A Brighton man was killed after being hit by a freight train early Thursday morning.  According to the Macoupin County Coroner’s Office, Richard L. West, age 28, of Brighton, was struck and killed by a freight train in Brighton approximately half a mile north of Main Street.  West was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:45 a.m.  The cause of death was determined to be head injuries.  The incident has been ruled as an accidental death.  No autopsy or inquest is scheduled.



As WGEL reported earlier this week, city and county officials are encouraging local residents to sign up to receive emergency bulletins on their cell phones.  In the Bond County 9-1-1 Board meeting Thursday morning, 911 Coordinator Alan Davis noted that a very small percentage of local cell phone users have signed up.

Information on boil orders, severe weather, missing children, and other emergency situations is sent via the system. All landlines in Bond County are automatically included in the system, but cell phones must be added manually.

You can add your cell number to the listing by visiting the City of Greenville’s website, www.GreenvilleIllinois.com, and clicking on the red Emergency Notification System box on the right hand side.  You do not have to be a resident of Greenville Bond County to sign up.


Don’t miss the 2013 St. Rose Festival Saturday.  There will be many fun activities at this year’s event.  A chicken and roast beef dinner will be served from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the air-conditioned hall.  Carryouts will be available after 3:30 p.m.  There will also be a country store, wine garden, kids crafts, dunking booth, quilt bingo, and more. back to school


Registration for Fall 2013 classes at the Kaskaskia College Greenville Education Center is in progress.  Students may register any time, but the Greenville Center will be open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for registration.  Student services and support services are also available.  Most classes begin the week of August 19.  For more information or to make a counseling appointment, call 664-9394.  


Local country music artist, Drew Baldridge, from Patoka, is shooting a video for his latest song tonight in Patoka and you’re invited to be in it.  Drew told WGEL that the video is for his song, "BYOB". Shooting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Participants should be in place no later than 7:00 p.m.

Drew said several signs will be placed right off of Highway 51, next to the school building, and you can use those signs to find your way. Drew, his band, and the video crew will be set up in a large field, playing on a haywagon and they're hoping for a large crowd to participate. You must be 21 or older to participate. This is the first video production for Drew and told us he's excited to do it and thinks it's a unique opportunity for his fans to participate in something like this.

For more information on Drew Baldridge, search for his name on Facebook.



The 36th Annual Illinois State Police Awards Ceremony was held July 31st at the Glenwood High School in Chatham.  Trooper Kyle Deatherage was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal.  The Purple Heart Medal is presented to Illinois State Police personnel who, while in the performance of enforcement duties, are seriously injured or killed.

On November 26, 2012, Trooper Deatherage returned to his first day back to duty after serving a voluntary detail to aid the area severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  While conducting a traffic stop on the shoulder of northbound Interstate 55 near Litchfield, he was struck and killed by a truck tractor semi-trailer combination.  Trooper Deatherage was an Illinois State Police Officer since 2009.   



Kenneth J. Wieduwilt

Kenneth J. Wieduwilt, age 66 of Highland, passed away on Monday at St. Louis University Hospital.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Raymond Catholic Cemetery in Raymond.  Friends may call today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Louis Latzer Library, or to the St. Paul Education Foundation.

Ken was born November 16, 1946 to Leslie Rudolph and Leona Lucille (Nee Davis) Wieduwilt, in Alton, IL.  On June 10, 1972, he married Carol Folkerts at St. Raymond Catholic Church, Raymond, IL.

After high school he joined the Navy and served 2-1/2 years, out of 4, on shore duty in Japan.  After the Navy he went to Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, IL, and received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and passed the C. P. A. exam.  He worked at Hillsboro Hospital as the Controller; Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System as C.F.O.; Incarnate Word Hospital as Re-imbursement Specialist; Visiting Nurses Association as C.F.O.; retiring from BJC as Senior Re-imbursement Specialist, in December 2011.

He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL, where he served as a hospitality minister.  He served on the Board of Relevant Pregnancy Care Center, Highland, IL, and he was a member of Highland Knights of Columbus.  He was a former member of Edwardsville Jaycee’s. 

