Area residents found themselves scraping windshields and shoveling sidewalks this morning following Tuesday's winter storm.  The city of Greenville is reporting four inches of snow and a quarter inch of rain at the measuring station on Route 40.  The storm was the cause of several accidents in Bond County.  Greenville police reported a minor accident at the Route 127 Conrail overpass where a driver's car skidded into the guardrail.  Bond County deputies handled accidents on Keyesport Road where a Carlyle man slid into a utility pole and minor accidents on Mulberry Grove Road and an injury accident on Route 143 near Sawmill Road.  Illinois State Police responded to cars in the median or the ditch at the 34, 36, 41, and 52 mile markers of I-70.


The Bond County Health Board met Monday Night and discussed an array of topics. First up on the agenda was a Review of the Mental Health department's policies and fee revisions. The main highlight of these changes affected the payment for a DUI evaluation. Payment of the $100 DUI evaluation must be paid before an appointment is scheduled. This change was deemed necessary because of the large number of people who did not pay. Both motions passed without dispute.

A majority of the meeting was spent discussing a hot button issue. Gardasil is available from the Health Department. Gardasil is the only vaccine that may help guard against diseases caused by certain HPV types, which cause 70% of cervical cancer cases along with other diseases. This vaccine is free for all girls under the age of 19. It also can be acquired for a minimal amount for qualified persons over the age of 19. This of course hinges on the availability of the vaccine, which is in a limited quantity. Those needing more information should contact the Bond County Health Department.

We’re in the middle of peak flu season and it was reported that there were 32 influenza tests in January and 3 of those were positive. These numbers are lower than normal and are expected to rise in February.

It was announced that Dr. Anne Borwick has agreed to fill the position of the Health Department’s Medical Advisor. There was a short closed session. The next meeting will be on March 12th.



Congratulations to the 2007 winner of the WGEL Valentine Prize Package winner,Greg Zykan of Greenville.  Greg gave the package to his wife Daisy, which included...

A dozen roses from Greenville Flower Shop

Candy from Watson’s Drug Store

A sweetheart dinner for two Valentine’s night at Cheri’s Garden Room

$25 gift certificates from True Value Hardware Store and Will O’ The Wind Radio Shack

Two tickets to see “Stomp” at the Fox Theatre on February 17

Plus a chauffeured ride courtesy of Steve Schmitt Motors to pick up the prizes

WGEL and our participating sponsors congratulate the Greg and Daisy Zykan and we also send out a big thank you to the nearly 250 listeners who registered in this year’s contest.


John Kennedy presenting Daisy Zykan with the winning Valentine Package


The Keyesport Village Board met on Monday night and was presented with a computer bid by Gene Kious from Interstate Office Solutions in Greenville. The old computer system in the Village Hall is out of date and they need a new printer. The bid consists of 3 computers, and 1 business printer all networked together for $3,550. The board made a motion to approve the bid and should have everything installed later this month.

IDOT is requesting the village's plan on how they will use the motor fuel tax fund this year. Mayor Ken Carver mentioned that the main concern is to focus on purchasing more patch mix for the roads in town. Carver said they will probably only be oiling and chipping about 1 mile of road around town this summer.

Everybody that stays at Jays Keyesport Lodging will now be required to fill out paperwork verifying that they have paid the villages 5% motel tax.

Keyesport received a grant through Bond County this past month and used the money to replace sign, poles, and hardware including stop signs.



The Central Illinois Community Blood Center held a blood drive at Greenville College February 6th.  Thirty-five whole blood donations were collected, with Mark and Julia Jenner giving platelet donations.  Individuals with high donor return numbers include Daniel D. Jensen with 157 times and Joyce A. Schantz with 27 times.  Many other donors presented their 2nd through 6th donations.

The next CICBC Blood drive will be held at the Greenville Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 28th from 12-4PM.  To schedule a donation time, please call the hospital at 664-1230 ext. 3006.


Despite the recent cold spell, statewide January temperatures of 29.5°F were 4.7° above normal with precipitation 1.07 inches above normal.  January marked the third consecutive month with above normal temperatures, the 7th warmest period on record since 1895.

Temperature extremes for January were quite dramatic, ranging from 62°F in Grayville on January 1st to -8° in Carroll on January 17.  Lebanon reported the largest one-day precipitation with 2.6 inches on January 13.  Freeport had the largest monthly snowfall total with 9.8 inches.

The National Weather Service Outlook for February thorough March calls for an increased chance of temperatures above normal across Illinois and precipitation below normal.



The Smithboro Fire Department’s 11th annual Pancake and Sausage Supper is Friday from 4-7pm at the Mulberry Grove Elementary cafeteria.  WGEL’s Jerry Jansen will have tickets to giveaway during the Wednesday Night Hayride.  You must be 18 or older to win and may only win once.  Only one winner per family.  Don’t miss the Hayride from 7-10pm and your chance to win a pair of pancake and sausage suppers.



E. Lois Butler Smith, age 78 of Greenville, passed away at 9:54 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2007 at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hillsboro, Illinois. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17, at the First Christian Church in Greenville with Darryl Bolen officiating.  Interment will follow in Smith Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-8 p.m. at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Pocahontas Elementary School or Greenville Regional Hospital.

E. Lois Butler, the daughter of Coy Michael and Eloise Sailsbury Butler, was born on October 27, 1928 in Decatur, Illinois. She grew up in Macon County and attended the public schools there.  Lois graduated from Decatur High school and later attended Greenville College.  After graduating Greenville College, Lois received her Masters Degree from SIU, Edwardsville.  She raised her family on the farm west of Greenville and taught at the Pocahontas Elementary School for a number of years, retiring in 1992.

Lois and Allan E. Smith were united in marriage on December 28, 1947 in Decatur and enjoyed over 43 years together until his passing on May 14, 1991.  They had 5 children; Michael Smith who passed away in 1961, Mark A. Smith of Des Peres, WI., Brian E. Smith of Naperville, IL., Jan, Mrs. Kelly Long of Hillsboro, IL. and Amy, Mrs. John Lakin of Maryville, IL. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Lois is also survived by her brother William R. Butler of Kimberling City, MO.

Lois was a member of the Bond County Retired Teachers, Delta Kappa Gamma, Crazy Couples and the Pierian Club; she was also affilliated with the Free Methodist Church in Decatur, IL., Greenville First Baptist Church, Good Shepherd Church in Collinsville, IL. and the Greenville Presbyterian Church.


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