8-24-2011

 




MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL BOARD FACES LOSS IN GENERAL STATE AID

The Mulberry Grove Board of Education met Monday with a budget hearing at 6:45 p.m.  Superintendent Mike Gauch said general state aid will be $223,000.00 less this school year than in 2010-2011.  The budget shows deficits in the education, transportation, and operation / maintenance funds.  Estimated 2013 ending fund balances look fairly healthy with the exception of the transportation fund. 

In the treasurer’s report, Gauch said the district received the 3rd quarter transportation payment in July.  The district received the first Bond County property tax payment of $600,000.00, in August.

Elementary Principal Annette Hartlieb reported an increase of fifteen students in kindergarten.  Open house is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Junior-Senior High Principal Ryan Bauer said there are five new teachers in the Jr.-Sr. High and there are eight or nine seniors attending the Okaw Vocational Center in Vandalia.  The Jr.-Sr. food stand at the Bond County Fair did well.
The new district media center is nearing completion, about three weeks behind the contracted date.  The media center consists of two rooms with a door and windows between the library and a 32 station computer lab. 

Following a closed session, the board hired Emily Thomas to be the junior high math teacher.

The next meeting is Monday, September 17, with a budget hearing at 6:45 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:00.

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SMOKE ALARM AT MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL

Mulberry Grove and Greenville Firefighters responded Thursday, at 7:05 p.m., to a smoke alarm at the Mulberry Grove School.  According to the fire report and information from the Greenville Police Department, the Mulberry Grove Assistant Fire Chief on the scene advised the smoke was from dry cooking and there was no fire.  The Greenville call was canceled in route.  Mulberry Grove Firefighters were on the scene only a short time.


2012 PAWS IN THE PARK

The Bond County Humane Society’s 9th annual Paws in the Park event will be Saturday, September 15, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Patriot’s Park, rain or shine.  There will be a variety of pet-friendly activities, including an agility course, pet photos from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., police K-9 unit demonstrations, a micro-chipping clinic from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., pet nail trimming and polishing, a cutest pet photo contest, and more.  Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day at the park with man’s best friend.  For more information, call Rachel at 664-4068.

SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS GROWTH ALLIANCE MEETS IN GREENVILLE

Energy Efficiency and methods to achieve this goal was the topic of a presentation by Mary DeMarco, of ConEdison Solutions. Her presentation on energy saving possibilities included ways to finance them through grants, subsidies, and efficiencies. There was information on more efficient replacements for lighting, ballasts, water heaters, motors, and HIVA. These energy users may be replaced with more efficient devices with payback periods as low as one year with grants and other means.

SCIGA Director Art Brown briefly discussed the jobs situation. He said there are considerably more jobs available than the public believes, if you have the training. The U.S. trucking industry is currently short 230,000 drivers and by 2013 that number is expected to climb to more than 300,000 positions. Kaskaskia College offers trucking classes and to date has had 100% placement. He said the railroad industry has many persons moving toward retirement and those jobs are becoming available in greater numbers.

Kaskaskia College Alumni Coordinator Debby Jones said the college is having an open house Saturday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the main campus.


SPORTS

LADY COMETS VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON WITH WINS

JV won 25-12,25-20 over Lebanon
 Brooke Weiss - 2 serving aces, 3 kills
Taylor Gerdes - 4 kills
Autumn Weiss - 3 aces, 3 kills
Katie Anthony - 12 serves, 1 ace, 8 of 9 serve receive, 9 of 9 passing

Varsity won over Lebanon, 25-18, 25-21
Molly Langham - 10 service points, 2 aces, 8 assists
Madi Calvin - 3 services points, 2 kills, 7 assists
Abby Degler - 6 services points
Naomi Hall - 3 kills, 12 of 13 passes
Lauren Hahn - 5 services points, 9 of 9 serve receive, 14 of 14 passes
Kelli Mollett - 5 kills, 5 solo blocks
Hannah Paul - 2 kills, 1 solo block

LADY COMETS TENNIS

The Lady Comets tennis team lost to an evenly matched Vandalia team 5-4 Thursday. Singles winners were (#2) Sarah Siefken, (#4) Anya Thomas, (#6) Abby Gaffner. Gaffner teamed up with Katelyn Eller to win at 3rd doubles, their third win together this week. JV doubles winners were: Dhiral Patel/Maddie Flamm, Laura Riddle/Brittni Snyder and Emily Henderson/Haven Robart.

COMET FOOTBALL OPENS SEASON AT LITCHFIELD

The Varsity Comets Football team will open their season tonight at Litchfield. You can hear the game live on WGEL Radio or the stream at wgel.com. Kick off is set for 7PM, the pre game starts around 6:35.

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OBITUARIES

Rev. Max Whited

Rev. Max Whited, age 83, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Wednesday, August 22, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Mulberry Grove Church of Christ.  Burial will be in McInturf Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Woburn Christian Church Missions or St. Louis Christian College.  The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - mostly sunny, high 95, low 69

SUNDAY - partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers & thunderstorms, high 87, low 70


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Rachel Johnson with the National Safe Boating Council.  There is still plenty of time to hit the lakes and rivers this year, and safety is the first importance.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL. 


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