01-14-2013

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FLU SEASON HERE WITH A VENGEANCE

Flu season is here, and the flu is striking hard in Illinois.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the country, including all of Illinois, is experiencing high levels of influenza-like illness.  Dr. Anne Borwick from Greenville Regional Hospital said Influenza is a respiratory infection.  Typical flu symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, and runny nose.  Some children have nausea and vomiting with Influenza.  If you only have vomiting and diarrhea, then you may have a "stomach flu" but not Influenza.  Most people will recover from Influenza without any complications.  Children under the age of two, adults over the age of 65, or anyone with chronic illnesses such as COPD or Asthma should see their doctor right away if they having any symptoms.  According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, since October, nearly 150 people have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with influenza like illness.  For more information about treatment and prevention, contact your local healthcare provider.

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MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVELS LOW BUT STILL NAVIGABLE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers believes the Mississippi River will sustain the required 9-foot deep channel required for navigating between St. Louis, MO and Cairo, IL.  Drought conditions reduced water levels throughout the Mississippi River Basin to historic lows.  In addition to recent rains and the potential for rain, the Corps is currently in the process of removing an estimated 890 cubic yards of limestone from the river bottom, which will deepen the channel an additional 2-feet.  Mississippi Valley Division Commander Major General John Peabody said, “We believe we will deepen the channel ahead of the worst-case river stage scenario, and I remain confident navigation will continue.” The rain and sleet over the weekend should also help the situation.  

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RAIN IN AREA SATURDAY

Rain fell across the entire area much of Saturday afternoon and night. Rain totals in Greenville, as recorded at 6:00 o-clock Sunday morning, showed 1.79 inches at the Sewer Plant, 1.75 inches at the station on Sixth Street, and 1.59 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140. We also got some sleet Sunday morning. Readings at all three measuring stations showed .125 inches of sleet in Greenville.


CRIMINAL JURY SETTING CANCELED

According to the Bond County Circuit Clerk’s office, the criminal jury setting, scheduled for Monday, January 14, is canceled.  Jurors do not need to report.  For more information, call 664-3208.

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BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH TO MEET

The Bond County Board of Health is scheduled to meet Monday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m.  The agenda includes a fiscal year 2013 budget revision, fiscal year 2012 financial reports, employee health insurance, reviews of policies and procedures for home health and hospice, and a flu update.


BOND COUNTY BOARD SCHEDULES SPECIAL MEETING

The Bond County Board will meet in special session Monday, January 14, at 7:00 p.m., in the upstairs court room to consider the Good Energy proposal for electric aggregation. 

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2013 DAIRY SUMMIT AT KASKASKIA COLLEGE

The Kaskaskia College Agriculture Program is hosting the 2012 Dairy Summit entitled “Optimizing Opportunities.”  The Illinois Milk Producers Association is sponsoring the event Thursday, January 24, in the Lifelong Learning Center.  Commercial dairy company booths will be open from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. and all sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m.  Registration is $12.00 if paid by January 20 and $15.00 after January 20.  For more information or to register, call 545-3381.

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OBITUARIES

Ada Mayfield Hunter

Ada Mayfield Hunter, age 88, of Coffeen, passed away Saturday, January 12, at Montgomery Nursing & Rehab.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Vahalla Memorial Park.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Baptist Faith Mission.

Betty J. Beatty

Betty J. Beatty, age 88, of Kissimmee, Florida, formerly of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, January 8 at the Good Samaritan Village Senior Living Center in Kissimmee. A memorial service will be Sunday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m., at the Sherwood Community Chapel in Kissimmee. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Comforter in Alamonte Springs, FL.

June E. Meinhardt

June E. Meinhardt, age 84, of New Baden, passed away Saturday, January 12.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m., at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.  Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery in New Baden.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Rick Brinkman Scholarship Fund at McKendree College or VNA TIP Hospice.

Mike Whetstone

Mike Whetstone, age 70, of Vandalia, formerly of Mulberry Grove and Greenville, passed away Thursday, January 10, at Fayette County Hospital.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 2:00 p.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.  Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from noon until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Nancy L. Gannon

Nancy L. Gannon, age 72, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Saturday, January 12, at her home.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at noon at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.  Burial will be in Maxey Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Shriner’s Hospital.

Richard A. Isert    

Richard A. Isert, age 92, of Highland, passed away Thursday, January 10, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Private funeral services and burial are planned.  Memorials are suggested in the form of Masses or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Verla L. Ayalka  

Verla L. Ayalka, formerly Hohl, age 84 of Greenville, passed away Thursday, January 10, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 4:00 p.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery, west of Keyesport.  Friends may call Monday, from 3:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church.

Zale D. May

Zale D. May, age 21, of New Baden, formerly of Carlyle, passed away Saturday, January 12, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  Zale’s family will greet friends Friday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Memorials are suggested to the family.


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