The Bond County Board met Tuesday night and approved putting up a recycling building on the Soil and Water Conservation District property near McDonald’s in Greenville.  No contract is in place yet but the board voted 3-1 to go forward with the plan that would pour concrete and put up a hoop building as a collection point for recycling.  FAYCO would then service the building picking up recyclables once a week.  The contract could be up for final approval in the next few weeks.  No date has been set to start construction or recycling drop off.  Board member Gerald McCray voted no and Wes Pourchot abstained.  McCray had said at previous meetings that he would like the building built on county property.  Board member, Frank Lucco, said Tuesday night that the whole board wants to see recycling start in Bond County, and McCray agreed with Lucco’s statement. 

The Board also agreed to continue the Special Services District Contract with Greenville Regional Hospital to provide ambulance service in Bond County.  The one year agreement automatically renews for four years, but either party can cancel the contract with proper notice.   


The 5 victims from Monday mornings single-vehicle accident on I-70 have been identified.  The accident involved a group of 11 men travelling from a meeting in Ontario California bound for Philadelphia Pennsylvania.The van left the roadway at the 57 mile marker on east bound I-70, over corrected, and rolled over several times, ejecting all but two of the passengers.  The victims have been identified as 54 year-old Emerson Baldwin, 53 year-old Andrew Canada, 42 year-old Antonie Mitchell, 52 year-old Mark William, and 29 year-old Thomas Coleman, all from Baltimore Maryland.  The men were pronounced dead at the scene.  The remaining passengers were transported to local hospitals for treatment.  The crash remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the Fayette County Coroner.   




Tommy Bow, who recently purchased the old Greenville Junior High property, clarified our most recent story.  Bow said that he does plan to build apartments on the grounds and he anticipates them to be garden style attached villas. Bow also plans to do a first class renovation of the old school gym into an assembly hall that would be available for special events and functions.  There are no plans to convert the old school building into apartments. However, the garden style attached villas are part of the overall plan for the use of the property.  The old junior high has sat empty for many years, and its renovation and the revitalization of the area would be a great addition to Greenville.  


Yesterday marks the one year anniversary of the I-64 work zone crash that took the life of one local man and injured several others.  Dennis Beard, of Pocahontas, and three other individuals were working on striping the interstate when a passenger car struck a truck-mounted TMA that was attached to the rear of a construction vehicle parked on the inside shoulder of I-64 Eastbound.  A total of five men were taken to area hospitals.  The Illinois Department of Transportation reminds everyone: when you are driving through a work zone, slow down to the posted speed limit.  Always pay attention and follow any signs, arrows, or flaggers.  Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the car in front of you.  Finally, hang up your cell phone.  For more information on work zone safety, visit the Illinois Department of Transportation website www.dot.il.gov. A benfit bank account is open at Bradford National Bank to help Beard's family and children, you can contact Bradford National Bank at 664-2200 to contribute.



On Sunday, May 19th, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department received a report that a four foot tall white cement Sacred Heart Statue was taken from the St. Felicitas Church grounds.  The theft occurred within the last week or two.  If the statue is returned and not damaged, the parish will not pursue charges.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department at 594-4555.

Photo courtesy of the Clinton County Sheriff's Department


An EF-2 tornado carved a path through downtown Mt. Olive Monday night, causing substantial damage and minor injuries.  Greenville Fire Chief, Bill Johnston, said that in the event of a tornado, you should go into your basement or storm shelter.  If you do not have a basement or storm shelter, then move to an interior, sturdy room within your house, away from windows if possible.  You can throw a blanket or even a mattress over yourself to protect you from flying debris.  Bill said that all families should have a severe weather plan so that everyone knows where they should go and what they should do.  Finally, Bill encouraged people to stay tuned to their local radio and television stations, as they will be giving the most up-to-date information regarding any potentially severe weather. For more information about severe weather preparedness, visit the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s website, www.state.il.us/iema.



Merlin O. “Buck” Klaus

Merlin O. “Buck” Klaus, age 95 of Highland, passed away on Tuesday, May 21st at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Friday 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 on Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. or on Friday from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to Faith Countryside Homes, the St. Paul Education Foundation, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Barbara J. McKune

Barbara J. McKune, age 77 of Highland, passed away on Saturday, May 18th at Highland Health Care Center.  Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be held at a later date.  Friends may call on Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Louis Latzer Memorial Library or to the American Cancer Society.

Melvin W. Gusewelle

Melvin W. Gusewelle, age 90 of Hamel, passed away on Monday, May 20th at Eden Village Retirement Center in Glen Carbon.  Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel.  Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Church or to Trinity-St. Paul School.  The Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel is in charge of the arrangements.

David L. Compton

David L. Compton, age 65of Walshville, passed away on Tuesday, May 21st at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Living Stone Church in Litchfield.  Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery, also in Litchfield.  Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Living Stones Church. The Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield is in charge of arrangements.

Clarence Turner

Clarence Turner, age 89 of Sorento, passed away on Tuesday, May 21st.  A memorial service will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in St. Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery in St. Charles, Missouri.  Friends may call on Saturday from noon until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Panama VFW Post #6628, Sorento Baptist Church, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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