The Madison County Coroner’s Office is investigating what appears to be a weather-related death due to snow removal activities.

66 year old Carl W. Walker, of Alton, was removing snow with his snow blower Thursday morning and reportedly developed shortness of breath. He went inside his residence where his wife called 911.  Walker was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital and he was pronounced dead at 9:51 a.m.

Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn said with forecasts in the coming days calling for additional snow and bitterly cold temperatures, residents are reminded to be mindful of the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia.  People with heart disease and other pre-existing conditions are advised to be extra cautious in the days to come.



From the National Weather Service. Not only more snow, but dangerous wind chills. Tune to WGEL Radio for the latest on this winter storm.



Most of the WGEL listening area received about 4 inches of snow earlier this week and the forecast calls for more snowfall in the coming days.  With the death of a Madison County man while shoveling snow Thursday, officials are reminding you to take caution during periods of extreme cold. 

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind this winter:

Before you shovel snow…

  • Talk to your doctor before you take on the task of shoveling snow.
  • Avoid shoveling immediately after you wake up, as most heart attacks occur early in the morning, when blood is more prone to clotting.  Wait at least 30 minutes and warm up.
  • Do not eat a heavy meal before shoveling.  Blood gets diverted from the heart to the stomach.
  • Warm up your muscles before starting by walking for a few minutes or marching in place.
  • Do not drink coffee or smoke for at least an hour before and an hour after you shovel snow, or during breaks.  These are stimulants and elevate your blood pressure and heart rate.

While shoveling snow…

  • Use a small shovel and shovel many small loads instead of heavy ones.
  • Begin slowly and take frequent 15-minute breaks.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  • Dress in layers to avoid hypothermia or overheating.
  • Cover your head and neck.  50% of your body heat is lost through your head and neck.
  • Cover your mouth.  Breathing cold air can cause angina or trigger breathing problems.
  • Watch for the signs of a heart attack: lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, and tightness or burning in the chest, neck, arms, or back.  If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

The symptoms of hypothermia include confusion and disorientation, dizziness, exhaustion, and profound shivering.  Frostbite may be suspected with gray, yellowish, or white skin discoloration, a waxy feel to the skin, and numbness to the involved area of the body. 

Those with medical conditions should consult their medical professional to determine their limitations during weather like we are currently experiencing.



The Bond County Salvation Army broke their record this year with over $24,000 collected. Salvation Army County Chairperson Wayne Pierce told us the response this year was great and hundreds of people spent hours collecting money and ringing bells.

“They were so generous with their giving again this year,” Pierce said. He expressed his thanks to local churches, civic organizations, businesses, school children, college students, and everyone else who helped.

Pierce also extended thanks to the Mulberry Grove American Legion and the Salvation Army Committee for their hard work. Donations can still be sent to Frank Joy at the Bradford National Bank.


If you’ve seen any Bond County Sheriff’s Deputies out and about lately and noticed a little extra facial hair, they want you to know they haven’t relaxed their grooming standards…not for long anyway. 

Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown said that from listening to WGEL and Al Crocker’s Hunting and Fishing Show, he frequently heard about the Wounded Warrior Project and wanted to do something to benefit the organization.

Starting two weeks ago, Brown decided to relax the Bond County Sheriff’s Department’s grooming standards, which traditionally allow men to only have a mustache, to allow deputies to grow beards through February 1st.  In exchange for the privilege of not shaving, the deputies must each pay $50, which will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.  The department calls the effort “Whiskers for Warriors”. Brown said some of the deputies are not growing beards, but have still contributed their $50 to the cause.

To find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit www.WoundedWarriorProject.org.



Kaskaskia College’s Greenville Education Center currently has two of their three Business Incubator spaces available for rent in 2014. Steve Groner, Director of the Small Business Development Center, told us the Business Incubator offers small business startups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to rent a low-cost space to help take their business to the next level.

The space includes basic office equipment including a desktop PC, printer, telephone with voicemail, and furniture. The rent includes security, 24-hour access, and a daily cleaning service.

Groner said the college tries to rent these small office spaces to local entrepreneurs at-cost for $1 per square foot per month with all utilities included. For more information about the Business Incubator, call 545-3260 or visit www.Kaskaskia.edu/isbdc.


The Greenville Public Library Board plans to replace the library’s roof this spring. Library Director Mike Westbrooks told WGEL the library’s dome will make this project more challenging because of its unique structure.

Westbrooks also said after much consideration, the board has decided to install a metal roof for the dome and composite shingles for the rest of the roof in hopes of delaying the need to replace the roof again for another 40 to 50 years.

The Library Board anticipates the project will be bid out and hopes to begin work on the roof in mid to late April.



Habitat for Humanity will hold a work day this Saturday for their home in Sorento. Eric Watterson with the Bond County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity told us they plan to finish up with siding and soffit and will then move on to inside electrical and installation work. For more information or to get involved with the upcoming work day, call Eric Watterson at 322-0080.


David L. Huff

David L. Huff, age 83, of Trenton, passed Wednesday at his residence. A memorial service will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Grace Community Baptist Church in Trenton. Friends may call Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois. The Moss Funeral Home in Trenton is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Huff was born October 29, 1930 in Bloomington, IL to Wilson P. and Leah (Toedte) Huff; they preceded him in death.

Also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Courtney Armer; a brother, Warren Huff; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Emil and Gertrude (Schmidt) Riethmaier; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carl Fairand, Erwin and Ann Riethmaier, Gertrude and Pete Peifer, and Edmund and Masi Riethmaier.

He married Dorothy Riethmaier on September 3, 1950 in E. St. Louis, IL; she survives in Trenton.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children, David W. (Rose) Huff of Beckemeyer, Emil Huff of Trenton, Debra (Kurt) Klein of New Baden, and Henry (Julia) Huff of New Baden; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and was anticipating the births of his 17th, 18th, and 19th great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mary Jo Fairand; and numerous nieces and nephews.

David worked in Maintenance at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville where he retired in 1995. He also worked as Trenton Police Officer and was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1949-1953.

He was a member of Grace Community Baptist Church in Trenton, Trenton American Legion Post 778, Laborers Local-100 in E. St. Louis, and the National Rifle Association.

Marie Therese Weis

Marie Therese Weis, age 86, of Greenville, passed away Thursday at Faith Countryside Homes in Highland.  Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  The Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

Vernon Buske

Vernon Buske, age 81, of Alhambra, passed away Wednesday at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Spengel-Boulanger in Highland.

Ruth M. Flagg

Ruth M. Flagg, age 90, of Highland, passed away Thursday at Faith Countryside Homes/Faith Care Center in Highland.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Debra A. Mattern

Debra A. Mattern, age 58, of Highland, passed away Thursday at her residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


Saturday: Snow starting later in the day High: 40 Low: 20

Sunday: More Snow and Dangerously cold High: 20 Low: -9


Be sure to join Ryan Mifflin for Public Affairs this Sunday afternoon.  Ryan’s guest this week is Greg Zykan, President of the Shoal Creek Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited.  Ryan and Greg will talk about the Whitetails Unlimited organization, the many ways they’re involved in the community, and their annual fundraiser coming up in February.  That’s Public Affairs, this Sunday, immediately following the noon Bond County Area News on WGEL.

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