Shoal Creek Firefighters were called at 12:27 this morning to a report of a residential structure fire on King Street in Sorento.   According to Fire Chief Eric Ernest, the cause of the fire is undetermined.  The Illinois State Fire Marshal was on the scene to help investigate the cause.  Major fire damage was confined to two bedrooms and the remainder of the home sustained smoke damage.  Firemen had the fire out by about 2:00 a.m. but remained on the scene until about 7:00 a.m. when the Fire Marshall completed his investigation.  No injuries were reported.



Spring, summer and fall are prime times for door-to-door salespeople.  Many are good workers doing their jobs, but if you suspect any fraud or they refuse to leave, you’re encouraged to contact the local police.  In the city of Greenville, door-to-door salespeople are required to have a solicitor’s permit issued by the Greenville Police Department.  Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton told WGEL that the permit is a wallet-size card that will have the chief of police’s signature and the signature of the solicitor.  If you don’t want to ask the salesperson to see the permit you may call the police to confirm they have a permit on file.  If you feel unsafe or threatened by a door-to-door solicitor or they refuse to leave your property, call the police right away.   




Friday, April 30 is Arbor Day and you may plan to plant a tree in recognition of the special day.  Here are some suggestions to help you get your tree in the ground so it takes root and grows.  Dig a hole slightly larger than the tree’s root ball or container.  Once the tree is in the hole, you should cut off the top half of the burlap from the root ball.  A root stimulator product helps the tree grow and prevents shock from transplanting.  Slowly water the tree using about five gallons of water to force out air from the soil around the roots.  Air can kill the roots.  Put mulch around the tree and consider staking it to prevent leaning and encourage straight growth. 




Robert F. Renfro, age 81, of Donnellson, passed away Wednesday, April 28 at Gowan Park in Pana.  Funeral services for 81 year-old Robert Renfro will be Monday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.




John E. Simmons, age 64, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Wednesday, April 28 at DesPeres Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services for 64 year-old John Simmons will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post #1180.  Friends may call Sunday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


SATURDAY - mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high 76, low 58

SUNDAY - cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, high 72, low 53


Join Tom Kennedy this Sunday for Public Affairs following the Noon Bond County Area News.  Tom’s guest this week if Matt Willman with the City of Greenville.  Matt and Tom will discuss the new recycling program and how it’s going so far, and spring and summer are prime construction season and they’ll discuss building permits as well.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday on WGEL. 

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