The fun continues today at the Bond County Fair with the Beef Show starting at 8am. After lunch, you can take part in picking the winners of the Harness Races, in the Grandstand, starting at 1PM. Also starting at 1PM, is the Agriculture Adventure, sponsored by the Ag in the Classroom for Bond County.

Chelsea Martin from the U of I Extension Office explained how the scavenger hunt would work. She said that youth, ages 8-16, can come to the 4-H building and get a list of questions; on the back there will be locations to find the answers. Once the sheet is filled out with the correct answers, kids must take the sheet back to the 4-H Building. A first and second place winner will be awarded, based on correct answers and the fastest time.

The Carnival will also be offering Kids day, today until 4PM. Tonight at 7PM, is the Western Horse Speed Show and then the Swamp Daddies at 7:30PM in the Activity Building. For one of the biggest events at the fair, Demolition Derby Superintendent, Chad Sexton, explained that there should be quite a few cars participating in the three different categories. This event has been part of the fair for at least 30 years. Registration for the Demo will run from 4-7PM, with the action getting underway at 7:30PM. And that's what is going on today at the Bond County Fair.


The land purchase, by the Bond County Health Department, was finalized on July 24th. Maxine Barth, Health Department Director, told the Building and Grounds Committee members Monday night, that the paper work for the purchase was completed and the deed had been transferred. The health department purchased approximately 28 acres, off of 4th street, south of Greenville, to be used as the site for a new facility.

After some discussion, the Building and Grounds Committee decided to recommend the Korte Company for development of the new site. The general feeling being that the Korte Company was close, and has done local projects, the committee members were familiar with. This recommendation now goes to the Bond County Health Department Board for consideration at their next meeting, Monday, August 13th.

Maxine said the legal and topographical surveys of the land have not been done yet, and she felt that would be the job of the site developer. The farmer currently leasing the land, will be given notice, and paperwork was begun to move forward in the process of rezoning and annexing the land into the city.


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher Price Inc, have issued a recall of some very popular children's toys, due to excessive levels of lead in the surface paints on the toys. The recall involves various figures and playsets that were sold from May 2007 through August 2007. The price of the toys ranged from $5 to $40. All toys are marked Fisher Price and include nearly 100 different types of Elmo, Dora the Explorer, Diego and Sesame Street toys.

There were a total of 967,000 of these toys sold nationwide. Parents are urged to check their children's toys and return the recalled items to the store. For more details on the specific products related to the recall, or to get a replacement toy, visit www.recalls.gov.


The 4-H Show was held Thursday morning at the Bond County Fairgrounds. During the Rabbit Show, Molly Thompson took home Junior and Senior Doe Champion, along with Senior Buck Champion. Ashea Graves took home Junior Buck Champion. During the 4-H Beef Show, Lauren Gall had the Champion Heifer, Rene Cripe had the Champion Cow and Blake Tebbe had the Champion Steer. Jessica Ronat was the overall Poultry Champion.


The owner of Leisure Lounge in Pocahontas reported to the Bond County Sheriff's Department, that someone had entered the building sometime between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. An unknown amount of money was taken from the cash register and poker machine. Police are investigating.



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Nobby Schmitt, 83 of Highland, passed away Wednesday at Eden Care Center in Glen Carbon. Funeral services for 83 year-old Nobby Schmitt, will be held Thursday, August 9th, at 10:30am at the Donnell-Weigand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment in Highland City Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 4PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.


Harry Christian Behnke, age 85, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 5:20 p.m. at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home with Rev. Herbert H. Coates officiating. Interment will follow in Montrose Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Friends may call at Donnell-Wiegand From 4 until 8 pm Friday. Memorials may be made to Samaritan's Purse or the Simple Room.

