The terrible winter storm Sunday has shut down a large part of Greenville and the county for Monday.  Official snow totals will be hard to calculate due to the excessive winds blowing the snow around.  A few listeners in Greenville reported 11.5 and 12 inches.  The National Weather Service reported 13 inches in Edwardsville, 12 in Coffeen, along with 13 in Hillsboro.

The snow made traveling extremely dangerous Sunday.  Between Bond County and City Police they responded to 6 accidents with one involving injury on Sunday.  According to Greenville Police a semi overturned on I-70 Eastbound at mile marker 48.5 around 12:12PM. Smithboro and Mulberry Grove first responders were called to the scene.  The extent of the injuries is not known.

13 calls for stranded cars and semis were handled along I-70 Sunday, and Bond County deputies were dispatched to 10 motorist assists calls while the Greenville police responded to 9 motorist assist calls.  All together around 40 calls to local police for stranded vehicles or accidents were handled on Sunday.  And with the snow continuing to blow more accidents and stranded motorists are expected.  If you don’t need to drive today the best advice is to stay off the roads as much as possible.     


Downtown Greenville not long after the heavy snow stopped

stop sign

Snow piles higher than the stop signs

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This is the list of cancellations and closings as of 8:30AM Monday morning. Tune to WGEL 101.7FM for up to the minute cancellations and closings.

  • The Highland VFW Post meeting for Monday (1/6) has been cancelled.
  • BCCU#1 in Mulberry Grove has cancelled school for Monday.
  • BCCU#2 in Greenville have cancelled school for Monday.
  • The DeMoulin’s plant will be closed Monday due to the weather.
  • Sonrise Christian Education Center will be closed Monday.
  • Kaskaskia College main Campus and all education centers will be closed Monday.
  • Bingo at the Carlyle VFW is cancelled for Monday (1/6)
  • The Commercial Club Lunch in Greenville for Monday (1/6) has been cancelled.
  • The Bond County Health Department will be closed all day Monday.
  • Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville has cancelled their Elders meeting for Monday night (1/6) and their Board meeting for Tuesday (1/7) night.
  • Child’s World has cancelled daycare for Monday, 6th.
  • Teen mops has cancelled its meeting for Monday the 6th, rescheduled for the following Monday, January 13th.
  • SIUE campuses have closed down for Monday which includes Alton Dental School, East St. Louis Campus, and the Main campus in Edwardsville.
  • Fayco will not be running routes for Monday.
  • The Alternative school in Vandalia has cancelled classes for Monday.
  • Clinton County Co-op School district has cancelled classes Monday.
  • Cornerstone & Christ-mount Academies in Nokomis have cancelled classes for Monday.
  • The Prairie Farms district meeting in Carlyle has been cancelled, no rescheduled date just yet.
  • Building and Grounds committee meeting scheduled for Monday is cancelled.
  • Public Library (Greenville) has closed for Monday.
  • ALL Bond County offices are closed tomorrow EXCEPT for the Sheriffs’ Department.
  • Octo-chem in Vandalia is closed Monday
  • West and Company is closed on Monday
  • Senior Center and Bond County Transit closed for Monday
  • All National Bank locations will be closed Monday
  • Bond County Farm Bureau and Country Financial will be closed
  • Bradford Bank Main location will be open but the Idler Lane branch will be closed
  • Greenville Family Dentistry closed Monday
  • The Shoal Creek ABATE meeting that was scheduled for Sunday (1/5) has been rescheduled Jan. 12 at 1PM at the VFW.
  • Bond County Housing Authority is closed
  • Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop is closed for Monday
  • Midland State Bank Branch locations are closed for Monday
  • Classes at Greenville College are cancelled for Monday
  • USDA Office in Greenville is closed Monday
  • First National Bank locations in Greenville and Mulberry Grove are closed Monday, the Main Branch and 8th Street branch in Vandalia will be open for drive through only until noon
  • First Mid Illinois Bank and Trust branches in Pocahontas, Maryville and on Broadway in Highland are closed today
  • Highland Meals on Wheels is cancelled
    • Tops meeting at Greenville Free Methodist Church is cancelled
    • Bond County Pregnancy Support Center is closed Monday
    • Bond County Food Pantry is closed on Monday
    • SIUA Insurance in Greenville is closed Monday



