Foggy weather may have contributed to several accidents Thursday morning. According to the Illinois State Police, in St. Clair County, Alonzo B. Stuckey, age 55, of East St. Louis, was eastbound on I-55/70/64 at approximately 1:46 a.m. Thursday when his vehicle went off the road for unknown reasons and rolled several times.  Stuckey, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Illinois State Police also responded to an accident in Madison County, at 4:19 a.m. Thursday.  Geneva B. Huneycutt, age 55, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was on the I-70 westbound exit ramp to I-55 northbound when she lost control of her tractor/trailer which flipped onto the driver’s side.  Huneycutt was trapped inside and suffered serious injuries.  Huneycutt was transporting medical equipment which was thrown all over the roadway.  The ramp was shut down for approximately five hours.  Huneycutt was taken to St. Louis University Hospital.
According to the Bond County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Kimberly C. Kostoff, age 18, of Sorento, was eastbound on Sorento Avenue in her 2009 Nissan Altima when she failed to see the stop sign at the intersection of Sorento Avenue and Rt. 127 due to the intense fog.  Kostoff drove through the intersection, struck a ditch and a tree, and came to a stop near a house.  Kostoff was not injured.



Valentine’s Day is coming but that is not the only reason people may be wearing red this month.  Today is National "Wear Red" Day.  Thousands of hospitals, small businesses, multinational corporations, schools, individuals, and even landmarks “Go Red” every year to help raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease, the number one killer of women.  The Bond County Health Department is participating in this campaign.  According to the American Heart Association, heart disease causes one in three women's deaths each year. 


Wednesday, February 1, Governor Quinn gave his State of the State Address and proclaimed he believed Illinois was heading in a good direction.  We spoke with 51st District State Senator Kyle McCarter about his opinion on the matter. Senator McCarter told WGEL he was very surprised the Governor said the state of Illinois was moving forward.  Senator McCarter said he can’t see that. All he sees moving are our jobs and families out of state.  He said he is a little disappointed.  We have people who have not been paid for six to seven months and nine billion dollars in unpaid bills.  The Illinois Reality Check Budget a year ago called for some very challenging cuts in the size of state government and reforms to make it possible for businesses to invest again by hiring people and buying machinery.  He believes if we had followed that path we would currently be on the road to surpluses instead of deficits.  Senator McCarter believes we should be very concerned by the Governor’s outlook of the state. 


Frances R. Sexton

Frances R. Sexton, age 81, of north of Greenville, passed away Thursday, February 2 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral arrangements for 81 year-old Frances R. Sexton are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Lester F. Berry

Lester F. Berry, age 71, of Richview, passed away Wednesday, February 1 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.  Funeral arrangements for 71 year-old Lester F. Berry are pending at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.


SATURDAY - 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms, high 46, low 37

SUNDAY - mostly cloudy, high 46, low 30


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on WGEL.  Michelle’s guest this week is Gary Sease, Director of Corporate Communications at CSX Railroad.  They will discuss the recent designation of Greenville’s Kelsey Business & Technology Park as a "Select Site," how a plot of land earns this title, and what it could mean for our community.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on WGEL Radio. 

Wgel.com | Community Calendar | Daily Archive