We got a little rain Monday afternoon.  Officially in Greenville, 14 hundredths of an inch were measured at the Sewer Plant, 16 hundredths at the station on Sixth Street, and 13 hundredths at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.  A second cold front will come through the area today, dropping temperatures.  Wed-Friday highs will be in the mid to upper 70s. 


4-H Horse exhibitors: (L to R) Megan Miller, Joely Craver, and Eva Payne line up for the

judge in the Beginner Western Pleasure class.


Trystan Watson (left) exhibited the 4-H Champion Doe and received theChampion Junior

Showmanship award. Alyssa Watson (right) exhibited the 4-H Champion Wether at the 4-H Goat Show.


The 4-H Champion Senior Showman was Molly Thompson.


4-H Swine exhibitors (L to R) Megan Hediger, J.R. McCray, and Maddie Tebbe.  Hediger

received the awards for Senior Showmanship, Champion Gilt, and Champion Market Gilt. 

McCray was the Champion Peewee Showman. Tebbe was the Champion Junior Showman

and exhibited the Champion Barrow.

Photos courtesy of Bond County 4-H



Governor Pat Quinn recently announced $5.1 million in investments to hospitals across Southern Illinois.  Three local hospitals will receive a portion of the funds.  Greenville Regional Hospital will receive $184,175 to update the wall suction system.  St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese will receive $190,722 for roof repair and equipment upgrades.  Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia will receive $178,235 to acquire digital mammography equipment.

The investment is part of the $24.3 million set aside this fiscal year in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program.  So far under this program, hospitals have received $150 million to address their critical health care needs.



The South-Central Illinois Law Dogs, a motorcycle club made up of police officers, firemen, EMTs, and correctional officers from Bond and surrounding counties, made two check presentations Thursday afternoon.  The Law Dogs raise funds that are distributed to various local charities.

The Law Dogs presented a $1,000 check to the Bond County Food Pantry.  Accepting the

gift was Anna Oestreich, Director of the Bond County Senior Center, who oversees the food pantry.


The second gift, for $500, was given to Crystal Carpani, a representative of the Montgomery

County PAWS Care organization, which rescues and re-homes pets.  The donation will help PAWS

Care pay for vet care, transportation, and spay and neuter programs.


Prairie Farms


Randy Bergen has retired from the Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors after serving for two years to help develop and grow the hospital.  Dr. Bergen also served as acting President of Greenville College during his two years on the hospital board.  He helped maintain a partnership with the hospital which provides health care and learning opportunities for students.  Hospital Board Chairman Jeff Mollet said, “We wish Randy Bergen great success in his new role with Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He was a valued contributor to Greenville Regional Hospital and we will miss him.”    


The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education will meet in special session tonight 7:00 p.m.  The agenda includes a closed session and IASB training.


Glen F. Hobbie 

Glen F. Hobbie, 77, of Ramsey, passed Friday at Springfield Memorial Medical Center.  Funeral services will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.  Burial will be in Witt Cemetery in Witt, IL. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Lutheran Church Youth Groups or to the American Cancer Society.  The Holt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hobbie was born April 24, 1936 in Witt, IL, the son of Herman Hobbie and Anna Renken.  He married Sharon (Lee) Hobbie on November 28, 1959 in Witt, IL, together they have one son and one daughter.  Mr. Hobbie was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1955 and made his career start in the major leagues as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs in 1957.  He was then traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 where he finished his career in major league baseball.  Later in life Glen went on to be a supervisor for the Roller Derby Association in Litchfield, IL. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

Mr. Hobbie is survived by his wife Sharon of Ramsey; son Glen K. Hobbie and wife Debbie of Ramsey; daughter Linda and husband Jim Rhoads of Litchfield; brothers David Hobbie and wife Carol of Hillsboro, Roy Hobbie of Godfrey, Kenneth Hobbie and wife Delores of Mt. Zion; sister Betty Hobbie of Hillsboro; grandchildren Bryan Hobbie, Eric Hobbie and fiancé Kelsey Johnson, Laura Hobbie, and Anthony Rhoads.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Barbara Jean Hoffstetter

Barbara Jean Hoffstetter, age 71, of Greenville, passed away Sunday at Alhambra Care Center.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the Relay for Life.

