Thursday, June 14, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics begins in Greenville.  Danny Kessinger said the run starts at 10:30 a.m. at Southwestern Electric.  The route leads to McDonalds on Rt. 127, up Harris Avenue, ending at the Bond County Courthouse.  There will be food and merchandise available and all proceeds go to the Illinois Special Olympics.  The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting the Special Olympics of Illinois.  The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than 22 million dollars over 25 years while increasing awareness for Special Olympics athletes and their accomplishments.  The only requirement is that runners must purchase a t-shirt which they will wear during the run.  If you would like to participate, call the Special Olympics Office in Highland at 654-6680.


Greenville Firefighters responded Wednesday, at 5:49 p.m., to a report of a fire at a residence on Blue Street.  According to the fire report, the cause of the fire was a bad burner in a barbeque grill which caused a hose from the LP tank to catch fire.  The grill was next to the residence and underpinning and insulation caught fire.  Firefighters extinguished the fire and checked for any extension of the fire with a thermal camera.  No injuries were reported and damage is estimated at $1,000.00.  Firefighters were on the scene about 40 minutes.



Beginning June 18, Illinoisans with newer cell phones will get automatic weather alerts.  Meteorologist Thomas Spriggs at the National Weather Service told WGEL that later this month, many cell phone users will be getting wireless emergency alerts over their cell phone.  This is mostly applicable to newer model phones but some other types of phones, such as the iPhone, will be able to apply an update to receive the alerts.  Along with weather warnings, Amber Alerts will also be sent directly to your phone. To opt out of these messages, refer to instructions from your wireless carrier.


Retired and injured horses may soon find a new home, thanks to the Racehorse Alternative Choice Environment program, or RACE.  Lanny Brooks, Executive Director of the Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association told WGEL three years ago, they started transitioning horses that could not run fast enough and had minor injuries.  Lanny presented the program to the Department of Corrections and they thought it was a great idea.  Horses will be brought down to the Vandalia prison, where they will be assigned to an inmate who will care for the horse.   Lanny said the inmates bond with the animals, giving them a reason to live.  Once these inmates are finished with their sentences, Lanny said they will be able to get a job tending horses.  It is beneficial for all parties involved.  Although the project is in its early stages, Lanny said they are hoping to bring horses to the prison by October 1.  If you have any questions about this program, call Lanny at 567-5531.


Kaskaskia College is offering an “Intro to Microsoft Word” course at the Greenville Education Center Saturdays, June 9 and 16, from 10:00 a.m. – noon.  Some computer experience is required.  The cost for students under age 60 is $20.00.  Students age 60 and over may register without charge.  For more information or to register, call 664-9394.


Christine M. Heckelbeck

Christine M. Heckelbeck, age 65, of Breese, passed away Thursday, June 7 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  Funeral prayers will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Carlyle.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Karel Lee Ragsdale

Karel Lee Ragsdale, age 72, of St. Elmo, mother of Lisette Ehret, passed away Tuesday, June 5.  Funeral services will be Sunday at 1:00pm at the Fairview United Methodist Church in rural Avena, IL.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Kull Funeral Home in St. Elmo and Sunday, from 12:00 p.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to The Gideons, Fairview United Methodist Church, or to the Illinois Horsemen Distress Fund.

Raymond G. Meyer

Raymond G. Meyer, age 85, of St. Louis, passed away Wednesday, June 6 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  Private graveside services will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.  Memorials are suggested to the Parkinson Disease Association – St. Louis Chapter, or to the Hand Bell Choir at the United Church of Christ of Marine.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of the arrangements.

Larry L. Shenkel

Larry L. Shenkel, age 72, of rural Pocahontas, passed away Thursday, June 7 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral arrangements for 72 year-old Larry L. Shenkel are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


SATURDAY - sunny, high 90, low 55

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 90, low 70


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Mark Terry, Assistant Director of Consumer Education at the Illinois Department of Insurance.  They will talk about insurance policy gaps and some of the policies you might want to talk over with your insurance agent.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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