In last week’s Greenville City Council meeting, it was announced that Greenville Regional Hospital and the Alden Network, the organization that has assumed management of Fair Oaks Nursing Home, are exploring a sales agreement.
WGEL spoke with Greenville Regional Hospital President & CEO Brian Nall, about the potential sale of Fair Oaks Nursing Home.

Nall said that since entering into a management agreement with the Alden Network on July 15, both parties have decided that a sale agreement would be more beneficial.  Nall said five sets of attorneys are working on the agreement, including legal counsel for both GRH and Alden, labor attorneys, bank counsel, and bond counsel. Nall said the agreement will take a lot of effort, but all parties are on the same page to make it work.

Fair Oaks Nursing Home

The sales agreement between Greenville Regional Hospital and the Alden Network will require Greenville City Council approval.  The council has added the matter to the agenda for their special meeting to be held tonight.


Floyd and Brenda Post, of Greenville, were injured in a serious motorcycle accident on Sunday, July 28th.  Friends and family members have come together in an attempt to raise funds for the Posts during this time of need. 

WGEL spoke with Randi Workman, coordinator of the fund raising efforts, who said the response has been “fantastic”.  A special event was held at Door Three of the Greenville Elementary School, where Brenda works as the School Secretary, a few weeks ago.  Close to $4,000 was donated in the form of cash, checks, and gift cards.

Bracelets are also being sold to benefit Floyd and Brenda Post.  The bracelets say “You Go Girl” which is a phrase Brenda frequently uses.  Sale of bracelets at school registration generated approximately $300.  The bracelets were also sold at the GES Back to School Carnival Friday night.

Funds raised are used to help Brenda’s family with travel and associated expenses.  For more information or to make a donation, call Workman at 972-9804.






GES Back to School Carnival on Friday

Remember to watch for the little one's back at the bus stops starting this morning.


Boat owners across the state will want to make sure that their registration is up-to-date.  We spoke with Illinois Department of Natural Resources Communications Director, Chris McCloud, who told us this is the first year the IDNR has not sent out watercraft registration renewal notifications to let boat owners know that their registration is expiring. 

McCloud said there are two reasons for the change.  The first is financial.  McCloud said it’s no secret that the State of Illinois is experiencing tough financial times and the IDNR is trying to tighten their belt and save where they can.  The second is that they’re attempting to go paperless.  With modern technology, McCloud says most boat owners are able to access important information and documents online. McCloud stressed that ultimately it is the responsibility of the boat owner to get their permit renewed. According to McCloud, at this time the IDNR has no plans to send out renewal notices in the future. 

For more information on how to update your boat’s registration, visit the website www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/boating.



It was perfect football weather for the first Junior Comets home game of the season vs. Gillespie.  The 5th grade lost 14-12, the 6th grade won 38-6, the 7th grade lost 14-0 and the 8th grade won 46-6.  The Jr. Comets play on Saturdays. 




St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland will begin moving patients to their new facility on Thursday.  Randy Schorfheide, Director of Community Relations and Development, told WGEL that at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday they will begin transferring patients from the current hospital building to the new facility, located across the street from Highland High School. Schorfheide added that the new hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that will combine new technology and the expertise of their doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff to provide a comprehensive healing environment for local residents.

On the day of the patient transfer, officials request visitors refrain from visiting patients until after 1:00 p.m.  This will ensure hospital staff have the opportunity to get patients settled into their new room.  For more information about the move or the new facility, call the hospital at 651-2600.



The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education will meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library.  Items on the agenda include a resignation and leave of absence, preliminary 2014 budget, bid for removal and replacement of boiler, and a closed session.



Students everywhere have got their backpacks packed and pencils sharpened in preparation for the new school year.  Greenville students started their year today. Sergeant Deb Keserauskis of the Greenville Police Department reminds everyone that adults need to be prepared during this time as well.

Keserauskis said, "the kids will be out in force.”  They will be standing around bus stop areas and walking on city streets.  She reminds drivers that kids may have their minds on school and may not always pay the best attention. She also reminds motorists that there are laws that may suspend your driver’s license if you drive past a bus arm.  Drivers must stop when a bus arm is extended.

In addition, drivers need to obey school zone speed limits during school hours and when children are present, do not use your cell phone in school zones, do not text while driving, wear your seatbelt, and be patient with the increased traffic flow during the morning and afternoon hours.  Parents should remind their children who walk to stay on the sidewalks and to always travel with a friend.  For more information and safety tips, contact your local police department.


The Bond County Food Pantry recently received a grant for $1,000 from the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Program.  The funds will be used to purchase food for the pantry.

