Reverend James D. Howie recently retired after nearly 60 years of serving as the sole pastor for six rural churches simultaneously.  Reverend Howie told WGEL he never felt called to preach anywhere else.  He likes the small community atmosphere and the people who live here.  Howie said he loved getting to know several generations of the same family.  The churches of the Parish of the Open Door will honor Reverend Howie Saturday, January 12, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Community Center in Butler. Everyone is invited.


Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman, soldier, scholar, and expert in the field of human aggression, will speak about keeping our schools and children safe, at the New Baden American Legion, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 15.  New Baden Police Officer Jeff Mavrogeorge said Lt. Colonel Grossman is one of the best speakers he has ever witnessed.  He is incredibly well informed in the areas of school safety and the safety of children.  Officer Mavrogeorge said there are several things schools and administrators can do to help keep children safe.  Lieutenant Colonel Grossman is a former West Point psychology professor, professor of military science, and an Army Ranger who has combined his experiences to become the founder of a new field of study termed “killology” which includes contributions to our understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, and the root causes of the current levels of violent crime in our world.  The presentation is sponsored by the New Baden Police Department’s DARE/Safe Kids program and is open to the public.



The Lincoln Land Leathernecks Marine Corps League Detachment 1174 officers’ installation banquet was Saturday, January 5, at the Greenville VFW Post.  Motivational speaker James H. Sperry USMC / retired, was the guest speaker.  2013 officers are Commandant – Daniel E. Betts of Pocahontas, Sr. Vice Commandant – Gregory G. Stoff of Highland, Jr. Vice Commandant - Ray Hughes of Sorento, Judge Advocate – John W. McAdams of Edwardsville, Adjutant – Herbert I. Knobelock Jr. of Mascoutah, Paymaster – Jim C. Price of Greenville, Chaplain – Roger D. Holtgrave of Trenton, and Sergeant-at-Arms – Richard W. Niepert of Mulberry Grove.  Daniel E. Betts received the Detachment Marine of the Year Award.



The Bond County Relay for Life is September 13 with the theme “Super Heroes.”  This year, the event will surpass the $1,000,000.00 mark in total funds raised.  The kick-off for the Relay for Life is Saturday, January 26, at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Breakfast will be served from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., followed by a dessert auction.  To join a team or form a new team, call Katie at 704-9009.


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will kick off the cookie program Friday through Sunday, January 11-13, during the first Cookie Booth Weekend of the season.  At these booths, customers may purchase cookies directly from girls at various locations.  Traditional cookie orders will be taken Saturday, January 12 through February 2.  Greenville area Girl Scouts are hosting an information night Monday, January 14, at 6:00 p.m., at the Bradford National Bank Community Room so girls in grades K-5 may learn more about Girl Scouts. 


Donald D. Carroll, Sr.

Donald D. Carroll, Sr., age 83, of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, January 9, at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Hitz Memorial Home or to the family.

Larry Whetstone

Larry Whetstone, age 70, of Vandalia, passed away Thursday, January 10, at Fayette County Hospital.  Funeral arrangements for 70 year-old Larry Whetstone are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.

Richard A. Isert  

Richard A. Isert, age 92, of Highland, passed away Thursday, January 10, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral arrangements for 92 year-old Richard A. Isert are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


SATURDAY - mostly cloudy 50% chance of rain in afternoon, high 55 --- rain, sleet, & snow Saturday night, low 28

SUNDAY - mostly cloudy with chance of flurries, high 30, low15


Tune in to Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Dr. Anne Borwick from Greenville Regional Hospital.  According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, since October, nearly 150 people have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with influenza like illness. There have also been six flu-related deaths.  Michelle and Dr. Borwick will talk about the flu and some easy ways you may keep yourself from getting sick.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.

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