04-03-2013

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MAYOR GAFFNER ON THE PASSING OF WATSON TIDBALL

S. Watson Tidball passed away over the weekend at age 87.  For more than 60 years, the name Watson Tidball has been associated with Greenville College, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and, more recently, the Watson Tidball Management scholarships.  Mayor Alan Gaffner said Greenville lost a legend with the passing of Watson Tidball.  Watson reflected the very best of the community and was synonymous with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce for decades.  He served as a driving force in the organization, growth, and activities of the chamber. 

Tidball was an active member of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary and the Greenville Free Methodist Church.  He volunteered his time in support of a number of organizations and efforts and served as an ambassador for the City of Greenville around the world.  He was very generous with his time and talents. 

Watson Tidball was a man of great faith.  He loved the Lord and this love was very evident in his relationships with others and his life in the community.  Gaffner said Watson is one of those people who can never be replaced.  He will be remembered with love, admiration, and gratitude for all he did to improve the quality of life in the city of Greenville.


BOND COUNTY BOARD DISCUSSING POSSIBLE RECYCLING FACILITY WITH BOND COUNTY SOIL AND WATER DISTRICT

The Bond County Board met Tuesday morning and had a discussion with Emily Hartmann from the Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District about a possible agreement between Soil and Water and the county to provide a recycling drop-off center.  No decisions have been made but the initial framework would call for the Soil and Water Conservation District to lease land to the county just east of McDonald’s where Soil and Water currently has an equipment shed. 

The county would be responsible for building the collection center, maintaining insurance, and rocking the road to the facility once a year.  Soil and Water would provide electricity and serve as a contact point for residents with questions.  Hartmann told the board FAYCO would like to see the pickup center be near 1,500 square feet, which would allow for once a week pick up of recyclables by FAYCO. 

Board members pointed out pouring concrete for a facility that size would be expensive and it is possible at the start it could be smaller.   The concrete is necessary to allow forklifts to be used to empty recycling bins.  Board members said if this first site goes well others could be added throughout the county. 

No decisions were made.  Board Chairman Howard Elmore asked the Soil and Water Conservation District to put the proposal in writing for the board and the State’s Attorney to review.  Bond County does have money remaining from tipping fees collected at landfills in Bond County which must be used for recycling related expenses or education.             

 

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RED BALL BRIDGE CLOSED TODAY

Red Ball Bridge will be closed today, Wednesday, April 3, from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


OBITUARIES

Dale G. Theising

Dale G. Theising, age 44, of St. Louis, formerly of Germantown, passed away Sunday, March 31, at St. Mary Medical Center in Clayton, Missouri.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 1:00 p.m., at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Mater Dei High School or to Big Brothers or Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri.  The Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert C. “Bob” Swofford

Robert C. “Bob” Swofford, age 85, of Pocahontas, passed away Monday, April 1, at Helia Healthcare in Greenville.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m., at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or the Pocahontas United Methodist Church.

Henry “Hank” Wilken

Henry “Hank” Wilken, age 89, of Carlyle, passed away Monday, April 1, at his home.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Bonnie Paden - Van Meter

Bonnie Paden - Van Meter, age 90, of Altoona, Florida, formerly of Hillsboro, passed away Sunday, February 10, in Florida.  A memorial service will be Saturday, at 2:00 p.m., at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer Research at SIU in Springfield or to the donor’s choice.


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