At the most recent Greenville College Board of Trustees meeting, the recommendation was made to demolish Houge Hall on the Greenville College campus.  The building has played a very important part with Almira College and Greenville College for over 150 years, and is a landmark in Greenville.  According to a statement from the College, there will be two committees formed, the first to oversee the demolition and the second to focus on the new building that will be built.  Although no specific plans for the new building have been formulated, it will be "architecturally sensitive" to the legacy of the Houge Hall building, and at the same time a fully modern facility.  No time frame is yet in place for the demolition of Houge Hall or the construction of the new building. 



Memorial Day is Monday and many local organizations will be having observances and gatherings.  The AMVETS will be conducting the changing of the flag on the Bond County Courthouse lawn at 9am, then the Marine Corps league will organize a short parade up to Rose Cemetery where the American Legion and the VFW will host a ceremony at 10am.  Other observances in our area include one at Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas at 2PM.  The American Legion in Pocahontas and the Highland VFW will each host flag raising ceremonies. For more Memorial Day information tune to WGEL Radio.



Illinois State Troopers will once again be observing the "Stay Alive on the I's" initiative on Illinois interstate highways this Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd - 26th.  Interstates throughout Illinois will be saturated with State Troopers, every 10 miles, focusing on all traffic violations, but with special emphasis on the "fatal five," speeding, safety belts, driving under the influence, improper lane usage, and following too closely. 


In 2007, Illinois achieved the lowest fatality rate in over 80 years, with 1,250 fatalities.  Do your part to help make this Memorial Day Holiday, fatality free.  Stay safe and buckle up!




Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a landmark financial settlement with Merck and Company, Inc., for $58 million dollars, the result of a three-year, 30-state investigation.  The investigation alleged that Merck employed deceptive advertising for its pain medication Vioxx and failed to properly disclose the drug's potential side effects.  Illinois' share of the settlement will be nearly $3 million dollars.  Future Merck television advertisements must be submitted for review by the FDA before their broadcast and Merck is prohibited from engaging in other practices that the company has used to promote its drugs.


The Mulberry Grove lady Aces softball team is in the Sectional Championship on Saturday. The lady Aces will travel to Raymond and play Lebanon at 11AM. You can hear every pitch on WGEL live. Good luck lady Aces.



The Greenville Comets baseball teams season came to an end in the opening round of the Sectional tournament yesterday in a pitcher's dual that saw the Comets loose one to nothing to Southwestern Piasa at Greenville College's Smith Field. The game was scoreless into the 6th inning when one of six hits in the entire game drove in the only run for Piasa. Pitcher's Ray Blackwood for Piasa and Erik Fohne for Greenville both allowed only 3 hits apiece. The Comets ended the season with a 26 and 5 record.




Pearl Herman, age 89 of Coffeen, passed away Thursday at Montgomery Nursing and Rehab in Taylor Springs.  Funeral Service for 89 year-old Pearl Herman will be Sunday at 1 at the Toberman Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.  Friends may call Saturday from 6-8 in the evening at the funeral home.



Louis Sutton, age 78, of Greenville, passed away Thursday at St. Lukes Hospital in Chesterfield. Funeral arrangements for 78 year-old Louis Sutton are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.



Jeanne Travis Walker age 89 of Greenville passed away on Wednesday at Cardinal Hill Healthcare in Greenville.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30PM on Sunday at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will be in Montrose Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home from 5-8 on Saturday.  Memorials may be made to the Central Christian Church. 


SATURDAY - Partly cloudy, high 79, low 60

SUNDAY - Partly cloudy, high 84, low 66


Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guests this week are Nancy Royer Green, Patti Brooks and Jo Sussenbach volunteers with the Bond County Relay for Life.  The ladies will talk about the 10th annual event in the area, the upcoming Paint Our Town Purple days and the importance of the funds raised by the relay each year. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.

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