A traffic accident on I-70  near mile marker 48 claimed three lives Thursday, around 8:49 p.m.  According to the Illinois State Police, Suzette Lee, age 41, of Mulberry Grove, was eastbound when a witness said two deer entered the roadway.  Lee slowed her vehicle to a stop and was struck from behind by a Freightliner semi-truck driven by Dennis Nagle, age 40, of Union, Missouri.  Lee and her two passengers, 6 year-old Vivian Lee and 8 year-old Lillian Lee were all pronounced dead at the scene by the Bond County Coroner.  Nagle received minor injuries and was treated at Greenville Regional Hospital.    


22 additional counties have been declared federal disaster areas in Illinois.  In our area, this means Jersey, Madison, and Monroe Counties are now eligible for low-interest federal loans.  State-wide, 48 counties have been designated federal disaster areas.  The USDA is still assessing drought-related damages in 54 other counties.  Governor Quinn recently sent a letter to US Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack requesting all remaining Illinois counties be designated federal disaster areas.  Statewide precipitation has only been 13.54 inches this year, making it the second driest start to a year on record.



The American Farm Heritage Museum’s Heritage Days are this weekend and they have a great lineup of bands and musicians to entertain you. Virgil Straeter said Friday, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., local musician Diana Starr will perform playing the baby grand piano.  From 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Glenda Morgan, from Greenville, will teach people how to square dance.  Saturday, the Bone Tones of Belleville will play from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., the Nice and Easy band play dance & variety music,  and the Battle Creek Country Band will play from 5:00 - 8:00. Sunday, the variety dance band Variety Men will play from 9:00 a.m. - noon and the Christ Tally Trio from New Athens will entertain with blue grass music from noon - 3:00 p.m. Virgil thanks the local businesses who helped sponsor these bands.


According to the Bond County Health Department, Bond County had its first mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus.  Bond County Health Department Environmental Health Director Penny Dixon said mosquito testing showed West Nile Virus is in mosquitoes in the Bond County area but there are no cases of human infection at this time.  Human infection usually occurs approximately 17 days after the disease is detected in mosquitoes.  To avoid being infected, be sure to reduce your exposure to the insects by staying indoors or wearing bug spray whenever you must go outside.  Remove areas in and around your home where mosquitoes can breed, such as bird baths or any other standing water.  If you begin to feel symptoms such as a fever, nausea, or vomiting, contact your local physician.  For more information, call Penny at the Health Department at 664-1442, extension 135.


The Globe Theater in Greenville is going digital.  Dave Willey said they will be switching from film to all digital movies.  This will allow them to provide different content and have a much better image on the screen.  Dave said technology is moving forward all the time and by 2013 there will not be any film available.  The new system will be in use beginning Friday, July 27th.  For more information, call the theater at 664-4400.

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Loretta H. “Toots” Shoendienst

Loretta H. “Toots” Shoendienst, age 83, of Germantown, passed away Wednesday, July 25 at Aviston Countryside Manor.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Church in Germantown.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to St. Boniface Church or Cemetery Fund, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ronald A. “Ron” Boschelli   

Ronald A. “Ron” Boschelli, age 80, of Highland, passed away Monday, July 23 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., at Highland Community Church.  Burial will be in Salem UCC Cemetery in Alhambra.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Meredith Funeral Home and Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Highland Community Church.

Woodrow L. Murphy

Woodrow L. Murphy, age 72, of Pierron, passed away Wednesday, July 25 in Pierron.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Friends may call Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Janet Baumann     

Janet Baumann, age 71, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, July 25 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services for 71 year-old Janet Baumann are Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel.  Burial is in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery also in Hamel.  Friends may call Friday (today), from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, St. Paul Lutheran Church, or the Siteman Cancer Center-Caring Bridge Organization.


SATURDAY - sunny, high 92, low 68

SUNDAY - partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers & thunderstorms, high 92, low 71


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Tom’s guest this week is Deb Lanham Supervisor of Assessments in Bond County.  Tom and Deb will discuss Farmland assessments and Flood Debasements.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio. 

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