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GREENE PRAIRIE PRESS75¢-81(– Vol. 149, No. 24 – &DUUROOWRQ,OOLQRLVINSIDE NEWS Red Cross announces upcoming blood drives. See page A4 Sons of the American Revolution presents historic flag program. See page A5LOCALSWhite Hall council approves agreement with Area Disposal By CARMEN ENSINGER Greene Prairie Press White Hall City Council is moving ahead with an exclusive agreement with Area Disposal for residential trash pickup with the approval of an agreement at the June 5 city council meeting. The issue has been a hotbed of contention for more than eight months when the city initially sought bids from both Area Disposal and Bob Sanders to provide mandatory trash pickup withinthe city. Area Disposal submitted the low bid, plus offered additional services such as 10 dumpsters a year for citywide cleanup and free trash service for the city. Initially, every resident who receives a utility bill would have the $17.50 charge for trash pickup added to their utility bill regardless of whether they were currently utilizing a different trash service. If a resident did not pay their entire utility bill, they risk getting their utilities shut off. That idea was scrapped when resi-dents complained that it would be an undue burden on the elderly, who might not be able to afford trash service or were currently sharing trash service with a neighbor or having their family dispose of their minimal amount of trash produced each week. In addition, after consulting their city attorney, the council learned that they would not, legally, be able to shut off a resident’s gas or water if they did not pay the $17.50 per month charge, meaning the city would be responsible for the charge for trash pickup.Then, a few months ago, members of the council who had been pushing for the agreement with Area Disposal came up with a different plan. Trash pickup would not be mandatory, it would be voluntary. However, if a resident did want trash service, they had to use Area Disposal. This would be achieved by the city creating permits for both residential and commercial trash collection. The single permit established by the city would be allotted to Area Disposal, (See, AREA DISPOSAL, A2)Bright Futures birth to three program stripped of funding Welcome baby Hutton. See page A7SPORTSPitch machine team plays at North Greene. See page B8By CARMEN ENSINGER Greene Prairie Press The North Greene Bright Futures Prevention Initiative Program, aimed at children birth to three, is in danger of being discontinued come Aug. 1 after the program was denied grant funding for the next five years. The program is one of the oldest programs in the state, having started in 1999, and relies solely on grant funding from the state and federal levels. “These grants were opened up to ‘new’ programs this year with an option for five years of funding,â€? Program“There is no other entity in the area that assists families in their homes and we’re not going to go down without a fight.â€?Kellie Heberling Program Coordinator Coordinator Kellie Heberling said. “Unfortunately, we were not selected to receive funding for the next five years, which means, unless we are granted an appeal that we have filed for, effective Aug. 1, we will no longer have a birth to three program.â€?The appeal to the Illinois State Board of Education was filed last Friday, but according to Parent Educator Sarah Schmidt, that appeal could take anywhere from four to six weeks. “The earliest we could hear (See, BRIGHT, A3)3UHYHQWLRQ,QLWLDWLYH SURJUDPDQGZKDWLWGRHV By CARMEN ENSINGER Greene Prairie Press If you live in the North Greene area and have had a child within the last 20 years, chances are you might have been served by the Bright Futures Prevention Initiative Program, better known as the birth to three program. The program is for children from birth through the age of three, at which point they are eligible for the pre-K program, also a part of Bright Futures. The program was declined for funding this year, putting the future of the program at risk, as well as the families it serves. The birth to three program has four parent educators, each with (See, PREVENTION, A3)ONLINE JUHHQHSUDLULHSUHVVFRPWEEKEND WEATHER FRIDAY, JUNE 1590 73 HighLowSATURDAY, JUNE 1696 75 HighLowSUNDAY, JUNE 1796 74 HighLowGreene Prairie Press&KXUFK         $ &RXUW          $ /RFDOV          $ 2ELWXDULHV      $ 2XU7RZQ       $ 1HZV     $$% 6FKRRO         $ 6SRUWV          % 5HDO(VWDWH%OBITUARIESIN THIS ISSUE:HAMMŠ 2018GREENE PRAIRIE PRESS All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Carmen Ensinger/Greene Prairie