05-17-2013

 




MARK AYERS NAMED INCOMING BOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATOR

Mark Ayers is the new Administrator for the Bond County Health Department.  Bond County Board of Health President Darryl Bolen said Mark was hired as the Human Resources Director for the Health Department and has done a great job.  The board interviewed six candidates for the administrator position, including Mark.  Darryl said Mark was chosen unanimously.  He is very knowledgeable about the health department, the personnel, and the policies.  He has 25 years experience with the Air Force, excellent leadership skills, and a clear vision for the future.  Mark will be taking over for Maxine Barth, who is retiring after more than 20 years of service.

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OLD GREENVILLE JR. HIGH BUILDING HAS BEEN PURCHASED

The old Greenville Jr. High School building has been purchased.  Tommy Bow, developer and entrepreneur, recently bought the property saying he fell in love with Greenville and the site and he is very excited about its potential.  Bow plans to clean up the property and if things go well, he might possibly invest up to $2.5 million in overall site improvement.  The project is still in the brainstorming phase, however Bow confirmed he will not turn the property into apartments.  Bow said he is looking to do something nice for the community; perhaps by creating a multi-use, first-class, assembly hall.  Bow said he is open-minded about the property and its overall future.  He is hoping to get some community feedback in regards to the property.  Bow currently manages $15 million worth of assets and has previous experience in real estate. 


BOND COUNTY 4-H MEMBER ATTENDS NATIONAL CONFERENCE

4-H member Abby Taylor represented Bond County recently at the National 4-H Conference in Washington, DC.  The Illinois delegation included six members and more than 270 youth and adults representing 4-H programs across the country exchanged ideas, gained knowledge to share at home, and developed recommendations to help guide the future of 4-H programs locally and nationally.  Abby and the Illinois delegation met with Congressman John Shimkus and Legislative Aides in the offices of Representatives Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger.  The National 4-H Conference dates back to 1927 when the first “National 4-H Club Camp” was established on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET

The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education will meet Monday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m., in the high school library.  The agenda includes refinancing 2005 bonds, board committee appointments, student insurance, school fees, handbook revisions, action on board policies, buildings & grounds report, and a closed session.

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HOME EXTENSION AWARDS TWO COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

The Bond County Home Extension is awarding two $500.00 college scholarships.  Recipients are Mulberry Grove High School Senior Brittany Duren and Greenville High School Senior Kelsey Laurent. 

Brittany, daughter of Thomas and Cynthia Duren of Smithboro, is active in National Honor Society, Student Council, Color Guard, President of S.A.D.D., on the yearbook staff and varsity basketball.  She is also active in her church youth meetings, a soup kitchen in Greenville, babysitting, and working at a local pizza business.  She plans to attend Kaskaskia College to become a Healthcare Administrator or work in Business Administration.

Kelsey Laurent, daughter of Sandy Laurent of Greenville, is active in tennis, soccer, legacy, book club, drama club National Honor Society, concert band, marching band, pit orchestra, and homecoming court.  She does volunteer work, missions, youth group at church, Frostbite Potosi, summer camp, and works at the Bond County Health Department.  She plans to attend Greenville College majoring in the biological field or digital media.


MIDWEST WINDS QUINTET TO PERFORM IN VANDALIA

The Midwest Winds Woodwind Quintet will perform Friday, May 17, at 5:00 p.m., for an Armed Forces Tribute at the Vandalia Statehouse.  The Midwest Winds group is a subset of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.  Their library of music includes works from renaissance to contemporary styles, popular marches, and patriotic crowd pleasers.  This event is free and open to the public.



OBITUARIES

Bernice A. Fruend

Bernice A. Fruend, age 82, of Aviston, formerly of Hoffman, passed away Thursday, May 16, at Aviston Countryside Manor.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoffman.  Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church.  The Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle is in charge of arrangements.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - partly sunny with a 20% chance of showers, high 83, low 65

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 88, low 69


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Bond County Assistant State’s Attorney Dora Mann.  May is National Foster Care Month and Dora and Michelle will talk about the Foster Care program in Bond County, the Foster Hope organization, and highlight a few ways you may help children in need.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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