Ken was a loving devoted husband, father, grandfather and son, as well as caregiver for his elderly father for many years, including, spending every Tuesday evening with his dad, playing cards.  He was an avid reader/napper and he was an avid golfer who could never get the score he wanted.  He was Charismatic with an engaging sense of humor that left everyone that knew him with a “Ken Story”.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Wieduwilt, Highland, IL; 2 children, Andrew (Jackie) Wieduwilt, Bloomington, IL, Keri (Scott) Lindsco, Highland, IL; 4 grandchildren, Jarrett and Makayla Wieduwilt, William and Julianne Lindsco; 2 sisters, Nancy (Vern) Marti, Kay Webber; 1 brother, Leslie (Priscilla) Wieduwilt, Jr.; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie Rudolph and Leona Lucille Wieduwilt; 1 sister, Janet Poyner; 1 niece, Sharon Poyner; 1 nephew, Mark Folkerts.

Joan M. Hohrein

Joan M. Hohrein, age 71, of rural Trenton, passed away Thursday at Faith Care Center in Highland. A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Trenton.  Friends may call today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to Faith Care Center or Heartland Hospice. 

Mrs. Hohrein was born June 8, 1942 in St. Louis, MO to Frederick B. and Stella (Rozkiewicz) Broeckelmann; they preceded her in death.

Also preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine Perra and a grandson, Dustin Jones.

She married Donald Hohrein on July 15, 1972 in Belleville, IL and he survives.

Also surviving is a son, Wayne (Debbie) Jones-Castrale of Troy; 4 grandchildren, Derek Jones, Tamara Thole, Brent Thole, and Alex Thole; a sister, Rosemary (Domingo) Gomez of St. Louis, MO; a brother, Fred (Lynn) Broeckelmann of St. Louis, MO; and nieces and nephews.

Joan retired from the Accounting Department at Wal-Mart in Highland and she formerly worked in Accounting at the Weiss Neumann Shoe Co. and sold real estate for Coldwell Banker and Century 21.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Trenton, IL.

Alphonse W. Pollmann

Alphonse W. Pollmann, age 84 of Carlyle, passed away on Thursday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors.  Friends may call today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Church or to the donor’s choice.

Mr. Pollmann was born in Bartelso, Illinois, on March 13, 1929, a son of Bernard and Anna (Hofter) Pollmann. He married Dorothy H. Beckmann in Bartelso on September 1, 1953, and she survives in Carlyle.

In addition to his wife Dorothy, Mr. Pollmann is also survived by his children – Sharon Hustedde and husband Dennis of Carlyle, Deb Litteken of Aviston, Danny Pollmann and wife Robin of Pocahontas, Duane Pollmann and wife Brenda of Bartelso, Joyce Deerhake and husband Doug of Carlyle, Laurie Kohnen and husband Dennis of Germantown, Judy Pollmann of Carlyle, Randy Pollmann and wife Lee Ann of Bartelso and Jeannie Fulkerson and husband Tom of Mt. Vernon; a special family friend – Twyla Berry; 20 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 sisters – Mary Ann Maue of Breese and Dolores Huelsmann and husband Marcellus of Beckemeyer and his in-laws – Margaret Pollmann of Beckemeyer, Christine Beckmann of Germantown, Eleanor Lengermann and husband Tony of Highland, Alice Wellen and husband John of Highland, Lucille Loepker of Breese and Alvin Beckmann of Bartelso.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Bernard and Anna Pollmann; a son-in-law – Tom Litteken; brothers – Bernard and Vince Pollmann and his in-laws – Margie Pollmann, Joe Maue, William and Frances Beckmann, Frank Beckmann, Vince and Rita Hemker and Wendell Loepker.

Alphonse previously worked at the St. Louis Ford Plant and was also a hog and grain farmer. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1951-1953, including 18 months of service in Germany. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church; Knights of Columbus Council 1382, Carlyle; Holthaus-Kampwerth American Legion Post 1227, Beckemeyer; and the Clinton County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed playing cards, Saturday night dances and aggravating his grandchildren.

Virginia E. Ferguson

Virginia E. Ferguson, age 82 of Trenton, passed away on Wednesday at her home.  Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at West Gate Baptist Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in Trenton Cemetery.  Friends may call on Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton, and on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the West Gate Baptist Church Youth Department.

