04-29-2013

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GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES TWO POSSIBLE INVESTORS IN FAIR OAKS

Greenville Regional Hospital announced two possible investors expressed interest in Fair Oaks this past week after news of Fair Oaks closing was announced April 17.  According to the statement, the hospital board and administration will evaluate these possibilities are quickly as possible.  While these investors are evaluated, the choice is up to residents to either wait for developments or continue to find a new residence.  While the hospital does not want residents and employees to become overly optimistic it will continue to keep them and the community informed of the latest developments. 

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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES SEWER IMPROVEMENTS TO HELP WITH STREET FLOODING

The Greenville City Council had a special meeting Wednesday night and one of the topics was Greenville Regional Hospital’s decision to close Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  The Council passed a resolution, 4-0, asking the Greenville Regional Hospital Board to reconsider the closing of Fair Oaks.  The resolution asks the hospital to consider community fundraising, sale or lease of the facility, and any other opportunities to keep Fair Oaks open.  Hospital Board President Jeff Mollett was on hand and said the hospital has tried to sell or lease Fair Oaks for some time and would likely be open to the option if a buyer wanted Fair Oaks.  The hospital said they lost about $300,000 each year for the last two years at Fair Oaks and the State of Illinois is nine months behind in their payments to the hospital.  City Manager Dave Willey pointed out the economic impact of losing Fair Oaks goes beyond the lost jobs. It could hurt recruiting efforts to bring new businesses to town. The hospital announced over the weekend that two possible investors have shown interest in Fair Oaks. More details are in the lead story of today's Daily.    


At the Wednesday special council meeting, the council discussed and approved sewer work needing to be done on Hena to help with chronic flooding on Hena and Killarney Streets not far from the Elementary School.  The council voted 3-1 to have Hayes Construction do the work at a cost of about $450,000.00.  Hayes was the third lowest bidder for the project.  Willey explained the engineering firm did not believe the lowest bidder could handle the full scope of the job and the second lowest bidder has a bad track record with work done for the city, according to Willey.  Kenny Hampton, Roger Sanders, and Mike Heath voted yes. John Gillard voted no. 

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MULBERRY GROVE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
 
The Mulberry Grove Scholastic Book Fair is Monday – Friday, April 29 – May 3, in the District Media Center.  The book fair will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., except Friday, May 3 when it will close at noon.  A Science Fair event will be after school Thursday, May 2, and the book fair will be open Thursday until 5:00 p.m.  The book fair is open to the public.  For more information, call Virginia at 326-8811.  

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NEW DRUG DROP-OFF BOX A HUGE SUCCESS

March 28, the Greenville Police Department installed a permanent drug-drop-off box in their lobby.  Greenville Police Sergeant Deb Keserauskis said they have collected 43 pounds of controlled and non-controlled prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs.  The goal of this program is to provide a place for the public to dispose of unused and expired medication 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  By properly disposing of these medications, folks are ensuring they do not find their way into the water supply, into the hands of kids, or unauthorized adults.  Sgt. Keserauskis said so far response to the drug drop-off box has exceeded their expectations and they hope individuals continue to utilize the free and anonymous service. Saturday, the Greenville Police Department, the Bond County Sheriff's Department, and Greenville Regional Hospital all participated in a National Drug Take-Back Event. For more information about the drug drop-off box, call the Greenville Police Department at 664-2131.

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POCAHONTAS CENTER SPONSORS AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

The Pocahontas Center sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive Monday, April 22, in the gym.  Twenty-eight persons registered with 22 units collected.  Eric Hahn and Norman Calvin each donated two units of double red blood cells.  Norman Calvin received a four-gallon pin, Dennis Thacker a three-gallon pin, and Julia Mangelsdorf and October Weiss one-gallon pins.

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ARBOR DAY ACTIVITY IN PATOKA

An Arbor Day activity is planned for Saturday, May 4, starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Village Hall.  Workers will plant trees at the Patoka Park and flowers around the new “Welcome to Patoka” sign at the Village Hall.  For more information, call 432-5855.


PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

There are two annual property tax exemptions available to senior citizens.  Bond County Supervisor of Assessments Deb Langham said the first one is for persons who are 65 years old or older who may get a homestead exemption.  If you are 64 now and will turn 65 this year, you are eligible for this exemption.  The second exemption is called the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Exemption.  It freezes the assessment level the year the senior becomes eligible.  To receive this exemption, you must bring in your tax return and show your income is less than $55,000.00 annually for the entire household.  Both exemptions must be renewed every year.  Individuals are encouraged to sign up for these exemptions by Friday, May 3.  Applications will be mailed Wednesday, May 8 to those who have not signed their exemptions.

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OBITUARIES

Bill Siebert

Bill Siebert, age 74, of Smithboro, passed away Saturday, April 27, at his home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Burial will be in Noffsinger Cemetery south of Mulberry Grove with military honors by American Legion Post 1180.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Bond County Senior Center, Greenville First Christian Church, or the Siebert family for his grandchildren’s college education.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Catherine Gladys Martin

Catherine Gladys Martin, age 75, of Carlyle, passed away Saturday, April 27, at Carlyle Healthcare Center.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in Carlyle Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family’s wishes.

Delmar E. Blom

Delmar E. Blom, age 80, of Alhambra, passed away Saturday, April 27, at Hitz Memorial Home.  Funeral services for 80 year-old Delmar E. Blom will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Salem United Church of Christ in Alhambra.  Burial will be in Salem Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra is in charge of arrangements.

Louise C. Ribbing

Louise C. Ribbing, age 82, of Highland, passed away Thursday, April 25, at the Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home in Edwardsville.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Catholic Church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois-Relais Bonne Eau.

Marcella G. “Marcie” Stock

Marcella G. “Marcie” Stock, age 94, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, April 24, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, also in Highland.  Friends may call Sunday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland. 

LeVerne R. Klaus

LeVerne R. Klaus, age 86, of St. Charles, Missouri, passed away Friday, April 26, at the Jefferson Barracks Medical Center.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m., at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. – noon, at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warriors or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Edward B. Wessling

Edward B. Wessling, age 90, of Carlyle, passed away Sunday, April 28, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  The Knights of Columbus service will be Tuesday, at 7:00 p.m.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Church or Carlyle Healthcare Center. 

 


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