The Bond County Relay for Life was held Friday night into Saturday morning at the Greenville High School track.  The closing ceremony was held at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, wrapping up another great year of fundraising.  The goal for this year was $65,000, but actual money raised was much higher.  The 2013 King and Queen of Relay in Bond County, Caleb Campbell and Cassidy Spencer, were asked to announce the total, which was over $81,000. That number will go higher over the next few days as more donations will come in.

Total money raised by the Bond County Relay for Life now exceeds $1,050,000. 

18 Relay teams raised $1,000 or more this year.  The Circle of Friends team raised the most money at $8,636.61.  Another fantastic year for the Bond County Relay for Life!

WGEL's Brad Rogers served as DJ for the Relay for Life again this year. Here are some of his

DJ booth-eye photos from Friday night's event...

A large crowd attended Friday night's opening ceremony.

Greenville Elementary School students performed.

Relay for Life Committee Members Patti Brooks and Jennifer Lappe

addressed the audience.

Bond County Fair Queen Riley Langham also spoke during the opening ceremony.

The luminary ceremony.


A late night ATV accident in Clinton County claimed the life of a Carlyle man Saturday.  According to the Clinton County Sherriff’s department 47 year old Kevin Simonton was in a one vehicle ATV accident near the intersection of Camp Joy Road and Pollman Road near Bartelso.  A 911 call came into the Clinton County Sherriff’s department at 11:28PM Saturday and the accident remains under investigation.  No other details have been released, and Simonton was pronounced dead at the scene. 


Climatologists say the recent cold and unusually arid weather around Illinois have left the state in a condition they call "flash drought."  The dry air moved in back in early August and has stayed ever since.  Experts say a typical drought develops slowly while this so-called "flash drought" developed in a matter of weeks instead of months.



A recent increase in vehicle related crime has the Madison County Sheriff’s Department encouraging people to lock their cars.  Captain Will Dimitroff told WGEL they received eight vehicle burglary reports in unincorporated Edwardsville recently.  In the majority of the cases, the cars were unlocked.  Captain Dimitroff said that a lot of the time criminals specifically target cars that are unlocked.  Locking your vehicle is an easy way to deter someone from breaking into your car.


The Greenville Comets football team improved to 3-0 Friday with a win over Carlinville.  The Comets traveled to Carlinville and beat the Cavilers 42-20 on a game heard on WGEL Radio.  The Comets defense stymied the Carlinville team nearly the entire second half, and the Comet offense poured in 6 touchdowns.  The Comets will next play host to Hillsboro this Friday. 



The Bond County 9-1-1 Board met in regular session Thursday morning and began the process of reviewing their 2014 budget.  Following discussion the board agreed to approve it in their meeting next month.

The board approved new standards, in accordance with a new state regulation, to require 80 hours of  9-1-1 training for all newly hired dispatchers at the Bond County Sheriff’s Department and the Greenville Police Department.  That’s an increase over the former requirement of 40 hours.  All telecommunications operators must also receive 12 hours of continuing education per year.

The 9-1-1 Board also approved the purchase of a “store and forward” repeater system for the Sorento Fire House.  Currently, fire pages are not always received by firefighters in the northwest portion of Bond County in the timeliest fashion, because of distance and terrain issues.  This new system should remedy the problem.  The cost of the system is $6,824, to be paid by Bond County 9-1-1.  It will be up to the Shoal Creek Fire District to pay an additional $1,500 to renew their license to use the system.



The Best Friends Animal Society, a network partner of the Bond County Humane Society, is hosting "Strut Your Mutt" Saturday September 28th at Tilles Park in St. Louis.  The event is a festival that helps raise funds for local animal rescue shelters. 

Individuals are invited to join the Bond County Humane Society team by visiting www.StrutYourMutt.org/team/BondCoHS.  If you are unable to walk in the event, you may sign up as a ‘digital walker.’  All of the money raised via registration will be donated to the Bond County Humane Society.  For more information, call the Bond County Humane Society at 664-4068.


United Stationers is opening their doors for a tour of their facility in the Wolf Business Park to host the Chamber of Commerce “Behind the Scenes” program this Thursday.  United Stationers is one of the largest employers in Bond County.  Because they do not sell to the public, most people do not know they are a large $5 billion nation-wide company.  Chamber members and businesses will have the opportunity to tour the warehouse and see the technology and processes used.  Behind the Scenes is a come-and-go affair with light refreshments, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  For more information, call the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at 664-9272.


Pocahontas firefighters responded to a brush fire on Brown Mill Road just northeast of Old Ripley Friday afternoon.  According to fire chief Kendall Brink, an individual had cut down several trees with a bulldozer and was burning them.  The fire got away from him and he called 911 for assistance. 

