Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a report of suspicious activity in Alhambra.  According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, a suspicious person in a vehicle made a comment to three teenage females after they were dropped by a school bus.  The suspicious male and vehicle are described as a white male of medium built with no facial hair or glasses wearing a camouflage hat and coat.  The vehicle is a small older model dark green pickup truck with a single cab.  Madison County Deputies have increased patrols in the area to identify the individual.  If you have information that may assist in the investigation, please call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip-line at 618-296-3000.


Two Greenville High School FFA members were honored last week. We spoke with FFA Advisor Steve Zimmerman about their achievements. Steve said members of the Greenville FFA attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last week.  Jessica Ronat was invited to participate in the FFA Chorus.  She traveled to Indianapolis Saturday and practiced with the choir the week prior to the convention.  The choir performed for the entire convention Friday evening.  2011 GHS graduate Austin Potthast was the state winner in Ag Mechanics, Repair, and Maintenance last year, and was selected as one of four candidates to compete for the national title.  Thursday, Potthast was interviewed along with the other candidates and was selected as the national winner of Ag Mechanics, Repair, and Maintenance, culminating four years of hard work.


The Smithboro Fire District recently put a new equipment truck into service.  We talked with Fire Chief Dale Deverick who said the 1993 model truck replaces a 1978 truck which had more than 100,000 miles.  The new truck was originally an ambulance at an air force base in Florida and has only 26,000 miles.  The total cost to the fire district was about $12,000.00.  The new truck is larger than the previous one with more storage compartments and room for secured seating for firefighters.  Fire District Auxiliary members Dee Tevis and Deloris Scott spearheaded a fund raising effort and succeeded in raising more than $4,000.00.  Those funds along with a donation from the Smithboro Village Board, and money from the fire district board and Smithboro Fireman’s Association made the purchase of the new equipment truck possible. 

Prairie Farms


State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, along with the Illinois Farm Bureau, has been working on improving loan program conditions for Illinois farmers and lenders.  Rutherford made several changes to the Ag Invest program, which is one of the largest agricultural linked deposit programs in the nation.  These changes include increased borrowing limits for individual farmers and farm operations, a more streamlined application process, a bank deposit rate on an Annual Ag Invest loan of 0.24 percent, and a bank deposit rate for a Long-Term Ag Invest loan of 0.62 percent.  To learn more about Ag Invest, visit the treasurer’s website at www.treasurer.il.gov or call the Ag Invest office at 217-557-6436.


The Greenville Comet’s football team was undefeated this regular year.  WGEL spoke with Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat about a way you may show your Comet pride. The Comets Sports Boosters have “Go Comets” yard signs for only $5.00 each.  Many of these signs may be seen in front yards all over Greenville. Get your yard sign at the Greenville High School office or at any playoff game while supplies last.



Steven A. “Steve” Jones

Steven A. “Steve” Jones, age 62, of Greenville, formerly of Vandalia, passed away Friday, October 21 at Helia Healthcare.  A memorial service will be Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m., at the Holt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia.  Burial will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., in South Hill Cemetery in Vandalia.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Dennis L. Ammann

Dennis L. Ammann, age 63, of Highland, passed away Monday, October 24 at home.  Funeral arrangements for 63 year-old Dennis L. Ammann are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home.

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