Governor Pat Quinn announced that he will request that the USDA expand drought relief efforts to include seven additional Illinois counties, including Bond County, bringing the total number up to 33 southern Illinois counties. Counties must demonstrate crop reduction losses of 30% or more to qualify for disaster relief funds. Farmers in USDA disaster-designated areas can seek assistance from the Farm Service Agency, including emergency loans. The governor also called for the Federal Congress to finish its work on the Farm Bill which includes assistance for crops and livestock. In addition to USDA relief, the governor along with the Illinois Finance Authority will partner with local banks to provide four programs statewide to accelerate support to eligible farmers. The governor also launched drought.illinois.gov which provides information on the drought and related information. A combination of hot and dry weather has made the first half of 2012 in Illinois the sixth driest on record with an average of just 12.6 inches of rain from January to June.


The Greenville High School FFA recently travelled to Springfield to participate in the FFA Illinois State Convention.  While there, they received several awards.  We spoke with Greenville High School’s FFA Advisor, Steve Zimmerman, about some of the honors that they received. Steve told WGEL that there was a very large crowd at the convention.  The Greenville Chapter was a National Chapter Award Winner, which involves three different areas: student development, chapter development, and community development.   The Greenville Chapter earned first place in each of these three areas.  They also received the Bankers Plaque, which is for the top chapter in the section.  Steve went on to add that they were Gold Emblem on cooperative activities and heritage activities programs.  They were also recognized for foundation collection and their sweepstakes award.  Finally, they received the Sentry Challenge Award.


At this year’s Illinois State FFA Convention held in Springfield, several members of the Greenville High School FFA received awards and honors for their outstanding work.  Daniel Suess was recognized as a Gold Emblem President for their chapter.  Jessica Ronat participated in the State FFA Chorus and auditioned and was selected to participate in the National FFA Chorus.  Teddy Langham, Brett Woker, and Kayley Woker all received their State FFA Degrees.  They also reorganized their section officers.  Two Greenville Chapter members are now a part of that team; Kayley Woker is the new Section 19 President while Casey Theims is the Vice President.


The 29th Annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair will be held Thursday, July 19th through Saturday, July 21st in the Greenville First Christian Church Family Life Center. Over 30,000 items will be available for purchase and the majority of books at the event will be priced at $1 apiece. All children under 12 will receive a coupon for two free children’s books. All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase medical equipment for Greenville Regional Hospital. The book fair will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. From 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, adults and children over the age of 12 will be charged an “early bird” admission fee of $8. After 5:30 p.m., adults and children over 12 will be charged $4. Children ages 5 to 12 will be charged 50 cents on Thursday. There is no admission fee on Friday or Saturday. On Saturday, books will be half off from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be a close out special from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday that will allow shoppers to fill a grocery bag with books for $5. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, non-profit organizations may take books free of charge.

Prairie Farms


The drought of 2012 has created some exceptional management issues from area livestock producers. University of Illinois Extension Offices from Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties will hold an emergency meeting for area livestock producers on Thursday, July 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Lifelong Learning Center. The program is free. The speaker will be Travis Meteer, U of I Commercial Agricultural Educator. He will discuss Harvesting Methods, Nitrate Concerns, and Animal Performance along with several other topics. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, July 18th by calling (618) 242-0780.




All high school aged boys interested in playing soccer this fall should plan on attending an informational meeting this Wednesday, July 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the Greenville High School cafeteria. Parents are encouraged to attend the meeting with their sons.



Clifford Becker, age 87 of Marine, passed away Sunday, July 15th at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Funeral services for 87 year old Clifford Becker will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the United Church of Christ of Marine. Burial will be in Marine Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and again Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. to service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Marine UCC or Shriner’s Hospital for Children.


Annette Kuhl-Middleton, age 52 of Coffeen, passed away Saturday, July 14th at her residence. Funeral services for 52 year old Annette Kuhl-Middleton will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen. Burial will be in Albers cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


Cindy F. Willeford, age 57 of Greenville, passed away Saturday July 14th at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for 57 year old Cindy F. Willeford will be held Thursday at 11am at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will be in Taylor Cemetery, Pittsburg IL. Friends may call Wednesday from 5-8PM at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions are suggested to The Greenville First Christian Church.


Paul F. Benhoff, age 81 of Breese, passed away Monday, July 16th  at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.  Funeral mass for 81 year old Paul F. Benhoff will be held Thursday at 10AM at St. Rose Catholic Church in St. Rose. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm and Thursday from 8am until 9:30am at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials may be made to St. Rose Parish or Mater Dei High School.

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