The Simple Room in Greenville held an open house Tuesday evening.

Students had the opportunity to sign up for 2013-2014 programs and help themselves

to a complimentary book. Guests were served snacks created using produce grown

by students in the Simple Room's Community Garden.


The Greenville Plan Commission approved the concept of the Greenville Commons development at their meeting Monday night.  The new concept plan calls for the demolition of the old Greenville Junior High School buildings.  This is a change from the concept plan presented last month, which called for the gym to be used as a hall and the old classrooms to be used as storage space. 

The new plan contains 86 rental units, where the last plan called for 59 units.  Since Greenville Commons is a Planned Urban Development, the city has the ability to put certain conditions in place prior to approval.  One of those conditions mandates that construction of the apartment buildings cannot start until the demolition of the old buildings starts, and that no occupancy permit will be issued until the completion of demolition.  Developer Thomas Bow mentioned at the meeting that bids for demolition of the old school buildings have been as high as $400,000.  

Bow presented the changes to the Plan Commission and said the entire construction process could take about 18 months.  The Plan Commission voted to recommend that the City Council approval the concept plan.  The City Council will next meet on Tuesday, September 10th.  If the council gives its approval the next step will be to have a preliminary plat done for further review.     


The listening area has experienced surprisingly cool temperatures and moist weather through most of this summer.  The forecast for this week, however, is calling for more traditional summer temperatures.  Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jim Kramper at the National Weather Service Office in St. Louis told WGEL that it definitely looks like summer will make a strong showing through the end of August and possibly into the first week of September.

High temperatures should range from 94 to 96 over the next week, with heat indices hitting 100 almost every day.  Kramper said people need to pay attention, don’t over-exert yourself, and keep plenty of water nearby.  According to Kramper, the heat can sneak up on you very quickly.  He said you may feel find one minute and the next you may literally pass out.

Stay tuned to WGEL 101.7 FM for the lastes weather information.


Aumann Auctions recently made two world-record sales.  They sold a John Deere Experimental 101 for a record $240,000 at the Barb and Ron Koogler John Deere collection Auction on Saturday, August 17th, in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  Only two Experimental 101s were created; one was privately owned by the Koogler’s, while the other belongs to the John Deere Company.  A rare pedal tractor also set a world record, selling for $70,000.  The Kooglers also owned a 1949 John Deere Coffin Block A Pedal Tractor, one of only eight known to exist. 




At the Pocahontas Village Board meeting Monday night, the first order of business was the swearing in of Tim McKnight as a new Pocahontas Village Trustee.

The board passed an ordinance that establishes prevailing wages for workers employed in Public Works by the Village of Pocahontas.

A request for approval of a Special Use for a metal garage on a lot with no home was tabled. Kevin Sybert, the village attorney, stated reasons it may not be appropriate. The board intends to look into the matter further.


Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters responded Monday at 6:27 p.m. to a report of wires down on Kavanaugh Street in Pocahontas.  According to Fire Chief Kendall Brink, there was a fire, but homeowners had extinguished it by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.  According to Brink, the wires had somehow come loose from the building.  Firefighters provided traffic control and contacted Ameren to inform them of the down wires.


WGEL is giving away two family four packs of tickets to this Thursday’s St. Louis Rams pre-season game against the Baltimore Ravens.  The tickets were donated by Watson’s Drug store in Greenville.

Tune in to WGEL Wednesday afternoon and be the right caller when we open up the ticket window…no purchase necessary! 


In girls golf, at Saturday’s Mascoutah Invitational, Nashville won the tournament with a score of 308.  Greenville shot a 464.  Morgan Libbert had 111, Eryn Smith 113, Payton Cline 114, Whitney Gray 126, and April Stich 146.  Greenville also competed Monday night at the Hillsboro Country Club.  Pana shot a 202 and Greenville shot a 244.

The Lady Comets tennis team defeated conference rival Roxana 5-4 Tuesday at Roxana.  Singles winners were Dhiral Patel, Katelyn Eller, and Katie Timmerman.  Doubles winners were Kelsea Guy / Anya Thomas and Rebecca Sponsler / Emily Henderson.

The Comets soccer team lost their season opener to Breese Central 1-2.  Silas Groves scored the lone goal in regulation play.  After two ten-minute overtimes, the game was still tied.  The Breese Central Cougars won on the 7th penalty kick.  Nicholas Watterson made some great saves in goal.

The Comets boys golf team competed Tuesday.  The Greenville team won the competition shooting a 160, Southwestern had 189, and Carlinville 192.  Wernle and Pickett shot 37, Brauns 38, Durborow 48, and Davis and Suess 52.  The Comets are now 4-0.

The Greenville Junior High Baseball team split two games so far this week.  The Bluejays lost to Highland 10-7 on Monday; then bounced back to beat Gillespie 6-3 on Tuesday.  The Bluejays are 9-6 so far this season. 


Todd W. Bandy

Todd W. Bandy, age 35 of New Berlin, formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away Sunday at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Southern View Chapel in Springfield.  Burial will be at Liberty Cemetery in Mulberry Grove.  Friends may call on Wednesday from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Southern View Chapel. The Staab Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

He was born February 18, 1978 in Mulberry Grove, IL to David and Phyllis Hilton Bandy. He married Tara L. Slater on August 24, 2004 and she survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Samantha; a son, Jax; parents, David and Phyllis Bandy of Mulberry Grove; brothers, Brian (Joy) Bandy and their children, Chris and Halle of New Berlin and Scott (Kami) Bandy of Hillsboro, OR; In-laws, Phillip and Pamela Slater of Springfield and several aunts and uncles.

Todd was a member of Southern View Chapel. He was a graduate of SIUC and was an avid Saluki fan. He worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Kenneth L. Gunn

Kenneth L. Gunn, age 72 of New Baden, passed away Tuesday.  Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.  Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery in New Baden with full military honors.  Friends may call on Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Clinton Manor Activity Fund or to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.

He was born December 23, 1940 in Tallulah, LA, son of Lee and Maebeloe (Panquin) Gunn, Sr.  He married Glenda Pauline Wyant on May 14, 1960 in Gilman City, MO and she preceded him in death on March 17, 2011.

He is survived by his children, Susan (Steve) Thurnau of St. Jacob, Jonathan (Lisa) Gunn, Christopher Gunn and Matthew (Lynn) Gunn all of New Baden; six grandchildren, Stefan (Lyndsie) Thurnau, Stacey Thurnau, Shari Thurnau, Joshua Gunn, Evan Gunn and Zackery Gunn; a great-grandchild, Charles Thurnau; brothers, J.C. Gunn, Lee Gunn, Jr., Walter (Ruby) Gunn and Paul Gunn; sister-in-law, Judith Ross; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, James Ross.

Mr. Gunn was an aircraft ground equipment mechanic at Scott Air Force Base.  After his high school graduation he served in the United States Army and Air Force and retired from the 932nd Airlift Wing at Scott Air Force Base in 1995.  He was a Cub Scout leader from 1971 to 1974. He enjoyed R.C. cars and planes, was a member of the Sport Flyers RC Club, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Robert L. White

Robert L. White, age 79 of Marine, passed away Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Maxey Cemetery in Smithboro.  Friends may call on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the White family. 

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