The old Amoco on Rt. 127, south of Greenville near the I-70 exit, was torn down Friday.

Greenville City Manager Dave Willey told WGEL that the city is very pleased that the new owners of the property have decided to tear down the building.  Willey said the empty building was not a pretty picture as people entered the community. Once the site is cleaned up, Willey said it could provide an access point to the ground behind it, which was formerly owned by Sigma Chemical.  That property, approximately 300 acres that fronts I-70 behind Love’s truck stop, is currently available for development. 

For information on the development opportunities around the old Amoco site, call the Greenville Municipal Building at 664-1644.

Various stages of the Amoco demolition, taken throughout the day Friday...



If you tuned in to the WGEL Pie Auction for the Relay for Life last week, you may have noticed that many bids were placed in memory of Greenville resident Dave Marti.   Dave was an active part of the community and very involved as a volunteer in the Greenville Fire Protection District. He passed last week, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

WGEL spoke with Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston, who shared his thoughts about what Dave Marti meant to the Fire Department and to the community.

Bill said he’s known Dave over the years as both a friend and a firefighter and that he considers Dave an extension of his own family.

Bill told us people who aren’t volunteer firemen may not realize what those volunteers often give up.  They all have jobs and families, and as volunteer firemen, they often miss out on other aspects, particularly with family, due to trainings, fire calls, or responding to accidents.  Bill said there were many times he knew Dave should have been working out in the fields or with his family, but Dave knew his community needed him, too. 

Bill said he was proud to have known Dave and said he was confident that all of the fire departments in Bond County would echo those sentiments.

Marti was a captain with the Greenville Fire Protection District and had previously served as a trustee on the district’s board.

Funeral services for Dave Marti were held Friday. 

Black banners have been hung at the Greenville Fire Department and the flags at the

fire station flew at half staff last week in honor of Captain Dave Marti.



What a difference a year makes. At Last year’s Southwestern Electric Coperative annual meeting the main topic of discussion was a multi-year power contract that threatened big rate increases or worse for Co-Op members. This year at the 75th annual Co Op meeting the news was much better.  We talked to Southwestern Electrical Cooperative Board President Alan Libbra who said much of the uncertainty of the past is over.  Libbra said contracts have been renegotiated to benefit the Co-Op.  Libbra also said that in 2013 the Co-Op will make a profit or margin.  He credited the members and staff at Southwestern Electric Co-Op. 


GES First Graders opened the meeting with the National Anthem


President of the Board of Directors Alan Libbra speaking during the meeting


The Bond County Highway Department recently completed Phase I of construction on the North Pokey Road.  According to Highway Department Engineer Doug DeLong, the road is open, but it is still considered a construction zone.

As such, the road has barrels with lights placed along it, in place of the guardrail, and the speed limit has been reduced to 45 miles per hour. DeLong explained that there is some loose rock on the roadway and said drivers should exercise caution and mind the reduced speed limit when traveling it.

Expect those conditions to be in place for the next 9 months.

Phase II of construction on the North Pokey Road will begin in the spring and will include the installation of six inches of asphalt and the replacement of the guardrails along the roadway.



In last Tuesday ’s Bond County Board meeting, one of the topics discussed was standards of conduct for appointed officials.  Bond County Board Chairman Howard Elmore told WGEL that a new law has been passed that sets standards for accountability, fiscal responsibility, transparency, efficiency, and ethics among appointees and board members. Elmore was previously involved in drafting such a set of standards for the Bond-Madison Workforce. 

Elmore said the standards of conduct cover topics such as honesty and respect in meetings and preventing discrimination and financial contributions to elected or appointed officials.  If such a measure is approved, Elmore expects that it will apply to all county entities and any boards they appoint individuals to, in addition to the Bond County Board.

Elmore said Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer is looking into establishing the set of standards for Bond County and should make a recommendation at one of the next two county board meetings.










The Greenville College Panthers football team held a food drive Friday to benefit the Bond County Food Pantry. 

GC football players were stationed at the entrance to Capri IGA in Greenville, collecting non-perishable food items. Panthers offensive lineman Hunter Rone, of Benton, IL (pictured left), told WGEL the team set a goal of collecting 2,000 items. They were seeking donations of canned goods, cereal, and meals in a can, such as stew or Chef Boyardee.

If you'd like information on the Bond County Food Pantry, call them at 664-1465.


The Pocahontas Water Department has announced that they have changed from using chloramines to free chlorine, due to elevated water temperature.  This is a yearly maintenance procedure that is expected to continue for six to eight weeks.  Chlorine taste and odor may be present during that time.

Kidney dialysis patients should be aware of the use of free chlorine.  If you have any questions, contact Chris Hostmann at the Pocahontas Water Department at 973-0633.

The Pocahontas Water Department will flush the village’s water system on Tuesday.  You may experience low water pressure and discolored water for a short time during the flushing.




The Greenville Comets football team raised their record to 2-0 with a 42-0 win over Piasa Birds on Friday.  The Comets took control of the game from the start and never slowed down.  The Comets next travel to take on 2-0 Carlinville.  Friday is bound to be a great football game and you can hear it live on WGEL and at wgel.com.


Comets soccer defeated Pana 6-2 on Saturday.  Goals were scored by Silas Groves and Will Schaufelberger, who netted two apiece, Victor De Paola, and Finn Kuhne.  Assists were credited to Groves, with two, Schaufelberger, De Paola, and Dellon Sanders.  Nicholas Watterson recorded five saves in goal to earn the win.


