Family and friends of Alan Gaffner gathered Sunday to recognize his 33 years of service to Greenville Regional Hospital.  Several of Gaffner's colleagues and friends made presentations, including Greenville City Manager Dave Willey, former Greenville Regional Hospital Board Member Mike Coling, Greenville Regional Hospital Medical Staff Chief Dr. Dawn McDaid, and Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary President Boyd Vieregge.

All of the speakers noted Gaffner’s faith in God and his dedication to community service for the benefit of Greenville Regional Hospital, the hospital auxiliary, and the City of Greenville.

Letters were read from former Greenville Regional Hospital Board Chairman Morris “Buddy” Bond and US Congressman John Shimkus.  Official proclamations were shared from the Illinois House of Representatives and Senator Kyle McCarter.

A special proclamation from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was also presented to Gaffner.  Quinn proclaimed Sunday, August 4th Mayor Alan Gaffner Day in the State of Illinois.

Gaffner told WGEL he was overwhelmed by the turnout Sunday and is looking forward to what God has in store for the next chapter of his life.

In his comments at the reception, Gaffner shared that he has accepted a position with the Alden Network, the organization that now manages Fair Oaks Nursing Home.


Bond County Circuit Clerk Rex Catron (left) and

Bond County Treasurer Katie Weiss present Alan Gaffner

with an official proclamation from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.


Hundreds of people gathered Monday night for the Bond County Fair Queen and Little Miss Pageant at the fairgrounds.  As the pageant ended, the crowd got louder and louder as the awards were announced.  The Participation Award went to Kennedy Cherry, the People’s Choice to Nikki Mollet, the Photogenic Award to Caitlin Covaleski, and Miss Congeniality was awarded to Paige Garner.  Then it came time to announce the First Runner up and the new Queen.  Caitlin Covaleski won First Runner Up and the Bond County Fair Queen for 2013 is Riley Langham.     



2012 Queen Nori Stone placing the crown on Riley Langham, the 2013 Bond County Fair Queen



The bidding was hot and heavy at the annual Bond County Agriculture in the Classroom Livestock Auction at the Bond County fair last night. 4-H projects that sold last night included nine steers, 30 barrows, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, and milk. Dozens of area businesses and individuals bid and bought to support area 4-H students. We will have more on this year’s auction once the totals are tabulated.   




The Bond County Fair got underway last Thursday and with the exception of some rain Friday evening, fairgoers have enjoyed very mild weather.  Judy Debatin, Secretary of the Bond County Fair Association, told WGEL that fair attendance has been average and up from last year on some nights.  The grandstand and livestock events have all been successful so far.  Overall, event organizers are pleased with how the fair has gone so far this year.

The Bond County Fair continues today with the Dairy Show at 9:00 a.m. The carnival opens tonight at 6:00 p.m. and Fusion Dance Center will have a performance at 6:15 p.m. in the Activity Building. Tonight's main event is the parade at 7:00 p.m.



Montgomery County officials received a 9-1-1 call Saturday morning at approximately 4:36 a.m., concerning a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Witt Avenue, approximately a quarter mile west of East 17th Road in Roundtree Township.  The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Bailey Braun, reported that she had swerved to miss an animal in the roadway, but was concerned that she may have run over a person because she thought she saw clothing in the road.

The Nokomis-Witt Ambulance Service, Witt Fire Department, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department responded and determined that Braun’s vehicle had run over a pedestrian who was believed to have been lying on the roadway.  46 year old Lynn E. Calame, of Witt, was pronounced dead at the scene by Montgomery County Coroner Rick Broaddus. 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s Offices continue to investigate the case.

Prairie Farms


Bond County has had it's first positive tests for West Nile virus in mosquitoes. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common West Nile virus symptoms in humans include fever, nausea, headache, and muscle aches.

Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis, encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 50 are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website at http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm.


The Bond County Board will meet in regular session this morning at 9:00 a.m. at the courthouse.  Items on the agenda include an auditor’s report, a contract with the Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District for the recycling center, and a presentation by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce regarding repairs to the gazebo.




Team Ice Elite, an Amateur Athletic Union high school traveling team, featuring several players from Greenville, won the Blue Chip Nationals Tournament in Lafayette, Indiana over the weekend.  Team Ice Elite went 4 & 0 in the tournament and defeated a team from Chicago to clinch the championship.

Among the team members are four high school athletes from Greenville: Kassidy Alderman, Maria Reinhard, Sheena Gatson, and Afton Nelson. 

On August 31st, Team Ice Elite will travel to Chicago for a full exhibition game prior to the Chicago Sky WNBA game.


