05-15-2012

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GRANTFORK SCHOOL BUS REAR ENDS SEMI…..ONE STUDENT ARCHED FROM SCENE

A school bus with 33 students on board rear-ended a semi on Interstate 55 in the southbound lane near Litchfield around 4:30 p.m. Monday.  The school bus was from Grantfork and one student was air lifted by arch helicopter to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis.  According to the Illinois State Police, the semi had slowed down for a construction zone when the school bus struck it from behind.  Ten people, including the bus driver, were taken to either St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield or Hillsboro Area Hospital for treatment of injuries.  All other students were taken to Grantfork Elementary School.  The students were coming back from a trip to Springfield when the accident happened.  Nearly a dozen ambulances, EMS units, fire, and police departments responded to the scene and I-55 was closed for several hours.   


CRAIG MARKS WITHDRAWS AS HOSPITAL PRESIDENT AND CEO

The Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors has been informed that Mr. Craig Marks, previously identified as the hospital’s new President and CEO, has withdrawn his agreement to accept the position.  Mr. Marks indicated this action is necessary due to family circumstances and is in no way a negative reflection of the hospital or the Greenville community.  The Board of Directors will continue conducting interviews to find someone to fill the position.


GREENVILLE PILOTS ASSOCIATION HOSTS YOUNG EAGLES EVENT

The Greenville Pilots Association is hosting a “Young Eagles” event Saturday, June 2, from 8:00 a.m. – noon.  Participants will learn how airplanes work, about airplane engines, the world of sky diving, talk with a professional airline pilot, and get a free 20-minute plane ride in the Greenville area.  The event is for youngsters age 8 – 17 and there is no charge to participate.  Twenty openings remain.  To secure one of the openings, complete an application form, available at the Greenville Airport.  For more information, call 664-0926.


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POCAHONTAS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION

The Character Education topic for May at the Pocahontas Center is Respect.  Pocahontas students recognized for Character Education in May are Griffen Leitschuh, Daniel Jones, Kalie Meadows, Brad Nelson, Haley Stevenson, Cazdin Weber, Trista Cristel, Allyson Haberer, Drew Frey, Alexis Williams, Jaquileen Sabnal, Evan Weiss, Samara Dornin, Alissa Hunter, Dylan Weiss, and Gerald Derleth.


BOND COUNTY FARM FUREAU FOUNDATION AWARDS FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS

The Bond County Farm Bureau Foundation awarded $500.00 scholarships to four local students planning on future careers in agriculture.  Scholarships were presented to Brett Woker of Greenville, Jacob Weis of Pocahontas, Newt Albert of Mulberry Grove, and Daniel Suess of Greenville.  Foundation Board Chairman Steve Ronat said, “The importance of education today is immeasurable and the Bond County Farm Bureau Foundation and Board of Directors are very happy to continue the scholarship program for our members.”

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BOND COUNTY 911 JOINING PROGRAM TO HELP WITH MISSING CHILDREN

At the Bond County 911 Board meeting Thursday, it was reported Bond County 911 has begun the process of joining the Call Center Partner’s Program provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  This will provide 911 telecommunicators with step-by-step training for gathering the important information needed to help locate or assist missing and exploited children in a timely manner.  The program will also provide a quality assurance process for all missing children calls to ensure all necessary information is obtained and all steps are being followed correctly.  Becoming a 911 Call Center Partner shows Bond County has incorporated the best practices and standards into their local policies and procedures, as well as making the commitment to keep up future training standards.



OBITUARIES

Arthur “Blackie” Lawson

Arthur “Blackie” Lawson, age 87, of Donnellson, passed away Sunday, May 13 at Hillsboro Area Hospital.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m., at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Cress Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Masonic rites will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Edwin Herman “Eddie” Pingsterhaus

Edwin Herman “Eddie” Pingsterhaus, age 83, of Germantown, passed away Saturday, May 12.  A funeral Mass will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. 

Elsie E. Wiegmann

Elsie E. Wiegmann, age 80, of Trenton, passed away Monday, May 14, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 – 10:45 a.m., at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to Mater Dei High School or St. Mary Church. 

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