08-23-2012

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BOND COUNTY BOARD RECEIVES HIGH SPEED COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT

The Bond County Board received the High Speed Communications Committee report at their meeting Tuesday night.  Jim Zeeb chaired the committee and presented their findings and recommendations to the board.  Zeeb said Bond County has great communications infrastructure and stressed how important broadband access is to economic growth and that the importance of reliable fast internet speed in rural communities will continue to grow.  Recommendations to the Bond County Board included forming a new long term committee focused on communications, the county facilitating dialogue between local wireless internet companies to help mitigate signal conflicts, and the county hiring a technical advisor to work with local government and devise a comprehensive technical strategy for communication and technical advancement. 
In other action, the board declined a special use permit to allow a manufactured home be placed on five acres in Mills Township.  The vote was 4-1 not to issue the permit. Frank Lucco voted to allow the permit.  The manufactured home had been ordered removed by zoning administrator George Shaw earlier this year, but it had not been removed.  The board discussed putting a mechanism in place that would enforce those orders in the future.  The board did approve a special use permit for a manufactured home on a one acre tract in Shoal Creek Township. 
Board member Jack Langel asked County Highway Engineer Doug DeLong to look into the possibility of placing a recycling collection point on the highway department grounds in conjunction with Fayco.  The matter is likely to come up for discussion at the next Bond County Board meeting.   


AMERICAN FARM HERITAGE MUSEUM MONTHLY MEETING

President Oliver Schaefer opened the American Farm Heritage Museum monthly meeting. Committee reports on Heritage Days described a good turnout and lots of successful activities. The downtown parade was a great success with more than 45 tractors participating. The sawmill was so successful it is reporting a shortage of logs. John Tischhner said the gas engine display was two to three times larger than in past years and should be even bigger next year. He is adding another tent for more displays. Hills Fort had a very good turnout. The hosts were reportedly getting hoarse from giving many presentations and answering many questions. There were 215 tractors on display Friday and 300 - 350 Saturday.
Upcoming events include the Fall Festival October 13 and the annual Christmas Light Wonderland November 23 - January 1.

 

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FALSE FIRE ALARM AT KFC TACO BELL IN GREENVILLE

Greenville firefighters responded to the KFC/Taco Bell on Route 127 south of Greenville just after midnight Wednesday to investigate a fire alarm.  According to the fire report, the alarm was called in by the alarm company, however, no alarm sounded at KFC/Taco Bell.  There was no fire and firefighters were on the scene less than ten minutes.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO MEET

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Monday, August 27, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7:00, in the Wedekemper Board Room.  The agenda includes administrative reports, approval of the election notice, health insurance stipend, disposal of college property, accepting donations, approving employment for a building and grounds technician and an academic advisor, approval of the master design for the Vandalia Campus, and a closed session for personnel and business matters.


STUDENTS URGED TO ENTER “LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE” COMPETITION

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White urges students in grades 4-10 to enter the 2013 “Letters About Literature” contest, a national reading and writing competition.  Students read books and write letters to the authors, living or deceased, describing how the books positively impacted their lives.  White said, “Illinois has had more entries than any other state for five years in a row.  I encourage all students to take part in this competition and I hope their participation leads to a lifetime love of reading.”  There are three levels, grades 4-6, 7-8, and 9-10.  State winners in each level will compete at the national level.  The deadline to enter is January 11, 2013.  For more information, call Bonnie at 217-558-2065.

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OBITUARIES

Marguerite C. derNederlanden      

Marguerite C. derNederlanden, age 85, of Alhambra, passed away Tuesday, August 21, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Funeral services will be Sunday, at 6:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens South in Davie, Florida Wednesday, August 29. Friends may call Sunday, from 5:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Scholarships to Kanakuk Institute.

Rev. Max Whited

Rev. Max Whited, age 83, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Wednesday, August 22 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral arrangements for 83 year-old Rev. Max Whited are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.


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