04-17-2012

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RED BUD LOTTERY WINNER TO BE PUBLICLY REVEALED SOON

The famous Red Bud, Illinois lottery winner is to be revealed this week.  Lottery officials say they will present the check to the new multi-millionaire tomorrow.  It has been more than two weeks since the person hit all five numbers plus the Mega ball in a record breaking 655 million dollar jackpot.  The Illinois winner will split the jackpot with two others to take home about 219 million dollars before taxes.


WEATHER ALLOWING EARLY FARMING ACTIVITY

Having just experienced the warmest March on record, local farmers are far ahead of their normal schedule regarding planting and other activities.  We spoke with Bond County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Marshall regarding how this year compares with normal years. Ron told WGEL it is hard to say what is normal anymore when it comes to the weather.  Ron has spoken with a lot of farmers this year and they cannot recall a year quite like the one we are experiencing now.  There was virtually no winter, March felt more like May, and April started out being a little bit on the dry side.  Ron said they are always looking out for these things.  All over the Corn Belt, farmers have begun putting their corn in the ground.  Ron reminds everyone to stay safe when traveling on back roads, as many farmers will be driving large, slow-moving equipment.


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THE WILDEY THEATRE AND WGEL RADIO WANT TO SEND YOU TO SEE RONNIE MCDOWELL

The Wildey Theatre and WGEL Radio want to send you to see country music legend Ronnie McDowell, live in concert for one night only in downtown Edwardsville, Saturday, May 12.  WGEL has ten tickets to giveaway and four of those are in the third row.  Starting Monday, April 23, be listening and when you hear Ronnie McDowell’s hits "Watching Girls Go By" or "Older Women," be the fifth caller and you will win a free pair of tickets to the great Wildey Theatre in downtown Edwardsville to see Ronnie McDowell, Saturday, May 12, at 8:00 p.m.  Don’t miss hearing Ronnie on WGEL for your chance to win and don’t miss seeing him live at the Wildey Theatre May 12. Go to www.wildeytheatre.com for more information and to order tickets.  And starting Monday, April 23, when you hear one of the two Ronnie McDowell hits on WGEL, be the fifth caller and you are a winner from WGEL Radio and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville.     


BOND COUNTY BOARD TO MEET TUESDAY NIGHT

The Bond County Board is set to meet Tuesday night at the courthouse.  Items on the agenda include announcing an opening on the Board of Review and setting salaries for elected officials.  Our Common Ground has requested to use the courthouse lawn for a DIY Street Fair June 16 and for the Autumn Art Walk September 28.   


GREENVILLE CITY-WIDE YARD SALE

The first ever Greenville city-wide yard sale is set for Friday – Sunday, May 18, 19, and 20.  The City of Greenville is coordinating the event and will provide maps showing locations, hours, and some items available at participating residences.  There is no cost to participate or to be included on the map.  Registration forms will be available at the Greenville Municipal Building, Chamber of Commerce Office, or the Greenville Public Library.  The form may also be found on the city’s website.  Forms must be returned to the municipal building by 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 14 to be included on the map.  Maps will be available Monday, May 17.  For more information, call 664-1644.


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KASKASKIA COLLEGE NAMED 2012 TREE CAMPUS USA COLLEGE

The Arbor Day Foundation named Kaskaskia College a Tree Campus USA for 2012 for its dedication to campus forestry management.  Tree Campus USA is a national program honoring colleges, universities, and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.  Kaskaskia College scheduled two Arbor Day events this year.  Thursday, April 26 an event is planned for the Vandalia Campus and Friday, April 27 there is an event at the KC Main Campus.  Both events start at 11:00 a.m. For more information on these events, call Suzanne at 545-3069.

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OBITUARIES

Gary Kniepmann

Gary A. Kniepmann, age 55, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, April 15 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, also in Pierron. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to the St. Nicholas Church in Pocahontas.

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