Greenville Firemen were called at 4:14 Thursday morning to a fire at a residence at 805 South Third Street, the home of Mat Eakle. Smithboro Firemen were called for mutual aid with manpower.  According to the fire report, the fire is suspected to have started due to a plastic paint can laying beside the house that caught fire, which in turn caused the house to catch fire.  Firemen investigated inside the home, cutting holes inside and outside.  They extinguished the fire and removed smoke from the home.  Damage is estimated at $3,000 and there are no reports of injuries.  Firemen were on the scene for about an hour and a half.




The Illinois State Police recently announced the "Open Range Program". This program opens firing ranges to hunters on Saturday, November 14 for sighting-in and test firing their shotguns in a safe environment for the upcoming deer season. According to an Illinois State Police spokesman, "The Open Range Program is another great way for hunters to hone their skills and practice safety by making sure their firearm is in proper working order and sighted accurately." The firing ranges in Effingham and Pawnee will be available to the public from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  For a list of other firing ranges opened across the state, call 217-782-6637.




The Shoal Creek and Greenville Fire Departments were called out to a fire in Panama Tuesday afternoon. The call came in around 4:25 p.m. that a brush fire got out of control and caught a small garage on fire at 107 Murray Street in Panama. Firemen put out the fire but the garage and its contents were a total loss. At this time, there is no estimate on how much monetary damage was done. Firemen were on the scene for approximately one hour.



The Smithboro Village Board met Monday night.  Ladies Auxiliary member Deloris Scott told the board the town hall roof needs repair.  Mayor Laura Kennedy replied that the board has two bids of repairing the roof and a decision would be made soon.


Board members unanimously supported a resolution endorsing Jerry Coleman and Donald Roach as fire department board trustees.


The Village of Smithboro will be flushing hydrants Saturday, November 7 starting at 11:30 a.m., the ladies auxiliary annual Christmas party will be Sunday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. and the last day to submit bids for mowing in the village is November 20.



Illinois received more than $174 million in federal funds to assist low-income families this winter season in paying for home heating.  The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a state and federally funded energy assistance program which pays heating bills on behalf of low-income households.  Benefits are paid directly to utilities.  Energy grant applications are processed through 35 local administering agencies on a first-come, first-served basis beginning November 2.  For household qualifications, a listing of agencies or more information about the program, call 1-877-411-WARM (9276).




Mattie Lillian Jones, age 89, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, November 3 at the Elmwood Nursing and Rehab in Maryville.  Visitation for 89 year-old Mattie Lillian Jones will be Friday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., also at Young Funeral Home.  Schildknecht Funeral Home in O’Fallon is handling the arrangements. 


SATURDAY - Sunny, high 69, low 52

SUNDAY - Mostly sunny, high 70, low 52


Join us for Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL.  Tom’s guest this week is Tony Koonce.  Tom and Tony will talk about the upcoming Veteran’s Day ceremony on the Greenville square and also about the Honor Flight program that is sending veteran’s on free trips to Washington DC.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL. 

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