Barbara Jean, the daughter of Jacob Friedman and Theodora Cohen, was born October 25, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York.  At the age of 4, she moved with her family to Nuremberg, Germany where her father was a communication specialist covering the Nuremberg Trials.  The family then moved to Morocco, Barbara attended the local schools there and graduated High School in the Philippines. 

Barbara and Gary Hoffstetter were united in marriage on March 14, 1979 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  After their marriage, Barbara and Gary lived at the Marshall Islands were Gary did work for the Defense Department.  They then moved to North Dakota for 3 years, Topeka, Kansas for 2 years and then to St. Louis, Missouri where they made their home for 25 years as Gary worked for South Western Bell.  In 1997 Barbara and Gary moved to Dallas, Texas as the corporate office for South Western Bell had moved.  Greenville, Illinois was the final destination moving here in 2004.  Barbara was very active and on the committee for the Bond County Relay for Life.

She is the mother of Gary Fred (Cheryl) Hoffstetter of Staunton, Illinois and Anna (Hal) Bumgarner of Chanute, Kansas.  Also surviving is a sister Lee Grossman of Concord, North Carolina and 4 grandchildren; Nicholas, Theodore, Nelson and Tristen.

Betty Ann Eaton 

Betty Ann Eaton, age 75, of Breese, passed away Sunday at Countryside Manor in Aviston.  A memorial mass will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese.  Friends may call Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church.  Memorials are suggested to the Clinton County Relay for Life. The Hempen Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of arrangements.

She was born October 29, 1937 in Breese, daughter of Fred and Veronica (Leonard) Robke.  She married George W. Eaton January 18, 1958 in Germantown and he preceded her in death July 1, 2009.

She is survived by her children, Craig Eaton of Maryville, Lisa (Roger) Ball of Springfield, and Kelly (Tom Golder) Toennies of O’Fallon; five grandchildren, Ericka, Anna, Evan, Drew, and Tia; a sister, Lu (Roger) Thien of Breese; and a brother, Jim (Barb) Robke of Aviston.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Mrs. Eaton was a secretary at Scott Air Force Base, a volunteer for the food pantry, and also worked the crisis hotline. She was a member of St. Dominic Parish and Altar Sodality, and the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary. Betty had a green thumb and enjoyed her plants, and she loved to crochet.

Lois Lappie

Lois Lappie, age 83, of New Douglas, passed away Sunday, August 4, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville.  Graveside services will be held Friday, at 6:00 p.m. at New Douglas Cemetery.  Following the services, there will be a celebration of life meal at the New Douglas Senior Citizens Community Center in honor of Lois.  The Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on Monday, August 19, 1929 in New Douglas, IL to Daniel and Lottie (Forbes) Boles. She was married to Joseph Lappie on November 14, 1945 at Greenville, IL. He preceded her in death on Saturday, April 12, 2003.

Lois was a Nurses Aid with the Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra, IL for 4 years and later worked for the Madison County Homecare.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, New Douglas IL; Charter Member of the New Douglas Community Club; and a member of the New Douglas Senior Citizens.

Survivors include her 3 Daughters: Barb DiDonato, her husband, Michael, Chatham, IL; Raenae Mansholt, her husband, Rollie, Alhambra, IL; Kim Lappie-Pakovich, her husband John, Panama, IL; 5 Grandchildren: Rachelle Mansholt, Guido DiDonato, Rhet Mansholt, Rachel DiDonato-Tinsley, and Noah Notter; 11 Great Grandchildren; Kelsey Weissman, Jessie Weissman, Riley Mansholt, Brandt Mansholt, Baela Tinsley, Nace Tinsley, Geno DiDonato, Jonnie Pakovich, Joseph Notter, Logan Notter, and Garrett Notter; Sister: Alta McBroom, Hillsboro, IL;

She was preceded in death by her Parents: Daniel and Lottie (Forbes) Boles Husband: Joseph Lappie; Son: Lonnie J. Lappie; Brother: Kenneth Boles; Sister: Nettie Rosenthal


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