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The storms Saturday night developed very quickly and become severe just a quickly.  Bond, Clinton, Fayette and Madison counties were all under severe thunderstorm warnings a different times Saturday night.  Trees, Corn and utility poles were all knocked down around the area. 


Smithboro and Mulberry Grove area were particularly hit hard with multiple downed trees and long power outages.  A tree even fell on the railroad tracks, blocking train traffic until it could be removed. 


911 service in Clinton County was knocked out by the storms; while repairs were made 911 calls for Clinton County were rerouted to Greenville police. 

Rain totals in Greenville were .82 inches at the sewer plant, .88 inches at 6th street and .62 inches at Idler and Route 140.  No rain is in the forecast for Labor Day but cooler temperatures are with a forecast high of around 83. 

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Illinois Department of Corrections Officers, U.S. Marshalls, Robinson, Illinois Police, Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Illinois State Police are looking for an escaped prisoner who was serving time following several convictions of burglary in Bond and Madison Counties. 

At approximately 11 a.m. Friday, Jared C. Carter, of Troy, allegedly walked away from the minimum security Robinson Correctional Center in Robinson, IL while he was cutting grass as part of a crew working just outside of the prison walls.
Carter is a white male, 6 feet tall, 210 pounds.  He has close-cropped blonde or strawberry colored hair, a lengthy goatee, and tattoos on his neck, below his ears.  He was last seen wearing prison-issued dark blue pants.  He discarded his prison-issued shirt and hat, which were recovered near the prison.

Carter was not considered a violent past offender but officials warn he can still be considered dangerous, as he is wanted by law enforcement and corrections authorities.  A Department of Corrections spokesman told WGEL that citizens are advised to be cautious and contact local law enforcement if they come in contact with Carter.



The WGEL Great Celebrity Pie Auction kicks off tomorrow.  Famous faces from around the community will show off their pie baking skills to benefit the Bond County Relay for Life.

Our guests tomorrow include Jim Leitschuh from the Bond County Sheriff’s Department, Bond County Circuit Clerk Rex Catron, Bond County Coroner Tony Brooks, and Bond County Assistant State’s Attorney Dora Mann.

Tune in to WGEL tomorrow though Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. for your chance to take home one of the delicious pies!



Infrastructure is a big part of economic development.  We spoke with Scott Lurkins, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Greenville, about a new road being built in Grenville.

Lurkins said that they are excited to be moving dirt on the access road to Buchheit coming off of Rt. 127. He added that it’s been a long time coming. 

Lurkins said that it’s exciting to see that new road going in as well as the steel going up at Carlisle Syntec.  There are several exciting projects going on in Greenville that will benefit the community.



Congressman John Shimkus visited FAYCO last week.  He told WGEL that everytime he goes to a disability workshop it brings a smile to his face.  He added that they give disabled individuals an opportunity to do productive work, interact with people, and get involved in the community. 

The individuals are able to build confidence and pride as a result of the program.  Congressman Shimkus said that he was glad that FAYCO invited him to tour the facility.  For more information about FAYCO, call their Vandalia office at 283-0638.


Dudleyville Road will be closed between Ginkgo Avenue and Hunter School Avenue starting tomorrow for bridge replacement.  A detour route will be made available.  For more information, call 664-9743.




The Kaskaskia College Community Education Department is offering a Beginning Quilting class at the Greenville Education Center.  The class is Tuesdays, September 3-17, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  A portable sewing machine is required.  The cost for students under age 60 is $45.00.  Students age 60 and older may register without charge.  For more information or to register, call 664-9394.  


The Greenville Public Library will be closed on today, in honor of Labor Day.  The library will reopen tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.




The Greenville Comets Varsity Football team came roaring back in the second half Friday night to win their season opener over Litchfield.  The Comets were down at half time and early in the third quarter but took control of the game with back to back interceptions and a string of touchdowns.  The Comets ended winning the game 54-27 and travel to take on Piasa Birds next Friday. 

The Comets Varsity Girls Tennis team traveled to Vandalia Thursday and beat their conference foe 6-3.  Singles winners include Kelsea Guy, Anya Thomas, Dhiral Patel, Katelyn Eller, and Emily Henderson.  The doubles team of Anya Thomas and Kelsea Guy won their match.

The Comets Girls Volleyball team played at Lebanon Thursday.  The JV won in three games and the Varsity won in two.

The Comets Boys Soccer team tied their St. Anthony tournament opening match 1-1 against St. Anthony on Friday. The Comets goal was scored by Dellon Sanders on a penalty kick with less than 10 seconds remining in the match. Nicholas Watterson recorded 4 saves.


Clarence T. “Steve” Kohnen

Clarence T. “Steve” Kohnen, age 90 of Germantown, passed away Friday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Boniface Cemetery or to the Germantown Fire Department First Responders.

