03-20-2014

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HOUSE FIRE ON SECOND STREET

Greenville firefighters responded Tuesday at 11:02 p.m. to a report of a house fire in the 600 block of South Second Street. According to the fire report, the cause of the fire is believed to be electrical. The fire started in the attic above the front porch and damage is extensive. 

Damage is estimated to be $20,000. Smithboro and Mulberry Grove firefighters provided mutual aid. Crews were on the scene about two hours.


COUNTY CLERK HAS SMOOTH NIGHT WITH PRIMARY ELECTION PROCESS

Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz says his office had a smooth night tabulating results from Tuesday’s primary election.

I’d like to take the time to really thank all the hard workers who worked [Tuesday],” said Reitz. “It made one of the best election evenings we’ve had. Everything went smooth, there was no glitch anywhere.”

Reitz said the only thing left to be desired had to do with the 13% voter turnout in Bond County. 

“The only downside was there weren’t enough people that voted. I just heard from a southern county that had a 49.95 percent turnout. Oh, I’d love to have that on a primary.”

Your next chance to vote in Bond County will be the general election on Tuesday, November 4th.

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GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL SCHEDULES SPECIAL MEETING

The Greenville City Council scheduled a special meeting for today at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building. The agenda includes a Greenville Commons Development agreement.

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32 JUNIORS AND SENIORS JOIN HONORS SOCIETY

Unit 2 High School held its annual National Honors Society induction ceremony Monday evening. Guidance Counselor Steve Dannaman told us 32 juniors and seniors were inducted into the Society.

“Basically, they’re selected by a committee,” Dannaman said. “Not only for their academic performance, but also for their character, philanthropic activities, and their school and community involvement.”

Dannaman is co-sponsor of the Greenville Chapter of the National Honors Society, along with teacher Kedra Schuster.

Photo courtesy of Greenville High School

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ADDITIONAL UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD ACTION

At this week’s Unit 2 School Board meeting, the board set the graduation date for Greenville Junior High on June 2nd.  Junior high graduation for Pocahontas and Sorento will be June 3rd. 

The board’s February financial report showed the district receiving a little over $700,000 in payments. Superintendent Jeff Strieker reported the state still owes around $500,000.

Sorento Principal Bill Carpenter approached the board with the request that Sorento girls interested in basketball next year be able to co-op with the Pocahontas girls’ basketball team, a move he said would make more economic sense.  The request was approved with a 7-0 vote.

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POCAHONTAS CENTER CHARACTER EDUCATION STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

The Pocahontas Center has announced their Character Education Students of the Month for March. The word this month is "Caring".

Back Row, L to R: Justin Wilson, Myka Wesbrook, Dylan Breiner, Taylor Shepherd,
Shyanne Bovinett, Jaxon Fenton. Front Row, L to R: Tyler Bataglia, John David Wesselmann, Aiden Metzger, Mia Bellegante, Sarah Hall, Tyleigh McKelley, Courtney Adams, Connor Bataglia, Jayden Thomas. Not Pictured:  Nathan Bost

Photo courtesy of Mike & Carol Ellsworth


EARLY BIRD DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR KPD BASEBALL

The early bird deadline for Kingsbury Park District baseball is Wednesday, March 26. Park District Director Jerry Sauerwein told us about a change in league arrangements for this year’s program.

Baseball starts at age 5 at tee ball and we go all the way to age 15,” Sauerwein said. “We’ve kind of changed the petition policies. We’re basically letting kids play with their grade instead of their age, so anybody that has a child that has been started when they were 6 instead of 5 in kindergarten, then they can talk to us and they can fill out the proper paperwork and they can have their child play with their grade instead of their age.

If registered before March 26, fees for tee ball and the soft toss league are $25 for players living in the district, and $37.50 for out of district players. All other baseball leagues cost $35 for in district and $47.50 out of district. Baseball registration forms are available at the Kingsbury Park District office or online at www.kingsburyparkdistrict.com .


SPORTS

The Lady Comet softball team opened their season with a 6 to 4 win over East Alton Wood River. Kiersten Apponney had a 2 run homerun and Jackie Hoffmeier and April Stich were 2 for 3. Whitney Gray got the win. The JV team won 3 to 2. Erin Smith got the win, striking out 8 batters.

Comet baseball won 10-0 over East Alton Wood River. Brandon Camp the win and Josh Laesch hit a homerun. JV won 11-1

Lady Comets soccer tied Breese Central 1-1 in their season opener. Eliza Boyd scored the first goal of the match on a cross from Katie Horton. Emily Gaffner recorded 2 saves in goal.

Your Comets sports schedule for today...

Boys Baseball (Varsity) at Wesclin Trenton Park at 4:30.

Girls Soccer (Varsity) vs. Southwestern at 4:30.

Girls Softball (V and JV will play at the same time at Jaycee Park) vs. Nashville at 4:30.


OBITUARIES

Evelyn M. Dorries

Evelyn M. Dorries, age 92 of Breese, passed away Wednesday, March 19 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorial prayers will be Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A private burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in also in Breese. Memorials are suggested to Aviston Countryside Manor activity fund or to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary Lights for Scholarship.

Mrs. Dorries was born May 8, 1921 in Germantown to Henry W. and Etha (Venters) Hellmann; they preceded her in death.

She married Earl Dorries on July 28, 1942 in Rome, GA; he preceded her in death on April 14, 1989.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a great-grandchild; sisters, Bertha Bolk, Leona Goewert, Goldie Loepker, Mabel Maxfield, and Mildred Potts; and brothers, Arthur Hellmann, Lloyd Hellmann, and Ellsworth Hellmann.

Surviving are her children, Earleen (friend Jas) Arnold of North Carolina, Darleen (Paul) Ritter of Centralia, Shirley (Dan) Kaegy Glenn (Pat) Dorries, and Charmaine (fiancé Gene Albers) Kleiboeker all of Breese; 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Pearl (Elmer) Rosen of Breese.

Evelyn was a homemaker and a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Breese.


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