11-28-2012

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IRHA DIRECTOR ON RURAL HEALTH CARE

Illinois Rural Health Association Executive Director Margaret Vaughn was in Greenville Monday to present a 2012 Rural Physician of Excellence award to Dr. Philip Siefken. Vaughn said there is a crisis in the state in regards to rural healthcare.  Citizens in the more populated parts of the state, such as Chicago or Springfield, have access to many different healthcare options, however, in rural communities there are sometimes little or no options.  Vaughn said the Illinois Rural Health Association is made up of healthcare professionals, hospitals, and consumers who are interested in improving healthcare for Illinoisans.  For more information on how you may make an impact, contact the IRHA at www.ilruralhealth.org or call 217-280-0206.

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UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD SETS TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING

At the recent Unit 2 School Board meeting, the board set a Truth In Taxation Hearing for December 17, at the Greenville Jr. High School Library, starting at 7:00 p.m. The board voted to apply for the School District Library Grant Program. The state legislature authorized up to a $.75 per pupil expenditure for qualifying school districts. The funds must be used to support the school library media program.

The district received more than $3 million in payments for October with more than $2 million of this amount from Bond County taxes.

The board approved the fuel bid from FS in Greenville for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year at the same amount as quoted for the months of August through December.

Technology Director Meg File reported the Boeing Corporation donated around 300 used laptops to the district.


TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN POCAHONTAS SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

A Bond County Deputy, Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters and EMS responded Friday, at 6:06 p.m., to the scene of a two-vehicle accident on Frey Meadows Avenue in Pocahontas.  According to information from the Bond County Sheriff’s Department, drivers were Robert Haller, age 57, of Pocahontas and Whitnye Kessinger, age 25, of Greenville.  Pocahontas-Old Ripley EMS took Kessinger to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  No additional information is available at this time.

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POCAHONTAS VILLAGE BOARD RAISES SEWER RATES 

AT their recent meeting, the Pocahontas Village Board increased sewer rates from $12.60 for the first 1,000 gallons per month to $13.00. The rate for additional sewer use was raised from $.50 per 100 additional gallons per month to $.70 cents per 100 gallons. The sewer fund lost $ 6,000.00 last year making the rate increase necessary. Board members were concerned Rural Development would intervene and raise the rates even higher.  The estimated increase for an average home using 5,500 gallons a month will be just slightly more than $9.00 per month. The rate increase will be reflected in December’s bill.

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OBITUARIES

Clinton W. Meyer

Clinton W. Meyer, age 80, of St. Jacob, passed away Tuesday, November 27, at Lebanon Care Center.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Keystone Cemetery in St. Jacob.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph’s Hospital or Lebanon Care Center.

Dorothy B. Wernle

Dorothy B. Wernle, age 94, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, November 27 at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral arrangements for 94 year-old Dorothy B. Wernle are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Gary Dorries

Gary Dorries, age 46, of Trenton, formerly of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, November 27 near Salem.  Funeral arrangements for 46 year-old Gary Dorries are pending at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.

Maxine M. “Max” Gruner

Maxine M. “Max” Gruner, age 74, of Grantfork, passed away Monday, November 26, at Grand Country Inn in Branson, Missouri.  A memorial service will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Grantfork United Church of Christ.  Burial will be in Brown Cemetery in Old Ripley.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Grantfork United Church of Christ.

Trooper Kyle W. Deatherage

Trooper Kyle W. Deatherage, age 32, of Highland, passed away Monday, November 26.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at Triad High School in Troy.  Burial will be in Marine Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the school.  Memorials are suggested to the scholarship fund for his children’s education or to the Kyle W. Deatherage Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund at Triad High School.


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