01-08-2013

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MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL ON LOCK DOWN MONDAY MORNING

Mulberry Grove School was on lock down Monday, from 8:00 - 9:20 a.m. due to a rifle round found on a school bus.  According to Unit 1 Superintendent Mike Gauch, a single .22 caliber rifle round was found on a school bus.  A student found the round and turned it into the bus driver.  As a precaution, the school was put on lock down. Bond County Sheriff’s Deputies responded immediately and helped search the school and monitor hallways.  No students were ever in danger according to Gauch.  Gauch praised the deputies for arriving at the school so quickly and the young student for turning in the bullet.   


RENOVATED LORY THEATER REOPENS

A $400,000.00 renovation of the Lory Theater in Highland restored its many Art Nouveau treasures.  Justin and Hillary McLaughlin worked with the city and their Entrepreneur Program to achieve the renovation.  Justin said they opened the day after Christmas to rave reviews.  Hundreds of people have already visited the newly-renovated theater.  Justin said they updated the technology including the sound system.  They are particularly proud of their new silver screen.   For more information, visit www.thelorytheater.com.


CAR CRASHES AND FATALITIES DOWN THIS NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY

With drunk drivers and potentially dangerous winter weather, the New Year’s Holiday was hazardous for some motorists.  Illinois State Police Trooper Mike Link said across the state, fatalities were down.  This year there were four fatal crashes with four fatalities.  Last year, there were six fatal crashes with nine fatalities.  Overall in District 11, troopers handled 12 crashes throughout the New Year’s Holiday.  Trooper Link said overall, considering the winter weather in the area, these numbers are relatively low.


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NEW PRODUCTS AND PRICES AT UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

According to the United States Postal Service, January 27, the cost of a first-class stamp will increase by one penny to 46 cents.  Prices for all products will increase by 4%, however prices for mailing services such as regular letters and advertising matter will increase by only 2.6%.  The USPS is also introducing a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp, allowing customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10.


GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING PREVIEW FOR JANUARY 2013

The Greenville City Council will meet Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., at the Municipal Building.  The council will hear a presentation regarding municipal electrical aggregation. They will consider adopting an ordinance to place a question on the April 9 ballot asking voters if the city should have authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for residential and small commercial retail customers of the city who have not opted out of the program. The council will review the engineering report recommending replacement of the Hena Street sewer to prevent future backups and consider revisions to the Liquor Control Ordinance addressing licensing and signage.


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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION AT KASKASKIA COLLEGE MAIN CAMPUS

Kaskaskia College invites new students to attend New Student Orientation.  The free program is designed to introduce students to information and contacts important for a successful start of their college experience.  Main campus dates are January 10, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., and January 11, from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.  Reservations are requested for all persons attending.  For more information or to register, call 545-3063.


GREENVILLE FIRE DISTRICT DECEMBER REPORT

Greenville Firefighters responded to 21 calls in December 2012.  According to the report, there was one structure fire, one grass or brush fire, and three calls for mutual aid, once to Keyesport and twice to Mulberry Grove.  There was one false alarm, two system malfunction calls, six system activation calls and three carbon monoxide alarms.  Firefighters went to two spills or leaks and two non-reported controlled burns.  The total calls for 2012 are 195, down from 241 calls in 2011.

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SHIMKUS TAKES OATH OF OFFICE REPRESENTING NEW 15TH DISTRICT

Congressman John Shimkus took the oath of office Wednesday, January 3, on the floor of the House of Representatives.  Shimkus will represent the new 15th District, serving 33 Illinois counties.  He plans to have offices in Maryville, Effingham, Danville, and Harrisburg.  Shimkus will serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, chairing the subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.  He will also serve on three subcommittees, Health, Communications and Technology, and Energy and Power.   



OBITUARIES

Dennis L. “Sgt” Oney

Dennis L. “Sgt” Oney, age 70, of Highland, passed away Sunday, January 6 at his home.  There will be no funeral services.  Memorials are suggested to BJC Hospice.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

Eleanora B. Potthast

Eleanora B. “Ellie” Potthast, age 78, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, January 6 at her residence. A funeral Mass will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Pierron. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested in the form of Masses or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

 


 

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