This year's GHS Homecoming Court includes seniors Hollyn Beans, Taylor Embry, Kellsey Hediger, Maria Reinhard, Kieren Williams, Will Funderburk, Colton Hamel, Joshua Laesch, Jason Omo-Osagie, and Dellon Sanders.

The court also includes freshmen Kortnie Dunn; Kadi File; Lewis Green; and Ryan Hutchinson, sophomores Jayla Jack; Ashley Rench; Mark Ayers; and Cole Pickett, juniors Mary Ashley Barber; Sydney Tomaschke; Finn Kuhne; and Will Schaufelberger.

Photos courtesy of Juli Kastl at Greenville High School

Students have been participating in a variety of themed dress-up days as part of their Homecoming celebration this week. Today is "Dress Like A Music Star Day" where students are encouraged to dress as their favorite musician. To help pump up enthusiasm for the Homecoming game against Hillsboro, tomorrow will be "Comet Blue & White Day."

The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at Saturday night’s Homecoming Dance in the Greenville High School gym.  The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and music starts at 8:00.  The coronation will be held from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. and is open to the public.



The Bond County Farm Bureau conducted their annual Crop Tour Tuesday morning.  Five teams visited various points in the county, surveying crops.  The groups were made up of Farm Bureau members, local bank officials, agribusiness representatives, and local media.

The results from the crop tour indicate that corn will average 162.28 bushels per acre.  Samples ranged between 110 bushels to 240 bushels per acre.

Average yield for soybeans is expected be 34.19 bushels per acre, with samples ranging between 17 to 53 bushels per acre. 

In his farm report Wednesday afternoon, WGEL’s Joe Doll noted that the Farm Bureau has a good track record at predicting the yield.  The Farm Bureau’s survey indicates that in Bond County, over the last 11 years, the corn has averaged 125.46 bushels per acre.  The USDA reports a figure of 125.17.  Regarding soybeans, the Farm Bureau reports an average of 35.05 bushels per acre over the past 11 years, while USDA records indicate a yield of 37.52 bushels.



In Monday night’s Unit 2 School Board meeting, local resident Jill Young and school nurse Carissa Bohannon, made a presentation on the ISAVE program.  ISAVE stands for I Start Assisting Victims Early.  Unit 2 Superintendent Jeff Strieker told WGEL the goal of the program is to train and certify all Bond County Unit 2 staff members in CPR, AED, and First Aid.

Optional training and certification will also be implemented for students in 9th and 11th grade in CPR , First Aid, and AED.  Students in 2nd through 8th grade will receive hands-only CPR training in the classroom.

Strieker said the measure will be a benefit to the safety of all schools in the district, and a  benefit to the community in general, with so many additional residents trained in these programs.
For information on ISAVE, contact the Unit 2 District office at 664-0170.


A 22-year-old Watson, IL man accused of killing his young niece has been charged with her alleged murder.  Justin DeRyke was indicted Wednesday morning, accused of allegedly killing seven-year-old Willow Long early last week.  DeRyke maintains he killed the child to stop her suffering, after she fell and was impaled by a stick in the neck.  He's charged with three counts of murder and is expected to enter a not guilty plea this afternoon.  DeRyke is being held on $5 million bond. 




Our Common Ground will hold their annual Art Walk on the Greenville Square this Saturday night.  Bradford National Bank organized the entertainment for the event, with assistance from several local sponsors. Randy Alderman from Bradford National Bank told us you’ll be able to enjoy two great bands during the Art Walk.

The featured band from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. will be the Brother Jefferson Band, which includes some of St. Louis’s finest blues musicians.  Alderman said you may see a familiar face or two performing with the Brother Jefferson Band as well.

The Pepperland Beatles Revue Band, noted as the number one Beatles tribute band in the St. Louis area, performs from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Alderman said the group has a huge following, often plays large arenas, and has served as an opening act for Ringo Starr.

Bring the family out and enjoy live music as part of Our Common Ground’s Art Walk from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. this Saturday on the Greenville Square.


Pocahontas Old-Ripley Firefighters responded to a grass fire Tuesday at approximately 6:28 p.m. on Sugar Loaf Road, southwest of Greenville.  According to Fire Chief Kendall Brink, some sparks were emitted around a transformer, which ignited the grass.  Firefighters extinguished the flames and notified the utility company of the issue.

At approximately 7:09 a.m. yesterday, Greenville Firefighters were notified of a semi truck fire on east bound I-70 near mile marker 42 ½.  Firefighters extinguished the blaze.  The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.  Firefighters were on the scene for approximately 45 minutes.

Greenville Firefighters also responded to Joy Hall at Greenville College yesterday at approximately 8:23 a.m. to investigate a fire alarm.  According to the fire report, firefighters checked the building and found no fire.  Crews were on the scene for approximately 20 minutes.


The Bond County Boy Scouts of America will host a ‘School Night for Scouting’ event at the Greenville Elementary School tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  The primary focus will be for Cub Scout-age boys in grades 1 through 5.  For more information about this event or the Cub Scouts, call Bob Chase at 749-5745.



Eleanor Ann Robertson

Eleanor Ann Robertson, age 83, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday at Memorial Medical Center.  Private family services have been held.  Memorials are suggested to the Chatham Area Public Library District or to the Greenville Public Library.  The Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of the arrangements.

Eleanor was born on August 23, 1930 in Urbana, the daughter of Preston T. and Edna Fremont Wikoff.  She married W. Wayne Robertson on July 30, 1950 in Urbana; he preceded her in death July 6, 1997. She was also preceded in death by her parents and four brothers (Don, Bill, Chuck and Dick).

She is survived by one daughter, Lisa (Tom) Clay of Chatham; two sons, Todd (Carol) and Mark (Mari) Robertson both of Greenville; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Burnell L. Bosshart

Burnell L. Bosshart, age 74, of Highland, passed away Tuesday at his home. Funeral services are pending at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

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