The Greenville Waste Water Treatment Plant recorded rain in Greenville each of the past ten days.  Rain totals since April 19 have varied from as little as two hundredths of an inch to 1.49 inches recorded Thursday morning.  In just the past ten days, more than six and a half inches of rain have fallen on Greenville.  With seven days of rain earlier in the month and a chance for more rain yet before the end of this month, April 2011 will be the wettest April in the past ten years.


Governor Bond Lake is flooded and WGEL spoke with Matt Willman, of the City of Greenville, after he took a walk around the lake. Willman said the docks are slightly under water but the water level is coming down.  Willman said shoreline and dock owners appreciate boats not making huge wakes that cause the water to wash up on their docks and land. He reported the lake is currently 22 inches above pool.



The Robert “Ish” Smith Classic Baseball Tournament is scheduled for May 14 with games at the Greenville College Robert E. Smith Field and Greenville High School. WGEL spoke with GHS Athletic Director Joe Alstat who said six teams are participating and five of the six have head coaches who played baseball at Greenville College.  Alstat said this is the third year the event has been scheduled but the first two years were rained out.    He is hopeful for good weather and a great turnout. Robert “Ish” Smith, for whom the tournament is named, is a former Greenville College head baseball coach, former President of International Baseball, American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame member, Lefty Gomez Award Winner, former President of Greenville College and a resident of Greenville for more than forty years. The teams invited include the Greenville Comets, Nashville Hornets, Vandalia Vandals, Pinckneyville Panthers, Salem Wildcats and Red Bud Musketeers. Games are scheduled as follows:

At GC’s Robert E. Smith Field
10:00 a.m. – Vandalia vs Red Bud
12:00 p.m. – Red Bud vs Pinckneyville
2:00 p.m. – Vandalia vs Pinckneyville

At GHS Varsity Field
10:00 a.m. – Greenville vs Nashville
12:00 p.m. – Nashville vs Salem
2:00 p.m. – Greenville vs Salem


The Illinois High School Association State Bass Tournament scheduled for May 6-7 at Carlyle Lake has been postponed.  WGEL spoke with Carlyle City Administrator Bill Gruen who said lake levels are on the rise and the Army Corps of Engineers is projecting a crest at elevation 458 next Wednesday if there is no additional rainfall.  Gruen said city officials have been checking with the IHSA but there is currently no information about rescheduling the tournament. Carlyle and Highland High Schools have teams qualified for the competition.


None To Report


SATURDAY - partly sunny, high 75, low 52 with 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms

SUNDAY - 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high 60, low 43



This Sunday’s Public Affairs following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio features Howard Peters Vice President of the Illinois Hospital Association.  Howard was in Greenville recently and talked to WGEL about the many issues facing Illinois Hospitals like Greenville Regional Hospital on both the National and State Level.  Tune into WGEL following the Noon Bond County Area News this Sunday for Public Affairs. 

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