Harry Christian Behnke, the son of Christian Jurgen and Clara Anna Seemann, Behnke, was born on July 27, 1922 in Hamburg Germany. Harry came to the United States at the age of 5 1/2. He lived in Mobile, Alabama and attended the public schools there. At the age of 14, he moved to New Jersey and finished his schooling. Harry answered his country's call by joining the United States Army, rising to the rank of Technician Fifth Grade. He served 37 months in England, France, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Ardennes and the Rhineland, and was awarded the American Theatre Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, as well as the Combat Infantry Badge.

On Christmas Eve 1944, the 94th was given sudden orders to leave France and join General Patton's Third Army during the raging Battle of the Bulge. He was inducted on December 9, 1942 and honorably discharged on January 3, 1946. Harry and Janet M. Hitchcock were united in marriage on June 24, 1949, in the Little Church Around the Corner New York City. They have enjoyed over 58 years of marriage Mr. Behnke worked for Standard Brands in the coffee packing industry for 27 years in New Jersey. He later worked in New York City for the Bank of Commerce as a Federal Courier for 11 years, retiring in 1987. Harry and Janet moved to Greenville, IL in 1987.

Surviving are his wife Janet Behnke of Greenville, daughter Mrs. Brenda Sanders of Rockton, Illinois, and special niece Susan Yitiger of Toms River, N.J. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother Elmer R. Behnke who passed away on January 22, 1991. Harry is a member of the 94th Inf. Div of the World War II Veterans (Pattons 3rd Army) the Edith Cristian Group at Fair Oaks, and served Baptist churches in New Jersey and Greenville. Harry served as Deacon, Church Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Usher at the Billy Graham New York Crusade in 1957, which was of sixteen weeks duration. He is a former member of the Greenville First Baptist Church.


James "Ed" Monroe, age 80 of Greenville, formerly of Belknap and Vienna, IL, passed away at 9:01 a.m. Thursday, at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home with Rev. Gregg Groves, officiating. The family will receive friends at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home from 9 until 11 a.m. Saturday. Friends are welcome to rejoin the family at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the Funeral. We will go to the Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna, Illinois where friends are welcome from 5 until 6 p.m. Saturday with memorials to Belknap Masonic Cemetery. After the 6 p.m. visitation, interment will follow in Belknap Masonic Cemetery in Belknap, Illinois.

James Edward Monroe, the son of Frank and V. Grace Stubblefield, Monroe, was born on August 31, 1926, in Vandalia. He was raised here in Greenville where he attended the Greenville Public Schools and graduated from Greenville High School in 1944. He answered his country's call by joining the Marines at the age of 17 serving overseas in the Pacific Theatre and in Japan. He was honorably discharged and returned to Greenville where he did commercial painting. In 1952 he moved the family to Belknap where he farmed for many years, moving to Vienna in 1962. He moved to Greenville in 2005. He was in the Macadoo marching Band and continued his love for music thru out his life.He became a songwriter doing both the song and the music, producing several CDs. He also enjoyed HAM radio becoming an Extra Class with call letters WW9F.

Ed and Jane Marshall were united in marriage in a doublering wedding on November 24, 1948 at the Methodist Church in Greenville and they enjoyed over 42 years together and are the parents of two daughters who survive: Cathy A. Mrs. Roger Miller of Shelbyville, IL, and Cindy J. Mrs. Rex Catron, of Greenville. He is also survived by his sister Gay D. Monroe Boles of Laurel, Maryland, five grandchildren: Patrick, Matthew, Anne, Sally and Beth, and 4 great grandchildren. Ed was preceded in death by his wife Jane on October 15, 1991, his parents, and brother Frank L. Monroe. Ed is a member of the Amateur Radio Assn, and the Greenville First Presbyterian Church.


SATURDAY: Sunny High: 92 Low: 65

SUNDAY: Partly Cloudy with Stray Showers High: 95 Low: 68


Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Rachel Hunsdorfer, President of the Bond County Humane Society. Rachel will discuss the organization's upcoming events, and how the decrease in animal adoptions lately, with the continuing rise in the dog and cat population, is leading to an urgent need for more volunteers. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.

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