A Unit 2 School District bus was involved in an accident Thursday afternoon on Route 51 in Fayette County. The bus was transporting the boys track team to a meet in Pana when it went off the road about two miles south of Ramsey. According to State Police in Effingham, the driver, 64-year-old Jesse Thompson of Greenville, blacked out causing the bus to go off the road. The bus crossed a ditch and hit a culvert before becoming airborne. The bus did not overturn. Six students and the driver were transported to Fayette County Hospital for treatment of injuries. Superintendent Melanie Allyn told WGEL that Unit 2 administrators immediately responded to the scene of the accident and to the Vandalia hospital. WGEL has been told that the students sustained minor injuries. Illinois State Police ticketed Thompson for improper lane usage.


The interior of a Pierron business has been destroyed by an early morning fire. The Highland-Pierron Fire Department was called out around 5am this morning to a fire at Jen's West Side Inn. Flames and heavy smoke were visible inside the building when firefighters arrived. According the Highland-Pierron Fire Chief Steve Plocher, the owner of the business, Jen Weiss, was sleeping upstairs when she awoke to the smell of smoke. Weiss was unable to use the stairs to get out of the building and was forced to exit through a window and landed on an adjacent lean-to shed. The fire is believed to have begun on the west side of the building, however, the State Fire Marshall's office has been asked to assist with the investigation. The Highland fire department provided mutual aid.


21-year-old Army Private James Bright from Breese was injured in a bomb explosion last Thursday, while serving in Iraq. The Breese Journal reports that Bright suffered a broken shoulder blade and other injuries and part of his lung had to be removed due to the explosion. He joined the Army last summer and in mid-February arrived in Iraq. Bright is currently at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where on Monday he was presented with a Purple Heart by two colonels. Bright could be in the hospital in Washington D.C. for two weeks, after that he will return to his home in Breese. He is a 2003 graduate of Central High School and attended Kaskaskia College for a year.



It was like a 1950s Spring night last Saturday on the Greenville Square, as members of The Okaw Valley Classic Chevy Club drove into Greenville to enjoy a meal at Sam's Pizza. The club is dedicated to restoring, preserving, and enjoying '55-'56-'57 Chevy cars, trucks, or Corvettes. Members of the club get together one night a month between March and November for a dinner cruise and thanks to an Internet search they picked Greenville as their destination.

The club, started in 1981, is based in the Belleville/Fairview Heights area although some members come from as far away as O'Fallon, Missouri and Hillsboro, Missouri. The caravan Saturday consisted of twelve classic Chevrolets. The Club meets the last Tuesday of each month and if you think you might be interested in joining, call Mark Sachtleben at 618-345-8246.


Stephen Baldwin, younger brother of actor Alec Baldwin, is expected to be one of the guest speakers tonight at the annual Agape Christian music festival. Baldwin has indicated that he will be in Greenville today shooting footage for a project and will then share his testimony on the main stage. Baldwin's films have included roles in "Born On The Fourth of July," "8 Seconds," and "The Usual Suspects."

The music lineup this year includes performances by Skillet, the David Crowder Band, Kutless, and Relient K. In total, over twenty bands and soloists will provide the entertainment at Agape 2006. Gates open at 3PM Friday and 9am on Saturday at the Bond County Fairgrounds. This is the first year that the festival has not been held on the first weekend of May. Because this year's Greenville College inter-term was cut back from three weeks to two weeks, Agape was moved up a weekend. Agape fans are encouraged to bring their rain gear because traditionally showers accompany the two day festival.


The 8-member Mulberry Grove High School "Rocket Club" is on their way to the wild blue yonder courtesy of a project that has qualified them for a national competition. Comprised of the school's three Physics class students and others interested in rocketry, the club recently learned they will be traveling to Virginia next month to compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

WGEL spoke with student project manager Paul Cayo about what their rocket had to accomplish to reach the national level. The rocket carrying an egg as its passenger must reach an altitude of 800 feet and have a flight duration of forty-five seconds. In qualifying, the Mulberry Grove Rocket Club becomes one of the top 100 teams of the nearly 680 that entered.

Paul told us that it took thirteen launches to perfect their rocket although they will continue to make modifications until the nationals May 19th through the 21st. The timing of the contest could cause some problems for the Mulberry team. Depending on the weather in Virginia, the launch could be either May 20th or 21st. Mulberry Grove's graduation is May 20th, which means the senior members would miss the competition. If bad weather pushes the launch back a day, the seniors will drive all night to Virginia. The grand prize is an all-expenses paid trip to an international air show in London, England. John Paine is the teacher and sponsor of Mulberry's Rocket Club.


The Comets lost to Breese Central 20-6. Josh Fohne hit a three-run homerun in the first inning for Greenville.

The Lady Panthers lost to Bethel College 8-1 on Thursday at the National Christian Softball Tournament. GC finished 7th in the tournament.


Reverend Albert E. Sheriff

Reverend Albert E. Sheriff age 95 of Salem, Missouri and formerly of Greenville passed away Tuesday April 25th. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday May 2nd, at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will follow in Goss Cemetery near Miller, Missouri at 1 pm Wednesday May 3rd. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Monday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials may be made to the Greenville Free Methodist Church or the Simple Room.

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Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Carolyn Daniels from SAFE. April is Child Abuse Awareness and Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Carolyn will tell us some of the warning signs of child abuse and sexual assault. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County News on WGEL.

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