The search for 75 year-old Vincent Wesselmann, a Breese man missing since April 22, is still underway.  WGEL spoke with Breese Police Chief Bob Fix about the ongoing efforts. Cadaver dogs from Gateway Search and Rescue and Eureka Fire and Rescue have been used several times, most recently this holiday weekend.  Gateway and Eureka had ten dogs working and had a hit on a pit near Little Prairie Road south of Route 50, near Breese. Volunteers from the Breese Fire Department drained the water from the pit but nothing was found.  Chief Fix said the effort to find Wesselmann will continue. Wesselmann was last seen April 22 near the Breese Grain Company.  He is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 210 lb. Chief Fix said the support and volunteer efforts of local communities and search and rescue organizations has been nearly constant since Wesselmann was missing. Fix asked that any information, regardless of how minor it may seem, be reported to the Breese Police Department at 526-7226 or the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department at 594-4555.




Two people were killed in a car/semi-truck accident on Interstate 70 Wednesday afternoon at 3:41 p.m. According to Illinois State Police, a 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by 44 year-old Sherry Marie Dennis of Springfield, Illinois was eastbound on I-70 near milepost 39 when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed through the grassy median into the westbound lanes and collided with a semi-truck driven by Jay L. Lewis, age 46, of Akron, Ohio.  The truck went up over the car and the two vehicles traveled together for approximately 600 feet. Dennis and a passenger in her vehicle, Robert E. Hamilton, age 44, also of Springfield, were killed in the accident.  Neither Dennis nor Hamilton were wearing seatbelts.  The truck driver, Lewis, who was wearing a seatbelt, was treated and released at Greenville Regional Hospital. Crash Reconstruction Officers were called to process the scene.  Westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for 5 ½ hours.  The investigation is ongoing and no citations have been issued.


The Bond County Relay For Life is today at the Bond County Fairgrounds, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life gives everyone in communities a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against cancer. At the relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times. Because cancer never sleeps, relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. More than 229 people are already registered as participants.


This is certainly the time of year for rummage sales and there is one this Saturday, June 4 for a very good cause.  Gayle Wise of the Bond County Humane Society said there are many great items that will be on sale including furniture, Christmas items, and baby items.  She said no clothes are included but there are many other things for sale. The sale is Saturday, June 4 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  At noon, all items left will be priced at half the original marking.  The sale is at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Greenville and all proceeds go to the Bond County Humane Society. 


The 2011 South Central Conference Softball All-Conference Team has been announced. Making the team are pitchers Megan Godoyo from Vandalia and Kayla Gray from Greenville.  Morgan Meade of Litchfield is on the second team. Catchers Mackenzie Miles from Pana was named to the first team and Alex Hana from Vandalia is on the second team. For the 1st base position, Kelsey Going of Litchfield is on the first team and Carsen Funneman, a Greenville senior is on the second team. On 2nd base, Raven Horsthemke from Pana is on the first team and Heather Wernle of Greenville is named to the second team. For 3rd base, Emily McLeod, a Pana senior made the first team and Rachel Sponsler, a Greenville junior is on the second team. Shortstop for the first team is Kelsey Kniepmann from Greenville and for the second team Amber Bruno a sophomore from Vandalia. In the outfield first team are Morgan Whightsil of Vandalia, Hannah Wiggins of Hillsboro, and Taylor Beyers from Pana.  The second team outfielders include Beth Rackers of Greenville, Kari Walch of Litchfield, and Amy Walton of Vandalia. The designated hitter for the first team is Morgan Meade of Litchfield and Megan Godoyo of Vandalia for the second team.



Nina Irene Byxbe, age 91, of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away Saturday, May 28 at Park Regency Nursing Home in Chandler, Arizona.  Graveside funeral services will be Saturday at Liberty Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.


Daniel D. Warning, age 41, of Collinsville, passed away Thursday, June 2 at his residence.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Monday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Anderson Hospital Foundation.


SATURDAY - sunny, high 95, low 70

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 90, low 69

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