Area firefighters had a busy day Tuesday.

Shoal Creek Firefighters responded Tuesday, at 2:37 p.m., to a report of a field fire on Blue Jay Road in rural Sorento.  According to Firefighter Julie Leneave, the cause was a trash fire that spread to a small field.  Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters were called for mutual aid but that request was canceled enroute.  Firefighters were on scene about an hour.

Smithboro Firefighters were dispatched Tuesday, at 7:53 p.m., to a report of a vehicle fire on Interstate 70 at the 50 mile marker.  According to Fire Chief Dale Deverick, Firefighters found no fire at the specified location.  They searched for several miles in each direction but found no vehicle on fire.

Greenville Firefighters were dispatched Tuesday, at 9:58 p.m., to a carbon monoxide alarm sounding at a residence on Honey Locust Lane.  Firefighters checked the home and found no traces of carbon monoxide.  They replaced batteries in the detector.  They were on scene about half an hour.

Greenville Firefighters responded again Tuesday, at 10:29 p.m., to a sounding fire alarm at the Bond County Courthouse Annex.  Upon arrival, firefighters found no fire.  The cause of the alarm was determined to be a faulty detector.  Firefighters were on scene about half an hour.


Wednesday, August 24, at 3:35 p.m., members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Investigative Division responded to a home on Blackburn Road in Edwardsville to a 911 call from a suicidal subject.  Other police agencies including Illinois State Police and Edwardsville Police aided in securing the subject without incident.  Hamel Firefighters were dispatched in reference to the home reportedly having been set on fire by the suicidal subject.  Firefighters inspected the home and found minimal damage caused by a small fire.  There was a lot of smoke in the home.   The subject is currently being held in the Madison County Jail pending filing of charges following a formal review of facts.


According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there will be lane closures on Illinois Route 143 beginning Monday, August 29 to put asphalt safety shoulders around curves on the highway.  Signing and traffic control devices will be provided to aid motorists through the work zones.  Work should be completed by October 15.


The 20th annual Greenville Apple Days is October 1 and Vickie Ellsworth asks those who want to be vendors to contact her to assure a place on the square. Crafts venders are needed and if you are interested, call Vickie at 618-558-4730 by September 15.


Paul Evans, of O’Fallon, will take the oath of office this Friday to be the new State Representative of the 102nd District. The ceremony is at 2:00 p.m. at the New Baden Village Hall.  The oath will be administered by Illinois Supreme Court Justice, the honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier of the Fifth District. If you want to attend, please RSVP by calling 618-628-9092.

Prairie Farms


The Greenville Comets football team will start its season this Friday at home against Litchfield.  In the pre-season Associated Press poll, the Comets were ranked 5th in the state for class 3A.  Tolono Unity was ranked first.  Other local schools in the 3A top ten are Staunton at 6th and Pana 10th.  In class 4A, Mater Dei is ranked 3rd and Breese Central 10th.


Virginia Johnson

Virginia Johnson, age 93, of Hebron, Indiana, formerly of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, August 23 in Indiana.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Free Methodist Church or Greenville College.

Stephen J. Carey

Stephen J. Carey, age 60, of Alhambra, passed away Monday, August 22 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.  Burial will be in Salem Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul Education Foundation.

Diane L. Kahrhoff

Diane L. Kahrhoff, age 60, of Aviston, passed away Wednesday, August 24. A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in Aviston.

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