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.