The Utlaut Memorial Foundation annual meeting was Monday night and Board Chairman Jeff Mollet brought those in attendance up to date on challenges facing the Greenville Regional Hospital this coming year. Mr.  Mollett and Hospital CEO Brian Nall talked about those challenges including the decreases in reimbursement to health care facilities from Medicare and other government programs.  Brian Nall said the facility has great promise for a great future.  He added, they will be working diligently over the next few months to make sure things stay on track.  Also at Monday night’s dinner, Doctor Albert VanAmburg and Registered Nurse Terry Derrick talked about the infusion chemo therapy services at Greenville Regional Hospital and the board recognized Frank Joy Jr. for his 30 years as a board member.

Greenville Regional Hospital CEO Brian Nall

Retiring Hospital Board Member Frank Joy

Current Board President Jeff Mollett present plaque to Frank Joy



The area got more rain Tuesday, Tuesday evening, and into the night. Officially, as of 6:00 o'clock this Wednesday morning here in Greenville, 1.37 inches were measured at the Sewer Plant, 1.48 inches at the station on Sixth Street, and 1.44 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.


Criminal charges have been filed against a Georgia truck driver who allegedly struck and killed Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage.  A Montgomery County grand jury indicted Johnny B. Felton Jr., age 52, of Hinesville, Georgia, for the class 2 felony offense of reckless homicide for his alleged conduct that caused the death of Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage November 26, 2012.  Trooper Deatherage was assigned to District 18 as a motorcycle officer and was conducting a traffic stop when he was struck by a semi-truck tractor near milepost 62 on I-55.  In addition to the reckless homicide charge, Felton was also charged with one count of allegedly operating a commercial motor vehicle without a valid commercial driver’s license, a class 4 felony.  Felton was taken into custody and is being transported to Illinois for arraignment on his pending felony charges.  If convicted, Felton could serve up to 17 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.



National Volunteer Week is April 21-27.  The Bond County Health Department’s Hospice will be hosting their annual “Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon” today, at 12:30 p.m., at the health department building.  18 active volunteers will be honored for their services, an annual volunteer of the year award will be presented, and they will highlight the event with a program for Michelle Kious for her 15 years in the Hospice program.



The 11th Annual Bond County Historical Society Quilt Show is Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Greenville Free Methodist Church.  Four free workshops are scheduled throughout the day starting at 9:45 a.m.  Six quilting vendors will be at the show and twenty-six blocks, 14 of them made by children, will be showcased in the quilt block contest.  More than 100 quilts will be on display and Bond County quilter Juanita Burge will be featured.  Show admission is $3.00.  For more information, call Wanda at 326-8451.




William C. “Ernie” Davidson

William C. “Ernie” Davidson, age 90, of Highland, passed away Monday, April 22, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Highland Animal Shelter.

Anna “Renee” Raterman

Anna V. “Renee” Raterman, age 90, of Aviston, passed away Sunday, April 21, at Aviston Countryside Manor.  A funeral Mass will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Temporary Church, in the gym in Aviston.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, also in Aviston.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., at Hempen Funeral Home in Aviston.  Memorials are suggested to Countryside Manor Activity Fund or to the St. Francis Improvement Fund.

Glen U. Pike

Glen U. Pike, age 91, of Highland, passed away Sunday, April 21, at his home.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at Meridith Funeral Home.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Highland Animal Shelter or to the family.

Elizabeth J. Shutt

Elizabeth J. Shutt, age 91, of Greenville, passed away Monday, April 22, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m., at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Our Common Ground.

Fred J. Hess

Fred J. Hess, age 97, of St. Jacob, passed away Sunday, April 21, at Lutheran Convalescent Home in Webster Groves, Missouri.  A memorial funeral Mass for 97 year-old Fred J. Hess will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church in St. Jacob.  Private graveside services are planned.  Memorials are suggested to the St. James Catholic Church.

Shirley V. Hall

Shirley V. Hall, age 92, of Gig Harbor, Washington, formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away Wednesday, April 10, in Gig Harbor.  Funeral services will be Monday, April 29, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Camp Butler Cemetery in Springfield.  Friends may call Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Franciscan Foundation.

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