Brink told WGEL that although there was a lot of black smoke, the fire was not as severe as it first appeared.  The individual had used heavy machinery to push dirt onto the blaze, and most of it was extinguished by the time firefighters arrived.  Firefighters doused the area with water and monitored it to ensure the fire did not rekindle.  Greenville firefighters were called for mutual aid, however that call was cancelled en route.




The Lady Comets had a strong showing at Highland on Saturday in the 5 team, 5 flight Highland Doubles Tournament. Centralia dominated play finishing 19-1 to take 1st place. Greenville had 13 victories and 7 losses to take 2nd overall. Hillsboro and Vandalia came up with 7 points each to tie for 3rd and host Highland finished 5th with a total of 6 points.


KEVIN SIMONTON              

Kevin Simonton age 47 of Carlyle passed away Saturday September 14th.  Funeral services for 47 year old Kevin Simonton will be held at Noon Tuesday September 17th at Messiah Lutheran Church in Carlyle.  Private burial will follow.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 9AM until time of service at the church.  Memorials can be made to the daughter’s education fund.  Zieren Day Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Kevin was born on January 16, 1966, in Breese, Illinois, a son of William and Donna (Jurgensmeyer) Simonton. He married Tammy Coutts on April 26, 1986, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Carlyle and she survives in Carlyle.

He is also survived by his children – Courtney Simonton and fiancé Tyler Isaak of Carlyle and Cody Simonton and girlfriend Kaylee Gustafson of Carlyle; his parents – William and Donna Simonton of Carlyle; 3 sisters – Lisa Simonton and friend Gena Speakmon of Nashville, Tennessee, Shelly McCormack and husband Jimmy of Chesterfield, Missouri and Kelly Dover and husband Keith of Marion, Illinois; 2 brothers – Bradley Simonton and wife Brooke and Brian Simonton, all of Carlyle; his nieces and nephews – Mason and Carson McCormack; Kalli, Kameron and Kaden Dover; Dylan, Ian and Maci Simonton and Wyatt and Waylon Simonton and his mother in law and father in law – Bill and Marylou Coutts of Mercedes, Texas and Yvonne Lemley and the late B.R. Lemley of Texarkana, Texas.

Kevin worked as sawyer and sawmill manager at Simonton Hardwood Lumber. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Carlyle and enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, 4-wheeling and spending time with his family.

VINCENT J. ALBERS           

Vincent J. Albers age 80 of Germantown passed away Saturday at his home.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday the 17th at 10AM at St. Boniface Catholic Church, interment will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery in Germantown.  Friends may call Monday from 4-8PM and Tuesday from 8AM until 9:45AM at the church.  Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice.  Moss Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

He was born January 15, 1933 in Bartelso to Vincent W. and Catherine (Winter) Albers: they preceded him in death.
Also preceded in death by a brother Harold Albers, a sister Adele Albers, brothers-in-law Lawrence Becker, Clarence Haake, August Lampe, Fr. Alvin Grawe, Frank “Lefty” Grawe, Gene Grawe, Bernard Loepker, sisters-in-law Mildred Loepker, Marian Grawe.

He married Ethel Grawe April 16, 1958 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso and she survives in Germantown.
Also surviving are her children Gerald V. (Sherri) Albers of Dallas TX, Jacinta Albers of Belleville, Patrick (Linda) Albers of Belleville, Kenneth (Tammy) Albers of Germantown, Joseph (Gwen) Albers of Germantown, Marla Albers of Belleville.

13 grandchildren Scott (Darla) Kendall, Michael Albers, Heather (Josh) Schniers, Melanie, Riley, Justin, Jacob, Aubrey, Aleisha, Haley, Hannah, Ethan, Evan Albers, 2 great grandchildren Gavin, Ambrea Schniers
Brother and sisters Maurice (Rita) Albers of Germantown, Gertrude Becker of Bartelso, Elizabeth Haake of Belleville, Dolores Lampe of Germantown, Marie (Virgil) Gebke of Germantown.

Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Dolores “Blondie” (Hank) Kreke of Bartelso, Don (Betty) Grawe of Carlyle, Betty Breiner of Trenton, Jerry (Mary) Grawe of Bartelso, Mary Becker of Beckemeyer.
Vince was retired Rural Route mail carrier and livestock and grain farmer, and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Germantown, Breese Knights of Columbus Council # 2869, Bishop Althoff 4th Degree Assembly, Germantown American Legion Post 325.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday September 17, 2013 at 10:00 am at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown with Fr. James Buerster and Deacon Rich Bagby officiating. Interment St. Boniface Cemetery, Germantown.

