A Pierron woman was killed Saturday morning in a head-on collision on Route 143 west of Pokey Road. Illinois State Police say 22-year-old Mavis Runge was westbound when she crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound pickup truck driven by 16-year-old Taylor Aldredge of Pierron. State police have not determined why Runge's car went into the other lane. She was pronounced dead at the scene while Aldredge was flown by Arch helicopter to a St. Louis hospital for treatment of his injuries. The Pocahontas/Old Ripley Fire Department and Bond County Sheriff's Department assisted at the scene.


The Sheriff's department released a report on an injury accident that happened last Tuesday. James D Ray age 19 of Mulberry Grove was northbound on Woburn Road a half mile south of Lake Drive at 5:58PM when his Chevy Blazer ran off the left side of the road struck a culvert when air-born rolled and came to rest on its wheels. James D. Ray was ejected from the truck and taken to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries.


A report of an injury accident earlier this week was released by the Sheriff's department. Tuesday Craig W Zitta age 41 or Troy Illinois was westbound on I-70 around the 39-mile marker on his motorcycle when he hit a deer. Craig Zitta was thrown off the motorcycle and transferred to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries.


No one was injured Saturday morning when an anhydrous nurse tank overturned at the corner of Harris Avenue and Idler Lane. Greenville police report that Howard Eyman of Alhambra was southbound turning onto Harris with two empty anhydrous tanks in tow when the back tank overturned. No damage was reported.


A train collided with a cow Saturday afternoon at the Academy Street overpass in Pocahontas. A Bond County deputy told WGEL that the cow had escaped from a fenced in pasture at the end of Kavanaugh Street and wandered up the overpass. The train was unable to avoid striking the animal. The cow was not killed by the impact but suffered leg injuries and a cut to its right flank. The animal was later euthanized.


Members of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary and community residents are invited to attend the auxiliary's quarterly general meeting Monday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Greenville Regional Hospital Community Room. Advance registration is not necessary. Monday's meeting will consist of a business meeting and a special presentation by Greenville Police Officer Jeff Gray and his police dog, "Bac". Refreshments will be served and if you require additional information contact Alan Gaffner, Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Legislative Affairs and Volunteer Services at 664-1230 ext. 3222.


At the Bond County Fair Board meeting last week, the Board accepted the resignation letter from Bill Kendall because of other commitments. He said he would still assist the Board as much as he can. Adrian Ostrom replaced him on the Board.

Most of the meeting was spent planing fairground improvements and planning repairs caused by storm damage to the horse arena, horse barns, and to the fence south of the gardenstand.

The Building and Grounds Committee reported the improvements to the community buildings are proceeding. The Board approved the expenditure of up to $5,000 to oil and chip roads on the fairgrounds.

Mowing of the fairgrounds by Vandalia inmates has begun and the Board authorized the purchase of two more lawnmowers. Richard Debatin has been mowing the parking area for several years with his tractor mower and has never asked for any pay. The Fair Board voted to pay him $100 per month plus repairs for keeping this parking area in such good condition.

There will be auto races at the Bond County Fair this year.

A representative of the Midwest Auto Racing Association was present at the meeting, and agreed to pay the Bond County Fair $1,250 to hold auto races Thursday night of the fair. They expect to race midget and mini spirit cars.

The next meeting of the Bond County Fair Board will be May 10.


One of the people who won the Missouri Powerball jackpot last week is from the area. The Belleville News Democrat reports that Kathey Tidwell from Highland was one of the lucky 13 to win. The jackpot was for $224.2 million and was the biggest in Missouri history. The 13 people were employees at the Missouri Department of Social Services, which is located in Florissant. They purchased the ticket at the Quick Trip in Florissant. The jackpot will be split 12 ways beause two of the workers split a share of the ticket. All of the winners are going to take a cash payment. 11 of the winners will take home $8.5 million each before taxes. The two who split a share of the ticket will get $4.2 million before taxes. After finding out that they had won the workers left their job and went to an attorneys office in Clayton and then to a news conference.



A big crowd turned out for the Commercial Club Easter Egg Hunt at Patriots Park in Greenville yesterday.

Winners of the prize eggs included:

Marshal McElroy won the boy's bike
Alexander Nickel won the CD player
David Wiedenhoeft won a wagon
Taylor Baily won the Girls Bike

And the tricycle went unclaimed. If you find that egg in your child's basket, the tricycle is waiting for the winner at WGEL. If you find that lucky egg come by the radio station.
Golden egg winners included Kyle Hill, Zack Bohannon, Tayor Bailey and Culler Beatty.



76-year-old Rollie Zumwalt, Sr. of Sorento passed away Wednesday, April 12 at his home. Funeral services for 76-year-old Rollie Zumwalt, Sr. will be Monday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial will be in Marcus Memorial Park Cemetery in Fredericktown, MO. Friends may call Monday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the Perfetti Funeral Home.


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