Yesterday was the last day for candidates to file petitions for the April Election.  For the Unit 1 School Board, incumbents Teresa Tompkins and William Johnson filed packets last week, along with newcomers Keith Steiner and Tonya Jett.  Kevin Rickman holds the other open seat and did not file for another term. For the Unit 2 Board of Education, incumbents Ron Smith and Tom Theiss all filed for another term, along with new candidate Scott Gaffner.  Roger Staff holds the other open seat and is not running for re-election.

For the Kingsbury Park Board, incumbents Matt Willman, Shannon McGuire and Tommy Simpson filed last week for another term, as well as newcomers Doug Bohannon, Tim Sandifer, William Traylor and Warren R. Kennedy.  Diane Duft did not file for re-election.

In the race for the Village of Mulberry Grove Board, incumbents Ron Hartman, Don Smith and Karan Belcher filed to maintain their seats, along with new candidate David Wilson looking to have his name on the ballot.  Current Village Clerk Brooke Earnest also filed for the remainder of the term she was appointed to last year.

For the Village of Smithboro, all four incumbents have filed to retain their trustee seats; Prudence Edwards, Barbara Obermark, Ron Primo and Laura Kennedy.  The Village Clerk's position, currently held by Sue Primo, is also open with Angela Strohkirch filing for that position on the Spring ballot.

In the Village of Pocahontas, there are also three, 4-year trustee positions open with incumbents Jim Kuhn and Jim Moore having filed to retain their seats. Kelly Kuhn holds the third open seat and has not filed for another term.

For the Village of Keyesport, incumbents Tim Kious and Penny Sanders are seeking another term along with the Village Clerk Marilyn Rich and Treasurer Marsha Martin.  Trustees Vernon Myers and Carl Wrone are retiring.  Newcomer Helen Sharp filed a petition for one of the two open seats.

Voters will see these names on the ballot for the April 17th Election.


At approximately 12:35PM Monday afternoon, the Keyesport Fire District was called out to a car on fire at a residence on IL Route 143, two miles west of IL Route 127.  According to Keyesport Fire Chief Duane Wiegman, the 1996 Ford Explorer was fully engulfed when the department arrived on scene, with the fire believed to have originated under the hood.  The car was a total loss.  Firefighters were back in service an hour later.


The voters of Mulberry Grove will decide in the spring election if alcohol can be sold in the village limits.  The Mulberry village board Monday night voted to place the referendum on the ballot.  The question will read, “Shall the sale or retail of alcoholic liquor be prohibited in the village of Mulberry Grove?”  The town is currently dry and those wishing to support the sale of alcohol would have to vote “no” to the question.

The board also okayed an increase to the variance application fee.  The village had charged $50 but the fee will now be $75.  The Mulberry board approved a request from Gene Stoffel to rezone his property on Route 40 from residential to agricultural.

The board agreed to a request by village police chief Robert Sutton to purchase a digital camera for damage reports, ordinance violation reports, accident reports, and other official use.  Sutton said he had been asked by a resident if the village employees could do brush pick-up.  The question was discussed by the board with no final consensus other than it would be a courtesy to do it for older residents as time allows.

Due to the rising petroleum costs, Mulberry Grove will only be able to purchase about half of the oil they used last year for road maintenance.  The village board approved the annual motor fuel tax funded maintenance and oiling program.  Mulberry Grove is receiving $25,000 in MFT funds. 


They’re known as South 70 and are comprised of musicians from the Atlanta, Georgia area.  However, the drummer and co-writer of the group’s songs is Simone Simonton, a former Carlyle resident.  Remembered by her childhood friends as Lisa Simonton, she was active in band and school plays graduating from Carlyle High School in 1982.  She was the original drummer for Sugarland in their early days and formed the band South 70 in February 2006.  The lead singer for South 70 is Vanessa Olivarez, a Top 12 finisher on season two of “American Idol.”

