The Second Annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show drew a huge crowd to downtown Greenville Saturday.  Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Goldsmith told WGEL it was a great day.  There were 138 registered cars at the event.  In addition to local people from Greenville and Bond County, individuals from Granite City, Mt. Vernon, Alton, Staunton, Trenton, East Alton, Woodriver, Jerseyville, as well as several folks from Missouri attended the event.  Goldsmith said they received several compliments on this year’s featured celebrity Donna Douglas.  The Rams Cheerleaders were a big hit, as was Woody from Toy Story.  Ronnie Rice, of the band New Colony Six, put on a great concert to end the day.  Goldsmith said they are extremely pleased with this year’s event and they will soon begin planning next year’s Graffiti Car Show.

Donna Douglas performing with Craig Baumberger
(Photo courtesy of Owl Creek Gazette)

One of the many classic cars at the 2nd Annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show
(Photo Courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce)

Ronnie Rice of the group New Colony Six
(Photo Courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce)

Woody from Toy Story greeting visitors at Saturday's Event
(Photo Courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce)


Warmer temperatures lead to more people boating on Governor Bond Lake.  Matt Willman, with the city of Greenville, told WGEL each watercraft needs a license.  To get your license you need a copy of your watercraft registration from the state of Illinois, a certificate of insurance signed and filled out by your agent, and the proper fee.  With your license, you will receive a packet of information with rules and regulations for the lake.  Willman encourages you to be familiar with the rules to have a safe and fun summer on the lake.


Thunderstorms bringing more rain and wind moved through the WGEL listening area Monday afternoon and evening.  The storms downed some trees and power poles in the area.  Rt. 140 at Idler Lane was closed for approximately five hours while AT&T made repairs to a downed power pole.  A tree, power pole, and electric lines were down at Chicago and Short Streets. Ameren IP was called to fix the lines.

Rain totals varied over the listening area. A caller living north of Keyesport reported dumping two inches Sunday evening and another three inches after Monday's storms. In Greenville, 1.35 inches were recorded at the Sewer Plant, one inch at the station on Sixth Street, and .98 at Idler Lane and Rt. 140. When combined with the rain Saturday evening and night and Sunday, Greenville showed 2.67 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140 and 2.04 inches at the Sewer Plant and the Sixth Street measuring station.  



The first Hummingbird Festival in Bond County was Saturday at Phil and Kay Stoecklin’s Orchard in Donnellson.  The little bird flies forward or backward leaves the U.S. in the fall to spend the cold months in the Yucatan of Mexico and returns to Illinois in late spring. Hummingbird expert Vern Kleen told the crowd at Saturday’s event the birds travel up to 60 miles an hour.  Kay Stoecklin said she hopes this will become an annual event.  From the large crowd and number of Hummingbirds on hand it’s a pretty good bet the festival will become a tradition at the Stoecklin’s Orchard on Ayres Road near Donnellson.

Vern Kleen, Hummingbird Expert, speaking to Saturday's crowd

The traps used to capture the Hummingbirds.

A couple of Hummingbirds taking a break at one of the feeders.


Congressman John Shimkus is co-sponsoring the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.  Shimkus said, “As a Christian who is 100 percent pro-life, I am saddened by the destruction of human life that continues in our country.  While we cannot outlaw abortion due to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, we certainly should not spend taxpayer funds on it.”  This legislation would establish a government-wide ban on abortion funding which is currently part of the annual appropriations process.  Shimkus also co-sponsored the Health Care Conscience Rights Act which would exempt individuals and health care organizations from the Obamacare mandate to have abortion coverage in insurance or to perform abortions in facilities.  Other pro-life legislation co-sponsored by Shimkus includes the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act prohibiting transportation of a minor across state lines for an abortion and the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act which prohibits family planning funding to organizations that provide abortions.  

Prairie Farms


Greenville Firefighters received 21 calls in May 2013 as indicated by their activity report.  They responded to one structure fire, one vehicle fire, and one trash fire.  The provided mutual aid to one fire, responded to five system malfunction or activation alarms, and one carbon monoxide alarm.  They were called to one spill, four smoke scares, and responded to six other emergency situations.


Elvera “Tootie” Bennyhoff

Elvera “Tootie” Bennyhoff, age 99, of Keyesport, passed away Sunday, June 16, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home in Aviston.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery west of Keyesport.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to McKendree Chapel Cemetery.

Sharon S. Vandervort

Sharon S. Vandervort, age 65, of Mulberry Grove, formerly of Decatur, passed away Sunday, June 16, at her home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.  Burial will be in Mulberry Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family or to Hospice.

Jane Wilkinson Shepherd

Jane Wilkinson Shepherd, age 70, of Alhambra, passed away Sunday, June 16, at her home.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 1:00 p.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Friends may call Thursday, from noon until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Louis American Parkinson's Disease Association.

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