The U.S. National Weather Service reports that unsettled weather is expected through the remainder of the week with numerous rounds of showers and thunderstorms to impact the mid-Mississippi Valley.

Rainfall totals through the end of the week could average 2 to 3 inches with locally higher totals. Areas of Southern Missouri have seen very heavy rain fall since yesterday. As much as 10 inches has been reported according to the NWS.


Graphic from the NWS website







The annual 4-H Livestock Auction was one of the main attractions at the Bond County Fair Monday night. 

The grand champion steer sold at auction for $3,934.  The grand champion barrow sold for $980.  The grand champion goat was auctioned for $500.  The grand champion sheep brought $1,000.  Grand champion rabbits were auctioned for $1,250.  Two top poultry sellers brought $400 apiece.  And the top milk basket sold for $1,000.

The grand total raised through the 4-H auction was $86,032.30.  Congratulations to everyone involved in another successful 4-H Livestock Auction at the Bond County Fair!


The Bond County Board met in regular session Tuesday morning and learned from Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer that some revisions were required in the county’s contract with the Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District for the proposed recycling center project.  Bauer said he needed more information on a few matters, such as liability insurance and which organization would be the main contact for the project.  Bauer plans to present a modified contract for approval in the next County Board meeting.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce Director John Goldsmith updated the board on the status of repairs to the gazebo on the courthouse lawn.  The gazebo is in need of new shingles and railings.  Goldsmith reported that grant funds would be available through the city and that he had contacted five local carpenters, but not received any bids back.  The board suggested he contact the OKAW Vocational Center and propose that their Building Trades Program assist with the project.  Goldsmith will continue his efforts and report back to the board.

You can see the video of the Bond County Board meeting tonight at 6 p.m. on New Wave Cable Channel 12 in Greenville.




At the Monday night Mulberry Grove Village Board meeting, Jordan Harmon from Affordable Gas and Electric addressed the issue of electric aggregation.  He suggested the board approve an ordinance placing a referendum on the March 18, 2014 ballot allowing village residents to vote on aggregation for electric rates in the village.  The board approved the ordinance. 

The board approved the proposed Golf Cart Ordinance.

Village employees repaired the bulk water machine so a new one is not needed at this time.

Several residents attended the meeting, concerned about home invasions and other crimes in the village.  A neighborhood watch program in Mulberry Grove, started in 1984, worked well for several years.  Citizens are interested in restarting the program.

The next meeting is Monday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m.


Large, slow-moving farm equipment will be making its way around the region over the next few months.  Ron Marshel at the Bond County Farm Bureau told WGEL they are very excited about this new program, which is called “Slow Down, Share the Road.”  Marshel said that due to the way that the planting season went, we will be seeing an extended harvest season this year.  Farm machinery will be on the roadways for several months and individuals need to drive safely.  The Bond County Farm Bureau has placed large banners along some roadways to help remind people to slow down drive safely. 

Marshel also said that several farmers have reported incidents where drivers have passed heavy farm machinery in no-passing zones.  This is incredibly dangerous and should never be attempted.  As Marshel said, no passing means no passing.


Jessie Marie Keister 

Jessie Marie Keister, age 88, of Shatuc, passed away Monday at her residence.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in Carlyle Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday from 9 a.m. to service time at the Zieren Day Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the Shattuc First United Methodist Church Pavilion Fund.

Mrs. Keister was born on January 14, 1925, in Nashville, Illinois, a daughter of Woodford Perry and Susie (Simonton) Foster. She married James Otto Keister in Independence, Missouri on December 7, 1942, and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Keister is survived by her daughters – Nancy Kay Miniaci and husband Michael of Clarksville, Tennessee and Judith Lynn Conrad of Carlyle; her grandchildren – Kris K. McKelvey, Shawn McKelvey, and Nicole L. Duncan; and her great grandchildren – Karissa McKelvey, Brandon Walker, Shelby Duncan, and Maggie and Meredith Whisler. She was preceded in death by her parents – Woodford and Susie Foster; her husband – James Keister and her son-in-law – Nelson Conrad.

Mrs. Keister was a homemaker and had lived on a farm all her life. She was a member of Shattuc United Methodist Church for 68 years and was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the Shattuc Senior Activity Club and the Clinton County Home Bureau. She was a great baker, and loved flower and vegetable gardening.

Roland L. “Rollie” Sudholt   

Roland L. “Rollie” Sudholt, age 81, of Breese, passed away Tuesday.  A funeral mass will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese.  Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to St. Dominic Parish or Carlyle Healthcare Center.

Roland L. “Rollie” Sudholt, 81, of Breese, died Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Carlyle Healthcare Center in Carlyle.  He was born July 14, 1932 in Aviston, son of Leo and Agatha (Buehne) Sudholt.  He married Florence Loddeke May 18, 1968 in Breese and she preceded him in death March 1, 2000.

