06-20-2012

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FIELD FIRE IN ROYAL LAKE

Mulberry Grove Firefighters were dispatched Monday, at 3:52 p.m., to a report of a field fire at Minnesota and Massachusetts Avenues in Royal Lake.  According to Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, a trash and brush fire got out of control due to the high winds and spread to a vacant area just south of Rt. 40.  About 1 – 1 ½ acres were burned by the fire but there was no damage to buildings or crops.  Volkmar said the dense blowing smoke made visibility impossible for a time on about a 500 foot section of Rt. 40.  Keyesport Firefighters responded with a brush truck to provide mutual aid.  There were no injuries and firefighters were on the scene about 45 minutes.  Dwight advises you not to light fires outside while conditions are so dry especially on breezy days. 


ILLINOIS STATE POLICE 7TH ANNUAL YOUTH POLICE CAMP

Illinois State Police personnel are spearheading a week-long residency camp for youth ages 13-15 from the Metro East area.  The 7th Annual Youth Police Camp is July 15-21 in Alton.  The primary purpose is to establish inter-personal relations between youth of this area and law enforcement to create a better understanding of the problems and attitudes of both groups.  The camp is based upon a military model of discipline and includes para-military drills, physical fitness exercises, and classroom instruction on drug abuse resistance education, team building principles, bullying, and other life enhancing skills.  The cost to attend is $10.00.  For more information call 346-3842.

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MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES AMENDED BUDGET

At a special budget amendment hearing Monday, at 6:45 p.m., Mulberry Grove Superintendent Mike Gauch presented the amended 2012-2013 budget.  Due to receipt of funds, figures showed a better picture than was anticipated.  The board approved the amended budget.

During the regular meeting, Gauch explained the anticipated increased assessed valuation in Bond County for next year resulted in an additional $60,000.00 - $70,000.00 for the district while giving taxpayers a reduction on their overall school district taxes.  The district received no state money in June but fund balances look good. 

Junior high social studies teacher Caleb Thompson presented a program on aligning the school curriculum for grades K-12.  New state legislation will require teacher and school evaluation be based upon student achievement.  Curriculum alignment measures individual student growth, instructor and content effectiveness, is scored objectively, and is based on state standards.

The board decided to continue with the bus lease program and six new buses are at the school.  Each bus is equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance cameras.

Student insurance fees have increased for next year and registration fees will reflect an increase of $2.50 for students in grades K-8 and $5.25 for students in grades 9-12.

State funding for 2012-2013 is still not finalized, however, projections indicate a level of general state aid funding equal to 89% of the allocated funds for the school year. 

The next meeting is Monday, July 16, at 7:00 p.m.

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KC SUCCESS RATE IN TOP TWENTY NATIONWIDE

According to CNN, Kaskaskia College is ranked number 20 in the nation and second in Illinois with a student success rate of 61%.  Of the 786 community colleges listed, KC’s number 20 ranking is based on the percentage of students who graduated within three years or transferred to four-year colleges.  There are several reasons for KC’s 61% success rate.  KC has several articulation agreements with regional four-year schools through its University Alliance Program.  Some area universities offer classes through Kaskaskia College for specific degrees. 

KC maintains a competitive Honors program with advanced classes specifically designated for Honors students.  There are several classes for students who need extra help before tackling college level courses.  The Reading Link, TRIO, Fast Forward program, Success Center, GED classes, and GED scholarship program show KC is committed to the success of learners of every level.  For more information on transfers and programs at Kaskaskia College, call 545-3000.

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SPORTS

VOLLEY FOR A CURE VOLLEYBALL GAME IN GREENVILLE

The annual Volley for a Cure volleyball game between the Greenville Lady Comets and the Vandalia Lady Vandals will be in Greenville, Thursday, September 27.  This event is dedicated to all men and women who have been touched by cancer with the hope this devastating disease will one day be cured.  All proceeds benefit Bond County Relay for Life.  To help with this event, call Jody at 669-2438.


OBITUARIES

Bonnie M. Cain

Bonnie M. Cain, age 87, formerly of Highland, passed away Tuesday, June 19 at Green Acres Assisted Living in Greenville, Michigan.  Funeral arrangements for 87 year-old Bonnie M. Cain are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Loraine White

Loraine White, age 94, of Donnellson, passed away Monday, June 18 at Montgomery Nursing and Rehab.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Donnellson Cemetery.  Visitation is Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. 

 


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