Thanks to an observant neighbor, a residential burglary was interrupted June 27 in rural Greenville.  About 11:03 a.m., the Bond County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a possible burglary at a residence on Box Elder Road south of Greenville.  The caller said a vehicle pulled into their neighbor’s driveway with two white males and then left with only one person in the vehicle.  The caller gave a detailed description of the vehicle and Sheriff’s Deputies spotted it on Millersburg Road about one mile from the residence.  Robert S. Spratley, age 29, of Granite City, driver of the vehicle, was taken into custody for allegedly driving with a revoked license, for an out-of-county warrant, and pending charges for alleged residential burglary.  Deputies and a K-9 unit responded to the residence and found a broken garage window and opened side garage door.  A search of the area resulted in discovery of Brett T. Chastain, age 25, also of Granite City, walking about one half mile from the residence.  Due to the description by the witness, Chastain was taken into custody and held in the Bond County Jail pending formal charges of alleged residential burglary.  Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown commended those who assisted the Sheriff’s Department with valuable information.


According to state public health director Dr. Damon T. Arnold, mosquitoes collected June 28 in Shiloh, in St. Clair County, are the first positive West Nile virus test results in southern Illinois this year.  West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus by feeding on an infected bird.  The best way to prevent West Nile disease is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.  Remove standing water where mosquitoes breed, avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply mosquito repellent.  Additional information may be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website.


The Greenville Plan Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Greenville Municipal Building.  The hearing is to consider a request to rezone lots in the Vista Del Mar Subdivision.  If you want additional information, call the office of the city manager at 664-1644.

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Following an executive session, the Unit 2 Board of Education hired Kelly Rinella kindergarten teacher and Lauren Brewer first grade teacher at Greenville Elementary School and Kay Lynn Nance Title 1 teacher at the Pocahontas/Sorento Centers.  The board approved special education teacher Suzanne Osterbur’s transfer request from Greenville High School to Greenville Elementary. Dave Doll was hired head boys basketball coach and Jeremy Hudson assistant boys basketball coach at the Sorento Center.  The salary for the position will be split equally. In preparation for Terry Diesselhorst’s retirement as head of maintenance, the board hired Adam Doll as an apprentice.  Two additional days were added to Juli Kastl’s current hours at the high school for RT1 Initiative, along with her current tutoring responsibilities. Stephanie Ephron’s resignation from her food service position was accepted effective immediately.



Joyce R. Tischler, age 76, of Carlyle, passed away Saturday, July 2 at her residence.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in Posey Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the  Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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