She was born September 9, 1930 in Winfield, MO to Raymond and Lucille (Elston) Broyles: they preceded her in death.  She married Norman Ferguson Sr. August 15, 1953 in St. Charles, MO. He preceded her in death April 26, 1990.

Also preceded in death by 2 siblings in infancy, brothers Carlos, Dallas, Kenneth Broyles, a sister Laverna Vaughn, a brother-in-law Ralph Ferguson.

Surviving is her son Norman “Buddy’ (Tanya) Ferguson of Trenton, a granddaughter Callie Ferguson, a sister Margie Elliott of Bowling Green, MO, sisters-in-law Irene Broyles of San Diego, CA, Cathline Broyles of O’Fallon, MO, Dorothy Reid of Eolia, MO.  Also survived by nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

Virginia retired from Hunter Packing Company in E. St. Louis.

She was a member of West Gate Baptist Church in Trenton.

Alice M. Rice

Alice  M.  Rice, age 90 of Greenville, passed away at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday August 6, 2013 at Helia Health Care in Greenville.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday August 10, 2013 at the Greenville Free Methodist Church with ministers Dr. Doug Newton, Rev. Greg Grove, and  Rev. Tom Ryan officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. Saturday until service time there at Church. For those who desire memorials may be made to the Greenville Free Methodist Church, Bond County Hospice, Durley Camp, Gary & Robbie Mason ministries, Dr. Ken and Linda Kaufmann ministries, Kami Rice (Artists in Christian Testimony, or Erin and Le Ann Bird Rivertree at the Church or at Donnell-Wiegand.

Alice May Fickess, the daughter of Albert Lee Fickess and Ethyl May Butman Fickess, was born May 19, 1923 in Sharpsburg, Iowa. On May 17, 1940 just two days before her 17th birthday, Alice and her older brother, Paul Fickess, graduated from Sharpsburg High School. Alice attended Central Junior College for two years in McPherson, Kansas where she met and fell in love with Carl Rice, son of South African missionaries James and Mabel Rice. Both Alice and Carl continued their education at Greenville College. Alice graduated in May, 1944 with a B.A. in English.

On August 24, 1944 Alice and her fiancée, Carl R. A. Rice, were married in Gravity, Iowa. The newlyweds moved to New York City, where Alice attended New York Biblical Seminary, graduating with a Masters Degree in Christian Education while Carl worked in the Manhattan atomic energy project. In 1948 Alice and Carl moved with their infant daughter, Carolyn, to Boone, Iowa, where sons Leslie and Alvin were born. A move to Polk City, Iowa soon followed where daughter, Sharon, was born. In 1959 the Rice family moved to Greenville, Illinois.
Alice served in several local, regional, and national positions with the Junior Missionary Society and Women’s Missionary Society of the Free Methodist Church. Alice was secretary and Christian Education Director for the Greenville Free Methodist Church from 1961 to 1973. For several years Alice also served as secretary in the Gateway (Central Illinois) Conference Office. Alice and Carl enjoyed hosting family members as well as hundreds of friends, college students and missionaries in their home until the time of Carl’s death in 2009. 

Alice is survived by her four children: Carolyn A. (John) Wajakowski of Topeka, KS, Leslie (Cora Lie) Rice of Danville, IN, Alvin J. (Vicki) Rice of Independence, KS, and Sharon L. Jones of Farmington, NM.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ethel Fickess; husband, Carl; and siblings, Paul Fickess, Ruby Cronk, and Eula Crosby Johnson.

List of Grandchildren

Laura (Jason) Pierce
Amy (Eric) Anderson
LeAnn (Erin) Bird
Mark Rice
Melissa Rice
Marcie (Paul) Bird
Kami Rice
Erin (Jamie) Snapp
Whitney (Thomas) Dillard
Ryan (Wendy) Rice
Corey Jones
Kristen Jones

24 Great-Grandchildren

Dallen D. Wright

Dallen D. Wright, age 54, of Highland, passed away Thursday at his residence.  Funeral arrangements are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


Saturday: Partly Sunny with 20% chance of Rain High: 84 Low: 65

Sunday: Partly Sunny High: 84 Low: 68


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Greenville Public Works Director Bill Grider.  Bill and Michelle will talk about boil orders.  There are several things you need to keep in mind when you are under a boil order.  We’ll let you know all of the dos and don’ts that you need to follow to keep your family safe.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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