12-10-2012

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AREA FIRE FIGHTERS CONTROLLED BURN IN SMITHBORO

A lot of memories for folks in Bond County and especially Smithboro went up in flames Saturday afternoon as the former Tevis market building was put to the torch for training for area firefighters. Among other duties firefighters were busy watering down neighboring buildings including the post office next door to the controlled burn Saturday afternoon.

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Local Fire Fighters training at the old Tevis Market building in Smithboro

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Firefighters wet down surrounding buildings to prevent the fire from spreading

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DEADLINE FOR FLOOD DEBASEMENT QUICKLY APPROACHING

According to Bond County Supervisor of Assessments Deb Langham, the deadline to turn in your flood debasement supporting loss documentation is Friday, December 14, to be included in the 2012 assessment year, payable in 2013.  Information submitted after December 14 will be applied to the 2013 assessment year, payable in 2014.

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SEVERAL STUDENTS NAMED ILLINOIS STATE SCHOLARS

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission recently recognized the 2012-13 Illinois State Scholars.  Several students made the list from Bond County Unit #2.  We spoke with Greenville High School Principal, Wendy Porter.
Porter congratulated the following students for their outstanding academic achievements: Ryan Alderman, Ava Bergen, Joanna Boyd, Anna Brannon, Madison Calvin, Amy Disch, Jordan Disch, Katie Filby, Hayden File, Allison Krieg, Trey Kuhl, Kelsey Laurent, Moriah Goggin, Seth Lohman, Corey Manning, Blake Moss, Layla Zahniser, and Tyler Ziemba. Approximately the top ten percent of graduates are announced as State Scholars each year.  


RAIN EACH DAY THIS WEEKEND

Rain fell each day this weekend.  Accumulated rain totals in the Greenville area from Friday evening to Monday morning were, at the sewer plant .63 at 6th Street .57 and at Idler Lane .52.  No rain is in the forecast for Monday or Tuesday but rain could return to our area later in the week. 

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MULBERRY GROVE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Mulberry Grove Elementary School will present a Christmas program, “A Portrait of Christmas ”, on Monday, December 10th.  We spoke with Music Director, Jessica Boese about the event.
This year’s program is called “A Portrait of Christmas.”  It celebrates many of the traditions of the Holiday Season.   Grades K-6 will be performing.  Jessica said that the program will likely last half an hour, and will include songs like The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Silver Bells, Going on a Sleigh Ride, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  She added that they have transformed the stage into a Winter Wonderland, with many trees and lights.  The show will take place Monday, December 10th at 6:30 pm in the high school gym.  For more information, call the school at 326-8811.

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ANNA OESTREICH ON FOOD PANTRY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

The Holidays are here, and that can mean an increased demand on local food pantries.  We spoke with Anna Oestreich about some of the things that they currently need in Bond County.
Anna began by telling WGEL that they appreciate all of the support from the community.  All donations are appreciated, big and small.  Anna said that this time of year, they find themselves in particular need of fruit and fruit juices.  Also, during Christmas break, many kids are left home alone while their parents are still at work.  Food which is easy for children to prepare is also needed.  In addition to donating food and other supplies, folks can also make monetary donations to the food pantry.  Once again, for more information or to make a donation to the Pantry call the Senior Center at 664-1465.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE JUMP START PROGRAM EXPANDS

The Kaskaskia College Jump Start Program for high school students has been expanded to spring, summer, and fall semesters beginning spring 2013.  The Jump Start Program allows high school students to receive a 50% reduction in tuition for up to four credit hours.  Registration for spring semester is going on now and students may get an application from their school guidance office or by calling 545-3048.  


HIS KIDS PRESENTS THE LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE PROJECT

HIS KIDS is sponsoring The Little Christmas Tree Project.  You may provide a miniature Christmas tree and ornaments to a child with cancer who will be in the hospital over the holidays.  The cost is $18.00 and trees may be purchased in honor or in memory of yourself, your family, a family member, business, club, group, or a special friend.  These trees give hope and Christmas cheer to these very special kids.  Please help brighten the holidays for a child with cancer by sponsoring a mini-tree.  For more information or to order a tree, call 654-4020. b

 

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OBITUARIES

Marcella Engelman

Marcella Engelman, age 88 of Raymond, passed away Friday, December 7th at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Funeral services for 88 year old Marcella Engelman will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Pleasant Hill Christian Church near Raymond. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery in Litchfield. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.

Thelma Schallenberg

Thelma M. Schallenberg, age 94 of Alhambra, passed away Friday, December 7th at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra. Funeral services for Thelma M. Schallenberg will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at United Church of Christ of St. Jacob in Marine. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Alhambra. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dauderman Mortuary and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Hoyleton Children’s Home, Hitz Memorial Home, or United Church of Christ of Marine.

Lovetta “Betty” Jarman

Lovetta “Betty” Jarman, age 81, of Sorento, passed away Thursday, December 6, at The Glenwood in Greenville.  Funeral services for 81 year-old Lovetta “Betty” Jarman will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Sorento Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or Bond County Transit.

Jean M. Conrad

Jean M. Conrad, age 82 of Highland, passed away on Friday, December 7th at Alhambra Care Center.  Funeral services for 82 year-old Jean M. Conrad will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.  Friends may call on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. or on Wednesday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Albert S. Johnstone

Albert S. Johnstone, age 86 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Thursday, December 6th at Barnes-Jewish North Campus. Funeral services for 86 year old Albert S. Johnstone will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove. Burial will be in Noffsinger Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Tamalco Christian Church or to the Shriner’s Hospital. Masonic services will be Monday evening by Mulberry Grove Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M.


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