On July 3rd a back hoe operator for Hayes Construction accidently broke a water main while backfilling a trench on Harris Avenue.  Brian Hayes, owner of Hayes Construction, was at the Greenville City Council meeting early this week.  Hayes said he came to the city to apologize for the accident and the citywide boil order and home flooding that occurred.  Hayes said that their insurance company reported they’ve been in contact with each home that suffered flooding.  Hayes said he’s felt “sick” about the accident and wanted to residents to know how sorry they were.  City Manager and council members expressed their appreciation for Hayes coming to the meeting and for their response to the accident.

Later in the meeting City Manager Dave Wiley said that the city is reviewing their procedure for using the citywide phone alert system for boil orders.  If you have a cell phone number you would like to add to the telephone list you can do so at www.greenvilleillinois.com.   



The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education will meet Monday, July 15, at 7:00 p.m., in the general office conference room.  The agenda includes bids for tires, gasoline, diesel, and oil; a recommendation from the Building, Grounds & Transportation Committee; a Junior Comet agreement; the 2013-2014 school calendar; and a closed session.


Starting Monday, July 15th, BCMW Community Services will begin taking appointments for the Summer Energy Assistance Program.  The program runs until July 26th or until funding is exhausted.  This program is targeted to “at risk” households, including seniors age 60 and above, households with children 5 years of age or less, those receiving Social Security Disability or SSI, and those with a medical condition.  If you feel your household is eligible, please contact the Bond County office on Monday, July 15th after 8:00 a.m. by calling 664-3309.



Congressman John Shimkus is recovering following non-surgical heart procedures at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  He underwent an electrophysiology test and an ablation.  Doctors expect a full and healthy recovery. 

Shimkus noticed an abnormal heart rhythm and sought medical advice prior to the procedures.  The Congressman will be recuperating at home and will miss all House votes in Washington this week.  In addition, he will be unable to attend a hearing in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy that he chairs.  Shimkus is expected to return to his normal work schedule next week. 

In March 2005, Shimkus had open heart surgery to repair a genetic valve condition.  This heart arrhythmia is also a genetic condition.


Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1625 on Monday, July 1; a new law requiring all Illinois schools to have active safety drills with local law enforcement to ensure they are as prepared as possible in the event of a shooting incident.  School districts are currently required to conduct a minimum of three school evacuation drills, one bus evacuation drill, one law enforcement drill, and one severe weather and shelter-in-place drill.  The new law requires the law enforcement drill include a shooting incident and stipulates that law enforcement officers must participate.  The drill is required in each school building where students are taught and it must occur during the academic year.  The action is part of the governor’s agenda to improve public safety in Illinois.


Jeff D. Leidner

Jeff D. Leidner, age 56 of Hollister, MO, formerly of Greenville, passed away on Sunday at his home in Hollister.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Friends may call on Sunday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Fred “Kirby” Branscome

Fred “Kirby” Branscome, age 76, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Brown Cemetery will full military honors by VFW Post 1377 and American Legion Post 282.  The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday.  Memorials are suggested to Brown Cemetery or the Greenville Comet Football Team.

Fred Kirby, the son of Harry "Gunsmoke" and Estelle Bowman Branscome, was born May 6, 1937 in Stuart, Virginia.  At the age of 10, Kirby and his family moved to Portsmouth, Virginia.  At the age of 17, he joined the United States Airforce.

On June 7, 1958 Kirby and Elaine A. Huber were united in marriage.  They have enjoyed 55 years of marriage.  They moved to Greenville in 1975, he worked for CIPS in Coffeen, Illinois for 22 years. They then retired to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  He loved his grandchildren, enjoyed playing golf, a WWII history buff and loved watching the Greenville Comets and sports.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, his sons: Dale (Jo Ellen) Branscome of Greenville and David Branscome of Pawleys Island, South Caroline.  Also surviving is his father Harry "Gunsmoke" Branscome of Outerbanks, North Caroline, sister Sandra Branscome of Virginia Beach, Virginia and his grandchildren Kort and Kaleb.

Fred is preceded in death by his mother, Estelle Bowman Branscome.


Saturday: Sunny.....High: 84

Sunday: Sunny....High:86


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Adam Winstead, a Community Brand Supervisor with Northstar Destination Strategies.  Adam and Michelle will talk about the community branding project that the City of Greenville is working on, how it will benefit the town, and the community survey that people are invited to take.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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