Vandalia Firefighters and Police responded Thursday, at 10:30 a.m., to Donaldson Auto Salvage, near Graham Packaging on Illini Avenue, in response to a report of a fire.  According to Vandalia Fire Chief Ed Taylor, employees were working in the shop and accidentally started a fire.  The fire grew, causing several explosions and extensive damage.  There were no injuries but the building is a total loss.  Ramsey and Brownstown Firefighters provided mutual aid.  Firefighters were on the scene approximately three hours.



This weekend, amateur radio operators from the Okaw Valley Amateur Radio Club will join thousands of other amateurs showing their emergency capabilities.  WGEL’s Michelle Edwards spoke with two of Bond County’s youngest operators, or “Hams”, Alexis James and Emily Unterbrink about how they got into this fun hobby. 11 year-old Emily was introduced to Amateur Radio when John King came to her school and talked to them. 10 year-old Alexis’ sister is an amateur radio operator and this sparked Alexis’ interest. 

Saturday, June 23, Field Day starts at noon and the girls will join other OVARC members to see how many contacts they can make.  Field Day is at Patriot’s Park and continues until 11:00 a.m. Sunday, June 24.  There’s a Get-on-the-Air station where members of the public are welcome to come and attempt to make contacts.  When an emergency occurs, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Radio.  To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org.

Alexis James and Emily Unterbrink holding up the poster for the 2012 Field Day at Patriot's Park.


Friday, June 15, Governor Quinn signed several new bills into law in an attempt to reform the state’s Medicaid program.  As a result, the Illinois Cares RX program will be cut as of July 1.  Anna Oestreich from the Bond County Senior Center recommends that those on prescription medication should go to their pharmacy and purchase a 90 day supply of their medications for any chronic conditions. This will allow time to speak with a counselor and decide what steps to take. She also suggested to call the senior center and make an appointment to come in and speak with one of their counselors who have been trained by the Department of Insurance.  They will address each case individually.  To schedule an appointment with one of the counselors at the Bond County Senior Center, call 664-1465.


Ben Kettlekamp dedicated many years of service to the Bond County Habitat for Humanity.  Ben’s term as the Habitat Board President recently ended and he decided not to serve again.  New Board President Larry Sayler told WGEL the first organizational meeting for the Bond County Habitat for Humanity was ten years ago this spring.  Ben Kettlekamp talked with other individuals about habitat and decided to call a meeting to see how many people might really be interested.  The first meeting was at the Bradford Bank Community room and more than 60 people attended.  Larry said they really appreciate Ben’s efforts. 

Ben has been President or Vice President of Bond County Habitat for nine of the past ten years.  During this time, he also served as President for Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity, a six-county umbrella organization to which Bond County.  Ben is no longer on the board but he plans to remain very active with the organization.  In the past ten years, Bond County Habitat for Humanity built six homes with an average cost of $50,000.00 per home.  If you have any questions, call Eric Waterson at 322-0080.


Gary Pejakovic 

Gary Pejakovic, age 47, of Alhambra, passed away Tuesday, June 19 at his residence.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Grace Folkers

Grace Folkers, age 98, formerly of Coffeen, passed away Thursday, June 21, at Montgomery Nursing & Rehab.  Funeral arrangements for 98 year-old Grace Folkers are incomplete at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.

Martha E. Jenner

Martha E. Jenner, age 86, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, June 20 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri.  Funeral services will be Monday, at noon at Mt. Nebo Church.  Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Mt. Nebo Church, or to Bond County Hospice.  The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mattie L. Burton

Mattie L. Burton, age 70 of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, June 19 at Helia Healthcare in Greenville.  Funeral arrangements for 70 year-old Mattie L. Burton are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


SATURDAY - sunny, high 89, low 65

SUNDAY - sunny, high 94, low 71


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on WGEL Radio.  June is Dairy Month and Tom’s guests this week are local dairy farmer Frank Doll and Joyce Fickri with the Dairy Council.  They will discuss why it is important for everyone to get their daily dose of dairy and the importance of dairy farming to our area and the state.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on WGEL Radio. 

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