One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease.  The Bond County Health Department is teaming with the National Kidney Foundation to raise awareness and provide free kidney screenings on Tuesday, August 13th in Greenville.  Health Department Director Mark Ayers told WGEL the screenings will be offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ KidneyMobile®, the nation’s only custom mobile unit that screens individuals for kidney disease.

The August 13 screening will be held at the Health Department from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and anyone interested in getting their kidneys checked is welcome to attend. There is no cost to be screened, and appointments are not necessary. 

In addition to a free screening, attendees will also be able to talk privately with a nurse or doctor about their results and take a tour of the KidneyMobile®. 

For more information, visit the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois online at www.NKFI.org.


Every year, several young women compete for the title of Bond County Fair Queen. 

22 year-old Paige Garner of Greenville is one of the contestants in this year’s pageant.  Her parents are Vicki and Doug Enloe and Jason and Traci Garner.  Paige is a Cosmetologist at Clippity Doo Dah Salon in Greenville.  Paige said that her favorite part of the Bond County Fair is the corndogs, lemon shakeups, watching the beauty pageant, and seeing all of the cows.

The Bond County Fair Little Miss & Queen Pageant will be held Monday at 7:00 pm.




Student registration at Mulberry Grove School is today and tomorrow in the school cafeteria for all students in grades K-12.  Hours today are from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Contact the school for information about what items to bring to registration. btschool


Governor Pat Quinn recently announced more than $263,000 in capital investments to rehabilitate the South Pool Boat Access Area at Coffeen Lake Fish and Wildlife Area.  The project is part of Governor Quinn’s plan to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.  The work includes constructing a two-lane boat ramp, floating boat docks, courtesy docks, yard hydrants, drinking fountains, resurfacing parking lots and maneuvering areas, and providing a kiosk.  The work also includes rehabilitating the existing island causeway, fishing trail, electrical utility and lighting revisions, signs, and landscaping.  The project is being paid for with the Department of Natural Resources Boating funds, with 75% of the cost reimbursable through the US Fish and Wildlife Service.



Jan Nettles

Jan Nettles, age 73, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday at her residence.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in Carlyle Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8p.m. at the Zieren-Day Funeral Home in Carlyle and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Carlyle.  Memorials are suggested to VNA-TIP Hospice.

Jan was born on September 26, 1939, in Equality, Illinois, a daughter of Rev. W. Louis and Zelda (Lipscomb) Purcell. She married Raymond A. Nettles on October 19, 1957, in Carlyle and he preceded her in death on October 1, 2004.

Mrs. Nettles is survived by her children – Melinda Viehland and husband Dale of Auburn, Illinois, Debbie Phillips and husband Alex of Kinmundy, John Nettles and wife Ann of Granite City, Illinois and Bethany Nettles of Carlyle; 16 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings – Don Purcell and wife Nancy of Carlyle, Robert Purcell and wife Tonia of Ava, Illinois, Linda Lehmann and husband William of Pawleys Island, South Carolina and Tom Purcell and wife Sande of Pawleys Island.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Rev. W. Louis and Zelda Purcell, her husband – Raymond A. Nettles, a grandson – Raymond Viehland, a great grandson – Brayden Kessler and a brother – Larry Purcell.

Mrs. Nettles was a homemaker, worked on the family farm and also worked at Wal-Mart. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Carlyle. Jan enjoyed lunches with family trips, cross-stitching, and collecting butterflies and bells. Her greatest joy was watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities and sporting events.

Maurice L. “Mose” Belcher

Maurice L. “Mose” Belcher, age 82 of Mulberry Grove, passed away on Tuesday at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.  Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at The Greenville First Christian Church.  Burial will be in Payne Cemetery, north of Keyesport, with graveside military rites by American Legion Post #1180.  Friends may call on Sunday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Payne Cemetery or to American Legion Post #1180.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.

Karen A. Wernle

Karen A. Wernle, age 66, of Greenville, passed away Sunday at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Hookdale. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.

She grew up in Hookdale and graduated from Mulberry Grove High School.  She moved to Greenville in 1980.  She volunteered in the library at The Greenville Elementary School and also at the Greenville Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop.  She was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ where she had also served at church organist.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Peter's United Church of Christ.

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