Visitation will be Monday September 16 from 4 to 8 PM and Tuesday September 17, 8:00 to 9:45 am at St. Boniface Church in Germantown. American Legion Services Monday 7 PM followed by Knights of Columbus services, Bishop Althoff 4 th degree services at 8 pm all services are at the church. Memorials can be made to the wishes of the family and will be received at the church or through Moss Funeral Home, Germantown who is handling the arrangements


Ernest “Ernie” Fruend age 85 of Ferrin passed away Sunday at Carlyle Healthcare Center.  Funeral services for 85 year old “Ernie” Fruend will be held at 10AM on Wednesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ferrin.  Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Centralia.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8PM at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle and Wednesday from 8:30AM to 10AM at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, T.A.S.K. or the Lions Club. 

Mr. Fruend was born on July 18, 1928, in Meridian Township, Illinois, a son of Fred and Amanda (Reinkensmeier) Fruend. He married Betty Curdt on April 23, 1950, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ferrin and she preceded him in death on April 10, 2007.

Mr. Fruend is survived by a sister – Esther Sprehe of Nashville; 3 brothers – Vernon Fruend and wife Carolyn of Ferrin, Robert Fruend of Carlyle and Eugene Fruend and wife Carol of Nashville and a godchild – Kelly Price.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister in law – Elaine Fruend and a brother in law – Reinholdt Sprehe.

Ernie was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ferrin and held many offices within the Church. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War from 1952-1954. Mr. Fruend owned and operated Shattuc Implement Co. and had also worked for Straeter Implement Co. and Diedrich Implement. He was a member of the Ferrin Men’s Club, Beckemeyer American Legion and was a charter member of the Shattuc Lions Club. Ernie also served on the Clinton County East Water Board for 50 years and was a Meridian Township Trustee.

Eugene J. “Gene” Loepker

Eugene J. “Gene” Loepker, age 86, of Bartelso, passed away Thursday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be today at 2:00 p.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Bartelso.  Burial will be in St. Cecelia Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 11:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the church.  Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born August 14, 1927 in Bartelso to Bernard and Adelinda (Bach) Loepker: they preceded him in death.

Also preceded in death by a sister Cecilia Wessling, father-in-law and mother-in-law Leo and Eleonora (Huene) Jantzen, brothers-in-law Ed Wessling, Tom Jantzen, Jim Schlueter, Regi Detmer

He married Ruth Jantzen May 14, 1969 in Flora, IL and she survives in Bartelso.

Also surviving are his children Linda Loepker of Bartelso, Landon (Charity) Loepker of Carlyle, Luke (Jill) Loepker of Beckemeyer, Leslie (Jim) Rabe of Coulterville.

3 grandchildren Emily Ripperda, Kailynne Rabe, Caden Loepker.

Sisters-in-law Mary (Brent) Heier of Trenton, Jane (Dan) Rosen of Highland, Julie Detmer of Breese, Sue (Jim) LeRoy of MN.

A godchild Linda Nolte of Iuka.

Gene was a retired truck driver, logger, and carpenter.

Member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Bartelso, American Legion Post 976 in Bartelso, Catholic Holy Family Society. He enjoyed gardening and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Phyllis R. Herrington

Phyllis R. Herrington, age 77 of Sorento, passed away Thursday at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Funeral services will be today at 3:00 p.m. at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery in Jerseyville. Friends may call today from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Cardinal Care.

She was born a leap year baby in Dow, Il. on Feb. 29, 1936, the daughter of the late Omer Esto & Vesta (Hawkins) Shaw.

She first married Darrell Peters and were together for eight years and were blessed with their three children before their eventual divorce. She later married Arnold Herrington on Aug. 4, 1972 in Edwardsville. They shared 28 years together before his death on Sept. 5, 2000.

During her marriage to Arnold they resided in Oklahoma, where she managed the Honey Creek Resort & Hotel in Grove, Ok., and relocted in 1995 to the Sorento, Il. area.

Surviving are two daughters & a son in law, Linda & Bob West of Jonesboro, Arkansas and Marlena Russum of Sorento; a son, Darrell "Dean" Peters Jr .of Sedalia, Mo.; four stepchildren & their spouses, Arnold Herrington Jr and Mike Herrington , Connie & Dave Eickoff all of Kansas, and Luke & Tammy Herrington of Wister, Ok.; 10 Grandchildren; one step granddaughter, six great grandchildren; a brother & sister in law, David & Mary Shaw of Brighton; three sisters & brothers in law, Darlene Faye and George Allen of Cottage Hills, Loretta Price of Hillsboro, and Helen Reese of Denton, Tx.; and a sister in law, Doris Shaw of Greenville.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two step children, Chris Herrington and Mark Herrington; five brothers, Omer, Floyd, Kenneth, Willam, and Roscoe Shaw, and an infant brother, Elmer Dale Shaw.

