07-08-2013

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GREENVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND 4TH OF JULY CONCERT

The Greenville Municipal Band celebrated their 117th year of bringing music to the community last Thursday night with their Fourth of July concert on the Bond County Courthouse lawn. The large crowd enjoyed the concert and joined in on the bands finale signing “God Bless America.”


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HIGHLAND MAN FOUND DEAD IN FLOODED FIELD

The body of an elderly Highland man was found Friday in a flooded field where his vehicle had stalled.  According to the Highland Police Department, Friday, July 5, the St. Rose Fire Protection District responded to a call of a vehicle stalled in high water about a mile east of Jamestown on Keyesport Road.  Upon arrival they found the vehicle of 86 year-old Julius Esmon stalled in high water.  Authorities located Esmon’s deceased body lying in a flooded field approximately 75 yards south of the vehicle.  According to the Clinton County Coroner, Esmon had been reported missing Wednesday, July 3, at approximately 9:55 p.m.  He was last seen at 2:15 p.m. at a local bank.  The Clinton County Coroner said they believe Esmon was on his way to visit with friends when his car was swept up by the water.  Esmon, who had trouble walking, exited his vehicle and attempted to walk to dry land.  It is believed Esmon was caught by the current and drowned in the flood waters.  The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and Clinton County Coroner’s Office determined foul play was not involved.


RECALLED POMEGRANATE SEEDS DISTRIBUTED IN ILLINOIS

If you bought frozen pomegranate seeds or a mixture containing pomegranate seeds since February, the Illinois Department of Public Health wants to make sure you check the brand before eating them. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined the most likely source of a multistate hepatitis A virus outbreak is a common shipment of pomegranate seeds from Turkey, used in the Townsend Farms and Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Blends.  These seeds were also used by Scenic Fruit Company to make its Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels.  Both companies have voluntarily recalled these products.
If you have eaten the recalled pomegranate seeds and are ill or have concerns, talk with your health care provider.

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GREENVILLE COMMUNITY SURVEY

The City of Greenville is currently undergoing a research process to uncover Greenville’s best “brand” position in the marketplace.  One aspect of this project includes a community survey.  Adam Winstead of North Star Destination Strategies, which is partnering with the City in this endeavor, said this survey is currently open to the public.  Winstead said they are developing a brand and identity for the Greenville community.  To do this, they are talking to the people who know this community best, those who live and work here.  According to Winstead, the community survey is a great opportunity for you to express your opinions and thoughts regarding the area.  If you go to the Greenville community website, there is a link to the survey at the bottom of the page.  You may also obtain a copy of the survey at the Greenville Municipal Building and at other various locations around town.  For more information, call Greenville City Manager Dave Willey at 664-1644.


TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MISSING JERSEYVILLE MAN

Friday, July 5 marked the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Jared Hanna, of Jerseyville.  Chief Deputy Mark Etter, with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, said Hanna’s unoccupied truck was found off Jolliff Bridge Road, near Centralia, July 5, 2011.  Chief Deputy Etter said they still receive many leads in regards to this case, however none of the tips thus far have led to the discovery of Hanna’s location.  The Clinton County Crimestoppers are offering a $5,000.00 reward for information that helps authorities find Hanna.  If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jared Hanna, please contact the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department at 594-4555.

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JUNE RAIN TOTALS IN GREENVILLE

June 2013 was wetter than normal in Greenville.  Average rainfall in Greenville this June was 8.65 inches, almost four inches above the 46 year average of 4.81 inches.  When compared with records from the past 46 years, June 2013 ranks fifth with only four years - 1970, 1973, 2000, and 2011 - showing more rainfall in June.  The most rain in June fell in 2011 when Greenville got ten inches.  The least was 65 hundredths of an inch in 1992. 


BOND COUNTY HEALTH BOARD TO MEET

The Bond County Health Board will meet today, at 6:30 p.m.  The agenda includes bids for sealing the parking lot, board officers and committee appointments, family planning survey results, a fiscal year 2012 audit report, an update on West Nile Virus, and information on H3N2V. 


GREENVILLE CHAMBER OFFERS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INFORMATION PROGRAM

Many provisions of the Affordable Care Act will go into effect over the next six months.  The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is offering a luncheon workshop Thursday, July 11, starting at noon, at the Kaskaskia College Greenville Education Center.  Amanda Kozar from the Governor’s office will lead the workshop and provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act and explain the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.  Tickets are $10.00 and include a barbeque pulled pork sandwich meal.  Please purchase tickets by Tuesday, July 9 by calling the chamber office at 664-9272.

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CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW

The Greenville City Council will meet in regular session Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., at the Greenville Municipal Building.  Items on the agenda include the lease of city-owned land near Governor Bond Lake, an Industrial Park road to Rt. 140, and an ordinance to add a class G “special event” liquor license. 


ELECTRICAL FIRE IN BASEMENT OF HOME ON ROBINSON CEMETERY AVE

Pocahontas – Old Ripley Firefighters responded Tuesday at 2:18 p.m. to a report of an electrical fire in the basement of a residence on Robinson Cemetery Avenue.  According to Fire Chief Kendall Brink, a female was home at the time.  She heard a popping noise and smelled smoke and notified the authorities.  By the time firefighters arrived, the woman’s family had turned off the power to the residence.  The fire was located in the breaker panel of the home.  Firefighters ventilated the area.  There were no injuries.

 

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OBITUARIES

Burnell Neumann

Burnell Neumann, age 76, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, July 7, at his home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery west of Keyesport.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or the First United Methodist Church.  The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

Julius H. Esmon

Julius H. Esmon, age 86, of Highland, passed away Friday, July 5, in rural Clinton County.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 7:00 p.m., at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m., in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis   Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to Volunteer Services at the John Cochran VA Hospital or the donor's choice.

Norma Hamby

Norma Hamby, age 87, of Greenville, passed away Thursday at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Maxey Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or to the First United Methodist Church. 

Gary L. Barkman

Gary L. Barkman, age 62, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday at his home.  No funeral services are planned.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Fern M. Niehaus

Fern M. Niehaus, age 78, of Highland, passed away Saturday, July 6, at Highland Health Care Center.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Keystone Cemetery in St. Jacob.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Highland Animal Shelter.

James E. Bussen                                  

James E. Bussen, age 63, of Glen Carbon, formerly of Greenville, passed away Saturday, July 6, at his home. Memorial funeral services are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand funeral home in Greenville.

Lawrence W. St. Cin

Lawrence W. St. Cin, age 82, of Newberry, Florida, passed away Saturday, July 6 at his residence.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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