09-23-2013

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MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING NIECE PLEADS NOT GUILTY

A Watson, IL man accused of stabbing his niece to death says he’s not guilty.  Justin DeRyke entered the plea in court Thursday.  Authorities say he confessed to putting seven-year-old Willow Long “out of her misery” after she’d fallen and gotten a stick lodged in her neck.  DeRyke allegedly stabbed the girl multiple times in the throat and chest.  He’s charged with three counts of first-degree murder. 

DeRyke is scheduled to appear for a court pre-trial on Tuesday, October 22nd.  A trial by jury is scheduled to begin Monday, December 2nd.


COMETS WIN HOMECOMING GAME, ARE UNDEFEATED

The Greenville Comets football team remains undefeated.  They defeated Hillsboro 28-7 in the Homecoming Game Friday night.  The Comets are one of three undefeated teams atop the South Central Conference.  The team will travel to Roxana next Friday, September 27th to take on the Roxana Shells, who are 1-3 this season.  You can hear that game live on WGEL 101.7 or streaming online at www.wgel.com.

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A BIG WEEKEND IN BOND COUNTY...HOMECOMING-PAWS IN THE PARK-ARTWALK

It was a busy weekend in Bond County. First the Homecoming Parade Friday night, then Paws in the Park Saturday morning and the Artwalk Saturday night. Here are some scenes from all the festivies. Also congratulations to Hollyn Beans and Will Funderburk who were named Homecoming Queen and King.

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The weather did not always cooperate on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday were perfect

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The first place float by the Sophmores. Winners were announced Friday during the football game.

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Saturday night the Artwalk hit downtown Greenville

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BOND COUNTY SENIOR CENTER TO SERVE FIRST MEAL IN NEW LOCATION TUESDAY

The Bond County Senior Center is moving to a new location at 1001 East Harris Avenue.  They were scheduled to serve their first meal in their new location today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  However, according to Director Anna Oestricke, serving of the first meal will be delayed until Tuesday. The cost for seniors age 60 or older is $3.50 and $7.75 for all others.  For more information, call the Senior Center at 664-1465.

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STREETS TO BE OILED IN MULBERRY GROVE

The Village of Mulberry Grove will oil streets tomorrow starting at 8:00 a.m.  Residents are asked to remove cars from the following locations:

Taylor Street from 7th to Maple Street
6th Street from Market to Wall Street
Wall Street from Maple to Wood Street
Carman’s Street from Wall to School Street
Wood Street from School to King Street
Old Park Road from Main to South Street
North Street from Old Park Road to Walnut Street
Walnut Street from North to Main Street
Willow Street from Main to North Street
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Center Street from Main to North Street

For more information, call 326-8815.


FIREWORKS MEETING RESCHEDULED

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Greenville Fireworks meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 24th has been rescheduled.  The new meeting date is Monday, September 30th at 7:30 p.m. at the Bradford Community Building.  The formation of a new organization overseeing the July 4th fireworks celebration will be discussed.  For more information, contact John Goldsmith at 664-9272.

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CSX RAILROAD TO CONDUCT REPAIRS ON TRACKS IN MULBERRY GROVE

Beginning today, CSX Railroad will close the train tracks on 7th Street in Mulberry Grove for repairs.  The tracks are expected to be reopened Friday, September 27th.


SPORTS

The Comets freshman volleyball team had a big win over Pana Thursday night, coming out with a victory in two games.  The JV and Varsity teams both lost after tough matches.

The Lady Comets freshman/sophomore volleyball team played Saturday in Hillsboro, in a fresh/soph tournament. The Lady Comets came home tournament champs.

The Lady Comets varsity volleyball team played Saturday in the Vandalia tournament. They defeated Beecher City, Staunton, and Carlyle in pool play. They met Vandalia in the championship game and won, bringing home the first place trophy from the Vandalia tournament.

The Comets soccer team defeated Hillsboro Saturday, 2-1. Mitchell Cole and Dellon Sanders scored goals. Nicholas Watterson recorded five saves in goal.

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OBITUARIES

Jean A. Fagan

Jean A. Fagan, age 84, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Thursday at her home.  Funeral services will be today at the Forest Park East Funeral Home in Webster, Texas.  Burial will be in the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of local arrangements.

She was born on Saturday, April 06, 1929, in Oak Park, IL, the daughter of Walter C. and Agnes C. (nee Garvey) Wallace. On Tuesday, November 25, 1947, she married Richard T. Fagan who survives. She was a member of Methodist Faith and a former member of American Legion Post 374, Des Moines, Iowa (50 plus year member).

Jean was born at Oak Park, Illinois; reared at Des Moines, Iowa. She worked for Grandview College, Wells Fargo, and a library as a secretary, while she lived in Des Moines. She later moved to Texas in 1992; then to Mulberry Grove, IL in 2006. She enjoyed singing, listening to the Tabernacle Choir music, knitting, bowling, and taking care of their three children.

Survivors include:
Husband - Richard T. Fagan, Mulberry Grove, IL
Daughter - Julie J. (partner-Cynthia Burgess) Cockrell, Mulberry Grove, IL
Son - Michael L. (Amy) Fagan, League City, TX
Sister In-law - Virginia Wallace, Des Moines, IA

She was preceded in death by:
Father - Walter C. Wallace
Mother - Agnes C. Wallace nee Garvey
Son - Richard J. Fagan (died 04/19/2002)
Brother - Walter G. Wallace
Brother - Robert Wallace


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