From August 2012 to July 2013, the pantry served 8,658 individuals from 2,510 households.  The food pantry is open Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  For more information, to make a donation, or to volunteer your time, contact the Bond County Senior Center at 664-1465.




Stephanie R. Matlock

Stephanie R. Matlock, age 53, of Staunton, passed away Friday at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 24, at 2 p.m. at Concordia Hall in Staunton.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the “Be My Match” stem cell transplant organization, St. Paul United Church of Christ in Staunton or to the donor’s choice. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

She was born July 01, 1960, in East St. Louis, IL, the daughter of E. Donald and Tavy Dolores (nee Stoner) Matlock.

She was a member of Saint Paul United Church of Christ. She was also the Secretary of Concordia Hall in Staunton.

Stephanie was born in East St. Louis, IL, and grew up in Highland. She was a 1978 graduate of Highland High School. She worked 25 years at GCS Federal Credit Union in Granite City, IL. She loved riding with Terry on their Harley Davidson Motorcycle. She also loved Cardinal Baseball, doing yard work, watching House Hunters International on TV, and spending time with family and friends. She traveled extensively around the world, but especially loved the tropics. Stephanie was out-going and made friends with anyone she met, no matter where she was.

Survivors include :
Father - E. Donald Matlock, Staunton, IL
Sister - Stacie R. Matlock, Staunton, IL
Best Friend and Loving Companion - Terry B. Murphy, Staunton, IL
Nephew - Jake (Sandy Dalzotto) Gerhardt, Edwardsville, IL
Nephew - Justin Gerhardt, Staunton, IL
Great Niece - Serenity Gerhardt
Great Niece - Luxie Gerhardt
Numerous Family Members - .
Friends - Many

She was preceded in death by :
Mother - Tavy Dolores Matlock nee Stoner died 1/21/1996


Jessie Wilhelmine (Mollet) Arnett, age 83 of Vienna, Virginia, formerly of Greenville, passed away on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Vienna, Virginia.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, August 22, 2013 in Robinson Cemetery west of Greenville north of Pocahontas, Illinois.
The family will recieve friends from 10 a.m. Thursday morning until 11 a.m. Thursday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Jessie Wilhelmine Mollet, the daughter of Harold A. Mollet and Laura W. Schmitt Mollet was born on December 23, 1929 in Arrowsmith, Ilinois. She was the eldest daughter, and is survived by her sister Laura Mae and husband William Haas of McCalla, Alabama, and is preceded in death by her sister Emma Lee Mclintire. She was raised here in Greenville.  Jessie and the late Orville Arnett were united in marriage in Greenvile on April 10, 1955 by Rev. Paul Brown and are the parents of five children who survive: David R. Arnett and wife, Dora of Fremont, CA; Michael C. Arnett Sr. and wife, Dawn of Port St. Lucie, FL; Kathlen L. Meyer of Ijamsville, MD; Orville Harold Arnett of Vienna, VA; and Christopher J. Arnett and wife, Mary, of Ellicott City, MD. She is also survived by grandchildren: Michael Arnett, Susan Arnett, Laura Arnett, Jennifer Arnett, Samantha Arnett, Rachel Meyer, Sarah Jessie Meyer, Benjamin Arnett, and one great-granddaughter Elise Arnett.

Phyllis A. Wiedner

Phyllis Ann Wiedner, age 69 of Pontoon Beach, IL, died Friday, August 16, 2013, at her residence.
Visitation will be held from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Funeral service will be at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL, with Rev. Christopher W. Hill, Senior Pastor of Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, IL officiating.

Interment will be at Saint Paul UCC Cemetery in Holland, IN at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Highland Animal Shelter.

She was born May 12, 1944, in Owensboro, KY, the daughter of Rev. Robert F. and Lavern L. (nee Lang) Tormohlen.

On June 11, 1966, she married Ronald A. Wiedner O.D. who passed away on July 03, 2009.

She was a member of White Shrine-Highland, IL; Long Standing Member of the United Church of Christ.

Born in Owensboro, KY; reared in Owensboro, KY, Holland, IN, and Edwardsville, IL. Graduate of Edwardsville High School and later Greenville College with a Bachelor Degree in Teaching. After marriage she raised her family. She enjoyed travelling, vacations with her family, camping, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.Mr. Wiedner was a optometrist and had a private practice in Highland from 1953 to 1972; later he practiced in St. Louis for Sears and Pearl Vision.

