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This Friday, the American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville kicks off its annual Heritage Days which run through the weekend.  There are tractor, horse, mule and truck pulls.  Allis Chalmers is featured this year but there are national shows for lesser-known classics such as Graham Bradley and Sheppard Diesel. The saw mill and Little Red Barn will be open and the car show will be Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kids will enjoy the free barrel rids and pedal pull. Take a ride this weekend on the train which now circles the entire grounds. Cool off in the big air-conditioned building while listening to live music and enjoying an ice cream or a root beer float. Join in on all the fun events at the American Farm Heritage Museum’s Heritage days, July 29-31, just south of I-70, in Greenville. WGEL’s Mike Greenwood and Tom Dooly will be broadcasting live Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 


The Madison County Coroner’s Office is investigating another death that appears to have occurred as a result of the continuing heat wave. David E. Richardson, age 74, of Madison, was pronounced dead at his home Wednesday, at 12:16 p.m.  Madison Police were dispatched to the home at 11:27 a.m. to check on Richardson’s welfare after a letter carrier reported an accumulation of mail.  Richardson was found in the home with no air conditioner functioning and the windows closed.



The Greenville Fire Department has a new, aerial fire truck or, as Fire Chief Bill Johnston said, “It’s new to them.” Chief Johnson said the truck is a 1993, 100 foot, aerial truck which was in use in Westport, Connecticut.  While in use in Westport, a tree fell and damaged the bucket, luckily with no one in it, and that was the cause for the truck’s refurbishment.  Johnston said the fire department had been looking for a few years and saw the refurbished truck for sale in a magazine. The truck is not officially in service due to a few pending repairs but is available if needed to pump water. Johnston believes the new truck will be a fantastic asset to the department.


The Bond County Fair opens next Wednesday, August 3 and continues through Tuesday, August 9. The carnival opens Wednesday with $18.00 armband nights Thursday and Monday.  A garden tractor pull is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Activities include harness racing, an antique farm equipment expo, talent show, the 4-H auction, Little Miss and Bond County Queen pageant, tractor pulls, and the parade Tuesday evening. For more information, look for the Bond County Fair booklets at local banks and businesses.


Judy Lynn Stief

Judy Lynn Stief, age 40, of Van Burensburg, passed away Monday, July 25 at her home.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Team Odessa Cancer Fund.


NOTICE - The heat advisory has been extended through 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

SATURDAY - partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high 89, low 73

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 92, low 75.


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area news on WGEL Radio.  Tom’s guest this week is Leigh Morris with Ameren Illinois.  They will discuss electrical safety when working around the home or enjoying the outdoors and ways you might be able to save on your electrical bill during this very hot summer.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area news on WGEL Radio. 


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