    The 11+ inches of snow is on the ground and will continue to cause major troubles, but the wind chills are just as dangerous.  High temperature for Monday is forecast at -6 degrees with wind chills in the -30+ range for today.  Tonight’s low will reach -10 with -30 wind chills once again.  These temperatures and wind chills can cause hypothermia and frost bite in a matter of minutes. 

    WGEL spoke with Mark Britt a meteorologist with the National Weather Service who put this current cold snap in some historical context.  Britt said these types of cold snaps are cyclical and come every so often to our area.  Britt said we saw similar temperate in 1999 and 1989.  Relief from the dangerous temperatures is not expected until tomorrow afternoon when we’re forecast to high 17 for a high.  Then on Wednesday the WGEL listening area will hit about 31 degrees with a chance for more snow. 



    Greenville College is hosting a contest for high school and college students interested in a variety of forms of artistic expression. The Live Arts Contest is accepting entries through March 3 for short fiction, non-fiction, poetry and song lyrics, visual art, cartoons and graphic stories, and serialized novels. The Live Arts Contest provides an opportunity for creative expression. The winners receive cash prizes along with the chance to be published in “The Vista” and “The Scriblerus” – both produced by Greenville College.

    “Art allows young people to explore and express their views of the world,” said Alexandria LaFaye, associate professor of language, literature, and culture. “This contest gives young artists an opportunity to showcase their work amongst the work of other artists.”

    High school and college students interested in the Live Arts Contest can submit entries and learn more about the categories by visiting www.greenville.edu/academics/live_arts_contest. Winners will be announced in April. High school and college entries will be judged separately. First and second place will be awarded for each genre of art, and a grand prize will be awarded to the top high school entry as well as the top college entry.

    “God made each of us with unique talents that we can use to make the world a better place, so my number one tip is to let your individuality shine,” said LaFaye. “It is also essential to know your craft and study good techniques.”

    For more information, e-mail LiveArts@greenville.edu.



Memorials and donations for the family of Kristy Hawk, who was killed in a traffic accident on Route 127 New Year’s Day, are being accepted at the Holt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia.  Kristy Hawk, 26 of Shobonier, is survived by a husband and two young children.  Donations for the family expenses and the children’s education can be made to the Holt and File Funeral Home by calling 283-3434.  

Obituary information for Kristy Hawk follows in the Daily.



The Greenville Lady Comets basketball team took fourth place in the Riverton Tournament on December 30, where team captain Kassidy Alderman was named to the All-Tournament Team. Coach Thies said the team still has high goals set for the rest of the season.

The team is currently 11 and 3 which is an outstanding record that Thies says is a reflection on how hard the players have worked in the off-season, lifting weights, and in the gym.  Coach Thies says the girls are looking to put more wins on their record and hopefully win conference.

Thies said he is proud of the hard work and dedication of the Lady Comets and is looking forward to meeting their goals.



The New Year brings a change in the way the criminal court system handles 17-year-olds charged with a felony.  A new state law means they're now considered juveniles in most instances.  That means a difference in how they're incarcerated before trial, and the kind of sentences they get.  It also means that a felony conviction won't follow them for the rest of their lives.  What's not clear is how prosecutors will handle pending felony cases against 17-year-olds. 

Another new law will bring more teenagers to the polls in Illinois, beginning with the March primary.  The law allows 17-year-olds to register and cast ballots in primaries if they'll be turning 18 before the general election in November.  County clerks across the state are planning programs to inform young people about the law and to encourage them to get involved as voters and as judges of elections.  The primary will be held March 18. 




