The Greenville Plan Commission got a look at the current plans for the “Greenville Commons” development at the old Junior High site.  No vote to recommend a final plan was taken at Monday night’s Plan Commission meeting but developer Thomas Bow was on hand to present the current plan and answer questions from the commission and many residents that live near the old Junior High.  The current plan calls for 59 one and two-bedroom apartments to be built. The old classrooms would become a storage facility and the old gym would become a banquet hall to be used by residents and the public.   

According to Bow, the apartment buildings would have full brick fronts and partial brick sides and backs.  The entrance into the apartment building complex would be off Beaumont and each apartment would have as many parking spaces as bedrooms.  There would also be extra parking for visitors.  Bow said this would not be subsidized or low-income housing. 

Since the property would need to be a planned unit development to allow for the “Greenville Commons” the city presented a list of conditions.  The one condition that was a matter of contention was when the old junior high gym would need to be renovated.  The city’s request was that the gym would need to be renovated before building the apartment buildings.  Bow asked that either the apartments be allowed to be built first or that both projects be done at the same time.  Bow said that revenue generated from the apartments is important to the renovation of the old gym. 

Bow said that he can replace windows and fix some of the vandalism, but didn’t consider that to be a full renovation and he hoped the timeline could be changed. When asked by a resident about the vandalism inside the old gym, Bow said he didn’t see anything that scared him and that the gym floor had a few holes burnt in it. 

Judge John Knight spoke to the commission and urged them to make sure the gym will be renovated and not left undone after the apartments are built.  The plan commission will likely meet again in the next few weeks after city staff can look at the agreement and make any changes. 


The Keyesport and Greenville Fire Departments responded on Tuesday morning to assist an individual who had fallen into the water tower at the Hickory Shores Resort in Keyesport.  According to the Keyesport Fire Department, a worker had climbed to the top of the water tower to put chemicals into the water.  This is a routine procedure which occurs approximately once a week. 

The man fell into the water tower via a two-foot wide hole, fell into 12 feet of water, and was unable to get back out.  Another man heard the victim’s calls for help and notified the authorities.  Upon arriving at the scene, Keyesport lowered an extension ladder into the water tower. 

A firefighter then climbed down into the water tower and helped the fallen man climb out.  The victim was physically exhausted as a result of keeping himself above water for approximately two hours. 

Greenville firemen provided a ladder truck so the men could be brought safely back down to the ground.  The victim was checked out by a medical team; he declined to be taken to the hospital.


Southern Illinois farmers are on the lookout for a fungus that could harm their cattle.  It’s called ergot and it’s responsible for killing at least four cows in Missouri this year.  The fungus thrives in humid conditions and infects the grains and grasses that the cattle feed on.  

Thompsonville, IL farmer Tom Saxe said the animals have a hard time breeding and working when they’ve come in contact with ergot.  Saxe says he doesn’t anticipate any problems for the rest of this year but if there is, he says infected animals do not pose any threat to humans.  Thompsonville is located approximately 100 miles southeast of Greenville.




Mulberry Grove Superintendent Mike Gauch reported at the Monday Board of Education meeting, the district is currently fiscally fit with a balance of $411,000.00 in the education fund. Gauch said state aid may be slightly higher than last year. Projections indicate state aid funding at 100% of last year’s figures which are about 89% of the amount the district should be receiving. 

The Prairie Farms milk bid and a bread bid from Flowers Baking Company were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year. The milk bid is about two hundredths of a cent higher than last year.

Following a closed session, the board hired Jaclyn Hamel as full-time Title I aid and Trisha Taylor as half-time Pre-K aid.
A tentative budget proposal is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Monday, August 19 with the regular board meeting to follow at 7:00.


The Greenville Tourism Committee will meet Thursday, July 25, at 5:15 p.m., at the municipal building.  On the agenda is a funding request for the Art Walk.


Augusta M. “Gussie” Timmermann

Augusta M. “Gussie” Timmermann, age 94, of Carlyle, passed away Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 – 9:15 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Mrs. Timmermann was born May 1, 1919 in St. Rose, IL to John and Catherine (Nordmann) Tebbe; they preceded her in death.

She married Joseph H. Timmermann on November 8, 1944 at St. Rose Catholic Church in St. Rose, IL; he preceded her in death on September 23, 1991.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a grandson, Jeff Becker; granddaughters, Tammy Koopmann and Ashley Koopmann; brothers, John Tebbe and Bernard Tebbe; a sister, Catherine Von Hatten; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Frank Von Hatten, Annie and Bill Jansen, August and Annie Timmermann, Charles and Bertha Timmermann, Henry and Mary Timmermann, Nick Timmermann, Leona and George Richter, Bertha and Leo Ratermann.

