Last week, a long standing tradition was once again enacted, as bushels of apples were transformed into apple butter, ready for sale at the annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar. 


More than 100 volunteers gathered at the Greenville VFW to wash, peel, core, and slice the apples.  Preparations for cooking began at 4:30 the next morning at the Bond County Fairgrounds.  Seven copper kettles were used to cook the apple butter, which had to be stirred constantly to prevent burning.  60 volunteers, with 8-10 persons working each of six shifts, were recruited for the stirring, which began at 6:00 am.  


When ready, two canning assembly lines, consisting of 8-12 volunteers each, canned the apple butter.  108 quarts and 580 pints of apple butter have been prepared for sale.  125 pints of sugar-free apple butter will also be available.


Approximately 225 individual volunteers, and several community businesses, were involved in the project, from start to finish.   Many have served for several years and some have been involved with the apple butter project since it began in the early 1960's.  The apple butter will be available for purchase at the 50th Annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar, on Saturday, December 1st, at the First Christian Church in Greenville.



The weather was the big story last night, with the National weather service putting Bond County under three tornado warnings. The First Tornado siren was triggered around 5:30, by a trained spotter who reported a funnel cloud near Mulberry Grove, headed Northeast. That warning was issued until 6:00 PM for Bond and Fayette Counties.


The second Tornado warning was a radar report of strong rotation in southeastern Bond, eastern Clinton, southern Fayette, Marion and Washington Counties.  That warning expired at 6:15. 


Two hours later, Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Marion and Washington Counties were under a third Tornado warning, with the Greenville siren sounding.  Radar had once again detected strong rotation in a storm near Boulder, headed in the direction of Patoka and Farina.


The good news is, this morning the Bond County Sheriff's department is reporting only several trees down.  The same is true in Clinton and Marion Counties, and as of this morning, Fayette County has no damage reports from last night's storms. 

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storm pictures are courtesy Michelle Marshall



It's the second suspicious fire in the past two months in Vandalia, and the fifth in less than a year. The Vandalia Fire Protection District was paged to a fire at the Vandalia Greenhouse early Sunday morning around 2:50am.  According to Fire Chief Merle Aderman, the greenhouse was fully engulfed upon arriving on scene. The Brownstown Fire Department was requested for mutual aid.


Aderman said that the owner, of the almost 100 year-old business and building, lived in the second story apartment.  A neighbor was able to get into the building, go through the basement and back up to the apartment and help the woman to safety. Aderman says the building itself was around 100 feet long, with a separate warehouse in front of the business, and could have been burning for nearly 20 minutes, before the fire department arrived on scene. The State Fire Marshal is currently handling the investigation and according to their office, the initial report shows it could have been a possible arson.


The building, business, warehouse and apartment were a total loss.  Less than two months ago, the Depot was destroyed by fire and is still under investigation.  Another three fires in the surrounding area have been investigated in the past year.




The Illinois State Police will be conducting a state-wide program to save the lives of citizens, as well as reduce injuries and property damage.  The Special Traffic Enforcement Program, or STEP, is a concentrated traffic crash reduction effort, through November.  The special details will include Roadside Safety Checks, Laser Radar Details and Air Speed operations.


Troopers will be concentrating on the "Fatal Five" traffic violations that frequently contribute to fatal crashes, including speeding, failure to use seatbelts, following too closely, improper lane usage and DUI.  Violations of "Scott's Law" will also be strictly enforced.



Every time the Comets score a Touchdown this season, we are going to draw another winner of a free sandwich from your hometown Greenville McDonalds. Cheer on the Comets and get your name in the registration box, out at McDonalds. The next Touchdown could mean a free sandwich for you. Employees of McDonalds and WGEL are not eligible. No purchase necessary to register.





The Greenville Comets football team will play at Piasa Southwestern today.  The Comets are 8-0 so far this season and tonight marks the last regular season game.  You can here the game live on WGEL Radio, kickoff is set for 7PM.  Also listen to WGEL for playoff pairings for the Comets.


The Highland Bulldogs football team will play at Charleston today.  The Bulldogs are 4-4 this season, and need a victory for a possible playoff birth. 




The Greenville Lady Bluejays 8th grade team beat Pana 32-9; Cheyenne Rogier was the leading scorer with 7 points.  The 7th grade team lost to Pana 47-15.  The Greenville Lady Bluejays will play at home against Litchfield. 




Joan D. Langel, age 78, passed away Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services for 78 year-old Joan D. Langel will be at 11:00 am Monday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will follow in Brown Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 PM, Sunday, at the funeral home.


Saturday: Partly Cloudy High: 72 Low: 50

Sunday: Mostly Sunny High: 80 Low: 55


Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Jim Prescott, spokesperson for the Keystone Oil Pipeline project.  Jim will talk to us about the pipeline, the company proposing the project and the benefits that Keystone will allow Illinois and our local area. That's Public Affairs, this Sunday, following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.

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