Vernon Buske

Vernon Buske, age 81, of Alhambra, passed away Wednesday at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Funeral services will be today at 10:00 a.m., at the United Church of Christ of Marine.  Burial will be in Marine Cemetery.  Friends may call today 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, American Heart Association, or the United Church of Christ of Marine. The Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

He was born September 27, 1932, in Old Ripley, IL, the son of Henry Ferdinand and Gesina Frances (nee Engelmann) Buske.

On August 14, 1954, he married Dolores Marie Hoffmann who survives.

He was a member of United Church of Christ of Marine where he had served on the Church Council for two terms. He was a long-time member of the Woodmen of the World Lodge #105 [Past President, Past State President and Past WOW National Board member]. He was currently serving as Commander of Becker-Reding American Legion Post #702 at Marine. In addition, he was a Trustee for Alhambra Township and a former member of the Alhambra ATA.

Mr. Buske was born at Old Ripley, IL; he grew up there on a farm.. His family had lived in Troy, IL and then moved to the Alhambra area north of Marine, in 1951. Vernon helped his folks with the farm until he was called to join the US Army. He served in the Korean War as it was ending. (April 5, 1954 - April 4, 1956). He returned home to work on the farm. He and his wife purchased it in 1969. While farming, he also drove a truck for Bituminous Oil Company, Collinsville, and later Jeff Counton Oil Company, Wood River, IL. In 1984 he started working for the Illinois Department of Transportation, he retired in 1995. Vernon had also sold Woodmen of the World insurance; clerked at local auctions; and collected all kinds of stuff. He enjoyed pitching horseshoes.

Survivors include:
Wife - Dolores M. Buske nee Hoffmann, Alhambra, IL
Son - Mark E. Buske, Saint Peters, MO
Daughter - Janet L. Buske, Edwardsville, IL
Sister - Arline Vosholler, Pocahontas, IL

He was preceded in death by :
Father - Henry Ferdinand Buske
Mother - Gesina Frances Buske nee Engelmann
Brother - Melvin Buske
Brother - Herbert Buske (Infant)
Sister - Irene Buske (Infant)
Brother - Lester E. Buske died 9/22/1995
Sister - Leona M. Prott
Sister - Norma Schumacher
Sister - Erna Smith
Brother - Elmer Buske

Robert F. “Bob” Winning

Robert F. “Bob” Winning, age 57, of Highland, passed away Thursday at his residence.  A mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church in St. Rose.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.  Friends may call today from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Rose Catholic Church, Siteman Cancer Center, National Institute of Health, or BJC Hospice.

Bob was born August 4, 1957 to James and Margaret (Nee Foley) Winning, at St. Mary’s Hospital, East St. Louis, IL.  On September 7, 1985 he married Marsha Linton at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL.

He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, St. Rose, IL.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Highland, IL and a former member of Highland Chamber of Commerce.  His faith was the most important thing to him.  He loved to watch his kids play sports.  He would do anything for anyone.  He was very funny, always making jokes.  He was the owner of AAA Lawn Care in Highland, IL.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha Winning, Highland, IL; 3 sons, Adam Robert Winning, Cottleville, MO, Aaron James (Rachael) Winning, St. Charles, MO, Andrew Lee Winning, Highland, IL; half-brother of James L. Winning; uncle, Francis J. Foley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Margaret Winning.

Marie Therese Weis

*note new service and visitation dates

Marie Therese Weis, age 86, of Greenville, passed away Thursday at Faith Countryside Homes in Highland.  Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday 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.

She is survived by her husband Harold F. Weis who she married on January 24, 1947 in St. Louis, her children Mary Christine (Charles) Carlson, John David (Jean) Weis, Timothy Paul (Mary) Weis, Margaret Ann (Gregory) Ramires, and Michael Wayne (Vicki) Weis, her sister Dorothy Dickman, 12 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. 

Born in Decatur, IL she moved with her family to St. Lous, MO when she was a child.  She and her husband moved to Cahokia, IL in 1954 and then to Greenville, IL in 1981.  She had worked in nursing and had also operated her own upholstery business.  She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville.

