An accident on I-55 near Collinsville claimed the life of 26 year-old Janelle Schmidt of Highland. Schmidt was southbound on I-55 near the I-255 interchange about 8:25 Friday evening when the car she was in left the roadway to the left and struck a concrete pillar. She was taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville where the Madison County Coroner pronounced her dead at 9:51 p.m. Jason M. Kutz, age 27, of Highland, driver of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala in which Schmidt was riding, was taken to St. Louis University Hospital with serious life-threatening injuries. According to Illinois State Police, Jason M. Kutz has been charged with allegedly driving under the influence of drugs.


The DeMoulin Museum added three new items to its collection of artifacts Friday.  Bruce Webb brought the items and told WGEL he is on a cross-country buying trip looking for unusual antiques.  John Goldsmith contacted Bruce looking for a few items which Bruce happened to have in his possession.  Bruce said it made sense for him to stop by Greenville, visit the museum, meet John in person, and sell him his items.  He said he has a passion for antique initiation items and sees it as beautiful folk art.  It feels like the items are coming home where they should be and he hopes more antique DeMoulin items will find their way back to Greenville.  The three items Webb sold to the Museum were the Knife Throwing Stunt, the Pledge Altar, and the Trick Mirror.  These items may be seen alongside many other DeMoulin artifacts at the museum from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturdays, and Sundays, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

John Goldsmith and Bruce Webb carefully unload the Pledge Altar item from Webb's vehicle.

John Goldsmith demonstrates how the Knife Throwing Stunt worked.

Bruce Webb explains how lodge members used the Trick Mirror.

The Pledge Altar is a paper-mache' skeleton with glowing red eyes that popped out of a wooden stand.


The Marcoot Jersey Creamery is hosting a cheese tasting tour in September.  Laura Wall said the cheese-tasting tour is a great way for folks to learn more about the Marcoot Creamery.  Attendees may see how the cheese is made and sample the fourteen cheeses made at the creamery.  The tour is every Friday in September starting at 10:00 a.m.  and should last approximately 30 minutes. No appointment is needed.  The cost for the tour is $1.00 per person.  For more information, call the creamery at 664-1110.

Prairie Farms


The Shoal Creek Volunteer Fire Department sponsored an American Red Cross Blood drive Thursday, August 30 in Engine House #1 in Sorento.  Twenty-four persons registered with 22 productive units collected.  Fred Houchlei and Sarah Elliot received two-gallon pins.




BCMW will begin making appointments for connected and disconnected households for the 2013 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program September 4.  Only households with someone age 60 and older or currently receiving some form of government disability may make their appointment at this time.  All other disconnected households may make appointments beginning October 3 and all other households may make appointments beginning November 1.  For more information or to make an appointment, the Bond County number is 664-3309.



In a rain and lighting delayed game, the Greenville Comets football team won their second contest of the year Monday night defeating Southwestern Piasa 49 to 21. Friday night the two teams played the first quarter with Greenville in the lead 20 - 0 when lighting from Friday’s storms interrupted the game.  The Comets will next play Saturday, at 7:00 p.m. against Carlinville at Don Stout field.   


In a rain shortened competition, Saturday’s first round of the Jan Nevinger Labor Day Golf Tournament was washed out. Michael Chaney shot two rounds of 69 to win the Championship flight of this year’s tournament. Chaney’s 6 under par total gave him a two stroke advantage over a second place tie between last year’s champion Phil Schildknecht and first time tournament player Mark Gardiner.  A Flight winner was Mike Coling Junior shooting a one over par total of 145. B-Flight winner was a tie between Bob Odle and John Karnoski. C-Flight winner was Kirt Kassell.  Mike Coling Senior won the over 60 year old senior division A Flight with a two day total 6 over par 150 and Lonnie Kessinger was the senior winner of B flight.


Jack R. Klaus

Jack R. Klaus, age 83, of Highland, passed away Saturday, September 1 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland Area Community Foundation, HACSM, Highland VFW, Highland American Legion, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Janelle M. Schmidt

Janelle M. Schmidt, age 26, of Highland, passed away Friday, August 31 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. A Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Janelle M. Schmidt Memorial Fund.

John Hancock

John Hancock, age 64, of Panama, passed away Sunday, September 2 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Funeral services will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Panama United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Panama. Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama. Memorials are suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Lucille E. Higgins

Lucille E. Higgins, age 84, of Edwardsville, passed away Thursday, August 30, at Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville.  Funeral arrangements for 84 year-old Lucille E. Higgins are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

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