PressSevere storms tear through CarrolltonSevere thunderstorms that passed through Carrollton Monday evening caused quite a bit of damage, including fallen trees. The photo on the left is a downed tree at Airsman Hires Funeral Home, probably one of the oldest trees in Greene County. The photo on the right shows a downed tree, also very old, at the corner of Sixth and Maple. Portions of the city were without power after a tree fell on a power line on Rt. 108 toward Eldred. Numerous smaller branches were down all around town.Carrollton in search Greene County Fair of new superintendent kicks off June 16-23By CARMEN ENSINGER Greene Prairie Press Carrollton School District will soon be in need of a new superintendent after Dr. Kerry Cox announced her retirement effective June 30, 2019. Cox took over the duties of superintendent on July 1, 2013 following the retirement of Dr. Beth Pressler. Her announcement gives the district a year to find her replacement.“The thought process is that due to a decrease in the number of applicants for all positions in the education field, it is good to get a jump on things,â€? Cox said. “I was actually hired in January of 2013 so we would even like to push it back a little bit farther to get in on the first round of candidates for the upcoming school year. The goal is going to be to hire my replacement before the end of this calendar year.â€? (See, SUPERINTENDENT, A3)Submitted photoLeg up on Lego Club Eight-month-old Brynlee Powell gets an early start on Lego Club at the White Hall Public Library during Lego Club Monday.By CARMEN ENSINGER Greene Prairie PressIt’s that time of year again — time for the Greene County Agricultural Fair. Though the official dates of the fair run from Saturday, June 16 through Saturday, June 23, many of the 4-H events take place beginning Wednesday, June 13. Most of the non-livestock 4-H projects will take place at the KC Hall on Thursday, June 14 followed by livestock weigh in at 5 p.m. on June 15 at the barns at the fairgrounds. The 4-H shows will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at the fairgrounds with poultry and swine at 8 a.m.; rabbits and sheep and goats at 9 a.m.; beef and dairy at 11 a.m.; cat show at 1 p.m. and dog show at 2 p.m. Saturday is chock full of events with the BBQ cookoff starting at 8 a.m. with food available at noon, followed by sand volleyball at 9 a.m. Family Day will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with High Voltage DJ performing at noon. Mud Bogs will begin at 5 p.m. Something new added to the fair this year is the first-ever Greene County Fair fireworks display sponsored by Killion Communications. Fireworks are scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 16 at 9 p.m. On Sunday, June 17, the Western horse show will be held at noon. Monday, June 18, the Art Hall will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. withthe 4-H Livestock Auction taking place at 6 p.m. Then, at 7 p.m., the biggest draw for the fair, the Miss Greene County Fair Pageant, will be held under the grandstand. Horse racing aficionados will want to attend the Downstate Classic Harness Races, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19. The Downstate Classic is in memory of noted Southern-Illinois horseman Al Jeffers whose family, in his memory, donated funds to make the Downstate Classic possible. Wednesday, June 20 is Family Rodeo Night beginning at 7 p.m. and featuring bull riding and barrel racing. Half price gate, grandstand and half off all-you-can-ride carnival rides sponsored by Spire. On Thursday, June 21 at 5 p.m. the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull will be held. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. and Chuck Cole will be providing the tractors and sled and prizes will be awarded for all who compete. There will be five classes and children will be placed into classes by their weight. Following the kids pull, the adult Truck and Tractor Pull will begin at 6:30 p.m. Also on Thursday, at 8 a.m., will be the beef and swine show. Entertainment will begin at 9 p.m. with Leanne’s DJ Service. Friday, June 22, the Demo Derby will begin at 7 p.m. followed by entertainment in the beverage garden by the Jon Evans Trio. The fair will wrap up on Saturday, June 23 with the goat show at 8 a.m. followed by the Mud Drags at 7 p.m. and the band Tangle Foot will close out the fair in the beverage garden.A2Wednesday, June 13, 2018GREENE PRAIRIE PRESSSomething has to be done As an animal lover, there is something going on in Carrollton that simultaneously sickens me and makes my blood boil. In the last