01-24-2013

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BOND COUNTY BOARD ADDS TWO REFERENDUMS TO APRIL BALLOT

The Bond County Board met Tuesday night at the courthouse and decided to add two referendums to the April ballot.  The first asks voters if they wish to participate in electrical aggregation. 

The second item asks voters if the Supervisor of Assessment should be an elected official instead of an appointed official. Currently, the Supervisor of Assessments is appointed by the Bond County Board.  If the referendum passes, the Supervisor of Assessments would become an elected office in Bond County.  Gerald McCray moved to place the binding referendum on the ballot and it passed 4-1 with Eldon Young voting no. If the referendum passes, the position of Supervisor of Assessments would be on the November 2014 general election ballot.   

The board appointed Wes Pourchot to the Board of Review. 

The board is selling a 1986 dump truck.  Anyone one interested in making a sealed bid should contact the Bond County Highway Department.  


TRACTOR FIRE DAMAGES SHED EAST OF PIERRON

Highland-Pierron Firefighters responded Tuesday, at 9:36 a.m., to a report of a tractor fire.  According to Fire Chief Steve Plocher, a John Deere loader-utility tractor caught fire in a shed at a farm about one mile east of Pierron on Rt. 143.  The owners were home and saw smoke coming from the shed.  They were able to pull the tractor from the shed but the shed still sustained substantial damage.  The tractor is a total loss.  The probable cause of the fire is a block heater which malfunctioned.  Plocher said damage is estimated in excess of $50,000.00.  There were no injuries and firefighters were on the scene about an hour.

 

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FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO CO ALARM ON WYATT AVENUE

Greenville Firefighters responded Wednesday, at 2:02 p.m., to a report of a carbon monoxide alarm sounding at a residence on Wyatt Avenue.  According to the report, firefighters took readings at the location and found no trace of carbon monoxide.  They were on the scene approximately 20 minutes.


GREENVILLE RECEIVES $86,000.00 REIMBURSEMENT FOR FILTERING WATER

The City of Greenville recently received $86,665.04 from the settlement of a class action lawsuit to help reimburse the cost of filtering the herbicide atrazine from drinking water.  Atrazine, a widely used corn herbicide produced by the Swiss chemical company Syngenta, commonly runs off fields into rivers, streams, and lakes used by communities for sources of drinking water.  Atrazine is filtered from source water to be sure people receive the highest water quality possible.  Greenville was one of 1,084 communities represented in the suit settled last October for $105 million. 


BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE TO MEET

The Bond County Unit 2 Building and Grounds Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, January 24, at 3:30 p.m., in the Pocahontas Center Library. The committee will be discussing and reviewing safety features in Unit 2 Schools.

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OBITUARIES

Cletus H. Fuehne  

Cletus H. Fuehne, age 86, of Damiansville, passed away Wednesday, January 23.  A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Damian Catholic Church in Damiansville.  Burial will be in St. Damian Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, after 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.  Memorials are suggested to the Kidney Foundation, St. Damian Parish, or to Mater Dei High School.

Doris J. Hughey

Doris J. Hughey, age 84, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, January 22, at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Memorial services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Greenville First Presbyterian Church.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Greenville Regional Hospital or the Greenville First Presbyterian Church.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Richard F. Ritzheimer  

Richard F. Ritzheimer, age 81, of Trenton, passed away Tuesday, January 22, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at noon, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton.  Friends may call Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  According to his wishes, his body has been donated to St. Louis University Medical School.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Church or to Trenton American Legion Baseball.


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