Ruth M. Flagg

Ruth M. Flagg, age 90, of Highland, passed away Thursday at Faith Countryside Homes/Faith Care Center in Highland.  Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in New Bethlehem Cemetery in St. Louis.  Friends may call Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Highland VFW, Disabled Veterans, or the HACSM Highland Food Pantry.

She was born November 09, 1923, in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of Charles Henry and Maude Sadie (nee Niel) Wiemann.

On November 06, 1943, she married Robert W. Flagg who passed away on Friday, April 25, 1997.

She was also a member of Peace UCC-Spanish Lake, MO (Charter Member); Attended Evangelical UCC-Highland; She and her husband were members of Fraternal Order of Eagles-Alton, IL..

Mrs. Flagg was born in St. Louis and grew up in Spanish Lake, MO. She graduated from Riverview High School and worked at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. She lived in Riverview Gardens, Spanish Lake, and then moved to Highland in 1984. She and her husband loved to travel. They also enjoyed dining out together and dancing. She also enjoyed cooking for family gatherings, sewing, crafts, gardening, and watching the birds at the bird feeders. She sang with the Joy Singers and was a member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, 401st Bombardment Group H Association Inc. She loved being with her family and her grandchildren and spending time with her neighbors in El Kay Meadows.

Survivors include :
Son - Charles R. Flagg, Hermann, MO
Son - Richard I. (Donna) Flagg, Pocahontas, IL
Son - Roy L. (Pam) Flagg, Barnhart, MO
Grandchild - Wayne (Angie) Flagg, Hermann, MO
Grandchild - Luke M. (Tina) Flagg, Pocahontas, IL
Grandchild - April M. (Paul) Roseman, Edwardsville, IL
Grandchild - Scott R. (Vicki) Flagg, ., IA
Grandchild - Todd (Brandi) Flagg, St. Louis, MO
Grandchild - Daniel Flagg, Hermann, MO
Great Grandchild - Christopher Flagg
Great Grandchild - Brianna Roseman
Great Grandchild - Everett Roseman
Great Grandchild - Claire Roseman
Great Grandchild - Ezra Flagg
Step Grandchild - Jamie (Chris) Marshall
Step Grandchild - Michael (Nickki) Hibbs
Step Grandchild - Steven (Angelina) Hibbs
Step Great Grandchildren - 9

She was preceded in death by :
Father - Charles Henry Wiemann
Mother - Maude Sadie Wiemann, nee Niel
Husband - Robert W. Flagg (Died 4/25/1997)
Brother - Robert Wiemann (Died at age 16)
Daughter In-law - Marian Flagg

Kristy Renee Hawk

Kristy Renee Hawk, age 26, of Shobonier, passed away Wednesday following a traffic accident on Rt. 127 south of Greenville.  Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the United Pentecostal Church of Patoka.  Burial will be in Vernon/Tillman Cemetery in Vernon.  Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the family of Kristy Hawk, to benefit her two small children, and can be made through the Holt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia, which is in charge of arrangements.

Kristy was born on June 13, 1987 in Centralia, IL, the daughter of Jerry Mays Sr and Margarita (Vollintine) Mays.  She married Zachary Eugene Hawk on December 24, 2008 in Shobonier, IL.  Kristy was a stay at home mom, raising her and Zach's two children Ariana and Connor.  Kristy and her family attended the United Pentecostal Church in Patoka.

Kristy is survived by her husband Zach Hawk, their children Ariana Hawk and Connor Hawk, her parents Jerry Sr. and Margarita (Vollintine) Mays, brother Dustin Mays, paternal grandparents Jerry L. Mays and wife Carolyn all of Shobonier, IL, maternal step grandmother Ruth Vollintine of San Antonio, TX, mother-in-law Kelly Diveley of Oklahoma, brother-in-law Dylan Hawk of Ohio, sisters-in-law Brandy Hawk and Crystal Hawk both of Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her infant son Zachary Hawk Jr., brother Jerry Mays Jr., maternal grandparents Randy and Georgina Vollintine, and father in law George Hawk.

