Your 2012 general election results are in.  In Bond County, voters chose incumbent candidate Republican Rex Catron as their Circuit Clerk over Democrat Stacey Sidwell.  Catron received 4,124 votes while Sidwell got 3,051.  In the Bond County Coroner race, Democrat Tony Brooks received a total of 3,639 over Republican John Donnell, who received 3,507. 

Democrats were elected to all five Bond County Board seats.  In District One, Democrat Frank Lucco ran unopposed.  Democrat Gerald “Spanky” McCray defeated Republican Barb Smith with a final vote of 871 to 677 in district 2.  833 votes were cast for Democrat Eldon Young in District 3, giving him the edge over Republican Tom DeVore’s 591 votes.  Looking to District 4, Wes Pourchot, Democrat, received 830 votes while Republican Jack Langel received 525 votes.  Finally, voters chose Democrat Howard Elmore in District 5, giving him 754 votes over Republican Brock Willeford’s 580 votes.  The new Bond County Board will now be 100% Democrat.

Two advisory referendums were also on the ballot.  Bond County residents voted in favor of the Firearm Concealed Carry Proposition with 5502 “Yes” votes and 1574 "No" votes.  The Property Owner Coal Rights Proposition also passed, with 6061 “Yes” votes and 813 "No" votes. Both referendums are advisory and do not create laws.  

There were two uncontested races in Bond County.  Democrat Christopher Bauer ran unopposed for Bond County State’s Attorney and Republican John Cavaletto was the sole candidate for State Representative in the 107th District. 

Finally, in the national sphere, Bond County voters choose Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan over Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden.  The Romney/Ryan ticket received 4091 votes, while the Obama/Biden ticket got approximately 1000 less, at 3016.

All election results are unoffical.

The Presidential election, as it broke down in Bond County:
Romney/Ryan - 4091
Obama/Biden - 3016
Johnson/Gray - 149
Stein/Hawkins - 60


Residents of Madison County voted Tuesday to allow the Highland Community Unit School District Number 5 to issue $5 million in working cash fund bonds.  The proposition passed with a total of 4523 “Yes” votes and 3710 “No” votes.



Four judges won retention Tuesday in the third judicial circuit in Bond and Madison Counties.  The judges needed 60% of the vote to retain their seats.  Ann Callis received 81,198 "Yes" votes to 37,233 "No" votes.   Judge John Knight got 74,089 "Yes" votes and 41,014 "No" votes.   Barbara Crowder received "Yes" votes totaling 73,401 and 42,762 "No" votes. Dave Hylla got 75,000 "Yes" votes and 39,792 "No" votes.  

All election results are unoffical.


State Senator Kyle McCarter Republican won last night in the 54 district as did John Shimkus in the 15th Congressional district.  McCarter beat Danny Stover with votes totaling 58,934 for McCarter and 35,860 for Stover. Shimkus received 203,280 votes to win over Angela Michael with 91,992 votes. In the Illinois U.S. House District 13 race, Rodney Davis narrowly won that contest with 136,596 votes compared to David Gill's 135,309.    

Prairie Farms


At their Monday meeting, the Mulberry Grove Village Board hired Harold Thull to be the Code Enforcement Officer.  Thull is a licensed building inspector and will work part time for the village, approximately 19 hours a month at the rate of $10.00 per hour.

The board voted to purchase a gas detector, calibration supplies, and protective clothing for village employees for approximately $1400.00.  The old gas detector no longer works.  They also decided to purchase four reflective material safety vests and will remove the diesel fuel tank from inside the village garage.  These purchases and actions result from an inspection by the Illinois Department of Labor. 

The next meeting is Monday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m.



Average rainfall in Greenville this October was 3.26 inches, just slightly under the 45 year average of 3.62.  The most rain in October fell in 2009 when Greenville got 12.98 inches and the least was six tenths of an inch in 1985.  The area was blanketed with two inches of snow Halloween, October 31, 1993.


James M. Foster

James M. Foster, age 84, of Carlyle, passed away Monday, November 5 at Carlyle Healthcare Center.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 - 9:39 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Cemetery or to the American Diabetes Association.

John R. Bircher

John R. Bircher, age 57, of Highland, passed away Monday, November 5 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to St. Paul Education Foundation.

Edwin “Ed” Wernle

Edwin “Ed” Wernle, age 84, passed away Tuesday, November 6.  Funeral arrangements for 84 year-old Edwin “Ed” Wernle are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


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