Greenville Firefighters responded Tuesday, at 9:44 p.m., to a report of hay bales on fire along Baumberger Avenue at Reno Road north of Greenville.  Shoal Creek Firefighters were called a few minutes later for mutual aid and Mulberry Grove Firefighters were called to stand by at their firehouse if needed.  According to First Captain Jim Sutton, there were approximately 200 large round bales of hay in the area and about half of those were on fire.  About half the bales were straw and the other half hay and about half the total number were salvaged.  The cause of the fire is unknown but according to Fire Chief Bill Johnston, the cause is under investigation by the Greenville Fire Department.  No injuries were reported and firefighters were on the scene about two hours.  The bales are still burning and may be for several days.

Jim advises everyone of the extreme fire hazard due to dry conditions and high winds.  You are discouraged from all burning as the very dry conditions and winds easily cause fires to get out of control.  Smokers are reminded not to throw lit cigarettes or cigars out of cars as these may easily ignite dry grass along the road.  Fire Chief Bill Johnston also recommends no outside burning of any kind.



The skies will light up over Patriot’s Park Lake Wednesday, July 4 as the Kingsbury Park District presents an Independence Day celebration.  Financing the event has been an issue for the KPD and this year, the Park District Board will run a concession, selling lemon shake-ups and cotton candy.  The Bond County Shrine Club will have their concession stand again this year. There will be donation collection barrels at the entrance to the park to help with the cost of the event.  The Greenville Municipal Band will play and the fireworks start shortly after dusk.  Those wishing to make a donation prior to the event may call the Kingsbury Park District at 664-4969.




The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Monday, June 25 with dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center and the meeting at 7:00 in the Clinton Wedekemper Board Room.  The agenda includes administrative reports, a presentation of the tentative design of the Trenton Education Center, several resolutions on salaries, purchases, meeting dates, and disposition of property, approvals of retirement and employment, and a closed session.


With hot weather forecast this week across Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn announced services available throughout the state to protect people from the heat. The Governor also encouraged residents to check on family members and neighbors who are vulnerable to hot weather, including the elderly and children. The state opened more than 120 cooling centers to help those without air conditioning find respite from the heat.  Cooling centers are at Illinois Department of Human Services offices and are open to the public during regular business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the Illinois Department of Human Services hotline at (800) 843-6154.

To stay cool and avoid illness, people should increase their fluid intake but avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. Also decrease strenuous, outdoor physical activity and remain in air conditioning when possible.
The Illinois Department on Aging encourages relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone. When temperatures and humidity are extremely high, seniors and people with chronic health conditions should be monitored for dehydration and other effects of extreme heat. Seniors should eat lighter meals, take longer and more frequent rests, and drink plenty of fluids. For information about heat preparedness, visit the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.



At a special meeting June 18, the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees appointed Bryan S. Holthaus, of Aviston, to replace Bryan Cain, of Patoka, on the board.   Holthaus will take his oath of office at the June 25 meeting and will serve until the next consolidated election April 9, 2013.


Bonnie M. Cain

Bonnie M. Cain, age 87, of Greenville, Michigan, formerly of Highland, passed away Tuesday, June 19 at Green Acres Assisted Living in Greenville, Michigan.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Alhambra.  Friends may call Friday, from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Green Acres Assisted Living Recreation Fund.

Gary Pejakovic 

Gary Pejakovic, age 47, of Alhambra, passed away Tuesday, June 19 at his residence.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Irene M. Knebel

Irene M. Knebel, age 89, of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, June 20 at Faith Care Center in Highland.  A funeral Mass will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, also in Pierron.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. 

Martha Jenner

Martha Jenner, age 86, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, June 20 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri.  Funeral arrangements for 86 year-old Martha Jenner are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Mattie L. Burton

Mattie L. Burton, age 70, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, June 19 at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral arrangements for 70 year-old Mattie L. Burton are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


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