Three Georgia men are behind bars for allegedy transporting drugs, guns, and a large sum of cash on I-64, near Carlyle.  Police say the men were pulled over for allegedly speeding near mile marker 45 on Tuesday, but seemed very nervous and provided different stories on where they were headed.  The driver admitted he had a loaded nine-millimeter gun concealed next to the driver’s seat.  But when police went to get the gun, they also allegedly discovered more than $25,000 in cash, about six-grams of marijuana, and an AR-15 rifle.  The men were apparently on their way to Colorado but they’re now being held in the Washington County Jail. 

9mm Pistol, AR-15, cash, and 5.5 grams of cannabis seized by District 13 Troopers



The Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site is planning a party tonight and tomorrow. 

Linda Hanabarger told us this will be the 44th annual Grand Levee. Tonight’s activities include bluegrass music and a ham and bean dinner sponsored by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance. 

The capitol will open for tours.  On the east lawn of the capitol, attendees will be able to see weaving, basket making, blacksmiths, and more.  Local civic groups will have homemade ice cream and funnel cakes available on the west side of the lawn.  The event will feature many artisans and vendors as well as a variety of food.

The Vandalia Tourism Commission is hosting Harvest Days on Saturday featuring a bounce house and other various activities.

The Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.  It is the oldest existing state capitol building in Illinois.  For more information about this event or the statehouse, call 283-1161.


Harvest season has begun in Illinois and farmers are hoping for cooperative weather conditions. 

Meteorologist Julie Phillipson at the National Weather Service in St. Louis says that at this time, climate projections are indicating we can expect to see above-average temperatures in our area over the next few weeks. 

As far as precipitation is concerned, however, Bond County has equal chances of seeing average, above average, and below average levels of rain.  Phillipson said that at this time, it looks like it could go either way.

For all of your latest weather information, stay tuned to WGEL 101.7.



Greenville College recently launched a new online degree program. 

Dr. Ron Cook, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Management Programs at Greenville College, told WGEL they have recently begun offering a Masters in Business Administration degree for online students. 

The MBA program is the school’s ninth active master’s degree and the second master’s degree offered by the management department.  For more information, call the college at 664-2800.


The boil order which was previously in effect for Patoka residents located on Jefferson Street, Maple Street, and Mary Drive has been lifted.


Mary L. Peppenhorst

Mary L. Peppenhorst, age 54, of Breese, formerly of Highland, passed away Wednesday at her home.  Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Bethalto.  Burial will be in Rose Lawn Cemetery, also in Bethalto.  Friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Peppenhorst was born June 23, 1959 in Alton, IL to Verna (Heeren) O'Neal of Cottage Hills and the late Dennis C. O'Neal.

She married Ronald Peppenhorst on December 28, 1991 at Highland Community Church in Highland; he survives in Highland.

In addition to her mother and husband, she is also survived by her step-children, Tricia (Clent) Schulte of New Baden, Lauren (Jared) Langhauser of Aviston, and Todd Peppenhorst of Carlyle; her siblings, Dennis R. (Sharon) O'Neal of Godfrey, Beverly (Pete) Schram of LaBelle, FL, Linda (Melvin) Moore of Bethalto, Shirley (Don) Wells of Alexandria, KY, and Thomas (Theresa) O'Neal of Cottage Hills; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Robert Schuessler and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Anthony and Alvina (Pollmann) Peppenhorst.

Mary worked as a court reporter for Gore, Perry, & Lipa in St. Louis, MO and she was of the Christian Faith.

Cherie Ann Placke

Cherie Ann Placke, age 70, of St. Charles, Missouri, passed away Wednesday.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospital or to the Dardenne Presbyterian Church.

Born February 18,1943 in Greenville, IL to the late Robert and Vera Mae Wise (nee Joyce); she was the sister of the late Max R. Joyce and Neil Taylor; she is survived by cousin of many.

Vera grew up in the Greenville Vandalia area and graduated from Vandalia High School. After graduation she moved to St. Louis where she met her husband of__ years and was married. She began her carrier at Southwestern Bell and retired after 35 years as a manager with ATT
Vera was a member of O.E.S. #256, the Telephone Pioneers of America and Dardenne Presbyterian Church.

Lawrence H. Koch

Lawrence H. Koch, age 86 of Beckemeyer, passed away Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  A private burial service will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call on Tuesday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

He was born August 12, 1927, in Highland, IL, the son of Henry E. and Elsie A. (nee Haas) Koch.

On October 27, 1948, he married Anna Jane Berndsen who passed away on October 02, 1997.

Lawrence was born and grew up in Highland and graduated from St. paul School. He was a WWII Veteran with service in the Asianic Pacific aboard the USS Orvetta(IX-157). He owned and operated a TV Store located in Northtown, Highland, IL. Later he owned and operated Lawnboy Lawn Mower Sales and Service. He coached a Kory League baseball team and sponsored many teams. He later retired to Florida where he became a shuffle board master. He also enjoyed stock car racing.

Survivors include :
Daughter - Mary Jane Jackson, Beckemeyer, IL
Son - William H. (Edie) Koch, O Fallon, IL
Daughter - Nancy A. Opperman, Tampa, FL
Grandchild - Chad Koch, Keysport, IL
Grandchild - Karla (Derek) Meskil, St. Jacob, IL
Grandchild - Andrew Koch, Trenton, IL
Grandchild - Darren Koch, Keysport, IL
Grandchild - Terrance (Maura) Jackson, Breese, IL
Grandchild - Barry (Jennifer) Jackson, Trenton, IL
Grandchild - Scott (Jessica) Jackson, Breese, IL
Grandchild - Robert (Erin) Jackson, Keysport, IL
Grandchild - Megan (David) Kidd, Fairview Heights, IL
Grandchild - Melissa Opperman, Tampa, FL
Grandchild - Kayla Opperman, Tampa, FL
Brother - Edward C. Koch, Salem, IL
Sister In-law - Jean Koch, Greenville, IL

He was preceded in death by :
Father - Henry E. Koch (died 5/16/1978)
Mother - Elsie A. (nee Haas) Koch (died 1991)
Wife - Anna J. Koch nee Berndsen (died 10/2/1997)
Son - Robert C. "Doc" Koch (died 7/31/2006)
Sister In-law - Virginia Koch nee Horne


Saturday: High 83 Low: 61 90% of Rain Saturday Night

Sunday: Cooler with Rain Chance in Morning High: 75 Low: 52


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL.  Michelle’s guest this week is Dave Royer with the Greenville Airport.  The Greenville Pilots Association is bringing back an exciting event: Airstravaganza.  We’ll speak with Dave about all of the fun activities planned, including airplane and helicopter rides and several performances by the Texas Twisters, a precision formation flying team.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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