DROUGHT CONDITIONS EASE IN SOME AREA, CEASE ALTOGETHER IN OTHERS
September was cool and wet and it appears the area may be in for more weather like we had in September. National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Britt said for Bond County, the drought alleviation began in late August or early September when the remnants of hurricane Isaac moved through the area. According to Britt, Bond County is currently categorized in the lowest drought category as abnormally dry. The forecast indicates we will have more chances of rain which will help us get back to near-normal or normal levels of precipitation.
Map and graph courtesy of the National Weather Service website.
NEW POLICY SUGGESTED AT BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETING
At the recent Bond County Board meeting, Bond County Supervisor of Assessments Deb Langham suggested a policy be put into place for individuals who want to use information from their Geographic Information System, or GIS. Deb said the first part of the policy is for when the county is asking a separate entity for information. They will ensure the outside party they are not going to sell or otherwise misuse the information.
The second part of the policy addresses instances where outside groups or organizations are requesting information from the supervisor of assessments with no personal gain in mind, such as a college class needing information for a class project. The group or organization would sign a contract stating they would not use the information for personal gain. The final aspect of the proposed policy is for instances where an outside group or organization requests information to be used for profit.
For more information about the proposed policy, contact the Supervisor of Assessments office at 664-2848.
4H WEEK AND 4H HISTORY
Since beginning more than 100 years ago, 4-H has grown to become the nation’s largest youth development organization. The 4-H idea is simple: help young people and their families gain the skills they need to be proactive forces in their communities. Bond County 4-H and Youth Program Coordinator Vicki Enloe at the U of I Extension Office said she was a 4-H member for ten years and a leader for eight years. She feels 4-H is a great thing for children and their families. It helps kids develop new skills in leadership, meeting new people, achieving goals, and more.
The 4-H program has several projects for children. For farm kids, there are many livestock and tractor projects and there are general projects for kids who live in town. Every year, they have dog and cat obedience classes and shows, as well as livestock and horse shows at fairs. For more information about 4-H, call Vicki at 664-3665.