Surviving are her children, Pat (Richard) Becker of Bartelso, Clete (Charlotte) Timmermann of Beckemeyer, Joan (Norbert) Koopmann of Bartelso, Joseph A. (Joan) Timmermann of Carlyle, and Bert (Steve) Horstmann of Damiansville; 22 grandchildren, Tina (David) Winkeler, Brenda (Paul) Pollmann, Kurt (Deb) Becker, Dan (Jolene) Becker, Jason (Jaime) Becker, Corey (Holly) Timmermann, Shanna (Eric) Deiters, Pam (Justin) Benhoff, Dustin (Ashley) Timmermann, Karen (Kent) Albers, Lori (Jason) Toennies, Deanna (Corey) Tebbe, Chad (Patti) Timmermann, Dana (Jay) Szczeblewski, Kim (Keith) Richter, Crystal (Alan) Albers, Lauren Timmermann, Britt (Matt) Reisch, Kelly (Phillip) Moss, Jared (Tara) Horstmann, and Cole (Andrea) Horstmann; 52 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Johanna Tebbe of St. Rose; a sister-in-law, Bea Tebbe of St. Rose; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Augusta was a homemaker and she enjoyed playing cards and bingo and she loved to quilt.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Altar Sodality in Carlyle, Catholic Holy Family Society, Clinton County Farm Bureau and was a former member of the Carlyle Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.

R.T. Arthur Cline

R. T. Arthur Cline, age 55, of Greenville, passed away Sunday at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Zion Cemetery in Greenville.  Friends may call Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Zion Cemetery.

R. T. Arthur Elbert, the son of Eugene D. and Georgia (Blankenship) Cline, was born March 12, 1958 in Highland, Illinois.  He spent his early childhood years in Caseyville moving to Greenville where he attended Central School, Greenville Junior High and Greenville High School.  R. T. worked for the City of Greenville in the Sewer Department and later worked for NEVCO Scoreboard, Ted Recycling  and D. L. Disposal.  He loved his dog, Smokey, who was laid to rest on July 4, 2013.

Mr. Cline is survived by his sisters; Shirley Sinclair of Arizona, Mary Lou Wilson of Swansea, IL and Sandy (Mike) Nevinger of Greenville.  R. T. is also survived by his sister-in-law Jan Cline and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Clifford Cline in 1991 and Elanor Mae Cline, his sister, in early childbirth years.  Also preceded in death, brother-in-laws Mel Wilson 2012 and Jerry Sinclair in 2012.

Norma Lee Suggs Myers

Norma Lee Suggs Myers, age 90 of Taylor Springs, formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away on Monday at her home.  Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Norma Lee, the daughter of Roy and Marie Wieman Suggs, was born July 4, 1923 in Mulberry Grove, Illinois.  She attended the local schools and Mulberry Grove High School.  Norma and Benjamin Franklin Myers were united in marriage in Greenville.  While Benjamin worked, Norma stayed at home to raise her daughter and care for her mother Marie.  She loved gardening, flowers and spending time with all her grandchildren.

Mrs. Myers is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Lawrence) Marty of Hillsboro, grandchildren; Melissa (Jim) Blair of Tennessee, Michael (Melissa) Marty of Alabama and Christopher (Jody) Marty of Hartford, Illinois.  She is also survived by her 2 great-grandchildren Alexa and Olivia.

Norma was one of three children, her brother Lee (Doris) Suggs of Clinton and sister Elaine (Earl) Daniels of Pana also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Marie Suggs.

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Wilke

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Wilke, age 74, of St. Rose, passed away Tuesday at her residence.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Rose Church.  Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Rose Choir, or to the donor’s choice.

Mrs. Wilke was born September 5, 1938 in Centralia to William "Bill" and Emma (Langenhorst) Heimann; they preceded her in death.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Joseph Wilke and David Huelsmann; and her Godchild and nephew, Matthew Deien.

She married Felix Wilke on June 19, 1957 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers; he survives in St. Rose.

Also surviving are her children, Sharon (Tom) Knebel of Breese, Deb (Roger) Munie of Pierron, Joyce (Kevin) Korte of St. Rose, and Ken (Renee) Wilke of St. Rose; 12 grandchildren, Jessica (Phillip) Hemker, Christopher "CJ" Knebel, Jennifer Knebel, Emily (Kyle) Korte, Aaron (Noel) Korte, Ashlee Korte, Michael Varnum, Ryan Varnum, Brock Wilke, Patrick Wilke, Benjamen Wilke, and Claire Wilke; 5 great-grandchildren, Cecilia Hemker, Alexa and Paige Korte, Charlee and Preslee Korte; a sister, Janet (Melvin) Deien of Breese; brothers, Virgil (Janet) Heimann of Albers and William "Bill" (Jean) Heimann of Wichita, KS; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rosemary (Roland) Kampwerth of Carlyle, James Wilke of St. Rose, Florence Huelsmann of rural Breese, Ruth (Jerry) Endres of Breese, and Bill (Carol) Wilke of Colorado; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Betty was the current co-owner of Wilke Truck Service, Inc. in St. Rose and was a member of St. Rose Church where she was in the Ladies Sodality, Choir, and served as Eucharistic Minister, St. Rose Development Club, and was on the Southern Advisory Board of Midwest Truck.

Twyla J. Metz

Twyla J. Metz, age 50, of Pocahontas, passed away Monday at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.

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