08-06-2012

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LARGE CROWD GATHERS FOR BOND COUNTY FAIR DEMO DERBY


The Demolition Derby was Saturday night at the Bond County Fair and there was a big crowd.  Winners in this year’s derby in the Stock Division were first to Geno Fizzel, second to Steven Neuman and third to Shane Pommer.  In the 80's and Newer Division, first place went to Dave Jackson, second to Erin Tolley and third to Scott Doll.  In the Compact Division, first went to Kerry Kehrer, second to Matt Loecker, and third to Seth Strotheide. 


TENSE MOMENTS AT DEMO DERBY

There were some tense moments at Saturday night’s Bond County Fair Demo Derby.  One driver’s vehicle was struck in the side by another contestant, a common occurrence during a demo derby.  But after this particular collision the driver became pinned in his vehicle, unable to get out.  Greenville Firemen are also present at the Demo Derby just in case something like this happens.  Firemen were able to quickly cut away part of the car and free Ryan Stock who was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 


GREENVILLE WEEKEND RAIN TOTALS

Greenville received a little rain Saturday night. Here are the rain totals as recorded Sunday morning. Fifteen hundredths of an inch were recorded at the Sewer Plant and also at Idler Lane and Rt. 140, 23hundredths at the station on Sixth Street, and here at the WGEL Studio, we showed three tenths of an inch.


CENTRALIA ANIMAL LAB REMAINING OPEN FOR TESTING

The Centralia Animal Disease Lab could potentially stay open for a while longer.  Ron Marshall at the Bond County Farm Bureau said the Centralia Ag Lab will remain open for various ag-related testing, including aflatoxin and nitrate testing.  They were originally scheduled to close Friday, August 31.  Governor Quinn had selected the Lab, in addition to several other state-run facilities, to close in an attempt to save money.  A decision was made, however, to keep the facility open a while longer.  Farmers will need this testing this year, considering the extreme drought the area has been experiencing. 

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MONDAY ACTIVITIES AT THE BOND COUNTY FAIR

Today is Senior Citizen Day at the Bond County Fair, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  The Carnival opens at 6:00 p.m. and ride armbands will be available for $20.00.  The 4-H auction begins at 6:00 and at 7:00, lovely ladies of Bond County will compete in the 2012 Bond County Little Miss and Queen Pageant.  Come visit the WGEL booth to guess the number of seeds in this year’s watermelon.  There is something for everyone at the Bond County Fair.


GREENVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED TO TREE AND BRUSH FIRE

Greenville Firefighters responded Friday, at 10:11 a.m., to the scene of a fire on Quail Hollow Road in Greenville. According to the fire report, someone was burning some trees and brush.  The county wide ban on burning is still in place so firefighters extinguished the flames. There were no injuries.  Firefighters were on the scene about 50 minutes.er

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NEW LIBERTY SHOP COMING TO GREENVILLE

A new Liberty Trading Shop will be opening in Greenville soon.  WGEL’s Susan Hulvey spoke with Tony Flowers who said they will buy and sell coins. They will also have guns but due to licensing reasons, they will not be able to sell them at the Greenville location.  They plan to open their new Greenville location Wednesday, August 15.


8TH ANNUAL AUTUMN ARTWALK LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

The 8th annual Our Common Ground Autumn Artwalk will be Friday, September 28, from 5:00 - 11:00 p.m.  Martha Sussenbach said this year the art walk will incorporate many different elements.  She said they need volunteers to set up tables, chairs, and stages, a computer technician who can assist with graphics, volunteers to sit in for the artists so they can enjoy the event, and helpers to assist with cleanup following the event.  Approximately 2,500 people attended the Artwalk last year.  For more information, or to volunteer, email Martha at martharad@yahoo.com.

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OBITUARIES

Ann Buckingham

Ann Buckingham, age 87, of East Alton, formerly of Pocahontas, passed away Saturday, August 4 in Alton.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights.  Burial will be in Sunset Hills in Glen Carbon.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Dakota W. Stief

Dakota W. Stief, age 21, of north of Greenville, passed away Thursday, August 2 at St. Louis University Hospital.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Holly Harvey

Holly Harvey, age 40, of Hillsboro, passed away Friday, August 3 at Hillsboro Area Hospital.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Memorials are suggested to the Montgomery County Cancer Association, Coffeen Food Pantry, or the Luck & Buck Saddle Club.

McKinley Sizemore

McKinley Sizemore, age 89, of Keyesport, passed away Friday, August 3 at his residence.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Wisetown Baptist Church.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery west of Keyesport, with military honors.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the Wisetown Baptist Church.

Norbert T. Wilke

Norbert T. Wilke, age 78, of St. Rose, passed away Friday, August 3.  A funeral Mass will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church.  Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to St. Rose Parish or in the form of Masses.


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