The Salvation Army Bell Ringers have put up their bells for the season.  Wayne Pierce of the Salvation Army said bell ringing came to an end Christmas Eve.  Again this year, they went way over their goal of $15,000.00, collecting $21,000.00.  Wayne said they appreciate the merchants allowing them to ring bells and collect money outside their stores.  Volunteers from Mulberry Grove, Pocahontas, and Greenville led bell-ringers during the six week period, during which high school students, Greenville College students, civic organizations, churches, and many individuals volunteered their time to help those in need.  Wayne sends a big ‘thank you’ to all the people who made contributions and to IGA in Greenville, who donated $1000.00 to the Salvation Army.  Wayne said you may still make donations through Frank Joy at the Bradford National Bank in Greenville.



Shoal Creek Firefighters responded to the scene of a small fire at 11:58 a.m. Wednesday, December 28 at a home on West Willow Street in Sorento.  According to Shoal Creek Firefighter Julie Leneave, the fire was caused by an electrical overload in the wall.  The fire was already extinguished by the time firefighters arrived.  Damage was estimated at $100.00.  Firefighters were on the scene around 35 minutes.


The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home made the holidays more meaningful and merry with a program called “Help the Troops Call Home for the Holidays.”  For every Pekin life insurance application the funeral home submitted during the holidays, a USO phone card was sent to troops overseas.  WGEL spoke with John Donnell who said the cards were sent as a part of the Operation Phone Home Program.  In the Midwest region, more than 1300 phone cards were sent to our US troops.  John and his father sincerely thank the men and women who make the sacrifice and commitment to fight for our freedom.  He added they were happy to provide members of the armed forces the opportunity to hear the voices of their loved ones during this Christmas season. 


Greenville High School has ten Illinois State Scholars for the 2011-2012 school year.  We spoke with Principal Wendy Porter who said the Illinois Student Assistance Commission informed Greenville High School we have ten Illinois State Scholars.  The determination is based on ACT scores plus a calculation of the student’s class rank.  Students who rank high enough may also qualify for scholarships.  Students who qualify this year are Maggie Alibaikzadeh, Kelley Faulkner, Dalton Goodman, Josh Harnetiaux, Jasmine Patel, Katie Pollman, Elle Shaw, Daniel Suess, Holly Thole, and Alex Willey.  Principal Porter told WGEL they are all very proud of the ten students for their accomplishments.  This year, the Illinois State Scholar program recognized 17,515 students from 773 high schools across the state. 


Harry L. Mueller

Harry L. Mueller, age 87, of Highland, passed away Thursday, December 29 at Faith Care Center in Highland.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, and Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Highland Home, the Evangelical United Church of Christ, the Highland-Pierron Fire Department, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Fern F. Harris

Fern F. Harris, age 98, of DeSoto, Kansas, formerly of Greenville, passed away Thursday, December 29.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at noon at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery west of Keyesport.  Friends may call Monday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville Christian Church.


SATURDAY - sunny, high 56, low 36

SUNDAY - mostly sunny and breezy, high 41, low 25


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s Larry Deutsch.  They will talk about some easy ways to help keep your heating bill down this winter, as well as some long term projects to make your home more energy efficient.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on WGEL. 

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