01-02-2013

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SALVATION ARMY HOLIDAY COLLECTION SETS GIVING RECORD

Area residents opened their hearts and wallets to the local Salvation Army fundraising effort.  According to Wayne Pierce, a record of almost $22,000.00 was raised this year with the goal of $16,000.00.  The old record was set last year at $20,000.00.  Pierce said the people of Bond County are some of the best people in the world.  All money raised locally stays local and to donate to the Salvation Army throughout the year, contact Frank Joy at Bradford National Bank. 


NEW YEAR'S EVE SNOW

New year’s eve was a snowy day in Bond County and the surrounding area.  1.4 inches of snow fell at the Sewer Plant, 1.6 at the station on 6th Street and 1.3 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.  This brings the total snow fall in December to around five inches. The winter weather did account for 4 non-injury accidents around Bond County New Year's Eve.  

 

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I-CASH EVENT IN EAST ALTON

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is hosting an I-Cash event at Julia’s Banquet Center in East Alton, Thursday, January 3.  The I-Cash program helps unite owners with their unclaimed property.  The Unclaimed Property Division has more than $1.6 billion in cash, as well as contents from Illinois safe deposit boxes which have been inactive for at least five years.  At the event, you will be able to meet with I-Cash staff and find out if you have unclaimed property.  You may also visit the treasurer’s website at www.treasurer.il.gov and follow the I-Cash link to see if you have any unclaimed money or items.

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NEW LEGISLATION BRINGS NEW PUBLIC POOL REQUIREMENTS

January 1, 2013, Illinois will enact new legislation requiring swimming facility engineers, architects, and contractors to be pre-qualified by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  There will also be a new fee structure for swimming facilities to ensure inspectors respond to complaints and inspect public swimming facilities more frequently and in a timely manner.  Swimming facility fees in Illinois have not increased in almost 40 years.

School and municipal pools will only pay a fee for building aquatic features such as water slides, spray pools, play structures, and other similar features. Certain tax-exempt organizations such as the YMCA or United Way, will pay lower fees than other commercial swimming facilities.

IDPH licenses and inspects more than 4,000 swimming facilities annually.  For more information, see the Illinois Department of Public Health website.


OBITUARIES

Elizabeth “Betty” Mathewson

Elizabeth “Betty” Mathewson, age 89, of Mulberry Grove, formerly of Coffeen, passed away Monday, December 31, at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 2:00 p.m., at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.  Burial will be in Olive Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from noon until service time at the funeral home.

Fred B. Kreke

Fred B. Kreke, age 77, of Bartelso, passed away Tuesday, January 1, at his home.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso.  Burial will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to St. Cecilia Catholic Church.


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