08-09-2012

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WINNER IN THE 2012 WATERMELON SEED CONTEST

There were hundreds and hundreds of guesses in this year’s Watermelon Seed Contest but only one person hit the number right on the button.  Mary Ann Thole of Highland guessed 197 black seeds and is this year’s winner.  Mary Ann wins $100.00 cash, five country cd's, a party package to the Gateway Fun Park, and two tickets to see Johnny Rodgers in concert at the Wildey Theatre in downtown Edwardsville.  Former Bond County Supervisor of Assessments Donnie Albert was the second closest with his guess of 198.  A big thank you to everyone who came by the booth and guessed in this year’s contest and congratulations to Mary Ann Thole this year’s winner.  


POLITICAL DEBATE IN HIGHLAND

A political debate between Danny Stover and State Senator Kyle McCarter is scheduled for Thursday, August 16 at the Highland Knights of Columbus Hall. Debate moderator Philip Chapman said Highland Silver Lake has an exciting political debate planned between incumbent Senator Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, and Senate challenger Danny Stover, D-Centralia.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the debate starts at 7:00 p.m. Candidates will speak on the topic, “Why you should vote for me.”  The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served after the debate.  The candidates may choose to stay and meet with the crowd.

 

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PART OF LARGE TREE FALLS ON COURTHOUSE LAWN

A large part of one of the trees on the courthouse lawn came crashing down Wednesday afternoon. No one was hurt by the very large branch.

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2012 MULBERRY GROVE HOMECOMING

The 2012 Mulberry Grove Homecoming is Saturday, August 11 with the parade starting at 4:00 p.m.  Serving of fried chicken dinners starts immediately after the parade. Hamburgers, two types of brats, pork burgers, and ribeye sandwiches are also available. Parents may buy armbands for their children for $6.00 each so they may play on the blow-up bounce houses all night.  Kids and adults will have the opportunity to dunk the teachers and staff from Mulberry Grove High School and Elementary School in the dunk tank.  From 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., there will be live music by the popular band Exit 36.  Floats for the parade please line up between 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.  Come on out and enjoy the fun activities at this year’s Mulberry Grove Homecoming.


YOUNG GIRLS LOOKING TO PLAY SOFTBALL

Young girls in this area interested in playing softball next summer are invited to try out for two local traveling teams.  Randy Brown said they will have tryouts for an under-10 team and an under-14 team for the 2013 summer season.  They will play a couple of tournaments this fall.  There is no cost to try out and the first tryout for the under-10 team will be Saturday, August 11, at 10:00 a.m. at the practice facility by the fairgrounds.  For more information, call Randy at 267-9384.


JUNIOR COMETS SEASON STARTS THIS WEEKEND

The Jr. Comets 2012 season kicks off this weekend.  Tom Broomfield said the Jr. Comets are at home against Staunton.  Game time is 11:00 a.m. for the 5th grade game, and the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade games will follow at the high school football field.  Tom told WGEL they try to teach the students the basic fundamentals of football.  There is a win/loss sheet, but the most important thing to them is that the students have fun and learn how to play.  Students who are interested in playing with the Jr. Comets may still register.  There is a $10.00 late fee.  For more information, call Tom at 315-9065.

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OBITUARIES

Gary L. Beeler

Gary L. Beeler, age 70, of St. Jacob, passed away Wednesday, August 8 at his residence.  Private graveside services will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.  Memorials are suggested to Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis or to the Highland Animal Shelter.

John Taylor

John Taylor, age 45, of Highland, passed away Sunday, August 5 at his residence.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Missouri.  Burial will be in Center Cemetery in Center, Missouri.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Meredith Funeral Home in Highland and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to Highland Hope United Methodist Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.


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