5-24-2007




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INVESTIGATION CONTINUES ON DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN TAMALCO

It's been a month since a house fire led to a murder scene in southern Bond County. The Illinois State Police are continuing their investigation into the double homicide of George and Linda Weedon at their rental home on Town Hall Road north of Tamalco. Firefighters responded to the fire report around 7:45am on Monday, April 23rd and later found George Weedon in a car about 100 yards from the house. After the fire was extinguished, the then unidentified body of Linda Weedon was found in the remains of the house.

As far as the investigation goes, Sgt. Dave Wasmuth with the Illinois State Police said that even though some evidence could have been lost by the fire, quite a bit of good evidence was actually collected from the entire crime scene and both bodies. The cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation by the State Fire Marshall. Wasmuth referred to the last murder in Bond County back in 1998 when Darrell Hahs was found by Ripson Bridge and said it took about 9 months before the first suspect was arrested. He commented that just like in this case, the area surrounding the murder was remote.

George Weedon was a truck driver and his wife Linda worked at St. Joeseph's Hospital in Breese. They had been renting the home since January of this year. Police are asking that anyone who has information in the double homicide to call Special Agent Dave Bivens at 346-3769 or the St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS. Callers to CrimeStoppers may remain anonymous.


LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE OUT IN FULL FORCE THIS WEEKEND

If you're going to be traveling on I-55 this Friday you will more than likely see a state trooper. According to Trooper Ralph Timmons, the Illinois State Police will blanket I-55 from St. Louis to Chicago, with troopers in cars, on motorcycles, and in airplanes performing laser radar, pace, aircraft speed and photo enforcement. The "Stay Alive on I-55" campaign is just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Timmons says there will be a trooper about every 10 miles. They also said that extra troopers and local law enforcement will be handling "special enforcement details" throughout the entire district for the remainder of the weekend, including roadside safety checks. Law enforcement will be targeting speed, seatbelt, improper lane usage, following too closely and DUI offenses.

The reason behind the weekend enforcement is that they want drivers to slow down, buckle-up, and not to drink and drive. Timmons says they'll also be looking for drivers who speed through construction zones and don't yield to police cars or other emergency vehicles.


MGHS ATHLETIC AWARDS TUESDAY NIGHT

The Mulberry Grove High School held their Sports Awards Night on Tuesday evening. Several honors and awards were handed out including the Scholar Athlete for 2007 that was presented to Jacob Joliff.

Most Valuable Players selected in each of the sports were Aaron Kindall for Baseball; Endia Fletcher and Brittany Crandell in Softball; Marissa Kelly for Volleyball; and Jacob Joliff in Basketball.

And Tom Dooley and Jan Watts were recognized for their time and effort they've put in the last 32 years in helping the Mulberry Grove athletics. Both will be retiring from those duties at the end of this school year.

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SPRING 2007 TURKEY SEASON DOWN IN NUMBERS FROM LAST YEAR

The recent 2007 Spring Turkey season in Illinois that was held April 16 through May 17 didn't have the totals that many saw last year. Hunters harvest a little over 14,000 turkeys, down almost 3,000 from 2006. Even though the season fell short of last year's record setter, many counties saw an increase in numbers.

In Bond County there were 144 turkey's harvested, up from 133 last year. Clinton County brought in 115 this past month, up from 103 in 2006. And Fayette County had a total of 177 turkeys, up from 163 one year ago. The top counties for the Spring 2007 Turkey season were JoDaviess, Pike, Adams, Macoupin and Fulton.


CITY TOURISM COMMITTEE MAY MEETING PREVIEW

The City of Greenville Tourism Committee will meet Thursday night at 7PM at the Municipal Building for their regular monthly meeting. Items on the agenda include funding requests from the Bond County Machinery Expo, It's Not Your Granny's Quilt Show and the Autumn Art Walk.


TUNE IN TO WGEL FRIDAY MORNING FOR A CHANCE TO WIN FREE FOOD

Tune in Friday morning for your chance to win Free Pork burgers from the Dudleyville 4-H during their Bar-B-Q Friday at Super Value to benefit American Soldiers. Tom and Mike will ask 4-H Trivia Questions and if you are the right caller with the right answer you'll win a pair of certificates good for porkburgers at the 4-H Bar-B-Q. More chances to win from your friends at WGEL.




THURSDAY SPORTS

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

The Greenville Comets Baseball team’s season ended with a lose to South Central in the first round of the Sectional. The final score of the game was 2-0. The Comets end another successful season that included a regional championship.



OBITUARIES

F. WILLIAM NELSON

F. William Nelson, age 79, of Greenville passed away Tuesday, May 22 at Cardinal Hill Healthcare. Funeral services for 79 -year-old F. William Nelson will be Saturday, May 26 at 10:00 AM at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Montrose Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call Friday after 5:00 PM at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Unit #2 Academic Foundation or the Comets Sports Boosters.


THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.

 

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