Bob Gaffner, of Greenville, will host an informal reception tomorrow from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Cunetto’s Restaurant in Greenville to help educate the public about the Veterans Tribute at Kaskaskia College.  The public is invited to attend. 

Gaffner said the tribute is truly remarkable.  According to Gaffner, aside from in Washington DC, there are no other tributes in the country that are as large as the one at Kaskaskia College.  It has room for 150,000 names and will act as a ‘living tribute’, honoring both those who have served and those who continue to serve.  The Veterans Tribute includes a 16 foot sculpture of an American Eagle with a 10 foot wingspan. 

For more information about the Veterans Tribute, call the college at 545-3000.



Flu season is upon us.  One way to potentially avoid getting sick is to have a flu shot. 

Bond County Health Department Public Health Administrator Mark Ayers says seniors are welcome to get high-dose flu vaccines at the Health Department, located at 1520 S. 4th Street in Greenville.  They have also received a small number of regular dose vaccines, which are available to anyone. Children qualifying for the VFC program can get the flu shot for $10; all others can get the shot for $30. 

Pneumonia shots are also available for $60 for Bond County Residents.  Out-of-county residents may receive the shot for an additional $5.

Walk-ins are welcome.  For more information, contact the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442, ext 126.




Work has begun on the new South Central FS fertilizer plant in Vandalia. Byron Sikma, CEO at South Central FS, told WGEL the project actually started several years ago, as South Central FS studied its customer base to measure the needs of patrons in the western portion of their geography.

It is a goal of South Central FS to be as efficient as possible when it comes to fertilizer distribution and the location of the new plant, just off I-70 in Vandalia, was selected to accomplish that goal according to Sikma. The plant will be a 16,000 square foot storage facility, equipped with the latest and fastest machinery to expedite the blending process. 

South Central FS expects their new fertilizer plant to be open by March 2014.


Greenville Police Officers and Bond County EMS responded Monday at 6:11 p.m. to an accident at the intersection of Bowman Drive and Rt. 127.  According to the accident report, a Ford Escort, driven by Barbara Ann Valle, age 56, of Greenville, and a Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Veronica M. Powers, age 38, also of Greenville, were westbound on Bowman Drive waiting at the stop sign to turn onto Rt. 127. 

Valle decided to return to the gas station at the intersection and not seeing the Powers vehicle behind her, backed into it.  Neither driver was injured but Bond County EMS took Alicia Crump, age 52, of Greenville, a passenger in the Valle car, to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Valle was cited for alleged improper backing.


The Bond County Ministerial Alliance will host a Food for Orphans packing event Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Greenville.  Participants will package nutritional meals to be shipped to needy children in a third world country.  This event is fun-filled and open to everyone.  There is a registration fee of $54 for a 2-hour session which will help feed up to 216 orphans per participant.  For more information about this event, call the church at 664-0652 or visit the website www.FoodForOrphans.org.


The Tourism Committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow, September 26th at 5:15 p.m., has been canceled due to lack of business.  The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, October 24th at 5:15 p.m.


The Lady Comets volleyball team traveled to Teutopolis Monday.  The ninth grade team won in two games, the JV won in three games, and the Varsity team won in two games.

The Lady Comets tennis team defeated Vandalia Monday 5-4.  Singles winners were Kelsea Guy, Anya Thomas, Dhiral Patel, Katelyn Eller, and Emily Henderson.

The Greenville Junior High School Bluejays baseball team played Saturday in the Edwardsville Regional.  The Bluejays beat Piasa Saturday 5-1 to advance to the championship game.  They played Edwardsville Lincoln Monday in the championship game and lost 11-1.  The Bluejays ended the season with a record of 18 and 6, the 3rd most wins in school history.

The Lady Comets tennis team improved to 8 and 3 with a win Tuesday over Triad 6-3.  Singles winners were Anya Thomas, Dhiral Patel, Katelyn Eller, and Emily Henderson.  Doubles winners were Kelsea Guy & Anya Thomas and Katie Timmerman & Rebecca Sponsler.

The Lady Comets golf team played Monday.  Pana won the match with a 198.  The Lady Comets shot a 241.  Payton Cline shot a 53, Whitney Gray 61, Eryn Smith 62, April Stich 65, and Morgan Lippert 72.
The Comets soccer team lost to Mater Dei Tuesday 3-0.  Nicholas Watterson recorded 10 saves in goal. 


Elizabeth L. “Betty” Shimer

Elizabeth L. “Betty” Shimer, age 81, of Highland, passed away Saturday at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be today at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Betty was born August 21, 1932, to Julius J. and Lena (Nee Hambee) Gramlich, at St. Joseph Hospital, Highland, IL.  On February 23, 1952 she married Donald L. Shimer in Highland, IL.

Betty was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL.  She liked to ride horses in horse shows and lead the Memorial Day Parade on horseback.  She started Forget-Me-Knot Shop in 1983, with her niece, Nancy White, in a garage on Poplar St.  They moved up to Main St. where it is today.  She then went to work at Giving Tree for 14 years before retiring.  She enjoyed her grandchildren and her great-granddaughter, holiday get-togethers, and her flowers.  She liked to play cards and shop with her friends.

She is survived by her husband, Donald L. Shimer, Highland, IL; 2 sons, Daniel L. (fiance’ Kathy Hueter) Shimer, Highland, IL, Mark T. (Laurie) Shimer, Alhambra, IL; grandchildren, Wendi A. (Tyson) Zobrist, Kara K. (Joe) McGee, Colten D. Shimer, Cody J. Shimer, Ethan J. Shimer, Jared D. Shimer; 1 great-granddaughter, Adilyn B. Zobrist; sister-in-law, Ann Gramlich; longtime friends, Lucille (Leonard) Schreiber; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius J. and Lena Gramlich; 2 brothers, James Gramlich, Thomas Gramlich; mother-in-law, father-in-law, Lyle and Arline Shimer.

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