05-14-2013



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ILLINOIS COAL INDUSTRY BOOMING

Governor Pat Quinn recently released a new report forecasting continued major export growth for the Illinois coal industry.  According to the report conducted by Energy Ventures Analysis Inc., Illinois’ coal production is on the rise while US coal production is falling.  Due to the state’s large volumes of coal, competitive prices, and access to transportation, Illinois exported a record 13 million tons of coal in 2012, compared to 2.5 million tons in 2010.  Illinois shipped to at least 18 countries in 2011 and 2012 and is now the fifth largest coal-producing state in the United States.  Since 2010, when the revival of Illinois’ coal industry began, total Illinois coal output has risen by 42%.  The coal mining industry supports more than 4,000 jobs across the state.

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CHIEF JUDGE ANN CALLIS LEAVING THE BENCH

The Honorable Ann Callis, Chief Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit, announced she will be leaving the bench and running to represent Illinois’ 13th Congressional District in Congress.  In 1995, Judge Callis served as the Bond County Associate Judge.  Through the years, she has demonstrated concern for the welfare of Bond County citizens and has treated the Bond County Circuit Court with deference and respect.  Bond County Circuit Court Judge John Knight said, “I will miss the regular judicial interaction with Chief Judge Callis, as well as the competent and progressive leadership she has provided me and the entire Third Judicial Circuit.”


GIRL SCOUTS OF BOND COUNTY IN DESPERATE NEED OF LEADERS

The Girl Scouts organization provides many opportunities for girls to build courage, confidence, and character.  Diana Doll said here in Bond County there is a dire shortage of leaders.  Diana said being a Girl Scout leader is not difficult and there are training programs to help you get started.  Leaders are needed for scouts in 3rd grade through junior high.  Two troops of 13 girls each were disbanded last year due to a lack of troop leaders.  If you have a caring spirit and nurturing heart, you are encouraged to call Diana at 410-3831.  


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SCENES FROM THE YOUNG EAGLES DAY AT GREENVILLE AIRPORT

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Local pilot Dave Royer assisted by local pilot Randy Vasel

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Local pilot Karl Breehne flying the airport's training plane

Pictures courtesy of Sherry Shaefer


GREENVILLE COLLEGE ALUMNA RECEIVES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP

Greenville College Alumna Christy Edwall, of Seattle, Washington, recently received a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.  The full-cost scholarship is awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom.  Edwall will pursue a Master’s of Philosophy degree in English studies.  She is one of 3500 applicants who competed for 51 scholarships.


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LOCAL FFA MEMBERS ATTEND YOUTH CONFERENCE IN SPRINGFIELD

Greenville FFA members Haley Pierce and Jodi Frey, and Jeff Leidner and James Johnson of the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter recently attended the 2013 Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Youth Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield.  The conference, with the theme “Growing Legacies,” offered attendees a unique opportunity for career and personal development.  A career fair allowed students to learn of scholarships, internships, leadership programs, and career opportunities at colleges, universities, agriculture commodity groups, and the Illinois Farm Bureau and its member companies.  More than 500 FFA members, advisors, and county Farm Bureau Managers attended the conference and participants brought 2,387 cans of food for the Harvest For All Program.




OBITUARIES

Gerald Darden

Gerald J. “Joy” Darden, Jr., age 78, of Trenton, passed away Monday, May 13, at his home.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Burial will be in Marine Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Parkinson’s Research or Tower View Baptist Church.


 

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