The City of Greenville recently acquired the parking lot on Second Street, between South Street and Summer Avenue.  On Wednesday afternoon, the City hosted two representatives from PGAV Planners in St. Louis, who highlighted several options for the lot.  Ideas discussed in the meeting included options for outdoor entertainment space. 

Greenville Economic Development Director Scott Lurkins told WGEL the City is currently using the Greenville Bicentennial celebration, to be held in 2015, as a tentative target date for the project.  Going forward, events like the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Car Show, Apple Day, and the Relay for Life could potentially utilize the space.  Lurkins said the City wants to give people in Greenville a place where they can celebrate the downtown area.

Scott Runde and Dan Belcher, of PGAV Planners in St. Louis, met Wednesday

with Greenville City officials and interested community members, to discuss options

for a parking lot the City recently acquired on Second Street.

Lurkins said PGAV are well versed in what they do and he believes this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to do something special for downtown Greenville.


Don’t miss the 26th Annual Latzer Homestead Harvest Days this weekend in Highland.  According to event chairman, Lynn Rehberger, there are a multitude of activities planned for this year’s event, including living history displays, free pony rides, a petting zoo, a shingle mill, tours of the homestead and PET Milk museum, a silent auction, and more. There will also be many demonstrations, including vintage tractors, threshing, and a steam powered saw mill.

The event runs today through Sunday.  Admission is $5 for adults, children 12 & under free.  Individuals can purchase a 3-day pass for $8.  For more information about the Annual Latzer Homestead Harvest Days, call Lynn at 654-6781 or visit the website www.highlandilhistory.org.



Greenville Family Dentistry recently welcomed a new member to their team, Dr. Eric Strand.  They will be providing an opportunity for members of the public to meet Dr. Strand today at an Open House/Patient Appreciation Event.  The event will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  There will be free pork burgers, hot dogs, and popcorn.  For more information about the open house, call the Greenville Family Dentistry office at 664-1483.


August 2013 rainfall in Greenville was .46 inches, much lower than the 46-year average of 3.13 inches.  The least rainfall in August was in 1971 when no rain fell in Greenville and the most rain, 6.9 inches, fell in 1977.



Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s 75th Annual Meeting of Members will be held tomorrow at the Greenville Junior High School.  Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. and breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 10:00 a.m. 

Active Southwestern Electric Cooperative accountholders are encouraged to vote in the co-op’s annual election, which will fill three open seats on the board of directors.  A wide variety of activities and exhibits will be available at the Annual Meeting, including a health fair, informational booths, games, inflatables, and Southwestern Electric’s Annual Junior Lineman Challenge. 

For more information about the annual meeting, call Susan File at 1-800-637-8667, ext. 5924.


The Bond County Sheriff’s Department and K-9 Unit, South Central Illinois Drug Task Force, Greenville Police Department K-9 Unit, Litchfield Police Department K-9 Unit, and Illinois State Police Drug Interdiction Squad conducted a drug interdiction initiative Tuesday morning on I-70 near the Mulberry Grove exit.  A total of seven arrests were made on drug-related charges.  Thirty two traffic stops were conducted as a part of the detail.


The Greenville Lady Comets golf team played Wednesday.  The Lady Comets shot 235, just nine strokes behind Staunton’s score of 226.  Payton Cline shot a 56, Eryn Smith 57, Whitney Gray 60, and April Stich 62.

The Greenville Lady Comets freshman volleyball team beat Alton Marquette in their season opener 25-18 and 25-14.  The Junior Varsity team lost in three games, 25-23, 22-25, and 12-25.  The Varsity team won in two games, 25-17 and 25-23.

In their home opener, the Comets soccer team defeated Southwestern Piasa 8-0.  Victor De Paola scored two goals.  Other goals were scored by Mitchell Cole, Silas Groves, Noah Owens, Mahari Holt, Jeremiah Brannon, and Will Schaufelberger.  Nicholas Watterson recorded three saves in goal to earn the shutout.

The Greenville Lady Comets varsity tennis team lost their home opener Thursday to Teutopolis 9-0.


Paul Lawrence Clanney III

Paul Lawrence Clanney III, infant son of Paul and Julia Clanney, of Collinsville, passed away Thursday at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  A memorial service will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas.  Burial will be in Brown Cemetery.  The Lesicko Funeral Home in New Douglas is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his parents Paul L. Jr. and Julia M. (Prante) Clanney of Collinsville, IL. Paternal Grandparents Paul and Sharon Clanney Sr. of Collinsville, IL. Maternal Grandparents Richard Prante of New Douglas, IL. and Amanda Micnheimer of Pierron, IL. Great Grandmother Darleen Skaggs of Collinsville, IL. and Great Grandfather Norman Micnheimer of Pocahontas, IL. and Great Great Grandmother Dorothy Micnheimer of Hillsboro, IL. Aunts and Uncles, Danny and Heather Guffey, Jordan, Jocelyn, and Janelle Prante, and numerous cousins.

He is proceeded in death by his Great Grandparents Ervin and Mildred Prante and Great Grandmother Narleen Micnheimer and Great Grandfather William H. Skaggs and Herman L. and Sylvia Clanney.

June M. Rench

June May Rench, age 89 of Greenville, passed away at 12:46 a.m. Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Helia Healthcare, Greenville.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2013 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Tommy Chapman officiating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials may be made to the Smith Grove Baptist Church.

June May, the daughter of Andrew and Marie (Charlier) Potts, was born June 15, 1924 in Greenville.  She grew up in Greenville and attended the local schools.  June and Everett Artwell Rench were united in marriage on February 14, 1942 in St. Charles, Missouri.    They enjoyed 48 years together before his passing on October 28, 1990.

June is survived by her children; Bill (Gail) Rench of Smithboro, Sherri Rench of Smithboro and Linda (Alva) McDowell of Mulberry Grove. 

June was one of 12 children; two sisters are surviving; Lee (Jim) Telford of Macon and Viola Ennen of Pleasant Mound.  Siblings preceding in death; Alice Hair, Andrew Potts, Irene Lee, Henry Potts, Earl Potts, Gene Potts, Donald Potts, Louis Potts and Maxine Potts at the age of 3.


Saturday: Sunny High: 90 Low: 67

Sunday: 30% of Rain Sunny High: 90 Low: 68


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL.  Michelle’s guest this week is Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter.  Senator McCarter recently announced he will be running for reelection in 2014.  He’ll share his thoughts on the local economy, the Murray Center, and raising the minimum wage.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL 101.7 FM.

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