02-20-2014

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COUNTY TALKS AGGREGATION, APPOINTS INTERIM ENGINEER

The Bond County Board met in regular session Tuesday night and heard a report on electric aggregation for unincorporated areas of Bond County. The issue will appear on the March 18th ballot and if approved, should be effective by June. Aggregation is not available to members of Southwestern Electric, or any other cooperative, however, cooperative members are eligible to vote on the issue next month. 

The board approved Highway Department employee Rusty Hubbard to serve as the acting county engineer effective February 22nd with a salary to be determined soon. Hubbard will fill in for current Highway Engineer Doug DeLong who resigns his post this Friday.

They also approved a federal aid agreement for the highway department’s Jamestown Road project, from the Clinton County line to Route 143. Estimated cost for the project is $1.75 million.

County Clerk Randy Reitz reported he needs more election judges for upcoming elections. Interested individuals should call the Clerk’s office at 664-0449.

It was also announced in the meeting that work should begin on replacing the roof at the Bond County Humane Society this Friday. Materials and labor for the project are being donated by Joiner Sheet Metal & Roofing.

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GOOSE’S TAVERN IN PANAMA BURGLARIZED

Goose’s Tavern in Panama was burglarized in the early morning hours Tuesday. Investigator Rick Furlong with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department told us someone allegedly forced entry, broke into two video gaming machines and removed a kiosk machine used for gambling payouts.

The kiosk machine was later found just inside Bond County with all cash removed. This burglary comes just weeks after a similar burglary in St. Rose where the kiosk machine was found in tact outside of Scooter’s Pub. Furlong said they are investigating any connections between the two incidents. If you have any information about the burglary, call the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Department at 217-532-9511.

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE PROGRESS DELAYED BY WEATHER

This year’s severe wintry weather has delayed progress on the newest Habitat for Humanity house in Sorento. Eric Watterson, with the Bond County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, told us the team is waiting on work to be finished by skilled tradesman in plumbing and electrical work now.

Once the skilled labor is completed, the chapter and its volunteers will be back to work on the interior. If you’re interested in volunteering, call Eric at 322-0080.

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SHOAL CREEK CHAPTER HELPS NRA FOUNDATION RAISE FUNDS

The Shoal Creek Friends of NRA will hold their 18th Annual Banquet Saturday, March 8 at the Copper Dock Winery in Pocahontas.

Don Niehaus, with the Shoal Creek chapter, told WGEL the NRA Foundation was established in 1990 as a tax-exempt organization that raises tax deductible contributions to support a wide range of firearms-related public interest activities.

Over the past three years, the Shoal Creek Friends of NRA has awarded over $604,000 in grants to fund projects in southern Illinois. Half of their proceeds stay in the region, benefitting organizations such as the Mulberry Grove High School Aces Shooting Team, Fayette County 4-H, Montgomery County 4-H, Boy Scouts of America Greater Saint Louis and the Mount Vernon Police Department.

For more information on their upcoming banquet, call Don Niehaus at 217-537-3019.

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FFA PREPARES MULBERRY GROVE STUDENTS FOR FUTURE

This week is National FFA Week. WGEL recently visited with Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter President Brett Schewe, who told us FFA is meaningful because it prepares students for life after high school.

“Before I came to high school, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to be,” said Schewe. “After being in FFA I’ve decided I want to go to college at Texas A&M and double-major in ag education and crop science. Coming into it, I didn’t quite have a plan, but being in FFA has given me, not only all these opportunities, but also a career plan for the future.”

In celebration of FFA Week, Mulberry Grove’s chapter will sport the official blue and gold FFA colors, hold their teacher appreciation luncheon, and hold the High School Ag Olympics this afternoon.

Greenville’s FFA chapter will celebrate today with "Farmer Dress Up Day" and a barnyard zoo. They will also hold an FFA work Auction this evening. A meal will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. 


ST. LOUIS RAMS PUNTER TO TAKE THE POLAR PLUNGE

The St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker will be taking the polar plunge into Carlyle Lake on Saturday, February 22 to help raise funds for Special Olympics Illinois. He told us he is doing some intense training to prepare for the event.

“I’ve just been eating a lot of food, trying to gather up a big layer of blubber, kind of keep me warm when I come out of the water, you know kind of like a seal,” Hekker joked. “Trying just to look like a seal or like a beluga whale, just trying to build up something on that front.”

Hekker said he is very excited about the event and looking forward to having a lot of fun. You can join Hekker in the polar plunge Saturday at noon or donate to the Special Olympics cause by visiting www.plungewithhekker.com

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SIUE ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville has a new president. The Board of Trustees announced Monday that Randy Dunn has been appointed to the post. He’ll replace President Glenn Poshard who plans to retire in June.


SPORTS

GC JUNIOR NAMED STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Greenville College junior Bruce Gray has been named the National Christian College Athletic Association Student Athlete of the Week for Men’s Track.

Gray, from Chicago, finished first in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.81 and first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.89 at the Monmouth Fighting Scot Invitational.

He was ranked 2nd in the NCCAA rankings in both of these events.


OBITUARIES

Richard A. Forrester   

Richard A. Forrester, age 68 of Highland, formerly of Staunton and Greenville, passed away Saturday, February 15 at Highland Health Care. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Highland Health Care. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard Allen Forrester, the son of Emery Forrester and Ethel Mae Bryant Forrester, was born on September 17, 1946 in Alton, Illinois. Richard grew up in Staunton and attended the Staunton Schools and graduated from Staunton High School. Richard then worked at a store in Springfield, Illinois. He later lived in Eldorado, Greenville since 2004 and in Highland since 2013.

Richard and Marilyn Murphy were united in marriage and she preceded him in death in 2006. They are survived by their son Joshua (Becca) Forrester in Texas, and three grandchildren: Jessica, Jacqueline, and Jacob Forrester all of Breese, Illinois. Richard is also survived by his sister Mary Kathryn (Roger) Williams of Reno, Nevada.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marilyn, sister Carol Satterlee who died on December 6, 2013, sisters: Jeanette Kirbach, Barbara Miller, Judith Kefner, and brothers John Forrester, Franklin Forrester, Donald Forrester


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