month, there have been five kittens that I know of abandoned on or near the Carrollton Square. Perhaps this goes on in other communities, but living here I am intrinsically more aware of it and I have to say I don’t like it and I want to see it stopped. The first instance was about a month ago. I was working in the office when a lady from a business close to me came in. She knows I am basically a “cat whispererâ€? in that I can approach almost any cat. It is as if they sense I only want to help them. She comes in and tells me there is a terrified kitten in the doorway next to Bev’s Baskets and Bows, about half a block down the street. I dropped what I was doing and went to check it out. The moment I walked out the door, I could hear its terrified cries for help. It was basically screaming at the top of its lungs. This only made me walk faster. I get down there and there are two older ladies standing on the sidewalk in front of the kitten who has taken shelter in the doorway next door. They said they tried to help him but he wouldn’t let them near him. The moment I saw he was all black, I knew that kitten was not going to be left there alone. Heck, it wouldn’t have mattered if he had been green at this point. I walked right up while talking sweetlike and picked him up. He nestled into my shoulder as I walked back to the office. I had to go to a ballgame, so I took him home and put him in the bathroom with food, water and a litter box. I was expecting a mess but to my surprise he used the litter box. I noticed something on his head, so I took him to my vet in Winchester, Dr. DeBold — wonderful man and I highly suggest everyone give him a try. He diagnosed him with ringworm and said it was very contagious and gave me some medicated pads to put on him for two weeks. I have a “nurseryâ€? that doubles as a laundry room most of the time, but is actually a third bedroom, in my house which has a huge cage in it. It was the cage we bought for tiny Schuyler 19 years ago when we first got him. Little Jake, as I decided to call him, was quarantined to the cage for about the first day and then I couldn’t bear to see him behind bars so I gave him the run of the room. I had been posting on Facebook trying to find his owner and ultimately trying to find him a good home — and by good, I mean someone I know is going to take care of him. There are so many people out there, especially those with young children, who want kittens for their kids who think they are cute, but when they grow up to be adult cats or get out of that kitten stage, they want to throw them out. This is why there are so many strays in every town. I’m telling you right now — I will not let a kitten, or cat,for that matter, go to someone I don’t trust will take care of it. The doc said Jake was about 12 weeks old when I found him and two days before his treatment was up, a very nice lady thatI have known for years, said she would be willing to give him a home. She is an animal lover, like myself, so I knew she was the perfect “motherâ€? for him. When his treatment was up, she drove down from Bethalto to get him. I cried when I let him go, but I knew he was going to have a wonderful life. One week after that bittersweet goodbye, I have a lady pull into my driveway asking me to take a tiny kitten they had found soaking wet at the Brass Door after the violent thunderstorm on Monday. She explained to me that they had found the poor thing absolutely terrified and had planned on keeping him, even buying a sack of kitten chow. However, their older cat attacked the young girl who was holding him when they came home and I saw the marks on the girl to prove it. How could I say no? If I found Jake a good home, surely I could find this little girl a good home. First thing I did was post on Facebook asking if anyone was missing a kitten. After all, I don’t want to give away someone’s pet. She was much tinier than Jake and my estimate is that she is no more than 8 weeks old, if that. Let’s put it this way, I am fostering a five week old kitten that was abandoned in a lady’s backyard by a young mother, who was found still in its sack and he weighs one pound, five ounces and this little girl weighed in at only 1.9 pounds. After my post on Facebook, I saw where a lady found one just off the square in her shrubs, around the same age as this little black and white tuxedo. Next, I found out that the owner of Copper Stills and Mash, just off the square, found one in the road earlier that day. The following day, I learned that one was also discovered in the parking lot at Kroger. I know one of them found a home, the fate of