Bond County Deputies are investigating the reported theft of a coin collection, valued at more than $300.00, from a residence on Branch Road north of Greenville. County Deputies are also investigating the reported theft of items, valued at less than $300.00, from a residence on Main Street in Mulberry Grove. A Bond County Deputy and Bond County EMS were dispatched to a report of an accident on Interstate 70 in the westbound lanes at the 38.5 mile marker.  No injuries were reported.


Heavy rains and water retention were the main topics of discussion at a Bond County Unit 2 Building, Grounds & Transportation Committee meeting Friday morning.

The committee agreed to recommend a contract with Koerkenmeier Excavating in Breese to widen the south retention pond at the Greenville Elementary School for just under $8,000 and to create a burm with an 8-10” culvert along Junior High Drive, for just under $6,000, both in an effort to slow the flow of water off of district property during heavy rains.

The group will recommend to the Unit 2 School Board on July 15th to act on excavation work at the intersection of Dewey and Killarney, near the KRP building entrance.  The work will help excess rainwater stay in a confined retention space and off of the roadway.

The committee will also recommend to the school board an upgrade to the video camera system in the Unit 2 bus fleet.  The upgrade will get the entire fleet on the same operating system and will allow for additional cameras in each bus, permitting drivers to see activity throughout the entire school bus, rather than only at the front.  The camera project is estimated to cost just over $13,000.

Finally, Unit 2 Superintendent Jeff Strieker informed the board that the school district had qualified for a matching health life safety grant from the state of Illinois, in the amount of $50,000, that will be used to replace an inefficient boiler at the Greenville Junior High.



A United States Olympic coin set, a lot of Liberty Head gold pieces, and a Martha Washington one-dollar note from 1886 are just some of the items that Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is offering in the Illinois Treasurer’s Online Unclaimed Property Auction.  It started yesterday and will begin closing at 10 a.m. this Friday.  If you’re interested in seeing the items up for bid or learning more about the unclaimed property auction, go to the treasurer’s office’s website at www.treasurer.il.gov and click on the auction preview button.


According to information from the Bond County Highway Department, Old National Trail will be closed Tuesday, July 9, from 7:30 a.m. – noon for oiling. 



St. Nicholas Church in Pocahontas sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive last Tuesday.  Twenty-nine people registered. Twenty-three units of whole blood and four units of double red blood cells were collected.  The goal set by the Red Cross was 24 units.  Diane Melvin received a 12-gallon pin and Eldon Clayton a five-gallon pin.


Congressman John Shimkus has announced US Department of Health & Human Services funding to BCMW Community Services’ Head Start program.  The grant is for just over $1.5 million and consists of discretionary funds for the extension of ongoing programs. BCMW Community Services Head Start is based in Centralia and has nine locations in Bond, Clinton, Marion, Washington, and Franklin Counties.   


Prairie Farms


Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will give 17 year olds the ability to vote in primary elections, if they will be 18 by the general election date.  According to FairVote, twenty other states currently allow 17 year olds to vote in primary elections. Governor Quinn said the new legislation will encourage young adults to take on their civic duties as soon as possible and make their voices heard in all Illinois elections.


Alma Mae Harp

Alma Mae Harp, age 96 of Carlyle, died on Monday, July 08, 2013, at Carlyle Healthcare Center in Carlyle, Illinois.

Mrs. Harp was born on August 13, 1916, in East Fork Township, Clinton County, Illinois, a daughter of Claude and Emma (Curdt) Sanders. She married Elza Harp on April 5, 1942, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and he preceded her in death on October 16, 1972.

Mrs. Harp had no children, but considered as family her children Bob and Elaine Fruend; grandchildren – Debbie Fruend, Kelly Price and husband Bernard and Heather Athmer and husband Scott and great grandchildren – Benjamin, Kortney and Braden Price and Abby Jo and “Joshy” Athmer, as well as numerous cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by Elaine Fruend.

Mrs. Harp was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carlyle where she was very active with the church, the church kitchen and Sunday School. She had worked at many retail merchants in the area; as manager of Sterling Store from 1965-1975, then as retail clerk at Krebs Store from 1975 until it closed.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Carlyle with Pastor Keith Michaels, officiating. Interment will follow at Pritchett Cemetery near Boulder. Visitation will be held at Zieren Day Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, from 4:00-8:00 P.M. and on Wednesday at First United Methodist Church from 9:00 – service time.

The family suggest memorial donations in her honor be made to the First United Methodist Church or to T.A.S.K. and they will be received at Zieren Day Funeral Home.

Donna J Oglesby

Donna J. Oglesby, age 57 of Greenville, passed away 10:05 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Greenville Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  For those who desire, memorials may be made to Bond County Home Health or the First Christian Church.

Donna, the daughter of Earl Eugene and Flo (Smith) Jarvis, was born October 7, 1955 in St. Louis County, St. Louis, Missouri.  Donna moved to Greenville with her family at the age of 8 years old.  She attended Central School and graduated from Greenville High School with the class of 1973.  Donna worked as a waitress at the Busy Bee Cafe.  For the past 33 years, she worked at DeMoulin Brothers in Greenville.

