St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland opened their new facility Thursday. The new hospital building is located on Troxler Avenue, across Rt. 160 from Highland High School.

Randy Schorfheide, Director of Community Relations at St. Joseph’s, said that the new hospital was designed with the patient in mind. The new building is more efficient, offers enhanced privacy, and features state-of-the art equipment.

Three ribbon cuttings were held Thursday; one for the main hospital, one for the medical offices, and the third for Highland Priority Care.

Hospital and community officials cut the celebratory ribbon, commemorating the

opening of the new St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.

The lobby view of the new St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.


The 2013 Relay for Life of Bond County will be held September 13th and 14th at the Greenville High School track.  Relay representative Gina Lewis said that tomorrow they will host the annual ‘Paint Our Town Purple’ event. 

There will be a short program at 9:00 a.m. on the courthouse lawn.  A proclamation will be read by Mayor Alan Gaffner.  Following the proclamation, the mayor will paint a purple ribbon on Main Street and Relay teams will put up purple ribbons throughout Greenville and Bond County.  There is no charge for the ribbons.  Everyone is invited to attend.

This year’s Paint Our Town Purple event is organized by Lewis and Kelli Lahr.


In support of this year's Relay for Life, WGEL is proud to announce the details for this year's Great Celebrity Pie Auction!

This year’s auction will be held Tuesday, September 3rd through Thursday, September 5th.

Our guests Tuesday, September 3rd include Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown, Bond County Circuit Clerk Rex Catron, Bond County Coroner Tony Brooks, and Bond County Assistant State’s Attorney Dora Mann.

On Wednesday, September 4th WGEL will host Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer, Greenville Junior High Principal Gary Brauns, Reverend Darryl Bolen, WGEL Farm Reporter Joe Doll, and Bond County Board Member Gerald “Spanky” McCray.

Our guests Thursday, September 5th will be Mulberry Grove Unit 1 High School Principal Ryan Bauer, Greenville Elementary School Principal Eric Swingler, Sorento Center Principal Bill Carpenter, Greenville Code Enforcement Officer Matt Willman, Greenville Economic Development Director Scott Lurkins, and Randy Alderman from Bradford National Bank.



Arthur Young Chevrolet in Vandalia recently completed Phase I of a remodeling project.  Dennis Young from the dealership said that Arthur Young Chevrolet will celebrate 53 years in business in November, so they decided to give the front of the building a facelift.

The renovation also included new windows, ceilings and lights, doors, flooring, and furniture in the show room. Young said next month crews will take on Phase II of the project, which will include remodeling the service department.

Arthur Young Chevrolet is located at 122 West Gallatin Street in Vandalia.


The Shoal Creek ABATE Annual Summer Bash will be held today and tomorrow at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.  The gates will open at noon.  There will be live music both nights, a bike show, field events, outhouse races, and more.  Camping will be allowed.  Advanced tickets are $15 for ABATE members and $20 for non members.  Tickets will also be available at the gate for $5 more.   Attendees must be 21 or older to enter.  For more information, call 618-292-4014.


Greenville will be an overnight stop for a coast-to-coast motorcycle trek next year.  Greenville Tourism Director John Goldsmith told WGEL the project is a centennial celebration of a trip made in 1914 by a man named Erwin “Cannonball” Baker.  Baker was a something of a daredevil, trendsetter, and pioneer of motorcycling and automobiles. 

He made a cross-country trip from San Diego to New York on an Indian motorcycle in 11 ½ days.  At the time, most of the roads that Baker travelled on were dirt or mud, making the trip very exciting. 

The Cannon Ball Project will leave San Diego on May 3rd, 2014 and arrive in Greenville on Friday, May 9th.  For more information about this upcoming event, call the Greenville Tourism Office at 664-9272.



The St. Lawrence Relay for Life Team is having a Trivia Night tonight at the church.  The cost is $100.00 per table with a maximum of eight people per table.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with game play starting at 7:00. Refreshments will be available.  All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Bond County. To register, call 339-8840.


The Illinois State Historical Society recently honored 29 Illinois churches that were celebrating their Sesquicentennial.  One of the churches that was honored was the Reno Bethel Presbyterian Church located in Bond County.  The Reno Bethel Presbyterian Church was established on September 15th, 1825, when a commission of the Presbytery of Missouri met at Shoal Creek to divide an already existing congregation.

Each church received a certificate inscribed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois State Historical Society President Russell Lewis.

ISHS President Russell Lewis presents a 2013 Illinois Sesquicentennial Church Award to Reno Bethel Presbyterian Church representatives on Saturday, July 27, at the United Presbyterian Church in Peoria. 

Photo courtesy of the ISHS.


The City of Greenville will resurface several streets over the next few days.  On Monday workers will begin resurfacing Elm Street, from Main to Beaumont, and College Avenue, from Prairie to Dewey.  The project should be completed by Tuesday evening.  Residents are asked not to park vehicles along Elm Street and College Avenue during this time.  For more information, call the city at 664-1644.


Fritz Jahnssen

Fritz Jahnssen, age 82, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday at the Montgomery Nursing and Rehab Center.  Funeral services will be today at 11:00 a.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice, the First Christian Church, or Bond Christian Service Camp.

