09-11-2013



UNCLE OF 7 YEAR OLD GIRL ARRESTED FOR HER ALLEGED MURDER

The uncle of Willow Long has been arrested for her alleged murder.  Illinois State Police officials arrested Justin D. DeRyke, age 22 of Watson, Illinois, Tuesday morning at approximately 5:55 a.m.  Willow Long was reported missing from her home in Watson on Sunday.  Volunteer searchers found her body Monday evening following a massive search of the surrounding area.  According to the Effingham County State’s Attorney, all indications are that the death is a homicide.   

The Effingham County State’s Attorney’s office intends to file First Degree Murder charges against DeRyke this afternoon in Effingham County Circuit Court.  DeRyke is set to appear in court at 1:00 p.m.

The incident remains under investigation by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police.


HEALTH BOARD CHAIR DARRYL BOLEN REMEMBERS MAXINE BARTH

Maxine Barth, of Keyesport, the longtime administrator of the Bond County Health Department passed away last week at the age of 64.  Darryl Bolen, Chairman of the Bond County Board of Health, told WGEL that Maxine’s service to our community was immeasurable.  Bolen said she was the administrator of the Bond County Health Department for over 20 years and was the key player in the health department becoming one of the best in the state of Illinois.  Bolen said you’d be hard-pressed to find another Health Department in the state that offers the scope of services that are available in Bond County.

Bolen went on to praise Maxine’s vision, leadership, fiscal management, and tireless efforts.  He said, “The ripple effect of Maxine’s life will be felt for a long, long time in our community.  She will be sorely missed.”

Services for Maxine Barth were held yesterday.


MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD APPROVES FOUR-WAY STOP INTERSECTION

At the Monday night Mulberry Grove Village Board meeting, a resident addressed the safety concern of no traffic control devices at the intersection of Wood and Wall Streets.  Following discussion, the board passed an ordinance making that intersection a 4-way stop.   

Hourly wages were increased for the village's three full-time employees.  Board members approved a $.20 per hour raise, effective Friday, September 13, to help offset increases in health insurance.

Village Police Officer Robert Sutton reviewed changes to the Golf Cart Ordinance suggested by the village attorney.  Board members agreed with the suggested changes in wording and inclusion of certain specifications required by Illinois Law.

Joyce Wise announced she will soon open a mending, sewing, and quilting shop in a portion of her home on North Church Street.  She is also anticipating teaching classes in sewing and quilting.  The new business will be called “Beginners & Beyond.”

The next Mulberry Grove Village Board meeting is set for Monday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m.

 

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GREENVILLE KIWANIS CLUB LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS

The Greenville Kiwanis Club is looking for new members.  Kiwanis meetings are at noon every Tuesday in the Krober Room in the Armington Center on the Greenville College campus.  The Greenville Kiwanis Club invests over $8,000 a year in organizations throughout Bond County.  Membership is open to all men and women who want to serve their community.  For more information about the organization or to inquire about joining, contact membership chair Bob Kulhan at 664-4110.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE HOSTS "PORTRAIT OF A SOLDIER" DISPLAY

Kaskaskia College is hosting the “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit at the College’s Lifelong Learning Center in the Dr. Dee and Sue Boswell Art Gallery.

The “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit is a traveling display of hand-sketched portraits of fallen service members from Illinois who have been killed since September 11, 2001.  Artist Cameron Schilling of Mattoon drew the first portrait in August 2004, after Army SPC Charles Neeley, also of Mattoon, was killed in Iraq.  Schilling gave the sketch to Neeley’s parents.  In October of 2005, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling decided to draw a portrait of every Illinois service member who has fallen during the Global War on Terror.  The portraits are copies of the originals, all of which were given to the fallen soldier’s next of kin.

The exhibit travels throughout the state of Illinois, but you can see it at Kaskaskia College through September 30th during campus hours.  For information call 545-3226.



SPORTS


The Greenville Junior High Bluejays beat Highland St. Paul Tuesday, 13-1.  The Bluejays record is now 14 and 4.


The Comets soccer team lost 3-0 to the Marquette Explorers.  Nicholas Watterson recorded eight saves in goal.


The Lady Comets JV volleyball team beat Southwestern 25-21 and 25-21.  The varsity team lost their match in two games 20-25 and 22-25.


The Lady Comets tennis team lost to Highland 6-3.  Singles winners were Abby Gaffner, Anya Thomas, and Katelyn Eller.


OBITUARIES

Margaret E. Frazier

Margaret E. Frazier, age 88, of Greenville, formerly of Hillsboro, passed away Sunday at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery.  Friends may call tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Agnes Cemetery in Hillsboro.


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