The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado and the path of destruction it left in Bond, Madison, and Clinton Counties.  According to the NWS, the tornado first touched down three miles southwest of Highland, just east of Bluemound Road, around 9:00 p.m. Friday. It quickly moved east snapping and uprooting trees. Just before reaching Illinois Route 160, it destroyed a large metal farm building and carried the metal panels about a mile downwind. On Old Trenton Road, it snapped three wooden power poles and snapped trees and caused minor damage to a barn roof on a farmstead. As it continued to move east, it widened to 700 yards as it passed south of Highland. It caused significant damage to trees, power poles, and farm outbuildings in addition to minor roof damage. Near the intersection of St. Rose Road and Iberg Road, extensive tree damage occurred with one tree falling on a home and a second falling on a prefabricated carport. The tornado continued to move east causing various degrees of damage to five homes in a subdivision just north of St. Rose Road. The tornado moved across Waage Road blowing out several windows of a farm house and destroying a large metal shed. The tornado continued to cause damage to farm outbuildings and minor roof damage to homes. On Keyesport Road, the tornado reached its maximum intensity between Baumann Road and Watertower Road. A farm house was destroyed losing its entire roof structure and partially collapsing the front wall. The rest of the farm had six buildings that were either destroyed or severely damaged. A hog farm also suffered extensive damage farther east on Keyesport Road. The tornado then turned east-northeast and crossed into Bond County where it continued to snap and uproot trees, severely damaged outbuildings, and caused minor roof damage to homes before it finally dissipated around 9:30 p.m. about seven miles south of Greenville.

The maximum intensity of the tornado was rated EF2 with maximum wind speeds of 130 mph.  The maximum width of the tornado was 700 yards and the tornado traveled nineteen miles.


Vincent Wesselmann, age 75, of Breese, has been missing since Friday afternoon.  The search has been ongoing but with no success.  WGEL spoke with Breese Police Chief Bob Fix who is asking for the public’s help. Chief Fix said it is believed Wesselmann wandered off sometime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Friday.  He asked for the public to check their sheds, outbuildings, farm fields, clubhouses, or anywhere a person could have gone to rest or get out of the weather. Mr. Wesselmann is a white male, approximately 6' tall, weighing 210 lbs, with brown-gray hair and green eyes.  He was last wearing dark blue pants, a shirt of unknown description, and a dark blue baseball style cap.  Vincent was last seen on foot in the area of the Breese Grain Company at North Walnut and First Streets in Breese, at approximately 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 22.  Anyone seeing or discovering anything is asked to call the Breese Police Department at 526-7226.

Photos of Mr. Wesselmann may be seen by following the link below




If you took advantage of the low-cost blood tests at the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair 2011, your results have been mailed or will be mailed in the near future.  If you do not receive your report by May 3, contact health fair representative Melissa Stricker at 664-1230, ext. 3060.

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The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wedekemper Board Room.  Dinner will be served at 5:30.  The agenda includes seating new trustees and reorganizing the board, administrative reports, approval of several items of personnel employment and retirement, approval of contractors for college construction projects, and a closed session for personnel and business matters.


The Greenville City Council is scheduled for a special meeting Tuesday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m. at the Governor Bond Lake Marina for a workshop tour of the lake.  The meeting will move at 7:00 p.m. to the Greenville Municipal Building.  On the agenda are a budget discussion, College Avenue extension farm lease, and an executive session.



Nelda F. Goodin, age 78, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Sunday, April 24 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mulberry Grove First Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Noffsinger Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.  Memorials are suggested to the Noffsinger Cemetery or the Mulberry Grove First Baptist Church.


Danny William Woll, age 65, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, April 24 at his home.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Woburn Church of Christ.  Burial will be in Greene Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials are suggested to the Woburn Church of Christ, American Farm Heritage Museum, or Greene Cemetery.


Alice Joann Early, age 78, of New Douglas, passed away Sunday, April 24 at Alhambra Care Center.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas.  Burial will be in New Douglas Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Lesicko Funeral Home in New Douglas.

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