The 2013 Bond County Relay for Life kicks off this evening and continues overnight.  The theme for Bond County’s Million Dollar Year is “Superheroes.”  A kid’s hour will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., including a Fusion Dance Center performance, appearances by Superman and Mickey & Minnie Mouse, balloon animals, food, games, a bounce house, and an obstacle course. 

The opening ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.  Relay teams will be introduced prior to the Survivor’s Lap.  Entertainment will be provided by Greenville Elementary School students under the direction of Kim Lugge, the Greenville College Jazz Band, and the Baxter Family.  The Luminary Ceremony will be held at 9:00 p.m.  Throughout the night, teams will walk the high school track. The closing ceremony will be held at 7:00 a.m. Saturday and will include the announcement of the final total raised. 

The public is invited to attend all of the Relay activities.  For more information, call 664-9272.


The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 School Board will meet Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the District Library.  Items on the agenda include discussion of working cash bonds, the OKAW yearly agreement for 2014-2015, and athletic handbook policy changes.

A budget hearing will precede the regular meeting.  Superintendent Mike Gauch will present the 2013-2014 budget at 6:45 p.m.



Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Greenville College to the Military Friendly Schools list.  The 2014 Military Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses and ensure their success on campus.

The 1,868 schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  The schools have “world-class” programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other service to those who have served in the military. 

For more information visit www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.


The 2-0 Greenville Comets travel to Carlinville tonight to play the undefeated Cavaliers. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. Tune in to WGEL 101.7 FM to hear the live play-by-play action!

You can also log on to www.wgel.com to listen to the game online!


Greenville High School’s Homecoming football game against Hillsboro is next Friday, September 20th.  Students have a week full of fun activities planned to help pump up school spirit. 

Spirit Week runs Monday through Friday.  Monday is ‘Neon Day’ where students wear their brightest neon colors to show their shining school spirit.  Tuesday is ‘Twin Day’ where kids pair off with their classmates and dress as twins.  Wednesday is called ‘Way-Back Wednesday’; students dress in clothes from their favorite time period.  Thursday, students will celebrate this year’s Homecoming Theme, 'Music Madness', by participating in ‘Dress Like a Music Star Day.’  Finally, Friday will be ‘Comets Blue/White Day’ where kids wear as much blue and white as possible to show their school pride.

Homecoming court members will be announced at Monday night's home volleyball game against Staunton.  The Freshman game starts at 5:00 p.m.  The Varsity game is expected to begin at around 7:00 p.m.

Teachers Theresa Lindell and Erin Shevlin are in charge of the activities.  For more information about next week’s Homecoming festivities, call the school at 664-1370.



Shoal Creek Firefighters responded Wednesday at about 4:30 p.m. to a call for mutual aid at a shed fire in northeastern Madison County.  According to Assistant Shoal Creek Fire Chief David Caulk, approximately 30-40 large round bales of hay were in a 30 x 40 pole shed.  All the hay was destroyed and the pole shed was a total loss.  Some farm machinery in the shed was saved from damage.  The cause of the fire is not known and no injuries were reported.  Firefighters from New Douglas, Shoal Creek, Olive Township, and Staunton Fire Departments responded.  Staunton EMS set up a rehab center providing cooling fans and cold water to help keep firefighters from overheating.  Firefighters were on the scene about 1 ½ hours.


Greenville Firefighters responded to 12 calls in August as shown in the monthly report.  One call was to a structure fire, one was a vehicle fire, and one was a carbon monoxide alarm.  They were requested to provide mutual aid once and to standby once at the firehouse.  There was a false alarm and two system activation calls, one of which was due to a malfunction.  Firefighters were called for four other emergency situations.


Greenville Firefighters responded Thursday, at 4:24 p.m., to a fire alarm at the Glenwood on Dewey Street.  According to information from the Greenville Police Department, the alarm was false.

Greenville Firefighters were called this morning at 1:09, to Tobacco Unlimited on Rt. 127 south of Greenville.  According to the fire department report, the alarm was false due to a system malfunction and there was no fire.  Firefighters were on the scene about 20 minutes.


