Greenville Firefighters responded early this morning, at 12:59, to a fire alarm in an apartment on Crown Road.  According to the fire report, a bathroom ventilation fan locked up causing a small fire in the ceiling.  Firefighters extinguished the fire, cleared smoke from the building, and removed the fan.  Damage is estimated at approximately $1,000.00.  No injuries were reported.  Firefighters were on the scene about an hour.


The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary recently honored Alan Gaffner for his many years of service. 
Auxiliary President Boyd Vieregge told WGEL the Auxiliary wanted to recognize Gaffner for his 33 years of dedicated service to the group.  They presented Gaffner a plaque at a meeting held at Cunettos. 

Vieregge said people may not realize how much work, time, and energy Gaffner put into the organization, noting that Gaffner often put in 14- or 16-hour days while working for the betterment of the hospital. 

Vieregge also added that although the Auxiliary is going through some changes, they have no plans to cancel any fundraisers or events.


The Jumpstart program at Kaskaskia College allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to receive a 50% discount in tuition for up to four credit hours at KC.  Students are accountable for remaining tuition costs as well as fees and textbooks.  Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2013 semester.  There will be a special registration station at the Greenville Education Center this afternoon from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  For more information, call 545-3040.



Governor Pat Quinn recently signed into law the Adult Protective Services Act, which includes some of the nation’s strongest safeguards to protect older adults and those with disabilities. 

The new law follows nationally-recognized best practices by creating an Adult Protective Services Unit within the Department on Aging, which will be responsible for investigating all suspected cases of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, promptly referring them to law enforcement. 

The legislation requires special training for all individuals involved in the care and treatment of the elderly and adults with disabilities; creates a Statewide Fatality Review Team that will have the authority to investigate suspicious deaths; and strengthens protection for older adults by requiring care providers to screen new hires through the Department of Public Health’s Health Care Worker Registry.

The legislation goes into effect immediately, with several new provisions taking effect January 1, 2014.

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Dr. Ivan Filby recently took office as Greenville College’s 12th President.
According to Dr. Filby, many students believe that a degree from a university holds more weight than a degree from a college.  Dr. Filby told WGEL that he would like to explore all of the different options that Greenville College has as far as converting to university status.

Dr. Filby also said that Greenville College has many strong programs, such as Music Business, Audio Engineering, and Digital Media.  Dr. Filby said that he would like to see these exciting, creative, technological industries emphasized in a way that creates a national draw.

Dr. Filby said that great things come from both Greenville and the college, and that it is an exciting place to live and work.

The fall semester begins at Greenville College on Wednesday, August 28.

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Congressman John Shimkus voted for two bills to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, for business and individuals.  Both bills passed the House with bipartisan support.  The Authority for a Mandate Delay Act, HR 2667, officially would delay the employer mandate one year to December 21, 2014.  The Fairness for American Families Act, HR 2668, would delay the individual mandate from 2014 to 2015.


Red Ball Trail will be closed Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., for oiling.  The road will be closed from Rt. 140 to the Wooden Bridge.

Millersburg Road, from Rt. 143 to Interstate 70, will be closed Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., for oiling. 

No detour routes will be available.


Linda Lee Siddell

Linda Lee Siddell, 73, of Carlyle, passed away on Sunday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Huey United Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Carlyle Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Zierren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Memorials are suggested to Huey Methodist Church, American Cancer Society, or Heartland Hospice.

Linda Siddell was born on August 26, 1939, in Centralia, IL, a daughter of James H. and Mildred (Kalkbrenner) Merten. She married Walter Bradford Siddell on December 24, 1954, and he preceded her in death on February 13, 2010. They raised 6 children on a dairy farm in Huey and worked together at Siddell Grain Bins. She was a 4-H leader, a member of Homemakers and of the Tucson Quilt Guild. Linda was a long-standing member of the Huey Methodist Church. Linda loved to quilt, travel, read, play piano, watch the Cardinals and spend time with her family. She will be remembered by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren for her loving influence in their lives and for encouraging an interest in music, reading and creating beautiful things. Her love of life and family, her patience and kindness and her positive outlook will be with us forever.

Linda is survived her children: Kathryn Thole and husband Mike of Carlyle, Illinois, Janice Broom and husband Patrick of Tucson, Arizona, Sam Siddell and wife Angelia of Huey, Illinois, James Siddell and wife Carla of Waunakee, Wisconsin, Karen Avoletta and husband Richard of Quincy, Illinois and Laura Oehmke and husband Mitch of Effingham, Illinois. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Stephanie (Craig) Richter, Susan (Mike) Howard, Kenneth Siddell, Melinda (Carl) Wicklander, Alyssa (Bowen) Best, Carl (Brooke) Siddell, Emily (Jon) Brough, Stacie Thole (fiancé Dennis Perez), Glen Broom, Lewis Avoletta, Katherine Siddell (fiancé Todd Franzen), Stephen Thole, Timothy Broom, Elisabeth (Jeff) Withrow, Dean Siddell, Ellen Avoletta, Lindi Oehmke, Neal Siddell, Victoria Siddell, Mark Broom, Abigail Siddell, Jonathan Siddell; his great-grandchildren: Kendal, Maci, Kadence and Mabree Richter and Colby and Chelsea Best; her sisters: Lida (Boyd) Vieregge of Greenville, Illinois, Leslie (Delbert) Copple of Dix, Illinois and Debbie (John) Clark of Chicago, Illinois and her sisters-in-law: Mary (John) Schaefer of Lexington, Kentucky and Mollie Cooper of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Arthur Cline

Arthur Cline, age 55, of Greenville, passed away Sunday at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Greenville.  Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Zion Cemetery.


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