The Greenville City Council decide to not vote on the Business Tax District at the Tuesday night special board meeting, despite the fact that the Business Tax District was the main purpose for the special meeting to be held. 

The Business Tax District would raise the sales tax inside the district by 1%, that extra tax money would then be used to upgrade and construct infrastructure inside the district, which contains most of the business around the I-70 and Route 127 interchange. 

Councilman John Gillard began the discussion by saying the city may be jumping into this to quick.  And that he hoped to find a funding solution to improve the Exit 45 entrance into Greenville with the help of the business community. 

Councilman Kenny Hampton said “we’ve hit a brick wall of opposition and it’s right to step back.”  Councilman Roger Sanders said he had no problem with waiting, and later in the meeting delivered a prepared speech detailing why he is in favor of the Business Tax District to the crowded city hall. In that speech Sanders highlighted the downward tax spiral that has been happening on the Greenville Square for the last 40 years, and Sanders said the land that fronts I-70 behind Love’s is a unique opportunity for economic development.

In the end the Greenville City Council took no action on the Business Tax District.  That leaves the opportunity to bring the idea back at anytime. It's been estimated that the Business Tax District would collect about $265,000 per year in taxes.

The Bond County Senior Center has officially moved to their new location at

1001 E. Harris Avenue in Greenville. The first lunch in the new location was served Tuesday.



A late start to the Illinois corn and soybean harvest is producing good results so far.  The National Agricultural Statistics Service says only five percent of the state's corn and one percent of the soybean crop has been harvested.  So far, the corn ratings are ten percent excellent, 48 percent good, and 30 percent fair.  On the soybean crop; six percent excellent, 44 percent good, and 34 percent fair. 


Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic at the Chaifetz Arena this Saturday
at 11:00 a.m. and WGEL has tickets to give away!

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A fund raiser has been scheduled for this weekend to help benefit local academic programs.  The Greenville Elementary School Academic Booster Club is sponsoring a Trivia Night fund raiser Saturday, September 28, starting at 7:00 p.m.  The event is at the Greenville Country Club and the restaurant will be open.  The cost is $10.00 per person with a maximum of eight people per table.  Individuals may pay at the door.  The funds raised from the Trivia Night will go towards continuing after school programs.  For more information on the Trivia Night or any of the programs that the GES Academic Booster Club offers, call Elaine Craver at 339-1833.




South Central FS recently acquired Propane Plus, another regional cooperative.  Byron Sikma, CEO of South Central FS, told WGEL the acquisition is a very exciting opportunity for South Central FS.  Sikma noted the acquisition will compliment and add to South Central FS’s existing propane business for customers in Bond and Fayette Counties.

Propane Plus employees have been employed by South Central FS and Sikma said he’s excited about the abilities the Propane Plus workforce brings to the company.

South Central FS is currently in the process of notifying all Propane Plus customers of the acquisition and Sikma said he anticipates few, if any, changes for existing Propane Plus customers.


Kaskaskia College is hosting the “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit at the college’s Lifelong Learning Center in the Dr. Dee and Sue Boswell Art Gallery.  According to Travis Henson at Kaskaskia College, the exhibit, titled “Portrait of a Soldier”, is a traveling display of hand-sketched portraits of fallen service members from Illinois who have been killed since September 11, 2001. 

Artist Cameron Schilling of Mattoon drew the first portrait in August 2004, after Army SPC Charles Neeley, also of Mattoon, was killed in Iraq.  Schilling gave the sketch to Neeley’s parents.  In October of 2005, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling decided to draw a portrait of every Illinois service member who has fallen during the Global War on Terror.  The portraits are copies of the originals, all of which were given to the fallen soldier’s next of kin. 

The exhibit will be on display at Kaskaskia College through September 30th during campus hours.  For more information call 545-3226.


The Bond County Board will begin their annual budget review process tomorrow.  The board will meet for budget discussion at 8:00 a.m. in the County Board Room at the Courthouse.



Galen M. Huelsmann 

Galen M. Huelsmann, age 16, of Aviston, passed away Tuesday at his home.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the church.  In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are suggested to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital 9th Floor Entertainment Fund or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born December 3, 1996 in Guatemala City, Guatemala and is the loving son of Allan and Carol (Hegger) Huelsmann and brother of Anna Huelsmann all of Aviston.

In addition to his parents and sister, he is also survived by his paternal grandmother, Florence (Wilke) Huelsmann of Breese; aunts and uncles, Mary (Larry) Garren of Boulder, Don (Darlene) Hegger of Aviston, Ron (Gert) Hegger of Breese, Kenny (Irene) Hegger of Aviston, Dianne (George) Miller of Belleville, Rick (Janine) Hegger of Carlyle, Betsy (Ed) Eilers of Breese, Bob Blunk of Breese, and Gary (Christine) Huelsmann of Alton; special friends, Brennan Kent, Brayden Watts, and Fr. Mark McKenzie; and numerous great aunts, great uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, David R. Huelsmann; maternal grandparents, Norbert and Dorothy (Timmermann) Hegger; an aunt, Karen Blunk; and great-aunt, Betty Wilke.

Galen was a sophomore at Central Community High School in Breese where he was an honorary member of the varsity football team, and he was also a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston.

The Huelsmann family would like to extend their heartfelt thank you to all who cared for, supported, and loved Galen throughout his battle over the last 14 months.

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