10-24-2012

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CANDIDATE FORUM

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce Local Candidates Forum was Monday night at the Globe Theater.  Candidates for county wide offices and County Board talked about their qualifications and issues facing the county.  Greenville Chamber Director John Goldsmith said candidates for Circuit Clerk, Coroner, and four of the five County Board districts were all present at the forum.  They talked about a variety of things they want to do if re-elected or elected to office.  Goldsmith said the Chamber of Commerce has a long history of sponsoring "Meet the Candidates" forums. 

Republican Rex Catron, Bond County Circuit Clerk

Democrat Stacey Sidwell, Bond County Circuit Clerk

Republican John Donnell, Bond County Coroner

Democrat Anthony "Tony" Brooks, Bond County Coroner

Republican Barb Smith, Bond County Board District 2

Democrat Gerald Lee “Spanky” McCray Sr., Bond County Board District 2

Democrat Eldon Young, Bond County Board District 3

Democrat Wes Pourchot, Bond County Board District 4

Republican Jack Langel, Bond County Board District 4

Democrat Howard N. Elmore, Bond County Board District 5

Republican Brock Willeford, Bond County Board District 5

Thank you to John King for pictures

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HAY BALE FIRE WEST OF MULBERRY GROVE

Mulberry Grove Firefighters responded Monday, at 2:25 p.m., to a report of a hay bale fire on Rt. 140 west of Mulberry Grove.  According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, lightning was the cause of the fire and two big round bales were damaged.  There were no injuries and firefighters were on the scene about 45 minutes.   


VILLAGE OF POCAHONTAS BOARD MEETING

At the recent Pocahontas Village Board meeting, the board discussed sewer rates. The board will likely have a rate increase proposal on next month’s agenda. There is concern over a sewer deficit.

The village’s water towers main panel bus board failed during the last storm and was replaced. A water pump was also replaced. The cost was just over $9,000.00. There are problems with the housing of a second pump but otherwise it is running fine.

A resident spoke to the board concerning persons depositing trash on his property.

 

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ROUND ONE OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

This Saturday is Week 1 of the IHSA football playoffs.  Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat said the Comets Football team will host Anna-Jonesboro Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. at Don Stout Field.  Gates open for fans at 12:30.  There is no reserved seating and tickets are $5.00 per person.  The Comets cheerleaders are selling Comets Sweatshirts and long-sleeve T-shirts until noon Wednesday, October 24.  Hooded sweatshirts are $25.00 and long-sleeve T-shirts are $15.00. Tickets will not be available for pre-sale.  For more information, call the high school at 664-1370.


EARLY VOTING AN OPTION

Election Day is just a couple of weeks away.  If you are concerned about getting to the polls November 6, you may want to take advantage of another voting option.  Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz said October 22 was the first day of early voting.  Early voting allows voters to come in and vote whenever it is convenient for them.  This form of voting is becoming more popular across the country.  You do not need a specific reason to vote early, as with absentee voting.  For more information about your voting options, call the Bond County Clerk’s office at 664-0449.

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OBITUARIES

Birdie V. Wilke  

Birdie V. Wilke, age 93, of Highland, passed away Monday, October 22 at Aviston Countryside Manor.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.

Michael Robert Betsy

Michael Robert Betsy, age 57, formerly of Smithboro, passed away Saturday, October 20 at Helia Healthcare.  No services are scheduled for 57 year-old Michael Robert Betsy.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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