the other two, I do not know, and probably don’t want to know. What I do want to know is what kind of human being can dump defenseless, barely weaned kittens on a busy square where the potential of them being run over is monumental? But it doesn’t end there. The following day, I see a post on Facebook that there is a calico adult cat hanging out at the hospital. I keep cat food in my car so I went down there to at least feed her. I drove around and didn’t see her so I saw some ladies on a smoke break and went out and asked them if the cat was still around. They said she was and asked me if I was taking her home. I said, no, I was only going to feed her. They said don’t do that because then she will hang around and we don’t want that. That told me that they were probably going to call animal control if I didn’t intervene. I found her and she came right up to me to be petted. She was so sweet. I scooped her up and took her home. I figured she could be a mouser in my basement until I found her a home. I also put her in the bathroom until I could get some flea meds on her. I thought giving her that pill, which kills the fleas in 30 minutes, that I would be scratched to kingdom come, but to my surprise, she took it with no problem. An hour later when I went in to see her, she came up and loved on me androlled on her back to get her belly rubbed. For those non cat aficionados, that is the ultimate sign of trust. My whole point of Much Ado this is people need to About be more responsible. Nothing North Greene has Flo Bryant, who basically BY CARMEN takes care of every ENSINGER stray cat that is found in the North Greene area. She manages five feral colonies and takes care of hundreds others. She is a saint. She gets them fixed so they don’t reproduce and provides a home for them to live in. We don’t have that here. To be honest, I have never checked into this city’s policy on animals picked up by animal control because I would probably go off the deep end if I knew the truth of what goes on. I shudder to think of how many cats are killed that are brought in by animal control. The folks in Winchester have formed a group to do Trap, Neuter and Release, which is much less costly than euthanizing them. I wish we had a program here like that. There are feral cats and then there are cats, like I stated earlier, that used to be pets but grew out of their “cuteâ€? stage and are just abandoned. Those cats fall between the cracks. They are not feral, yet they are not “ownedâ€? either. It all just breaks my heart. The kitten that was abandoned by its mother in the lady’s backyard — I get that. People dumping defenseless little creatures to fend for themselves — that I don’t get. All I know is that it needs to stop. There are laws against dumping animals and pretty hefty fines to go along with it, but either people don’t know about these laws or they just don’t care and think it is so petty that law enforcement isn’t going to waste their time going after some kitten abandoner. All I can say is that I will do everything in my power to stand up for the rights of the animals. I don’t care whether it is a dog, cat, ferret, raccoon or whatever. You know, people who see abuse going on who don’t want to “get involved,â€? there is an alternative. It’s called Two Rivers Crime Stoppers. You call them and report the abuse or neglect and you remain anonymous. They don’t ask your name, you get a number and if an arrest is made, you get a reward. Better than that, you call me, it still remains anonymous, and I follow up on it. It’s a win-win for everyone –— you and the animals. But seriously, if you have any information on who is dumping these defenseless little kittens around town, please tell someone about it. Either the police, Crime Stoppers or even me. Also, I am looking for a good home for a very sweet female 8-week-old tuxedo kitten and an equally sweet adult calico female. Check out my Facebook page for pics. QCarmen Ensinger is a pet-lover and a reporter for Campbell Publications.Outdoor Truths: Gary MillerEver changing needs Deer give us a great example of how patterns change according to one’s needs. Right now, in many parts of the country, we are seeing a changing pattern. I always break these down into three periods; early spring through late summer, late summer through fall and winter. Let me explain. In the early spring through late summer, the land is full of all sorts of food. The deer do not have to travel far to get a variety of tasty foods. During these times, they are somewhat unpredictable because there is no p
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