At approximately 4:15 PM Thursday, the Greenville Police Department received a 911 call regarding an accident that occurred at the Fourth Street railroad crossing.  Witnesses said, a blue pick-up truck attempted to go around the railroad crossing arms and was struck by a westbound CSX train.


The pick-up, driven by Kyle A. Riebeling, of Columbia, Illinois, was traveling south on Fourth Street, on the north side of the tracks.  Riebeling's vehicle was struck on the driver's side and the train pushed it a short way until it rolled over on the south side of the tracks, striking the rear of an unoccupied 1997 Toyota, belonging to Naphtali A. Marshall, of Greenville.  The engineer of the train, Andy E. McKay, was not injured.  He said the train was hauling empty coal cars.


Riebeling was transported, by Bond County EMS, to Greenville Regional Hospital, for treatment.  He will be cited for alleged DUI and disobeying a signal indicating the approach of a train.




The Bond County Board met Wednesday night and voted to accept, by a vote of 3-2, the proposal from Allison Knapp and Siekman, to perform the county's audit.  Board members voting yes were Franks, Lucco and Whalen; board members voting no were McCray and Langel.


In other business, the 2007-08 Budget was approved by the County Board.  The total ending balance for the county budget will be around $580,000 in the positive.  And Anna Oestreich, Director of the Bond County Senior Center, was present to ask the board to submit for an IDOT grant in order to improve access to job sites and employment related activities, for low income individuals, throughout the county. Funding will provide transportation to job sites in the area. The Bond County Board approved the request.


The next meeting for the Bond County Board will be December 4th, at 10am.



More details are now known about the Car Bombing in Taylorville.  The bomb went off at 3:28am Wednesday morning, blowing a hole in the trunk of the car but causing little other damage.  The windows of the car were not broken, nor was there any peripheral damage to other cars or homes.  The car was in a residential area, and no one was in the car when the bomb went off. 


So far, no official victim has come forward and the investigation continues, with Taylorville detectives and Illinois Secretary of State's Bomb Squad.  The bomb is being officially referred to as an IED, or Improvised Explosive Device.  WGEL Radio will continue to follow this story as more becomes available.



Homecoming at Mulberry Grove High School is coming soon.  Queen and King candidates have been chosen, along with court attendants from the Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior classes.  Senior Queen candidates for 2007 are: Rachel Brewer, Lyndsey Dothager, Carrie Elam, Jessica Hopkins, Kaitlin Stone, and Amy Tompkins.  Seniors chosen as King candidates include: Tony Burford, Nathan Dennison, Nic Elam, Derik Lindahl, Trevor Nickel, and Luke Reavis.


A Homecoming Princess and Prince will also be chosen from among candidates in the Junior High.  Vying for Princess, are: Samantha Goodin, Ashlee Stitch, Megan Blankenship, and Harley Tompkins.  Candidates for Prince, include: Derek Phillips, Dylan Street, Kyle Bloemker, and Jake Rickman.


The Homecoming Coronation ceremony is set for Saturday, December 8th, at 7:00 PM.  The Mulberry Grove Aces will play Odin in the Homecoming Basketball game Friday night, December 7th.



You could be a winner of the WGEL Cash Call and Secret Word.  We announce the Cash Call total each weekday morning between 6 and 9am.  The WGEL Secret Word comes your way weekdays between 11am and 3pm.  Then later in the day, we’ll make a random phone call…Monday through Thursday we pick a name from an area phone book…and on Fridays we call from our WGEL Registration Book.  The WGEL Cash Call and Secret Word…easy ways to win from your friends at WGEL.





The Mulberry Grove Aces and Pocahontas Indians 7th and 8th grade basketball teams play on Thursday.  The Pocahontas 7th grade team won 20-15.  Pocahontas also won the 8th grade game with a score 37-22.




The Greenville Comets will play Carlyle tonight at 7:45PM, and you can hear the game live on WGEL Radio 101.7FM. 


The Mulberry Grove Aces basketball team will play at Patoka. 




Nina Turner, age 51, of Greenville, passed away Monday at her home.  Visitation for 51 year-old Nina Turner will be Friday, November 30th, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Cremation will be accorded following the visitation. 




William Emerson, age 77, of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland.  Visitation for William Emerson will be Friday from 4-8PM at the Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas, and again on Saturday, from 8AM to 10am.  Funeral service will be 10am Saturday at the Funeral Home. 


Saturday: Mostly Cloudy 30% of Rain High: 42 Low: 20

Sunday: Partly Cloudy, chance of Rain High: 54 Low: 25


Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Carlo Van Ulft, with the Centralia Carillon.  Carlo will talk to us about the instrument, how he came to play it and when during the week you can hear the sounds of the Carillon throughout Centralia. That's Public Affairs, this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News, here on WGEL.

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