The Bond County Board met in special session Friday.  The reason for the meeting was the deadline to place referendums on the November ballot.  Two advisory referendums unanimously passed the board and will be on the ballot this November.  The first will read “Should the State Legislature and Governor enact legislation to provide concealed carry firearms for trained and certified law abiding citizens for all lawful purposes?” 

The second will read “Should the Bond County Board take action to allow surface property owners the opportunity to obtain an interest in the coal rights underneath their property, with Bond County only retaining the royalties of the current coal lease until such time as it may expire on its own terms?” 

Currently the county holds the coal rights and has a lease with Colt Coal Company for mining rights.  That lease is set to last another 13 years. However, if Colt Coal did start a mine in Bond County the lease would automatically extend until mining was finished.  Both are advisory referendums which mean they are not binding and serve to show the current opinions of voters in Bond County.  Both referendums passed the board with a 4-0 vote. 

A third referendum, that would have been binding, was proposed by Joe Whalen to make the Supervisor of Assessments an elected instead of an appointed position.  Whalen made the motion to put the referendum on the ballot but the motion failed to get a second.  The Bond County Board will meet Tuesday, at 7:00 p.m.


An Illinois Wheat Forum is Tuesday, August 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at the Highland Knights of Columbus Hall.  Illinois Wheat Association Executive Secretary Diane Handley said the Illinois Wheat Forum is a semi-annual event with one in February in Mt. Vernon and an August event in Highland.  The forum is an educational opportunity for Wheat Association members and the wheat industry to learn from speakers, meet vendors, and network with one another.  The cost is $15.00 for Wheat Association members and $25.00 for non members and includes the full day of programming and lunch.  For more information, call Diane at 309-557-3662.


The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a program Tuesday, August 21, entitled “Protecting Your Small Business.”  Chamber of Commerce Director John Goldsmith said often we hear about scams affecting the general population and we forget businesses may be the targets of scams as well.  The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is happy to offer this opportunity for local businesses to learn more about what the Attorney General’s office offers.  The program is at 7:00 p.m. at the Bradford Community Building.  The speaker is Ella York, the community outreach liaison for the Illinois Attorney General’s office. The event is open to both chamber members and non chamber members.  If you have any questions or would like to register, call the chamber office at 664-9272.

Prairie Farms


The Greenville Cemetery Board met Friday, August 17, at 10:30 a.m. in the mausoleum, built in 1914, at Montrose Cemetery.  They discussed several items, including what to do with the remainder of the funds from the Lindley Monument settlement.  Several options were suggested including paving the remainder of the roads, installing a new welcome sign, and adding dirt or rocks to the edges of the new roads.  Board members toured the cemetery looking for leaning headstones and needed maintenance. In their October meeting, the board plans to review the current cemetery rules and regulations to ensure they are valid and up-to-date. 









The Greenville Jr. High Bluejays won a heart-pounding 4 to 3 win over the Highland Bullpups Monday evening at the Greenville Jr. High field.  7th grader Christian Moss went the distance on the mound, only allowing one earned run and striking out 7.  The Bluejays trailed 3 to 0 heading into the bottom of the 7th. A leadoff double by Keaton Roadman started the inning. Andy Cruthis drew a one out walk and Lucas Carlson followed with a single.  Tyler Turner walked. following the 2nd out, Ryan Hutchinson reached on an error scoring another run.  With bases loaded and 2 outs, catcher Noah Mathews won the game with a 2 run double to left center.  The Bluejays are 3 - 5 on the season and play at home against Gillespie tonight (Tuesday) at 4:15.


Braxton Lynn Cope, Sr.

Braxton Lynn Cope, Sr., age 51, of Sparta, Tennessee, formerly of Bond County, passed away Friday, August 17 at his home. Funeral services were Monday. Memorials may be made to the Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta, Tennessee to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Marquerite C. Der Nederlanden

Marquerite C. Der Nederlanden, age 85, of Alhambra, passed away Tuesday, August 21 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral arrangements for 85 year-old Marquerite C. Der Nederlanden are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

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