The Greenville Tourism Board discussed the 2013 fireworks display at their recent meeting.  According to a press release from Tourism Director, John Goldsmith, earlier this year, the Kingsbury Park District Board decided to discontinue its funding for the annual July 4th fireworks show.  The event is at Patriot’s Park, which is park district property.  The reason for the KPD’s decision was directly related to the cost.

There recently has been discussion among the park district director, Greenville tourism director, and concerned citizens on creating a partnership for the funding and planning of the July 4th celebration, including the fireworks.  The participants in this plan would have included the Kingsbury Park District, the City of Greenville, and local businesses and citizens. 
For the last few years, the park district has picked up most of the cost of the fireworks.  The total this year was projected at $12,000.00.  The City of Greenville, in the past, contributed $3,000.00 of the fireworks cost through its tourism fund, which is generated through a room tax collected by local motels.  Under the proposal, the city’s portion would have increased to $5,000.00. 

Unfortunately, due to a Friday, May 31 deadline for ordering fireworks, the Kingsbury Park District Board does not feel there is enough time to coordinate the event for 2013.  However, the park board expressed a desire to explore the proposal on the table for 2014.  All of us involved are looking for a long-term solution that will see the event grow, and in some ways, return to its roots.  Our hope is to get more community involvement in the July 4th celebration so no single organization must carry the load alone.

At their meeting, the Tourism Board agreed to provide $2,000.00 to the American Farm Heritage Museum for their Heritage Days event and $750.00 to the Bond County Antique Machinery Club for the farm equipment exposition during the Bond County Fair.


The 30th Annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair is Thursday through Saturday, June 13-15, at the First Christian Church Family Life Center.  Books, CD’s, DVD’s, tapes, sheet music, and puzzles are needed.  You may take items to the Greenville Regional Hospital lobby, Fair Oaks, Auxiliary Gift Shop, Capri IGA, First Bank, Bradford National Bank, First National Bank, National Bank, and Midland States Bank, all in Greenville.  Collection barrels are also at the First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Free Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Free Methodist Church, and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.  You may also take donations to Funderburk’s 66 in Pocahontas, National Bank in Keyesport, and First National Bank in Mulberry Grove.  For more information or to have items picked up, call Jack at 664-2797.




The Greenville High School varsity girls soccer team had an outstanding season this year.  Coach Mike Young celebrated his 100th victory as a coach this year.  First Team All-Conference players were Layla Zahniser and Rebecca Munshaw, two Seniors who helped lead the team to victory all season.  Second Team All-Conference players were Maria Reinhard and Kassidy Alderman, who will be returning next year as Seniors.  Third Team All-Conference players were Kami Suess, Katie Horton, and Joanna Boyd.  Sophomore Emily Gaffner, a first-year goal keeper, was named the 3rd Team All-Conference Goalkeeper.  Coach Young said eight of their eleven starters were named to an All-Conference team.  He said it will be exciting going into next year with such strong players.



June is National Great Outdoors Month and you are urged to spend time outdoors for the physical activity and to uphold our nation’s legacy of preserving lands for future generations. To help you celebrate and stay fit, Carlyle Lake is offering fun-filled outdoor activities every Saturday in June. June 1, you may celebrate National Trail Day by taking a bike ride along the Carlyle Lake Multi-User Trail.  The ride will be guided by a Park Ranger who will give a presentation on bike safety and points of interest along the trail. The ride begins at 9:00 a.m. at Shelter #2 in the Dam West Day Use area. For more information, call the lake office at 594-2484.



Roy Lee Prince

Roy Lee Prince, age 46, of St. Louis, passed away Monday, May 20, at his home in Carlyle.  Graveside funeral services will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., at Carlyle Cemetery.  Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the family.  The Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle is in charge of arrangements.

Christine J. Gall

Christine J. Gall, age 69, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, May 28, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Saturday, 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 Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church and Saturday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul Education Foundation, Bond County Hospice, or to the American Cancer Society.

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