Alton Police and Madison County Deputies are searching for a Godfrey man who was last seen around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.  According to the Madison County Sheriffs’s Department, 36 year-old Charles Roe left his home in Godfrey to attend church services at a church in Alton.  None of his family have seen him since.  Roe’s vehicle was found parked near St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton.  Family members told police Roe’s disappearance is highly unusual, and police, fire department personnel, and family members are searching near where Roe’s vehicle was found.  Roe is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet-ten inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes, weighing around 175 pounds.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 692-4433.



The Governor gave his budget address Wednesday to mixed reviews.  Republican State Senator Kyle McCarter said the Governor was short on a lot of details in regards to this budget.  McCarter said it appears the Governor is following the same budget fantasy tour which he spoke about in his budget address.  According to McCarter, the budget is 6.5 billion dollars away from where it should be to be responsible to the citizens of Illinois.  2.7 billion dollars of that amount is in Medicaid. McCarter said we have all made the hard choices to live within our means and the only entity that has not done this is the state government.  McCarter believes that to come up with a budget with as much spending as the Governor is suggesting is irresponsible and the Governor gave no details as to how he would limit eligibility for Medicaid.  McCarter said there are several politicians in Springfield who are willing to act on these problems.


The Greenville College Factory Theater is performing “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” Wednesday, February 29 through Saturday, March 3. Director Jamie Fuller said the show is called “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged and Revised),”  as the show was recently revised to make it more current.  The show is a whirlwind romp through Shakespeare’s 37 plays in 97 minutes.  You have four quirky guides, a pre-eminent Shakespearian scholar, a goofy actor, an audience member, and the orchestrator who is trying to hold the show together.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30.  Tickets are available at Watson’s Drug Store and Joe’s Java in Greenville for $7.00.  For more information, you may call 664-6550.


The Greenville Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, February 27, at 7:00 p.m. has been cancelled.  The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 26.


Two Mulberry Grove High School Juniors have been successful in a sport very popular out west.  Both girls compete in different rodeo events and have competed since they were very young.  Abbi Goodin told WGEL she likes team roping and breakaway roping and really likes to meet new people.  Abbi said roping takes talent and she is very competitive and likes to win. Abbi hopes to get a scholarship to Murray State in Kentucky and has plans to become a teacher.

Amanda Schewe competes in barrels and poles events.  Her favorite event is poles because she believes it requires more skill than barrels.  Amanda said winning is great and she always gets "in the zone" just before she goes in to compete. She does not talk to anybody and has certain things to do.  After the competition is over, however, she loves to hang out with her friends.  Sadly, they do not have poles events in college rodeo, so Amanda is pretty sure her rodeo career will stop after high school.  She still plans to continue to do poles and barrels in different circuits.  The girls were both ranked in the top four at the state competition last year, which allowed them to travel to Wyoming to compete in the national competition.


Robert F. Rabus

Robert F. Rabus, age 86, of Creve Coeur, Missouri, passed away Thursday, February 23 at Charlevoix Healthcare Center in St. Charles, Missouri.  A graveside service for 86 year-old Robert F. Rabus will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Carlyle.  Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Master Sergeant Doyle C. Reynolds

Master Sergeant Doyle C. Reynolds, age 85, of New Baden, passed away Thursday, February 23. A funeral Mass will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. George Catholic Church in New Baden.  Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with full military honors.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.  Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Russell T. Church

Russell T. Church, age 76, of Carlyle, passed away Wednesday, February 22 at Caring First Nursing Home in Breese.  Funeral arrangements for 76 year-old Russell T. Church are pending at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.


SATURDAY - sunny, high 40, low 29

SUNDAY - sunny, high 58, low 35


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guests this week are Ryan Mifflin and Melissa Stricker from Greenville Regional Hospital.  Ryan is the Director of Advancement & Communications at the hospital, while Melissa is a Health Fair Representative.  They’ll talk about the upcoming Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair, some of the tests and information that will be available this year, and how you can pre-register.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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