On September 21, 1974 Donna was united in marriage to Ira S. Oglesby Jr.  They have enjoyed 38 years of marriage.  Also surviving are her sons; Bradley I. (Jamie) Oglesby of Mulberry Grove and Matthew E. Oglesby of Pocahontas, grandchildren Kelsey and Brady Oglesby, and her mother Flo Jarvis.

She was a member of the First Christian Church and the Internation Brotherhood of United Garment Workers Union at DeMoulin Brothers in Greenville.

Dolores A. Maue

Dolores A. Maue 74 of Trenton died Sunday July 7, 2013 at her residence. Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday July 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton with Fr. Joseph Rascher officiating. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday July 10, 2013 from 10:00 am to time of Service at St. Mary Church in Trenton. Memorials can be made to Autism Research and will be received through Moss Funeral Home, Trenton who is handling the arrangements.

She was born December 12, 1938 in St. Rose to Frank and Regina (Buscher) Wesselmann: they preceded her in death.
She married Aloys “Butch” Maue February 27, 1957 at St. Rose Church and he preceded her in death June 26, 1998.
Also preceded in death by brother Francis “Fritz” Wesselmann, brothers-in-law Joseph Maue, Gregory Maue, Eugene Maue, Ralph Beckmann, Vincent Huelsmann, Gene Langhauser, sisters-in-law Mary Maue, Vera Maue.
Surviving are her children Dan (friend Kelli) Maue of Trenton, Ken (Sandy) Maue of New Baden, Sharon “Shari” (Steve) Jones of Trenton. 6 grandchildren Krystal (Jason) Litteken, Angie (Fiance Kyle Timmermann) Maue, Michael (friend Liz Lundzall) Cave, Allysa Maue, Randy Carson, Samantha Jones. 5 great grandchildren Landon and Breckyn Litteken, Tylor, Lillian, Alexander Cave. Brothers Gerald (Betty) Wesselmann of Trenton, Ralph (Judy) Wesselmann of LaSalle, Charles Wesselmann of St. Rose, John (Jamie) Wesselmann of Highland, Stan Wesselmann of St. Rose. A sister Bernice Wesselmann of Carlyle.

Brothers –in-law and sisters-in-law Clare Wesselmann of Breese, Harold Maue of Damiansville, Don (Julia) Maue of Breese, Anna Langhauser of O’Fallon, Bernice Huelsmann of Trenton, Jeanette Beckmann of Germantown, Irene Maue of Breese, Mary Ann Maue of Breese. Dolores was a homemaker, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and she also enjoyed playing bingo. Member of St. Mary Church and Altar Sodality in Trenton.

Lawrence W. St. Cin

Lawrence Wilson "Sonny" St. Cin, age 82 of Gainesville, FL, died Saturday, July 06, 2013, at his residence in Gainesville, FL. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL, and from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM, on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland, IL, with Father Scott A. Snider, Parochial Vicar, officiating.

Interment will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland, IL.  Memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice - Gainesville, Florida. 

He was born on Sunday, July 13, 1930, in Alton, IL, the son of Lawrence C. and Lucille (nee Frey) St. Cin.On Saturday, September 02, 1950, he married Anna Katherine St. Cin (nee Mattingly) who survives.He was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church. He was also a member Highland Moose Lodge #2479. He was a former member of Highland JC; Knights of Columbus Council 1580; Highland Optimist Club.

Mr. St. Cin was born at Alton, IL; grew up in Brighton, IL and graduated from high school there. He had worked for Owens Illinois Glass in Alton, IL; moved to Highland, IL in 1960 to own & operate Sonny's Place. He sold the tavern, and shortly thereafter opened a Sporting Goods and Liquor store. He operated it from 1964 - 1974. He retired in 1992 after managing the Travel Store at the Union 76 Truck Stop in Troy, IL for some 16 years. Sonny enjoyed fishing and loved the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals.He was a social person and enjoyed the gatherings at the Keeven Club House west of Highland. He also enjoyed working in his yard. He was a devoted husband and father.

Survivors include:
Wife - Anna K. St. Cin nee Mattingly, Gainesville, FL
Daughter - Dianna L. (Gary) Miner, Gainesville, FL
Grandchild - Crystal M. Miner, Gainesville, FL
Step Grandchild - Dr. Dean S. (Ki) Miner, MD, Chapel Hill, NC
Step Grandchild - Jeffrey T. (Karen) Miner, High Springs, FL
Step Great Grandchild - Anabel Miner, High Springs, FL
Step Great Grandchild - Madison Miner, Chapel Hill, NC
Step Great Grandchild - Allie Miner, Chapel Hill, NC
Brother - Allen (Carol) St. Cin, Hillsboro, IL
Sister - Esther "Sis" (Glen) Watts, Litchfield, IL
Sister - Joyce (Robert) Handling, Brighton, IL

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

James A. Bussen

James A. Bussen, ag 63 of Glen Carbon, formerly of Chicago and Greenville, Illinois, passed away at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013 with his sisters Rosemary and Patricia at his side.

Memorial funeral services will be held Saturday 11:00 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville with Father Ryszard Hanaczewski officiating.  The family welcome friends joining them at the church.

Memorials may be made to the St. Lawrence Catholic Church or to Dignity of Chicago available at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Jim is survived by his sisters Rosemary Albert of Greenville, Patricia (Keith) Smith of North Little Rock, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Billie Bussen and his sister Virginia Reelitz.


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