BOND COUNTY TRANSIT RIBBON CUTTING
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Friday afternoon at the new Bond County Transit building on Bowman Industrial Drive in Greenville. Anna Oestreich, Director of the Bond County Senior Center, told WGEL that this is an exciting time for them. Oestreich said they started this project in 2009. She added that it is exciting to see the conclusion of the process and to be able to serve the community through the new facility. Bond County Transit helps many people throughout the community by providing access to education, employment, medical services, nutrition, and shopping.
SMITHBORO RESPONDS TO TRUCK FIRE SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Smithboro Fire fighters responded to a truck fire Saturday afternoon in the 1800 block of Trapper Avenue at 1:39PM. According to fire chief Dale Deverick the fire was in a pick-up truck that the owner had just gotten home from driving, the driver went inside and came back out about ten minutes later to find the truck on fire. The truck was not running when it caught fire and no one was hurt. The truck was a complete loss with the engine, dash and interior all catching fire. The exact cause of the fire was undetermined but Deverick said the truck could have become home to a birds nest, or something similar, that caught fire since it was not driven very often.
LANE CLOSURES ON INTERSTATE 70
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there will be lane closures in the east and westbound lanes of Interstate 70, beginning today from the I-55/70/270 interchange to Illinois Rt. 127. Workers will be removing and replacing damaged pavement. Lane restrictions will be in place Monday through Thursday each week and the work should be completed by mid-September. Please be patient, reduce your speed, obey all warning signs, and use additional caution through this work zone. For more information, call 346-3351.
GARAGE FIRE RESULTS IN TOTAL LOSS IN DONNELLSON
Shoal Creek firemen responded to a garage fire in the 400 block of Mary Street in Donnellson at approximately 1:30 Friday afternoon. The garage was a total loss and the homeowner received minor burns but was not taken to a hospital. The Greenville and Taylor Springs Fire Departments provided mutual aid in the form of tankers and manpower. Crews were on the scene for about 90 minutes.
MULBERRY GROVE PHONE LINES DOWN SEVERAL HOURS FRIDAY
Telephone lines in Mulberry Grove were down for about 4 hours Friday afternoon. A fiber optic line was cut around noon during some excavation work near the railroad tracks in Mulberry Grove. Telephone service was restored by about 4 p.m. During the time lines were down, firemen and other officials manually observed the 9-1-1 lines in Mulberry Grove, in the event of an emergency call.
GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST THE CADETS
Greenville High School will host The CADETS, a 10-time Drum Corps International world champion marching band, today.
Nearly 200 students, staff, volunteers, and drivers will spend just under 12 hours at the high school. Greenville High School Band Director Ryan Thomason told WGEL that the performers will be arriving at the high school at approximately 2:00 a.m. They will rehearse on the football field from approximately 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend the rehearsal.
In addition to performing at Greenville High School, The CADETS will also hold a public performance at around 2 p.m. at the DeMoulin Brothers factory on South Fourth Street. DeMoulin Brothers & Company is the official uniform sponsor of The CADETS. According to DeMoulin’s Vice President of Sales Steve Trull, the CADETS will give a performance on the DeMoulins grounds, or the adjoining parking lot. The public is invited to attend the free performance.
James A. “Jim” Westman
James A. “Jim” Westman, age 79 of Carlyle, passed away on Friday at Carlyle Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Burial will be in Carlyle Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospital for Children.
Mr. Westman was born on March 26, 1934, in Centralia, Illinois, a son of James A. “Al” and Carrie Westman. He married his wife Peggy on July 27, 1979, in Mt. Vernon and she survives in Carlyle.
Also surviving are 6 daughters – Laura Fauke and husband John of Carlyle; Dee Cordell of Everett, Washington; Wendy Wilcoxon and husband Doug of Danville, Indiana; Gayle Wohlert and husband Bill of McHenry, Illinois; Ellie Chin and husband Ken of Atlanta, Georgia and Jeanie Hanks and husband Andrew of Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania; 2 step-daughters – Vicki Tallchief and husband Tim of Jones, Oklahoma and Kathy Griffin of Carlyle; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Jim is also survived by 2 sisters-in-law – Alice Westman and Exie Harvey, both of Mt. Vernon; a brother-in-law – Eddie Jordan and wife Pat of Paducah, Kentucky and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents – James A. “Al” and Carrie Westman; and infant son – Bruce A. Westman; a step son-in-law – Larry Griffin; 2 brothers – Charles Westman and Harold Harvey and a sister – Eva Morris.
Mr. Westman was the claims training coordinator for Country Mutual Insurance Company for 41 years. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in the Korean War. Jim was a former member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners.
VERENA B. BRANDT
Verena B. Brandt, age 81 of Carlyle, died on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Highland Healthcare Center in Highland, Illinois.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 P.M. on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Monday from 4:30 P.M. until service time.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be received at Zieren Day Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brandt was born in Bartelso, Illinois on May 23, 1932, a daughter of John and Henrietta (Beer) Loepker. She married Ernest W. “Bill” Brandt, Jr. August 25, 1951, and he preceded her in death on January 18, 1992.
Verena is survived by a son – Terry Brandt and wife Connie of Posey; 3 daughters – Wanda Holle of Posey, Darlene Brandt of Highland and Renee Stweart of Black Mountain, Arizona; 5 grandchildren – Michael, Michelle, Christopher, Phillip and Amanda; and 7 great grandchildren – Gage, Willie, Jennifer, Niekin, Dakota, Kaden, Neaven and Chase. Also surviving are 4 sisters – Florence Pry and husband Dick of Belleville; Bertha Nash and husband Bob of Oneida, Tennessee; Edna Zika of Edwardsville, Illinois and Ruth Ann Porter and husband Dick of Taylorville, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents – John and Henrietta Loepker; her husband – Ernest W. Brandt, Jr. and a brother – Stanley “Corky” Loepker.
Mrs. Brandt had worked at Marine Garment Factory and at Charles Todd Uniform Company, both in Highland.
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