He is survived by his siblings, Betty Huels of Carlyle, Marvin “Bud” (Rose) Sudholt of Breese, Lucille “Dolly” Raish of Belleville, Maxine “Toots” (Don) Hempen of Mokena, and Duane “Chub” (Rita) Sudholt of Belleville; a sister-in-law, Dolores Sudholt of Evansville, IN; and he is also survived by nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Sudholt; a sister, Marie Benhoff; and brothers-in-law, Leonard “Stix” Benhoff, Louis Huels, and Robert Raish.

Mr. Sudholt was a bottler for Packet Dairy in O’Fallon and previously worked at Hess Corp in Hoyleton. He was a member of St. Dominic Parish in Breese and the Clinton County Farm Bureau. Rollie was a huge blood donor.  He was a humble and gentle man who loved gardening, his dog Sparky, and living in the Rod & Gun Club area.

Frances J. Griebel

Frances J. Griebel, age 91, of Highland, passed away Monday at Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.  Burial will be in Immanuel UCC Cemetery in Hamel.  Friends may call Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday at the church.  Funeral service will be at 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 11, 2013, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, IL, with Rev. Christopher W. Hill, Senior Pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Immanuel UCC Cemetery in Hamel, IL. Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or to the donor’s choice.

She was born on Sunday, July 09, 1922, in Metropolis, IL, the daughter of William C. J. and Dora M. (nee Niemeyer) Bremer. On Sunday, June 27, 1943, she married Roy J. Griebel who passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2000.

She was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland, IL, EvUCC Women's Guild and Quilter's of the EvUCC; former member of Immanuel UCC-Hamel, IL; UCC of Marine - Marine, IL; Church of the Good Shephard UCC - Carbondale; St. John's UCC - Mascoutah, IL..

Frances was born in Massac County near Metropolis, IL. She was a graduate of Metropolis High School in 1938; later earned her Bachelor degree at Carthage College at Carthage, IL. She taught Home Economics at Mascoutah and then Latin and English through 1963. She also was a substitute teacher.

Her husband was a teacher, coach and superintendent at Mascoutah School. Her husband graduated from United Church of Christ of seminary in 1963 and started his pastorate with the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, Carbondale from 1963 - 1969; UCC of Marine from 1963 - 1983; 1983 until his death as interim and supply pastor for the Illinois South Conference of UCC, while living in Hamel.

Frances was the corresponding secretary for the Illinois South Conference Hunger/Food Action Committee (a sub-committee of the Mission & Ecumenism Team). She hand wrote thank-you notes to all contributors to their mission. She attended Illinois South Conference annual meetings. In 1993, she was awarded Honored Lay Woman from the Illinois South and was acknowledged at the General Synod of United Church of Christ, St. Louis, MO. She was a delegate for the Illinois South Conference to the National United Church of Christ General Synod in 1995 and 1997 in Oakland , CA, and Columbus, OH.

In 2001, following her husband's death, she moved to Faith Countryside Home Village, Highland. She was active in Illinois Association for Home and Community Education, on county and state levels. She enjoyed traveling (Europe five times); visiting family and friends. She attended concerts at The Muny, enjoyed playing games, working crossword puzzles and writing letters. She volunteered on Tuesday mornings at Hitz Home for many years. She loved to cook and entertain for family and friends.

Survivors include:
Daughter - Juanita A. Hunter, Lansing, MI
Son - Dr. Gerald W. (Marilyn) Griebel, Rico, CO
Grandchild - Theron R. Chaplin, Roseville, MI
Grandchild - Chandra J. (Todd) Simmons, Grayson, GA
Grandchild - Chandra M. (Wayne) Harrison, Murfreesboro, TN
Grandchild - Peter J. (Fiancee Allison Green) Griebel, Alma, CO
Grandchild - Stefan K. (Sheryl) Griebel, Boulder, CO
Grandchild - Colin S. Travis (Signifcant other Evelyn Alvarez), Tuscon, AZ
Great Grandchild - Ryan P. Harrison
Great Grandchild - Alexandra J. Simmons
Great Grandchild - Makenna B. Harrison
Great Grandchild - Sebastian R. Griebel
Great Grandchild - Eli S. Harrison
Great Grandchild - Seneca R. Griebel
Great Grandchild - Simone D. Griebel
Sister In-law - Ellen Ruth Bremer, Metropolis, IL
Sister In-law - Mary Bremer, Metropolis, IL
Cousin - Marlys Bitzenberger, Fort Dodge, IA
Many Loving Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by:
Father - William Carl Julius Bremer
Mother - Dora M. Bremer nee Niemeyer
Husband - Rev. Roy J. Griebel died 7/11/2000
Sister - Ruth Korte
Sister - Pauline Bremer
Brother - Virgil Bremer
Brother - Edgar Bremer.

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