20-year-old Nathan Piurek and 25-year-old Ryan Starks, both of Highland, were airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital Saturday night after they were involved in a car accident on Route 160 near Grantfork. Illinois State Police told WGEL that Piurek was driving the car on Route 160 three-tenths of a mile south of Cherokee Road. He then approached a curve in the road and allegedly lost control of the car, drove off the right side of the road, and struck some trees. Piurek was issued a citation for allegedly driving too fast and improper lane usage.


37-year-old Chadwick Zbinden, formerly of Bond County, pled guilty in St. Clair County Court Monday for possession of child pornography and was sentenced to two years in prison. Assistant State's Attorney Steve Sallerson had asked the judge to sentence Zbinden to five years in prison.


A Greenville Junior High 7th grader's sculpture is among a select group chosen to represent Illinois in a nationwide event. Gabe Chambers told WGEL that he's not sure what the inspiration was for the sculpture of a turtle and a shark. But the artwork could eventually be on display in Washington, D.C. Gabe's teacher, JoAnn Wagner, explained to WGEL that Gabe's piece was one of fifteen that was submitted to the Scholastic Arts Competition in Springfield. It was one of fifty-six to be awarded a gold certificate. It will now be judged in New York with the finalists going to Washington.

Gabe described his sculpture to us as a turtle and shark together with colorful spikes and a sombrero featuring jewels. According to Gabe, the sculpture required a lot of work and he was nearly two weeks late getting it done. He told WGEL that along with sculpting he also enjoys drawing and coloring and sees art as part of his future.

Mrs. Wagner was highly complimentary of her student. She said Gabe's success is a testimonial of how strong the art program is in the Unit 2 school district. Gabe should find out later this spring if his turtle and shark will be making the nation's capitol as their next stop.



With April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month SAFE is holding a self-defense class for women who would like to learn how to protect themselves. Carolyn Daniels, Director of SAFE, told WGEL that SAFE is trying to do several things in the month of April to bring awareness to the violence to women and children. Daniels said that on April 10 at 6:30 at the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia SAFE is holding a free self-defense class. Daniels said that all you have to do is sign up before hand because 25 people are all that they can handle. SAFE will have three people from the Clinton County Sheriff's Department that are going to be putting the class on. The people from Clinton County Sheriff's Department are going to do some hands-on with everyone. Daniels said that SAFE would like to have women come out and learn to take care of themselves.



A senior at Greenville High School has been accepted to attend the National Youth Science Camp this summer. Amy Bleisch was one out of two students in the State of Illinois to be accepted to the camp. Bleisch spoke with WGEL about the National Youth Science Camp and said that it is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. Bleisch said she is going to go to the camp for three weeks from June 25 to July 16 and will study different sciences like mathematics, engineering, and medicine. Bleisch will also spend three days in Washington D.C.

The requirements for the camp are that you have to be a senior in high school, show proficiency in math and science, had to have extracurricular activities that do not deal with math and science, and you have to show leadership and social maturity skills. Bleisch said that for her career choice she wants to be a Veterinarian.


Antique appraisals will be offered at Heritage Day on April 8. Antique experts will look at items and give an estimate of value. Norma Belt told WGEL about the appraisals. Belt said that Tom Roniger, an auctioneer with Roniger Swartz, is going to be doing the appraisals. Belt said that Roniger has had a lot of experience with antiques.

Pre-registration is required and you can pick up a form at the antique shops around town and also at the antique shops in Pocahontas and Donnellson. All you have to do is fill the form out and mail it to Norma Belt with a $4 check made out to the Bond County Historical Society. Pre-registration ends this Saturday, April 1.

The event is from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. April 8 and will be at the First United Methodist Church at the south entrance.



The Lady Comets were shutout by Litchfield 7-0 in the opening game of the Litchfield Tournament. Deirdhre Jett had 16 saves in goal for Greenville.


Four individuals and one team are slated for induction into the Greenville College Athletic Hall of Fame on April 8th. The class of 2006 inductees includes Dr. Roy Yarbrough, meritorious achievement category; Johnny Branch and Judith (Arnold) Fritz, athletic category; Dr. Rick Stephens, coaching category; and the 1987 Lady Panthers volleyball team. The program will also recognize Beau Meredith and Julie (Kaufmann) Schultz as the recipients of the Order of the Orange and Black. The festivities begin at 6:30pm on Saturday the 8th in the Armington Center. Tickets are $25 and a limited number are available by calling 664-6622.



Marguerite Meyer Zbinden

Marguerite Meyer Zbinden age 89 of Greenville passed away at 2:35 pm Monday at Fair
Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville. Funeral Services will be held at 11 am Thursday at the
Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home with Ministers Charles Reed and Darryl Bolen,
officiating. Interment will follow in Mt.Auburn Cemetery. The family will receive friends
at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville from 4 until 8 pm Wednesday and
Thursday until service time.

Marguerite Meyer, the daughter of Edwin Henry and Ella Haller Meyer was born on Mary
7, 1916 in Isabel, South Dakota. When she was age one the family moved to Bond
County where she was raised on the Meyer Farm. She attended the Sinai School. She
cared for her family and the family farmed west of Greenville along 127 moving to the
farm on the Rocky Mountain Road in the early 1940's. She moved to Greenville in 1984.

Marguerite and Lester D. Zbinden were united in marriage on Dec. 14, 1935 by Rev. R.T.
Hickerson at the First Christian Church Parsonage and enjoyed over 47 years together.
They are the parents of two children who survive: Fred E. (Judy) Zbinden of west of
Greenville and Sharon, Mrs. Clarence Zimmerman of west of Greenville. Also surviving
are four grandchildren: Kent and Jill Zbinden, Steve and Mike Zimmerman, and 7
great-grandchildren: Kayla and Krystal Hays, Wyatt Sea, David Rachel, Grace and
Garrett Zimmerman.

Marguerite is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lester on Feb. 9, 1983, and
one sister in infancy.

Marguerite is a member of the Shawnee Sewing Club and her church, the First Baptist
Church of Greenville

Memorials to First Baptist Church Fair Oaks or Bond County Hospice.

E. Jane Tevis

E. Jane Tevis age 88 of Greenville passed away at 11:50 am Tuesday at Fair Oaks
Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral
Home in Greenville.

E. Jane Kell, the daughter of Samuel Wilbur Kell and Blanche Mahala Ray Kell, was
born on July 26, 1917 in Greenville. She grew up here and in Smithboro graduating from
Greenville High School in 1935. She worked for Eakin Egg and Poultry as
bookkeeper.She and her husband owned and operated Brieties Cafe here in Greenville for
many years. They retired in 1969.

Jane and Oral M. Tevis were united in marriage on August 15, 1937 in St. Charles
Missouri and enjoyed over 66 years together. They are the parents of their daughter Lana,
Mrs. Gerald Griffin of Broadway, Virginia who survives. Also surviving are two
grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Jane is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Oral on April 10, 2004, their
daughter Cecelia Kay Tevis, and her brother Laurel Samuel Kell.

Jane is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and associated with the First Christian
Church of Greenville.