June M. Rench

June M. Rench, age 89, of north of Smithboro, passed away Thursday at Helia Healthcare in Greenville.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. today at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested 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.  She is the grandmother of 7; Billy (Tammy) Rench of Greenville, Bradley Braye of Greenville, Brian (Jennifer) Braye of Greenville, Dena (Philip) Wesley of Edwardsville, Rhonda (Larry) Keiser of Irving, Randy Bohle of Hillsboro and Andrew McDowell of Vandalia.  June was also the great-grandmother of 10.

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.

Maxine E. Barth

Maxine E. Barth, age 64, of Keyesport, passed away Thursday at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Burial will be in Payne Cemetery in Keyesport.  Friends may call today after 4:00 p.m. at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to German Cemetery, Payne Cemetery, or the American Heart Association.  The Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

Maxine was born in Vandalia, Il to Lester H. and Martha E. (Sapp) Ennen.  She is survived by her husband James A. Barth, her daughter Susan (Kevin) Dewaele, her granddaughter Chelsea Deiters, her sisters Leona Daum, Linda (James) Malan, and Beverly (Lewis) Kinkead, and her brother Jimmy Ennen.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Barbara Ann Barth, and a brother Jerry Ennen.  She grew up in Tamalco Twp and attended school in Smithboro and Mulberry Grove.

She graduated from Mulberry Grove High School in 1966. She attended Kaskaskia Junior College for her LPN and RN undergrad degrees.  Then McKendree Chapel for her Bachelors in RN. She also attended SIU-E where she received by Masters Degree in nursing. She had worked for Fayette County Hospital and Dr. Penny Gozia. She started working at the Bond County Health Department in 1988 as a home health nurse and then Director of Nursing. She served as administrator for the Health Department for 20 years, retiring in July of 2013. She also worked to establish the Clinton County Health Department. She was a member of the Greenville First Christian Church and served on the German Cemetery Board.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to German Cemetery, Payne Cemetery, or The American Heart Association.

Jane R. Renth

Jane R. Renth, age 90, of Mascoutah, passed away Friday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.  Burial will be in Summerfield Cemetery in Summerfield, IL.  Friends may call today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the New Baden Fire Department.

Jane R. Renth was born April 6, 1923 in E. St. Louis, IL, daughter of Stanley A. and Rose (Wrzos) Klich.  She married Ralph O. Renth on August 26, 1944 at St. John United Church of Christ in Mascoutah and he preceded her in death on January 19, 2002.

She is survived by her children, Mary Jane Korte of Albers, Kathleen Forth of Centralia, Michelle “Mickey” (Bill) Faust of Lebanon, Ralph R. (Debbie) Renth of Mascoutah, and Ronald V. (special friend, Bea Muston) Renth of New Baden; 11 grandchildren, Sandi Cunningham, Kenneth (Sonia) Schanz, Kristine (Gene, Jr.) Lowe, Matthew (Teri) Martin, Toni (Mike) Beisiegel, Billy (Rachel) Faust, Jen (Roger) Emig, Mark (Christine) Renth, Eric Renth, Alicia K. (special friend, Keith Burton) Renth, and Clayton (Alicia M.) Renth; five step-grandchildren, Rick (Tina) Korte, Craig (Dana) Korte, Steven Korte, Justin Lowe, and Aaron Lowe; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; seven sisters, Bernice Duecker of Baldwin, Loretta McMillian of Venedy, Frances “Suzie” Renth of Nashville, Mary Ann (Joseph) Klohr of Belleville, Teresa (Carl) Pendegraft of Lebanon, Dorothy Renth of Mascoutah, and Patricia Deutsch of Shiloh; a brother, Stephen “Shorty” Klich of Ashley; and her beloved dog, Charlie.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Louis T. “Bud” Korte, Jr. and Mark Forth; a grandson-in-law, Bob Cunningham; a step-grandson, Michael Korte; three sisters, Stella Madura, Helen Ismail, and Estelle Klich; two brothers, Joseph Klich and John Klich; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joe Madura, Jeff Ismail, Paul Duecker, James McMillian, Agnes Klich, Russell Renth, Dennis Deutsch, Arthur C. “Jr” Renth, Dorothy & Victor Jollenbeck, Thelma & Howard Richter, Bernice & Bill McDaniel, Adam J. “Butch” Renth, Elois Renth, Mildred Renth, and Della Renth.

During WWII Mrs. Renth worked at McDonald-Douglas in St. Louis, MO. She then worked at Bemis Bag Company in St. Louis, MO and also helped her husband on the farm. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Mascoutah and St. Clair County Farm Bureau. She enjoyed bird watching, flowers, dancing polka with her husband, and listening to ballgames.

Mary Ethel Trobaugh

Mary Ethel Trobaugh, age 92 of Greenville, passed away Friday afternoon, September 6, 2013 in Helia Healthcare, Greenville, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Greenville.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  For those who desire, memorials may be made to Bond County Hospice or St. Jude's.

Mary Ethel, the daughter of Joseph McGowan and Mary Jane (Jarvis) McGowan, was born October 25, 1920 in Litchfield, Illinois.  Mary grew up in Reno, Illinois where she attended the public schools and graduated from High School in Reno.  She worked in various restaurants early in life and then for Utlaut Memorial Hospital for 17 years housekeeping. 

Mary and Earl N. Trobaugh were united in marriage on September 24, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri.  He preceded her in death on January 22, 1969.  They had one son, who survives, John Trobaugh from Iowa.  She was the last of her generation, she was preceded in death by her siblings: Horace Titsworth, Elwood "Dick" Titsworth, Seymore at the age of 16, Molly in infancy, Darrell Hamilton, Archie McGowan and Gladys Jarvis.

Mary is survived by nieces and nephews; William Titsworth of Waianae Oahu, Hawaii and Bobby Titsworth of Koshkonong, Missouri.

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