Fritz, the son of Fritz and Adele Hamel Jahnssen, was born September 23, 1930 in Greenville.  He grew up on the Jahnssen family farm, attended the local schools and graduated from Greenville High School with the class of 1949.  Fritz served our country in the United States Army Reserves for 12 years. 

Fritz and Connie L. Wise were united in marriage on October 22, 1976.  They were married at the First Christian Church in Greenville by Darryl Bolen.

Mr. Jahnssen worked as a forestry foreman for Southwestern Electric for over 20 years, retiring in 1992.  He was an excellent woodworker, loved camping, fishing, jigsaw puzzles and gardening.

Surviving are his children; Kathy Reynolds (Harold) of Hillsboro, IL, Fritz "Jody" Jahnssen (Cindy) of Summerfield, NC, Phyllis Atchison (Robert) of Pocahontas, IL, JR Paradee (Carla) of Greenville and Monica Barnhart (Clint) of Mulberry Grove, IL.  He is the loving grandfather of 1 granddaughter, 11 step-grandchildren, 19 step great-grandchildren and 1 step great-great-granddaughter.

Paul B. Schulte

Paul B. Schulte, age 60, of Cahokia and formerly of Aviston, passed away Wednesday at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery in Aviston.  Friends may call Saturday from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the family.  The Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Schulte was born February 11, 1953 in Breese to Arthur and Therese (Wesselmann) Schulte; they preceded him in death.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Schulte.

Surviving are his siblings, Rita (Allen) Strubhart of Aviston, Arthur J. (Diane) Schulte, Jr. of Caseyville, Henrietta Schulte of Germantown, Margie (Roger) Albers of Germantown, and Mary Ann (Mark) Thole of Carlyle; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Paul worked as a farmhand for Middeke Chicken Farm in St. Rose and formerly worked at Arrow Group Industries in Breese.

He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston.

Bonnie L. Eddy

Bonnie L. Eddy, age 62, of Marine, passed away Wednesday at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Marine Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children or the American Cancer Society.

She was born on Tuesday, August 14, 1951, in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of Kermit and Edna (nee Tally) Parkerson.

On Sunday, October 19, 1969, she married Donnie Eugene Eddy who survives.

Mrs. Eddy was born in St. Louis and raised in Pinckneyville, IL. She and her husband lived in the Washington Park/E. St. Louis, IL area and moved to Marine in 1976. She enjoyed watching sports, especially her grandchildren playing baseball, and followed the St. Louis Blues and Cardinals. She also enjoyed playing Bingo and fishing.

Survivors include:
Husband - Donnie E. Eddy, Marine, IL
Son - Donnie D. (Sandi) Eddy, Highland, IL
Daughter - April D. (Chris) Prusa, Alhambra, IL
Grandchild - Payton Eddy, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Bryce Eddy, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Joshua Prusa, Alhambra, IL
Grandchild - Tyler Prusa, Alhambra, IL
Brother - Carl (Teresa) Parkerson, St. Libory, IL
Half Sister - Patricia Hardin
Half Sister - Kim Brooks
Half Sister - Jennifer Parkerson

She was preceded in death by:
Father - Kermit D. "Dale" Parkerson
Mother - Edna Mae Parkerson, nee Tally
Sister - Effie Annette Parkerson

William A. Howard

William A. Howard, age 75 of Highland, passed away Wednesday at Highland Health Care Center.  A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 31, at 12:00 p.m. at McKendree Chapel Cemetery in Keyesport.  Friends may call Saturday, August 31, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.  Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Association.

Mr. Howard was born at Evanston, IL; grew up in Norwood Park and Glenview, IL. He attended Niles Township High School and graduated from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, with a degree in Sociology. He and his wife had lived in Fairfield, IA; Chicago area (Evanston, Mundelein & Vernon Hills); moving to Highland in 2000. Bill had served in the US Army in the late 1950's /early 60's with duty in Europe. He worked for many years for Signode Corporation as a salesman, in the factory and then quality control. He retired as Director of Quality Control in the late 1990's. He enjoyed fishing, playing golf, visiting with people, and working in his yard. He loved dogs. In his youth, Bill played the trumpet and drums in a jazz band. He continued to enjoy listening to jazz.

Survivors include:
Daughter - Meg E. (Quintin) Overocker, El Paso, IL
Daughter - Kimberly L. Howard, East Moline, IL
Grandchild - Sophie A. Howard, El Paso, IL
Grandchild - Lacey J. Overocker, El Paso, IL
Sister - Charlotte A. (John) Solarz, Sinsinawa, WI

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Harvey H. Howard
Mother - Margaret L. Howard nee Crippen
Wife - Jeane D. "Bup" Howard nee Delaplain died 11/26/2009
Brother - Stillborn Infant

Ronald Snow

Ronald Snow, age 69, passed away on Wednesday, August 21st at the Highland Healthcare Facility.  Funeral arrangements for 69 year-old Ronald Snow are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.


SATURDAY - sunny, high 87, low 63

SUNDAY - sunny, high 89, low 69


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Ed Barsotti, Executive Director of the League of Illinois Bicyclists.  With kids going back to school and cooler temperatures on the way, many individuals will be riding their bikes more often.  Ed and Michelle will talk about some of the safety issues that you should keep in mind when you’re enjoying a bike ride.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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