Lots of Blue Sky and Green Tractors

Today is the second day of the 2013 Bond County Fair.  There are many fun activities and events planned.  From 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. you can enjoy the Antique Farm Machinery Expo.  At 6:00 p.m., the sheep show will begin and the carnival opens.  At 7:00 p.m., head over to the Western Horse Speed Warm-Up Show.  Finally, at 7:30 p.m., there will be a Lawn Mower Derby & Figure 8 Race. 

So head on out, grab a corndog, funnel cake, and lemon shake-up, and enjoy the 2013 Bond County Fair!


Stop by the WGEL Radio Booth and take a guess at the number of black seeds in the watermelon. This year's prize package includes $100 cash, 4 tickets to Holiday World for 2013, 2 rounds of 18 holes with a cart to Oak Brooke in Edwardsville, and 4 country music CDs. No purchase necessary, anyone of any age can guess, employees of WGEL and participating sponsors are not eligible, in case of a tie a winner will be randomly drawn from all correct entries, decisions of the judges are final, you may only guess once during the 2013 Bond County Fair.



The Murray Developmental Center will stay open for now.  A judge has ruled Governor Quinn can’t move any of the residents from the facility without parental consent.  Parents of the developmentally disabled residents have put up a tough fight against Quinn’s closure plan, claiming their children wouldn’t fare well in a community care setting. 

Quinn says moving the residents will give them more freedom, plus he says shutting the facility down will save millions of dollars and help get the state’s budget under control.  Carlyle attorney Stewart Freeman has been named the temporary guardian for the 23 residents at the Murray Center who are considered wards of the state.


Bond County Fair attendees might notice a new element to the 4-H stand this year.  Vicki Enloe, Program Coordinator for 4-H and Youth Development at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Breese, told WGEL their old 4-H building needed a lot of work. 

They received a large donation from the pork stand which is featured at the fair every year, and decided to use the funds to purchase a portable building. 

The new building has air conditioning and will feature items from past 4-H members as well as items from current members.  The new building will be located next to the Pork Producers stand at the Bond County Fair.



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

19 year-old Nikki Mollet of Greenville is one of the contestants in this year’s pageant.  Her parents are Jeff and Liz Mollet.  Nikki is currently attending the SIU-E School of Business where she plans to major in Business Management before she heads to Law School.  Her favorite parts of the Bond County Fair are the tractor pulls and demolition derbys.

19 year-old Riley Langham of Greenville is another one of the contestants in this year’s pageant.  Her parents are Nate and Anne Langham of Greenville.  Riley is currently attending St. Louis University majoring in Nursing.  Her favorite part of the Bond County Fair is the fair food.

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


July 2013 was the eighth wettest July in the past 46 years.  Greenville got an average of 5.87 inches, almost two inches more than the 46-year average of 3.98.  The most rain in a July fell in 1986 when Greenville got 7.80 inches and the least rain in a July was in 1983 when Greenville got just four tenths of an inch.


Debbie K. Korte

Debbie K. Korte, age 57, of Highland, passed away Tuesday at her home.  A memorial service will be today, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hope Lutheran Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.  Friends may call today from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Highland Animal Shelter or the Melanoma Research Alliance.

She was born on Tuesday, August 09, 1955, in Red Bud, IL, the daughter of Robert A. and Emma J. (nee Mines) Braun.

On Sunday, May 04, 1975, she married Steven A. Korte who survives.

She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Highland, IL.

Born at Red Bud, IL; grew up in Sparta, IL and at the age of 11 years old moved to Highland in 1967 and graduated from Highland High School in 1973. She worked at Highland Supply; National Police Officer Press; Truck Centers. In the early 1980's she became a stay at home mom and helped her husband operate Neubauer's Meat Market as a bookkeeper and grocery clerk. In 1999 she began working at the Bank of Edwardsville as a bank teller working there for 10 years. Her last job was with FCB Highland Bank until resigning after being diagnosed 14 months ago with Melanoma. She loved growing flowers, being outside, spending time with her grandchildren, taking care of her cats, travelling to the Caribbean, Alaska and Orlando. She and her husband enjoyed cruises with there daughter who was a dancer in production shows on cruise ships.

Survivors include:
Husband - Steven A. Korte, Highland, IL
Mother - Emma J. Braun nee Mines, Highland, IL
Daughter - Carrie J. (Darren) Bircher, Highland, IL
Daughter - Renee A. (husband-Eric Holland) Korte, Orlando, FL
Grandchild - Brodie K. Bircher, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Lucas K. Bircher, Highland, IL
Sister - Connie S. (Donald) Frank, Highland, IL
Brother - Bruce A. Braun, Highland, IL.

She was preceded in death by:
Father - Robert A. Braun died 12/16/2001.

Doris M. Wolfslau

Doris M. Wolfslau, age 85 of Lebanon, passed away on Wednesday at Cedar Ridge Healthcare center in Lebanon.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lebanon.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  Friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center Activity Fund, or to the donor’s choice.  The Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Wolfslau was born June 16, 1928 in Lebanon, IL to Conrad and Margaret (Hohrein) Siegel; they preceded her in death.