Mr. Kohnen was born March 28, 1923 in Germantown to Theodore and Anna (Wobbe) Kohnen; they preceded him in death.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by sisters and brothers, Mary Ann, Raymond, and Lawrence Kohnen all in infancy, Vince Kohnen, Aloys Kohnen, Regina Wolbert, and Irene Kohnen; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Amanda Kohnen, Minerva Kohnen, Harold Wolbert, Louis and Regina Kohrmann, Virgil Kohrmann, Victor Kohrmann, Rosie Kohrmann, Elmer and Barb Kohrmann, Edward “Fritz” and Elsie Kohrmann, Richard and Dolores Kohrmann.

Her married Marcella Kohrmann on November 27, 1947 at Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso; she survives in Germantown.

Also surviving is his daughter, Jan (Greg) Wilburn of Germantown; 2 grandchildren, Kevin (Jamie) Wilburn and Kristen Wilburn all of Germantown; 3 great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Addison and Brandt Wilburn; a brother, Ted (Dolores) Kohnen of Germantown; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marge Kohrmann of Carlyle, Bernita Kohrmann of Germantown, Joe “Fireball” Kohrmann of Germantown, Robert (Blanche) Kohrmann of Bartelso, Ralph (Janice) Kohrmann of Bartelso; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Steve served in the United States Army during WWII and participated in the D-Day Landing at Normandy. He learned the carpentry trade prior to WWII and utilized the training to form Kohnen-Vandeloo Construction. He then founded Kohnen Concrete in 1952 in Germantown. The company was started when Steve made a concrete culvert pipe for his own house and requests from his neighbors gave him the idea of making concrete products as a business.

He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Germantown Community Development, Germantown American Legion Post 325, was a former Alderman for the Village of Germantown heading the water, sewer, and gas, was a Licensed water well and pump installation contractor, Illinois Groundwater Professional Association, and Illinois and National Precast Concrete Association.

Louise A. Smith

Louise A. Smith, age 81 of Greenville, passed away Thursday at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army.

Mary Mriscin

Mary Mriscin, age 58 of rural Alhambra, passed away on Wednesday, August 28th at her home.  A memorial visitation for 58 year-old Mary Mriscin will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston.  A Family Committal Service and burial will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Salem Cemetery near Alhambra.  Memorials are suggested to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the American Cancer Society, or to Vitas Hospice in Fairview Heights, IL.

She was born on Tuesday, June 7, 1955 in Hillsboro, IL to Leo Burris and Dorothy (Neisler) Spears. She was married to Larry E. Mriscin on April 6, 1989 in Edwardsville, IL.

Survivors include her husband: Larry E. Mriscin, Alhambra, IL. 4 Children: Amanda Blankley, her husband Eric, Livingston, IL; Stacey Mriscin and Lance Rapien, Sorento, IL; Jennifer Greathouse, her husband Kevin, Staunton, IL; and Michael Mriscin and Cindy Stone, Alhambra, IL; 13 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild; Brother: Thurman Spears, his wife Deanna, Roann, IN; Sister: Elaine Grman, her husband Nelson, Staunton, IL; Sister: Patsy Cerentano, Staunton, IL; Brother: Ronald Spears, Umatilla, OR; Sister: Donna Wassmann, her husband Tim, Broadbent, OR. Sister-in-law: Betty Spears, Marine, IL.

She was preceded in death by her Parents: Leo Burris and Dorothy (Neisler) Spears; Brother: Dennis Spears; Brother-in-law: James Cerentano.

Inez Reed

Inez Reed, age 90 of Lawrenceville, formerly of Sorento, passed away Saturday, August 31st.  Funeral services for 90 year-old Inez Reed will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Sorento Assembly of God Church.

Kayla Satterfield

Kayla L. Satterfield, 20, of Carlyle, born December 22, 1992 in Belleville, IL died Friday, August 30, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton with Pastor Mark Goldman officiating. Interment will follow in Trenton Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, September 2, 2013 from 2:00-7:00 pm and again on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from 9:00-11:00 am at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.

Memorials can be made to Multiple Sclerosis Research or to Big Brothers and Big Sisters and will be received at the funeral home. Surviving is her mother, Darla (Deien) Satterfield and friend Jack Webster of Carlyle; her father, Jack Satterfield and friend Karen Isaak of Carlyle; a brother Chad Satterfield of New Baden; maternal grandmother, Francelia (Wuest) Deien of Trenton; paternal grandmother, Dolores (Witt) Satterfield of Trenton; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Vincent Deien; paternal grandfather, Charles Satterfield; maternal great-grandparents, Arthur and Laura Wuest, Verena and Vincent Deien; and paternal great-grandparents, Hazel and Ike Satterfield, and Oliver Witt.

Kayla was a 2011 graduate of Carlyle High School where she was a member of the Student Council, FFA, FBLA, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Tomahawk Club, and participated on the volleyball team and school play. She graduated in 2013 from Kaskaskia College with a general Associate degree where she was named to the Dean’s List and President’s List. She was currently working toward a Bachelor Degree in Social Work at SIUE. Kayla was currently working at the Carlyle Healthcare Center as a CNA and attended the First Baptist Church in Carlyle.

Robert H. Neece

Robert H. Neece, age 84 of Greenville, passed away Sunday, September 1st at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 84 year-old Robert H. Neece will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville Free Methodist Church Library or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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