The group’s debut CD is entitled “Two Lane Road” and all twelve tracks were written by the band.  Simonton and South 70 are coming to the Carlyle VFW on Saturday February 10th for a CD release party.  Doors open at 8:30pm with a live performance at 9:45pm.  For more information, call 973-4782. 


Burgers and basketball…what a great combination.  Your hometown Greenville McDonalds is giving you the chance to be a winner!  When the Varsity Comets or Lady Comets have the lead at the end of a quarter of a game broadcast on WGEL, we’ll draw a sandwich winner from our McDonalds registration box.  Follow the Comets and Lady Comets this season on WGEL and don’t forget to get registered, no purchase necessary, at your hometown Greenville McDonalds to be a sandwich winner.


Getting kids to read books, sometimes isn't easy, but the Unit 2 School District has helped make reading fun and keep track of students' reading levels for over 15 years.  The Accelerated Reader program is a computerized system that allows efficient ways of keeping track of books that students read, levels at which they are reading and the quality of their reading. Junior High Principal

Gary Brauns said the librarians help keep the books up to date and get money to buy new books. Brauns said kids start this program in first grade and end in eighth grade and the number of books they read continues to grow. The kids also have a huge list of books to chose from. Books are available for kids at each level so it will be more interesting for them to read. Brauns noted that they are looking at ways to keep the program growing.

Reading levels throughout the grades have continued to climb over the years.  Brauns believes is not only the increased reading in school, but the independent reading that students are doing at home that truly show the benefits of this program.  There is currently a committee that Brauns is heading to research and figure ways to improve the Accelerated Reader program with possible more consistency throughout the district's buildings to enhance the benefits for students.


The Lady Comets won their opening round game at their own Regional 53-33 over Brownstown.  Monique Williams had 15 and Niqui Reinhard 12.  Greenville plays Carlyle tonight at 6pm.  WGEL will have live reports from the game.

Also tonight on WGEL, play by play of the Comets boys at East Alton Wood River.



John Anthony, age 72 of Greenville, passed away at 8:49 a.m. Saturday at Barnes - Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday February 10, 2007 at the Central Christian Church in Greenville with Pastor Dean Guymon and Pastor Nate Hagen,officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville after 3 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be made to the Central Christian Church or Greenville Regional Hospital.

John M. Anthony, the son of James William and Dorothy Oleafa Oberlink Anthony, was
born on December 29, 1934 in Highland Hospital. He grew up in Greenville and attended the Greenville schools graduating from Greenville High School in 1952. He attended SIU Carbondale for 3 1/2 years. He answered his country's call by joining the Army on November 1, 1955 raising to the rank of Sp 3. He was honorably discharged on October 31, 1957. John and his father James W. Anthony founded Anthony Supply on January 1, 1958. His father retired in 1969 and Chet York became his partner. Holland L. Anthony purchased his father's shares in August of 1996, and John continued assisting in the operation of Anthony Supply until his death.

John is a former member of the Utlaut Hospital Board of Directors, First Bank Board of Directors, and the Bond County Fair Board. John co-founded and was a charter member of the Bond County Antique Machinery Club , charter member of the Central Christian Church, a member of the N.R.A., Bond County Farm Bureau, Bond County Genealogical Society, and the Bond County Historical Society among other memberships.

John and Elaine M. Bauer were united in marriage on February 25, 1960 in Carbondale and have enjoyed over 46 years together. She survives, as does John's mother Dorothy Anthony, John and Elaine's children; Holland L. Anthony; Johnna K, Mrs. Lloyd Scheuerman, of Houston, Texas; Jama, Mrs. Ken Anthony-Petter of Kirkwood, MO; and Jolaine M. Wolken of Creve Coeur, MO.  Also surviving are 8 grandchildren: Delynn VanValin, James VanValin, Seth Scheuerman, Kyle Anthony-Petter, Daniel Scheuerman, Alicia Wolken, Kory Anthony-Petter, and Karly Anthony-Petter.

John is preceded in death by his father James W. Anthony.

Memorials to Central Christian Church or Greenville Regional Hospital

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