Survivors include :
Daughter - Ruth A. (Terry) Kunz, Saint Peters, MO
Son - Ronald A. (Carrie DeJiacomo) Wiedner, Highlands Ranch, CO
Daughter - Charleene E. (Bernie) Clardy, Pontoon Beach, IL
Grandchild - Danika A. Kingsley
Grandchild - Mikayla M. Kingsley
Grandchild - William B. Kingsley
Grandchild - Kristen M. Clardy
Grandchild - Brittney M. Gillespie
Grandchild - Austyn T. Kunz
Grandchild - Gabriel R. Kunz
Grandchild - Ronald A. Wiedner III
Grandchild - Jacob A. Collinge-Wiedner
Granddaughter - Expecting Granddaughter in Oct. - Rachel Kathleen Ann Wiedner
Brother - Rev. George (Lois) Tormohlen, Overland Park, KS
Sister In-law - Sandra Wiedner, Trenton, IL

She was preceded in death :
Father - Rev. Robert F. Tormohlen
Mother - Lavern L. Tormohlen
Husband - Ronald A. Wiedner O.D. (died 07/03/2009)
Brother In-law - Clay A. Wiedner

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.


Paul E. Schmitt

Paul E. Schmitt, age 77 of Highland, IL, died Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Saint Joseph Hospital in Highland, IL.  He was born on Saturday, June 06, 1936, in Highland, IL, the son of Edward J. and Anna M. (nee Reidelberger) Schmitt.

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL, and from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM, on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland, IL, with Rev. Fr. Charles A. Edwards, Pastor, St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL, officiating.

Interment will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Masses; Hospice of Southern Illinois; or Highland EMTs.

On Saturday, October 10, 1959, he married Barbara A. Schmitt (nee Frey) who passed away March 31, 2009.

He was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL; former Teamster Local 525 (25 years) - Alton, IL; Knights of Columbus #1580 (since 1958) - Highland, IL; Highland Precinct Committeman 1992-1998; former Highland Jaycees; Highland Zoning Board (1999); former Volunteer Highland Fireman.

Born at Highland; grew up in Grantfork; graduated from St. Paul High School in 1954; served in the US Navy from 1956-1958. He was stationed in San Diego, CA and was an aircraft mechanic. He operated the Grantfork Bowl from July of 1958 to 1968, owned Doug's Shoe Store form 1968-1969 and owned Dog and Suds at Highland from 1969-1971. From 1971 to 1977 traveled for Dog and Suds, Inc. throughout the south and midwest. He started working for the State of Illinois Department of Transportation in 1977 and retired in 1999. He then volunteered at the Highland Fire Depatment from 1979-1997, was the treasurer of the department in 1988 and 1989, and president in 1992. He also worked with the Highland EMS Department in 1990-1997, and was awarded the E.M.T. of the Year award in 1993. He retired in 1998 from the EMS & Fire Department. Mr. Schmitt was a Past Precinct Committeeman (1992-1998); was a member of the Highland Zoning Board in 1999. He never missed his grandchildrens sporting events. He enjoyed bus tours, Tuesday afternoon gatherings with friends, and was very faithful to Perpetual Adoration Prayers every Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 at St. Joseph Hospital, Highland, IL.

Survivors include:
Daughter - Kim A. Brogan, Saint Charles, MO
Daughter - Sherri L. (Timothy) Patek, Troy, IL
Grandchild - Jerica R. Patek, Troy, IL
Grandchild - Austin T. Patek, Troy, IL
Grandchild - Destin M. Patek, Troy, IL
Grandchild - Riley A. Brogan, St. Charles, MO
Sister - Dianne J. Frey, St. Louis, MO
Sister - Pat A. (Braden) Winter, Charlotte, NC
Nieces and Nephews - Many.

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Edward Joseph Schmitt
Mother - Anna Mary Schmitt nee Reidelberger
Wife - Barbara A. Schmitt nee Frey died 03/31/2009.

Paul F. Bergmann

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday August 22, 2013 at 10:00 am at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown with Fr. James Buerster officiating. Interment St. Boniface Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday August 22 from 9:30 am to time of service at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Germantown
Memorials can be made to Germantown Public Library and will be received at the church or through Moss Funeral Home who is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Paul F. "Trotter" Bergmann 82 of Germantown died Thursday August 15, 2013 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born October 21, 1930 in East St. Louis, IL to John and Mary (Schemel) Bergmann. they preceded him in death.

He married Rena Mittino July 7, 1992 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown and she preceded him in death September 16, 2012.

Also preceded in death by brothers Raymond Bergmann, and John “Jack” Bergmann
Surviving is a step daughter Donna Bahara of Austin TX.
Paul retired from General Electric in St. Louis, MO
Member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown, American Legion Post 325 in Germantown.

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