A 15year-old boy found himself in a sticky situation Saturday morning.  According to Keyesport Fire Chief Jim Golder, the boy was out duck hunting on Point 5 at Carlyle Lake at approximately 10:30 a.m.  When he went out to retrieve one of his ducks, he found himself stuck in waist-deep mud, unable to get out.  Keyesport Firefighters called for backup from the Mulberry Grove and Greenville Fire Departments.  Eventually, a local man who was also out hunting, took several firemen onboard his air boat and they were able to lift the teen straight up and out of the mud.  Chief Golder told us the boy was stuck for about an hour and although he was beginning to get cold, he was lucky the temperatures were not as low as they normally are this time of year.


Smithboro Firefighters responded Monday, at 1:06 p.m., to a report of a garage fire at a residence on Oklahoma Street in Royal Lake.  According to Fire Chief Dale Deverick, the owner was burning grass and left the scene of the fire.  When he left, the fire was under control.  While he was away, the fire spread to a garage, causing major damage.  Mulberry Grove and Greenville Firefighters provided mutual aid with tankers and manpower.  No injuries were reported and firefighters were on the scene about two hours.


The Utlaut Memorial Foundation is conducting its end of year telethon fundraiser.  We spoke with Pat Bond who said the telethon is in its third year.  It started as an experiment because they felt it was time to visit with community and regional friends and give them some information about what was currently happening in healthcare.  Education was a big part of this effort but they were also asking for a year-end gift.  Each year, these gifts have been designated for a certain purpose or cause within the hospital that would greatly impact patient care.  This year, they are asking for people to give for medical equipment. People are interested in what’s happening at the hospital and there has been a great response.   To donate, or for more information, call Ryan Mifflin at Greenville Regional Hospital at 664-1230.


Registration has begun for the 3rd Annual Shriner’s Shuffle.  We spoke with Nathan Mewes who said the race will be a 5k/2k fun run/walk at the JC Park next to the First Christian Church in Greenville.  The race will start at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 14.  The cost to pre-register is $15.00, while registration is $20.00 the day of the race.  There will be snacks and refreshments provided for all participants and awards for different age groups.  If you register before March 26, you are guaranteed a T-shirt.  You may register online at www.active.com.  If you have any questions, call 977-2348.

Prairie Farms


The Greenville City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenville Municipal Building.  They will talk about applying for a grant which will allow low-income Greenville citizens to receive funds to make necessary repairs to their homes, and they will decide how much to spend to fix city roads in 2012.  WGEL will have full coverage of the meeting in Wednesday's Bond County Area News.


Hannah Marie Berndsen

Hannah Marie Berndsen, age 7, of Breese, passed away Sunday, January 8.  A funeral Mass will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic / St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.

Kenneth "Shorty" Childerson

Kenneth "Shorty" Childerson, age 76, of Highland, passed away Saturday, January 7 at home.  Funeral services will be Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Greene Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from noon until service time at the the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Greene Cemetery Association.

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