W. E. Renth

W.E. Renth, age 87 of New Baden, passed away Saturday. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ in New Baden. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery in New Baden with full military honors. Friends may call today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden. Memorials are suggested to the donors choice.

He was born May 2, 1926 in St. Louis, MO son of W. F. and Amelia E. (Trippel) Renth.

Mr. Renth is survived by a sister, Betty L. Renth of New Baden.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Wilma P. Renth and Arline Barrow; and a brother-in-law, G. H. Barrow.

He was a Veteran of the United States Navy serving in the Pacific during WWII aboard the USS Franklin CV13.   The ship was hit off the coast of Japan on March 19, 1945 and the ship ended up being towed back to the United States.  Upon his return from service he attended St. Louis University and was then hired at Farmers & Merchants State Bank in New Baden as a temporary employee.  He progressed to full time and finished his 60 year banking career as Executive Vice-President of First County Bank of New Baden.  He was a graduate of New Baden High School class of 1944 and St. Louis University School of Business and Commerce.  He also attended numerous financial seminars.  He was a  member of Zion United Church of Christ in New Baden where he formerly served on the board of trustees; he was a member of the American Legion Post 321 in New Baden where he was the longtime Chief Financial Officer; and was a former member of the New Baden Lions Club.

Lester M. Ranz

Lester M. Ranz, age 87 of Aviston, passed Saturday at St. Josephs Hospital in Breese. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Community Baptist church in Trenton. Burial will be in Trenton cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Moss Funeral home in Trenton and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Grace Community Baptist Church.

He was born October 1925 in Aviston to William and Frieda (Gieseke) Ranz and the step son of Emma (Junkins) Ranz: they preceded him in death.

Her married Eleanor Scheel August 13, 1949 in Arnprior Ontario Canada and she preceded him in death July 3, 2003.

Also preceded in death by brothers Howard Ranz, Clifford Ranz, sister-in-law Elva Ranz, son-in-law Hal Gray.

Surviving are his children David (Joan) Ranz of Trenton, Lenore Gray of Trenton, Jim Ranz of Aviston, Carolyn (Gary) Smoot of Sterling, Glenn Ranz of Aviston.

9 grandchildren Tim (Jaime) Ranz, Chris, Erin, Meaghan Ranz, Philip, Justin, Jonathan Gray, Kestrel, Katelyn Smoot.

A great granddaughter Ella Ranz

A brother Richard Ranz of Breese.

Lester was a retired Dairy Farmer.

Member of Grace Community Baptist Church in Trenton, Clinton County Holstein Club, Clinton County Farm Bureau, past board member of Prairie State Select Sires.

Lillian H. Schuster

Lillian H. Schuster, age 83, of Pocahontas, passed away Friday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  Private funeral services will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas.  Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.  The Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on Sunday, November 10, 1929, in Washington Park, IL, the daughter of Henry J. and Margretta (nee Thompson) Earnest.

On Saturday, August 15, 1953, she married John C. Schuster who survives.

She worked 15 years at DeMoulin Brothers in Greenville, IL. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include:
Husband - John C. Schuster, Pocahontas, IL
Son - Richard K. (Kacie) Schuster, Pocahontas, IL
Daughter - Kathy M. (Roger) Frey, Pocahontas, IL
Grandchild - Warren (Debbie) Evans, Greenville, IL
Grandchild - Thomas (Jennifer) Frey, Virginia Beach, VA
Grandchild - John Schuster, Pocahontas, IL
Grandchild - Rickie Schuster, Pocahontas, IL
Great Grandchild - Chance Evans, Greenville, IL
Great Grandchild - Courtney Evans, Greenville, IL
Great Grandchild - Taylor Grace Frey, Virginia Beach, VA
Great Grandchild - Trenton Frey, Virginia Beach, VA
Brother - Marvin Earnest, Old Ripley, IL
Sister & Brother In-law - Georgia (John) Bakay, Pocahontas, IL
Brother & Sister In-law - Harry (Willa) Earnest, Greenville, IL

She was preceded in death by:
Father - Henry J. Earnest
Mother - Margretta Earnest nee Thompson
Grandchild - Timothy Frey
Sister & Brother In-law - Gladys (Francis "Tink") Wells
Sister & Brother In-law - Ida (Lloyd) Bush
Brother & Sister In-law - Edgar (Gwen) Earnest
Sister & Brother In-law - Nellie (Homer) Greenfield
Brother In-law - Francis "Tink" Wells
Brother & Sister In-law - Virgil (Beverly) Earnest
Sister In-law - Janiec Earnest

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