30.  The registration deadline is June 1.  For more information or to register, call Rachel at 664-4068.

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BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM 2012

Graduation is quickly approaching, as is the Greenville High School Baccalaureate.  Principal Wendy Porter said the Baccalaureate is sponsored by the Light Force.  It is Wednesday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m., at the First Christian Church.  There is a service and speakers honoring the graduates, as well as a slide show with baby pictures and senior pictures submitted by the Senior class.  If you have any questions, call the high school at 664-1370.

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SPECIAL EXHIBITS AT FAYETTE COUNTY MUSEUM

Special May exhibits at the Fayette County Museum include 1940’s Mother’s Day, Memories of WWII, and Women of WWII.  Entry forms are available for the Annual Town & Country and Professional Art Shows, June 16-24, sponsored by Artworks Gallery.  Forms are due by May 30.  Museum hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the museum at 283-4866.


OBITUARIES

Herman L. Essert

Herman L. Essert, age 83, of Breese, passed away Monday, May 7 at his home.  A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Dominic Church in Breese.  Burial will be at a later date.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  The Breese Knights of Columbus services will be Thursday, at 7:00 and the Breese American Legion services will be Thursday, at 7:30 at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Dominic Church, or St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Joan J. Williams

Joan J. Williams, age 61, of Breese, passed away Monday, May 7 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Highland.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville or the American Cancer Society.

Larry L. Shaver, Sr.

Larry L. Shaver, Sr., age 63, of Carlyle, passed away Saturday, May 5 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at noon, at Kutis Affton Chapel in St. Louis.  Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with military honors.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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