11-14-2011

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ACCIDENT WITH FATALITY ON RT. 159

Illinois State Police responded Saturday, at 9:55 p.m., to the scene of a single-car accident on Illinois Route 159 about half a mile south of LL Road.  According to the accident report, Helen L. Stellhorn, age 83, of Red Bud, Illinois was southbound on Rt. 159 in a Lincoln Town Car when she lost control of the car for an unknown reason.  The car left the roadway to the left, struck an embankment and went airborne, coming to rest on its wheels next to Black Creek.  Stellhorn was ARCHed to Barnes Hospital in critical condition.  A passenger, Paul A. Ehlers, age 82, also of Red Bud, was pronounced dead at the scene by Monroe County Coroner Howard Cowell.


VETERANS DAY CEREMONY

It was an emotional morning at the Bond County Veterans Memorial Friday, as a large number of citizens gathered to honor our local veterans.  The wind was strong, but it only served to help wave the flag for all to see.  The program was led by Tony Koonce, a US Army Veteran who served in Vietnam.  Greenville City Mayor Alan Gaffner gave a moving speech, where he invited all of the Vietnam veterans present to come to the front and be thanked by the crowd.  The Mayor said these men and women were not recognized in the same way as their WW1 and WW2 counterparts when they came home, and they deserved our gratitude.  The crowd stood and cheered for these heroes.  Greenville High School students came out in the cold on their day off from school to sing several songs for the crowd.  Two WW2 Veterans were there at the ceremony, Mac Hughey who served with the US Navy and Elmer Fenton who was a member of the US Coast Guard. The program concluded with a 21-gun salute by area veterans organizations, and taps played by Mike Gouge of the National Guard and Howard Wise of the Army Reserve.  WGEL thanks all the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces, who make our way of life possible.


GREENVILLE COMETS HEADING TO FINAL FOUR

The Greenville Comets extended their perfect season, and become one of the final four teams still competing in the Class 3A state playoffs Saturday. The Comets defeated Virden North Mac by the score 68 to 38 making the Comets 12-0 on the season. The Comets will take on the 11-1 Mt. Carmel Golden Aces at home in the semifinal game. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday after noon at the school office.  The Comets game will be this Saturday at 1:30PM at Don Stout Field, and Final Four hoodies and sweatshirts can be ordered at the High School Office.  And GO COMETS yard signs are on sale from the Comets Sports Boosters also at the High School office.  WGEL will be broadcasting the game and streaming it live at WGEL.com. 

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ACCIDENT ON PLEASANT MOUND ROAD SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

The Bond County Sheriff’s Office has released information on an accident that occurred at 2:50 a.m. Sunday, October 30 on Pleasant Mound Avenue just west of Bonanza Road.  A Bond County Deputy, Bond County EMS, and Smithboro First Responders were dispatched to the scene of the accident. According to the accident report, Quinton E. Lindahl, age 20, of Mulberry Grove was westbound on Pleasant Mound Avenue in a Dodge Dakota pickup truck when he lost control of the truck.  The truck skidded across the road, ran off the north side of the roadway and hit the ditch.  The truck flipped and rolled several times before coming to rest on its wheels.  Bond County EMS took Lindahl and a passenger, Trent Barringer, age 21, of Troy, to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment.  Barringer was later ARCHed to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.  Lindahl was cited for alleged DUI.


GREENVILLE FIREFIGHTERS DISPATCHED FOR CO ALARM

Greenville Firefighters were dispatched Friday morning, at 8:34, to a report of a sounding carbon monoxide alarm at a residence on Dorris Creek Avenue in Donnellson.  According to the fire report, firefighters checked the home and found no traces of carbon monoxide.  They were on the scene about half an hour.


BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING

The Bond County Board of Health will meet today at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the health department.  For more information, call 664-1442.

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OBITUARIES

Brenda Thiele

Brenda Thiele, age 55, of Vandalia, passed away Thursday, November 10 at her home.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.  Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Vandalia Field of Dreams.

Anna Mae Rickher

Anna Mae Rickher, age 81, of Highland, passed away Saturday, November 12.  A funeral Mass will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m., at the St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to Heartland Hospice in St. Louis or the St. Paul School Education Foundation.


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