She married George W. Wolfslau on April 15, 1950 at St. Jacob United Church of Christ in St. Jacob, IL; he preceded her in death on April 29, 1985.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Grace and Charles Gaedig.

Surviving are her children, Tom (Barb) Wolfslau of New Baden, IL and Anna (Steve) Herr of Summerfield, IL; 5 grandchildren, Martin (Erin) Herr, Charles Herr, William Herr, Justin (Dana) Wolfslau, Jamie (Brandon) Wyms; 3 great-grandchildren, Jackson Herr, Cameron Wolfslau, Jaden Wyms; a sister, Marcella Kuhn of Lebanon, IL; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Betsy Wolfslau of St. Louis, MO; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Doris retired in 1985 as the Secretary to the Dean at McKendree University, and she previously worked at Continental Can and Russell Fairburn Insurance. She enjoyed quilting, bingo, and playing golf.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Ladies Organization, Lioness Club, Women's Club, Lebanon Beautification Committee, and Eta Pi Zeta.

Marion F. “Pop” Brown

Marion F. “Pop” Brown, age 91, of Dorsey, IL, passed away Tuesday at his residence.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel.  Burial will be in Immanuel United Church of Christ Cemetery in Hamel.  Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel.  Memorials are suggested to the Treehouse Bird Sanctuary in Godfrey.

He was born October 19, 1921, in Mt. Vernon, SD, the son of Murry and Lilly (nee Williams) Brown.

On October 26, 1941, he married Marjorie Lucille Garner who survives.

He was a Master Mason of the 3rd degree, and member of Wood River Masonic Lodge.

Marion was born in South Dakota and at age 8 his family moved to Corning, Iowa. After High School he joined the US Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After the war he and his wife settled in Alton. He worked as an Engineer at Olin Corp. and retired in the mid 1980's. His passion was spending time with his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. He liked to take them fishing, and raised all kinds of animals on his property for of his grandkids play with. He loved the outdoors and liked camping and crappie fishing.

Survivors include :
Wife - Marjorie L. Brown nee Garner , Dorsey, IL
Daughter - Patricia L. (Philip) Dennis, Edwardsville, IL
Daughter - Diane L. (Donald) Schmid, Edwardsville, IL
Son - Bruce A. (Janice) Brown, Moro, IL
Grandchild - Michael M. (Melinda) Dennis
Grandchild - Lynn C. (Patrick) Kampmann
Grandchild - Lynelle A. (Josh) Jolliff
Grandchild - Lance A. (Megan) Brown
Grandchild - Pia (Ed) Smith
Grandchild - Philip H. (Sharon) Dennis II
Grandchild - Lisette M. Dennis
Great Grandchild - Miles M. Dennis
Great Grandchild - Jayden M. Dennis
Great Grandchild - Abby R. Jolliff
Great Grandchild - Ellie C. Jolliff
Great Grandchild - Tatum S. Brown
Great Grandchild - Alex Smith
Great Grandchild - Danielle Smith
Great Grandchild - Paige Dennis
Great Grandchild - Philip H. Dennis III
Great Grandchild - Chase Dennis
Great Great Grandchild - Aden Smith
Great Great Grandchild - Amari Smith

He was preceded in death by :
Father - Murry C. Brown
Mother - Lilly Agnes Brown nee Williams
Brothers - Two .
Sisters - Two .

Maurice Lee "Mose" Belcher

Maurice L. “Mose” Belcher, age 81, of Mulberry Grove, passed away on Tuesday at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  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.

Maurice Lee "Most" Belcher is survived by his wife Elsie (Sorensen) Belcher, his children Karen Wehrle, Allen Belcher, Keith (Angela) Belcher, Gary Belcher, and Kathy Budnicki, his sisters Mary (Lloyd) West, Charlotte (Leon) Litzenburg, and Sue Ann (Ron) Wilcox, eleven grandchildren and twnety-one great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two grandsons in infancy Matthew Belcher and Nicholas Budnicki, a granddaughter Stephanie Budnicki, two brothers Willliam Belcher and Wayne Belcher, and three sisters Irene Blunt, Iris DeWald, and Lois Kreiger.  He moved to the Keyesport area with his family as a youth.  He graduated from Mulberry Grove High School.  He worked for Sears in Omaha, Nebraska before entering the U.S. Navy for six years during the Korean Conflict.  After the military he returned to work on the family farm near Keyesport.  He farmed on his own most of his life and also drove a school bus for The Mulberry Grove School District for 20 years.  He was known as an avid "coffee shopper" and historian.


Saturday: Mostly Cloudy %60 of rain, the heaviest rain coming earlier in the day High: 84 Low: 60

Sunday: Cooler and partly Sunny High: 80 Low: 60...A slight rain chance for the WGEL listening area


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Ryan’s guest this week is Greenville Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Director, John Goldsmith.  John and Ryan will talk about Greenville Tourism, how it works, and they will discuss some of the many attractions and events that Greenville has to offer to both visitors and residents.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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