The Division 58 emergency light tower is in use in Harrisburg.  According to Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, the light tower was deployed Wednesday to be used in the rescue and clean-up efforts following the early morning tornadoes that hit the town.  Volkmar said approximately 15-20 light towers are in use in Harrisburg from fire department divisions in Illinois.  Division 58 includes all fire departments in Bond County and the Mulberry Grove Department provides storage for the light tower.  This is the third time the tower has been used for a disaster and it will remain in Harrisburg as long as needed.  The tower is 25 feet tall with four lights powered by a generator.  The generator is also large enough to power not only the four lights but also other emergency equipment or buildings.



Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters were dispatched Wednesday at 8:26 a.m. to a report of a car fire on Academy Street in Pocahontas.  According to Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Chief Kendall Brink, the fire was in a pickup truck and had been extinguished by the time firefighters arrived.  Firefighters were on the scene about 15 minutes.


Dr. Robert “Ish” Smith, a Greenville resident, was recently recognized by the International Baseball Federation for his contributions to the sport.  Dr. Smith said the International Baseball Association governs the Olympics and all international baseball play.  The organization was holding its first congress in the USA since Dr. Smith was involved with their group.  Dr. Smith had been invited to attend the meeting and give a small presentation about the history of the organization during the time he was involved with it but he was unable to attend, and found out later when he received a large plaque in the mail they had intended to honor him at the meeting for his years of contribution to international baseball.  Dr. Smith said he was honored to receive the award.  Dr. Smith served as president of the International Baseball Association for 13 years and also was president of Greenville College.


McKay Napa Auto Parts has been having their Ag Days celebrations in several stores in the area.  WGEL’s Mike Greenwood spoke with McKay Napa Auto Parts Vice President Earl Flack at one of the events. Flack told Greenwood they had another successful celebration and added Greenville back to the list this year. They currently have 18 stores. They have remodeled the Greenville store and doubled the space and inventory.  Flack said although they call them "Farm Days," the celebrations are really about customer appreciation.  


Wilma D. Henss

Wilma D. Henss, age 91, of New Baden, passed away Wednesday, February 29.  A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. George Catholic Church in New Baden.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Trenton.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.  Memorials are suggested to the Nazareth Home, Mater Dei High School, or to the Special Olympics.

Lucille E. Gramann

Lucille E. Gramann, age 87, of Germantown, passed away Thursday, March 1 at Countryside Manor in Aviston.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Church in Germantown.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Monday, from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to St. Boniface Church, Mater Dei High School, or VNA TIP Hospice.

Marllyn S. Johnson

Marllyn S. Johnson, age 85, of Highland, passed away Thursday, March 1.  Funeral arrangements for 85 year-old Marllyn S. Johnson are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


SATURDAY - mostly sunny, high 43, low 29

SUNDAY - partly sunny with chance of flurries before 11:00 a.m. then chance of rain, high 47, low 29


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guests this week is Dr. Sandra Lang, an accounting professor at McKendree University and the Chair of the School of Business.  They’ll talk about why someone would commit fraud, how small businesses can detect and prevent fraud, and some easy controls that you can set in place to protect your business.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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