An old advertising sign painted on a wall on the second floor of the Heart Two Heart Jewelry Store in Greenville serves as a link to downtown's history. Heart Two Heart Owner Tom Leihser explained told WGEL that the ad for J.M. Miller Shoes and Boots runs the length of the building and was at one time the south exterior wall of the building. The sign likely dates back to the 1890s. J.M. Miller was a well-known business owner and served as Greenville mayor from 1891-1893.

The sign is painted in big bold white and yellow letters. Leisher said that it was unique so it has been preserved and is now part of their second floor home.

Tom and Brenda Leihser have moved above the store and have made the floor into a loft apartment. They decided to move above the store to be closer to work.


There were three winners out of the 16 students at Greenville High School who submitted their artwork in the Effingham Tr-County Art Show. The winners were:

David Hughes, a Junior, won second place for a Ceramic Mask

Jamie Hoag, a Sophomore, won second place for a Paper Mache Lion Mask

And Sophomore Dwight Sanders who won first place for an oil painting called "Sugar Glider"



Members of the Centralia High School football team were at the right place at the right time last Saturday. While the players were doing a public service recycling project at a tire store in Centralia a pickup truck fell off of a hydraulic lift and onto one of the workers of the tire store, Ed Marsh. The football players lifted the pickup truck that had pinned Marsh after it fell. Marsh has undergone surgery on his left arm and suffered injuries to his back, hip, and pelvis.


Members of the Utlaut Memorial Foundation gathered for the organization's 2005 annual meeting Monday evening at Ethan's Place. The theme for the evening was "An Investment for All Generations". A special emphasis was put on ensuring that quality healthcare will be available for future generations and generating support and involvement from younger generations. The five members of the Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors were re-elected for another three-year term. Dr. David Hoag, chairman of the Utlaut Memorial Advancement Board reported a record year in 2005 with a total gift income of over $799,000. Funds that are contributed come from the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary's annual gift, estate gifts, and gift annuities. The Utlaut Memorial Foundation established the Charitable Gift Annuity program in 2005. This program offers donors an opportunity to support Greenville Regional Hospital and earn an annual payment for life. Member Fred Baumberger was the first person to establish a Charitable Gift Annuity with the foundation. Hoag also indicated the desire of the Foundation to increase its current membership from 218 to 500 through a new membership drive campaign.





This week is National Crime Victims Week and Bond County State's Attorney Chris Bauer told WGEL that one week is set aside during the year to recognize the number of people who are victimized by crime every year. Bauer said that sometimes people push the "ugly" things to the back of their minds so this week is one where we can be reminded that crime does happen and be sympathetic to victims of crime. Bauer also said that victims of crime need support from their community to get through bad things that may have happened to them.

Bauer said that James Stever, Victim Services Advocate, is trained by the Attorney General every year to keep up with providing services and what services are available for crime victims. Bauer said that they do coordinate with a number of service providers there are in the area. He said there are several professional orgnizations with counselors that provide assistance to victims of crime.


The Bond County Sheriff's Department has fielded several complaints of mailboxes being destroyed in recent days. Deputies say there were two mailboxes damaged on Hastings Cemetery Avenue and one each on Mulberry Grove Road and Reno Road.




The Varsity Lady Comets posted wins on Monday and Tuesday. Greenville defeated Hillsboro 3-1 with Rebecca Peddicord getting the win and also a great performance on the mound by Hannah Bingham. The Lady Comets shut down Altamont on Tuesday 8-0. Alyssa Sutton pitched the complete game shutout. Hannah Elliott had a homerun, triple and double with 3 RBI. The varsity team is now 11-3 on the season, 4-0 in conference.

The Lady Comets finished in a 0-0 tie against Metro East Lutheran on Tuesday. Dierdhre Jett had the shutout in goal and recorded four saves. The Lady Comets also finished in a 0-0 tie with Mater Dei on Wednesday. Greenville outshot Mater Dei 16-9 but failed to score.



66-year-old Clifton "Red" Lindley of Pocahontas passed away Tuesday afternoon at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland. Funeral services for Clifton "Red" Lindley will be held Saturday at 11am at May Funeral Home. Visitation is Friday from 4-8PM and Saturday from 8-11am at the funeral home. Burial at Robinson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family, the Pocahontas/Old Ripley Fire Department, or the Cross of Victory Church.


80-year-old Donal B. "Andy" Anderson of Trenton passed away Tuesday morning at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland. Funeral arrangements for 80-year-old Donald B. "Andy" Anderson will be Friday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Trenton. Visitation will be Thursday, April 27 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and again on Friday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Trenton. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Trenton.

John R. Merrifield

John R. Merrifield, age 84 of Greenville, passed away at 4:23 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

Funeral services are incomplete at this time at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

John is the father to John Paul Merrifield of Greenville, Vivian Ann Merrifield of St. Louis, Missouri and Sandra Merrifield of Greenville. Brother to Fred Merrifield of Champaign, Illinois, Henry Merrifield of Florida and Jim Merrifield of Springfield, Illinois.


93-year-old Samuel L. Roland of Greenville passed away Wednesday at Cardinal Hill Healthcare. Memorial services for Samuel L. Roland will be Saturday at 5PM at the Young Funeral Home, Greenville. Interment will be in Skyline Memorial Park of Monee, Illinois at a later date. Visitation is Saturday after 2PM at Young Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army.


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