The driver of a car on Rt. 4 died as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic crash Thursday, at 2:40 p.m. Illinois State Police Officers responded Thursday, to the scene of two traffic crashes on Rt. 4 just south of Weber Road.  According to information from the Illinois State Police, the first crash involved a semi-truck and a passenger car.  The semi-truck was northbound on Rt. 4 near Weber Road and the south bound passenger car is believed to have crossed into the path of the truck.  The two vehicles hit head-on.  The driver of the passenger car died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.  The truck driver was not injured.
The second crash occurred as a result of the first.  An SUV and a pickup truck attempted to avoid the first crash and hit head-on.  Drivers of both vehicles were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.  Both crashes are still under investigation.


The reward for information regarding the disappearance of a 76 year-old Breese citizen has gone up from $1000.00 to $5000.00.  Breese Police Chief Bob Fix said the Breese Police Department, in conjunction with the Clinton County Crime Stoppers, is offering a $5000.00 reward for information leading to the current whereabouts of Vincent Wesselmann.  Wesselmann is currently 76 years old, approximately 6 feet tall, and weighs around 210 pounds.  He was last seen Friday, April 22 near the Breese Grain Company.  If anyone has any information in regards to him or his disappearance, please call Chief Fix at 618-526-7226.  Chief Fix said they are still actively looking for Wesselmann and will follow any leads associated with his case. 



The Greenville High School Varsity Football Team will be recognized at tonight’s basketball game.  Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat said the team will be honored Friday evening after the JV Basketball game against Vandalia.  The Comet football team made it to the State Semi-finals and had a record-setting season for Greenville High School.  The new panel on their football banner will be unveiled at approximately 7:00 p.m. Friday.  Many of the football players will be present.  Alstat invited everyone to come to the game and support both the football and basketball teams.  The game is at home at 7:30 p.m.


Greenville Firefighters responded Wednesday, at 2:54 p.m. to the scene of a reported vehicle fire.  According to the fire report, the car was on Woburn Avenue.  The fire started under the dashboard of the Ford Focus and the cause was electrical.  Total damage is estimated at approximately $2300.00.  No injuries were reported and firefighters were on the scene about 35 minutes.


A Greenville man’s true story about one of his childhood experiences made its way to a popular publication.  Author James Stever said in December, they were pleasantly surprised when Country Magazine notified them that an article which James had written years ago was going to be published in their January 2012 issue.  The article is entitled “My Longest Sleigh Ride.”  It is a true story about Greenville in the 1950’s when Prairie Street was blocked off by the city from Beaumont Avenue to College Avenue so children could bring their sleighs and have a sleigh ride down Prairie Street.  Prairie Street was iced down by the fire department.  Residents on each side of Prairie Street would leave their lights on so children would be able to see and some people even served the children chocolate milk and talked with them.  Stever told WGEL it was a weekly affair in 1950.  The Stevers are very pleased the article will be published in Country Magazine.


Mark “Big O” Obermark

Mark “Big O” Obermark, age 52, of Carlyle, passed away Thursday, January 12 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Maxey Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.   Memorials are suggested to the family.

Joseph “Dennis” Huelskamp

Joseph “Dennis” Huelskamp, age 80, of Breese, passed away Wednesday, January 11 at his home.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be at St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery with full military honors by the Clinton County Drill Team.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to St. Augustine Church or to Mater Dei High School. 


SATURDAY - partly sunny with occasional flurries, high 35, low 21

SUNDAY - sunny, high 43, low 35


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news.  This week Max Armstrong of Midwest Digest will be featured in Public Affairs.  Max’s Agritalk program is a look back at the year in agricultural and will be this week’s Public Affairs.  That’s this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on WGEL Radio. 

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