Grammy and CMA Award winning country musician Pam Tillis will perform a Christmas special at Kaskaskia College Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jane Knight Auditorium. Pam told WGEL she never cared about being famous.  She said it is not the end of the road but the journey that has made her life so amazing.  She has met amazing people and been all over the world.  Pam said she likes creating all kinds of music including rock and roll, R&B, bluegrass.  When she is performing or recording Christmas music, she feels comfortable mixing a wide range of genres allowing the music to appeal to a wide range of folks.  Christmas is a very special time for Pam and she said she has been collecting Christmas songs for years.  Her show, “Christmas with Pam Tillis,” will feature hand-picked tunes.  Tickets are $27.00 for adults and $15.00 for youth age 18 and under and may be purchased by calling the KC Box Office at 545-3223.



A large crowd gathered Saturday evening to view displayed hobby items and collections at the 12th Annual Hobby and Collection Exhibition at the First Presbyterian Church. One of the exhibitors was John Coleman who collects memorabilia from the first railroad in Bond County. The line is known as the Vandalia Line and it was founded by a man from Greenville named William S. Wade.  He had been working to build a railroad parallel with the National Road.  In 1865, the state legislature approved a railroad from St. Louis, through Greenville, Vandalia, Effingham, and Terre Haute.  Sadly, Wade died later that year and was never able to see the completed railroad.  Many Greenville residents served on the railroad board or served as officers over the years.  John told WGEL the railroad has always had a very strong Greenville connection.  There were more than 20 area collectors at this year’s event including Larry Watts’ firefighting memorabilia, Jess Thompson’s radio controlled planes, and oil paintings by Ruby Corbus.  


According to a report from the American Institute for Research, colleges and universities graduate slightly more than half the students who walk through their doors.  Greenville College is taking a proactive approach to serving students.  Acting President Randy Bergen said, “We want to do everything we can to ensure students complete their first year successfully and go on to graduate.”  Approximately 140 college employees are serving on nine committees to review issues affecting first-year students.  Marcos Gilmore, co-chair of the Foundations of Excellence initiative and dean of student success said, “ This self-study will help us identify areas where we succeed in helping students achieve their goals and areas where we may improve.” Data is being collected and the project will identify ways to improve student retention, graduation rates, and the overall first-year experience.  For more information about the Foundations of Excellence or Greenville College, call 664-6752.



The Trenton Capital Campaign Steering Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday, November 14, at 11:30 a.m. at the Trenton House Restaurant.  The agenda includes a report from the “Big Event” fund raiser, announcements of new gifts, and reports from fund raising teams.

Prairie Farms


The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education met in special session Monday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m., at the Central Office.  The board met in closed session to discuss student discipline.  Following closed session deliberations, two students were expelled from school and all school related activities from Tuesday, November 6, 2012 through and including July 31, 2013.  The expulsions will be held in abeyance and the students will be permitted to apply for enrollment at the New Approach Alternative School in January 2013, provided they meet specified conditions.  A third student was expelled from school and all school related activities for two years from Tuesday, November 6 through and including November 6, 2014.  The student will be provided homebound instruction for five hours a week.  The expulsion will be held in abeyance and the student will be permitted to apply for enrollment at the New Approach Alternative School in January 2013 provided the student meets specified conditions.



Kaskaskia College Financial Aid Office personnel will be at the Vandalia Campus Tuesday, November 13, from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  They will help students confirm they are registered in classes to help them achieve their educational goals.  For more information, call 283-1780.


Doris F. Davis

Doris F. Davis, age 90, of Trenton, passed away Saturday, November 10, at Faith Countryside Homes/Faith Care Center in Highland.  Graveside funeral services will be Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m. at Trenton Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Saint Paul UCC of Lebanon, and Saint Paul UCC of Trenton.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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