MMC Felix A. “Fe” Parker, USN Retired  

Machinist Mate Chief Felix A. “Fe” Parker, United States Navy Retired, age 75, of Pierron, passed away Friday at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.  Funeral services were held Monday at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

He was born January 01, 1938, in Granite City, IL, the son of Fred Lester and Annie Dorothy (nee Cunningham) Parker Sr.

On March 17, 1990, he married Reba Florance Murphy who survives.

He was a former member of VFW & American Legion.

Felix was born at Granite City, and grew up in Madison, IL. As a youth he moved to Summerfield. He joined the US Navy and served for US Navy for 22 1/2 years, serving aboard 8 different ships as a Machinist Mate Chief. He served in the Atlantic Fleet and retired in 1983. In retirement he worked a number of different jobs. He managed Stuckys in Highland (2years) , worked at Nance Auto Salvage (7 years). He had lived in Summerfield, Pocahontas, Greenville, Highland, Grantfork, and Pierron. He enjoyed working on cars, liked to cook and loved being with his grandchildren.

Survivors include :
Wife - Reba F. Parker nee Murphy, Pierron, IL
Daughter - Tammy F. Jascur (significant other Jim Wilson), Saint Louis, MO
Son - Michael D. Jascur (siginficant other Michelle Plank), Belleville, IL
Grandchild - Dakota T. Jascur-Harlan, Edwardsville, IL
Grandchild - McKayla A. Jascur, Belleville, IL
Grandchild - Melissa D. Jascur, Belleville, IL
Sister - Doris Parker Weinburg, Kilgore, TX
Brother - Edward Parker
Nieces and Nephews - Many

He was preceded in death by :
Father - Fred L. Parker Sr.
Mother - Annie D. Parker nee Cunningham
Brother - Fred L. Parker Jr.
Sister - Sara Parker
Brother - Johnny Parker

Laura T. Pingsterhaus

Laura T. Pingsterhaus, age 89, of Germantown, passed away Saturday at Breese Nursing Home.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to St. Boniface Catholic Church.  Germantown American Legion services will be Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Mrs. Pingsterhaus was born July 30, 1924 in Bartelso to Henry and Mary (Gebke) Kreke; they preceded her in death.

She married Victor Pingsterhaus on October 12, 1955 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso; he preceded her in death on December 26, 1981.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by sisters, Margaret Aug, Veronica Kreke, and Catherine Sutterlin; brothers, Frank "Bud" Kreke and Frederick Kreke; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Frank Aug, Martin Sutterlin, Rose Kreke, Agnes Kreke, Frank Beckmann, Catherine and Bert Jansen, Marie and Barney Spihlmann.

Surviving are her sons, Virgil (Dolores) Pingsterhaus of Batesville, IN and Mike (Nancy) Pingsterhaus of Troy, IL; 7 grandchildren, Craig (Pam) Pingsterhaus, Kevin Pingsterhaus, Krista Pingsterhaus, Michael (Emily) Pingsterhaus, Kyle Pingsterhaus, Christopher Pingsterhaus, and Lauren Pingsterhaus; 1 great-grandchild, Reed Pingsterhaus; brothers, Henry "Hank" (Dolores "Blondie") Kreke and Joseph Kreke all of Bartelso; sisters-in-law, Ceil Kreke of Bartelso and Christine Beckmann of Germantown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Laura was a homemaker and a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and Altar Sodality in Germantown, St, Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary in Breese, Germantown American Legion Post 325 Auxiliary, and was a former volunteer for the women in need hotline. She loved quilting and playing cards.

James M. “Jimmy” Bone

James M. “Jimmy” Bone, age 62, of Greenville, passed away Monday at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Duncan Cemetery, south of Mulberry Grove.  The family welcomes friends to join them at 9:45 Thursday morning at the cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice at the cemetery or at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.

James Maurice "Jimmy" Bone aged 62 of Greenville, passed away at 8:55 a.m. Monday at Greenville Regional Hospital with his family at his side.

James "Jimmy" Bone, the son of Darrel and Delsie Merle Seendermann Bone, was born on December 24, 1950 in Vandalia. He grew up in Tamalco and moved to Greenville in his childhood where he attended Central School and Greenville High School. He worked for a time at his sister's restaurant, the Country Cafe in Pocahontas.

Jimmy is survived by his six siblings: W. Frank (Sue) Bone of Greenville, Bob (Sherril) Bone of Greenville, Dean (Kim) Bone of Vandalia, Darlene D. Bone of Pocahontas,Royce L. Bone of Greenville and Mary Ann (Scott) Laux of Carlyle, and a host of nieces and nephews


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