At the conclusion of the seventh day of a jury trial, Clifford W. Baker, age 16, of rural Farina, was found guilty in Fayette County Circuit Court, of two counts of first degree murder and three counts of home invasion.  Baker, who was 15 years old at the time of the incident, was found guilty of the murder of Mike Mahon, age 60, and Deb Tish, age 53, in their Loogootee home on August 4, 2010.  Baker also entered the home of a neighbor without permission, brandishing a knife. Sentencing is set for September 30.


Greenville Firefighters were called to the home of Doris Schaefer, at 932 Coyote Avenue in Greenville at approximately 10:00 a.m. Thursday.  According to the fire report, a window air conditioner shorted to the aluminum siding of the house and caused the fire.  Damage is estimated at $1,000.00.  There were no injuries.



The Holiday Shores Fire Department has been working for two years to obtain a twisted girder from the World Trade Center and to build a Memorial Plaza.  That effort paid off and this Saturday there will be a procession along the route the girder travels making its way to Holiday Shores.  WGEL spoke with Assistant Chief of the Holiday Shores Fire Department Steve Cooper.  He said the procession will begin at 1:00 p.m. near I-55 in Staunton and will go to the Staunton Fire Department where the girder will be dressed and escorted by Illinois State Police, the Honor Guard, and several fire trucks.  The procession will go through Hamel and Edwardsville arriving in Holiday Shores at approximately 2:00 p.m. where a crane will be waiting to place the girder in its final resting place in the memorial.  Moments of silence will be observed during the times when the planes struck the twin towers on September 11.



Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation calling for an assessment of Illinois’ environmental laws and policies to ensure no segment of the population will disproportionately bear the adverse environmental and health effects caused by pollution. Senate Bill 2193 creates the Environmental Justice Act and the Commission on Environmental Justice. The commission is charged with reviewing and analyzing current state laws and policies. Based upon review, the commission will make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly to address environmental justice concerns. The new law addresses concerns about rising asthma rates and other health indicators in parts of the state, especially in minority communities. Medical researchers observed a connection between types of industry in a community and childhood asthma rates. The new law goes into effect immediately.


According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there will be lane closures on Illinois Route 143 beginning Monday, August 29 to place 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.


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.

Loretta M. Jenne

Loretta M. Jenne, age 91, of Auburn, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, August 24 at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Carlyle.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, St. John’s Lutheran Church in St. Louis, or St. John’s Hospice in Springfield.


SATURDAY - mostly sunny, high 88, low 61

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 83, low 62


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area news.  Tom’s guest this week is Larry Duetsch, Director of Communications at Southwestern Electric Cooperative.  Tom and Larry will discuss the upcoming annual meeting of the cooperative, ways to stay safe while working with electricity this fall, and a few tips to save money on the power bill.  That’s this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area news on WGEL Radio. 

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