Saturday, December 10, the Sons of Service will be having their First Annual Scavenger Hunt.  There will be food, fun, and a live auction.  We spoke with Mary Cox who said, Sons of Service is a group of friends comprised of persons serving in law enforcement, the armed services, firefighters, and EMS.   They are having a scavenger hunt to raise money for needy families this Christmas.  The event is at the Keys Restaurant and Grill in Keyesport. All participants please bring a canned food item for the Bond and Clinton County food pantries and an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Local businesses and restaurants have donated more than 50 baskets for the auction which will start at 9:15 p.m.




The Salvation Army is ringing bells and raising money for our community.  This Saturday, you have an opportunity to help them raise twice as much.  We spoke with Wayne Pierce of the Salvation Army who said bell ringers will be at the IGA every night this week.  There will also be buckets available Friday and Saturday at Dollar General, Watson’s Drug Store, Buchheit, and Alco.  This Saturday, IGA will match the amount of money received by the bell ringers in front of their store up to $1000.00.  Wayne told us the need for donations this year seems to be greater than in previous years.  All funds raised by the bell ringers in Bond County stay in our community.


The Sorento Food Pantry is having an open house and dedication ceremony Sunday, December 11, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., in honor of their newly renovated interior.  We spoke to Sorento Food Pantry Director Teresa Boudouris about the event. Teresa said the dedication ceremony is in honor of Mike Bell and his family and is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.  The Bell family generously donated the building to the food pantry.  They have been renovating the interior for the past three years.  There will be food and snacks and visitors may tour the new facility and learn about the outreach the pantry provides to the Sorento community.  The food pantry is located at 215 N. Main Street in Sorento.  If you have any questions or would like to make a donation to the food pantry, call 217-272-4055.


The Bond County Humane Society has been making some changes to their facility.  We spoke with Rachel Hunsdorfer about their improvements. She said the Humane Society lost the building they used for dogs at the end of August.  Fortunately, they had enough money to build a new dog facility on their property on South Elm Street in Greenville.  They are planning an open house sometime after the holidays.  There are lots of cats and dogs available for adoption.  Current adoption hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday afternoon.  They are also contemplating extending those hours during the month of December.  If you have any questions, would like to make a donation, or would like to volunteer at an animal shelter, call 664-4068.


The Pocahontas 8th Grade Girls basketball team got to within four points of winning a Sectional Championship.  The Lady Indians lost yesterday to St. Anthony Effingham at Effingham.  Congratulations to the Lady Indians who had a great year that included a regional championship. 


For those of you still looking for some Christmas gifts, the Comets Sports Boosters will be selling Comet merchandise at the boys’ basketball game Friday, December 16 against the Hillsboro Hilltoppers.  The boosters thank Tri-Ford in Greenville for their test drive fundraiser event last May which raised $4,400.00 for the Comets.


Rosella Floyd

Rosella Floyd, age 90, of Lonedell, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, December 6.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, Missouri.  Graveside services will be Saturday, at noon at McKendree Chapel Cemetery west of Keyesport.  Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army.

Richard L. "Red Beard" Wilkening

Richard L. "Red Beard" Wilkening, age 58, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, December 7 at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  Graveside services will be Friday, at 4:00 p.m. at Highland City Cemetery in Highland.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

George C. Sohn

George C. Sohn, age 86, of Carlyle, passed away Thursday, December 8 at Carlyle Healthcare Center.  Funeral services will be Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery west of Keyesport.  Friends may call Saturday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.


Saturday: sunny, high 33, low 19

Sunday: sunny, high 43, low 23


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is IDOT’s Josh Kauffman.  They will discuss IDOT’s Winter Road Conditions website and how it may help you and some easy ways for you to stay safe on the roads this winter.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news here at WGEL.

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