The Lady Comets tennis team defeated Roxanna Thursday, 7-2.  Singles winners were Abby Gaffner, Anya Thomas, Dhiral Patel, Katelyn Eller, and Emily Henderson.  Teams winning doubles matches include Anya Thomas and Kelsea Guy and Katie Timmerman and Rebecca Sponsler.

The Comets soccer team defeated Roxanna Thursday with a score of 7-0.  Silas Groves, Victor DePaola, Finn Kuhne, Will Schaufelberger, Colton Rainey, Matt James, and Jeremiah Brannon scored goals.  Watterson made nine saves in goal in the shutout victory.


Judith Ann Chumley

Judith Ann Chumley, age 72, of Coffeen, passed away Wednesday at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.  Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento.  Friends may call today from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Free Methodist Church in Coffeen or the American Lung Association.

Mrs. Chumley was born, in Sorento, IL, on April 15, 1941 to the late Fred B. & Violet B. (Beck) Cruthis.  She married James R. "Jim" Chumley and he preceded her in death on June 15, 1999.  She is a graduate of Greenville High School in Greenville, IL and a member of the Assembly of God Church in Sorento, IL.

Mrs. Chumley is survived by her children: Melinda (husband Kenny) Marsh of Taylor Springs, IL; Melissa Ridens of MO; Melana (husband Mike) Wright of Pawnee, IL; Sam Chumley (Special Friend Bea Akers) of Chapman, IL; John (wife Mandy) Chumley of Schram City, IL; Judy Lynn Chumley of Taylor Springs, IL; Sara (husband Jeremy) Shipley of Witt, IL;  step-daughter, Sue R. Snow of Hillsboro, IL; eighteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and brother, Larry Cruthis. Along with her parents and husband she was preceded by a son, Michael Keith Ridens on December 27, 2011; four sisters and three brothers.

Greta E. Schaufelberger

Greta E. Schaufelberger, age 93 of northwest of Greenville, passed away Thursday at her home.  Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Hazel Dell Cemetery.  Friends may call on Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or to the First Christian Church.

Greta Evelyn Colcord, the daughter of Glenn Colcord and Elsie Grace Warlick Colcord, was born on February 25, 1920 on the Colcord Farm north west of Greenville. She grew up there and attended Chapel Hill School and graduated from Greenville High School in 1940. She then worked for Sims Variety Store in Greenville. Following her marriage she raised her family on the Schaufelberger farm where she was a member of the LaGrange Home Extension, a charter member of the Bond County Promenaders, an election judge for LaGrange Township for many years, a member of the Hazel Dell Cemetery Board, a member of the Red Hat Society, and a member of the Greenville First Christian Church.

Greta and Warren Edward Schaufelberger were united in marriage on December 31, 1943 at the Greenville Free Methodist Church and enjoyed over 64 years together before his death on January 24, 2008. They are the parents of two children, one of whom survives: Douglas A. (Barb) Schaufelberger, 3 grandchildren: Jeremy (Tara) Reeves, Jonathon Reeves and his fiance' Chelsi Marti, Jessica (Seth) Laurence, 3 step grandchildren: Amy Hickman, Lori Kuck, Robin Hickman,  one great-grandchild: Savannah Reeves, 3 step great-grandchildren: Andy Hickman, Dylan Kuck, Matthew Genenbacher, and her son in law Bill (Zita) Reeves.

Greta is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Warren, her daughter Deanna Reeves and her brother Leland Colcord.


Saturday: Partly Sunny High: 73 Low: 49

Sunday: Partly Sunny High: 78 Low: 50 30% of Rain Sunday Night and Monday


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL.  Michelle’s guest this week is Bob Gaffner, member of the Kaskaskia College Veterans Tribute Committee and former KC Trustee.  Bob is hosting a reception in Greenville later this month to help inform individuals about the Veterans Tribute at Kaskaskia College.  They’ll talk about the tribute itself, what elements have been completed, and what work still needs to be done, as well as why it’s so important that we remember our military veterans.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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