Earl K. “Bun” Kesner

Earl K. “Bun” Kesner, age 88, of Highland, passed away Saturday at Faith Countryside Homes/Faith Care Center in Highland. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Grantfork UCC Social Hall. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Social Hall. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois, American Diabetes Association, or the Parkinson’s Disease Association. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

He was born December 02, 1927, in Marine, IL, the son of Louise Herman and Evelyn Caroline (nee Franz) Kesner.

On February 26, 1949 he Married Betty M. Weiss. She passed away March 21, 1990. On September 03, 1993, he married Darlene Ann Halbe Korte who survives.

He was a member of Grantfork United Church of Christ. He was also a member of VFW Post #5694 Highland, IL; Helvetia Sharpshooters Society; Charter Member and Retired Member of Grantfork Volunteer Fire Dept..

Earl was born on the family farm near Marine. He worked hauling milk. He later drove a 18 wheeler over the road, and hauled oil out of Granite City. Then he started Kesner Fertilizer, selling it to R&T Ammonia. He and his wife wintered in Florida for many years, and they moved to Faith Village in the early 2000's. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing and liked to dance.

Survivors include :
Wife - Darlene A Korte Kesner nee Halbe , Highland, IL
Daughter - Carol A. (Charles) Kynion, Marine, IL
Grandchild - Rae Lynne (Brian) Meyer, Marine, IL
Grandchild - Jill M. (Jay) Bloemker, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Gary A. Runge, Vandalia, IL
Grandchild - Sabrina Smith, Dublin, GA
Great Grandchild - Mikalya R. Bloemker, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Kylie A. Bloemker, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Robbie C. Meyer, Marine, IL

He was preceded in death by :
Father - Louise H. Kesner
Mother - Evelyn C. Kesner nee Franz
First Wife - Betty M. Kesner nee Weiss (married 2/26/1949 - died 3/21/1990)
Daughter - Darla A. Smith died 01/16/2010
Brother - Wilbur L. "Willy" Kesner (died 11/13/1999)
Sister - Evelyn Louise Hartlieb (died 4/27/2000)
Sister - Nelda L. Gretefendt (died 6/30/1999)

Debra A. Mattern

Debra A. Mattern, age 58, of Highland, passed away Thursday at her residence. A celebration of life will be Saturday, January 11 at VFW Post #5694 at 1900 VFW Road in Highland from noon to 4:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

She was born on Tuesday, March 08, 1955, in Saint Louis, MO, the daughter of Martin J. and Ruth M. (nee Jones) Brown.

She was a member of the Catholic Faith.

Debra was born at St. Louis Missouri; grew up in North County. She married and reared her family in Granite City. She moved to Highland in 2003. Her grandchildren were her focus. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and riding with her fiance on their Harley Davidson, Street Glide and Road Glide motorcycles.

Survivors include:
Father - Martin J. Brown, Roxana, IL
Mother - Ruth M. Brown nee Jones, Highland, IL
Son - Thomas M. (Sarah) Mattern, Wildwood, MO
Daughter - Sharon M. "Sherri" (Josh) O'Toole, Highland, IL
Daughter - Kelly L. (Robert) Clark, Granite City, IL
Fiance - Timothy M. McBride, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Brady Logan
Grandchild - Lydia Hayes
Grandchild - Andrew O'Toole
Grandchild - Mackenzie Acinelli
Grandchild - Jack Mattern
Grandchild - Olivia Mattern
Grandchild - Blayne Clark
Sister - Barbara (Terry) Rehagen, Saint Louis, MO

Roland “Johnny” Stoecklin

Roland “Johnny” Stoecklin, age 90, of Alhambra, passed away Tuesday at Saint Joseph Hospital in Highland. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born on July 18, 1923 in Alhambra, the son of the late Edward Sr. and Mary (Lang) Stoecklin.

He married Anna Marie Lesicko, August 27, 1949, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livingston, IL. She preceded him in death on May 28, 2011.

Roland was a lifelong resident of Alhambra, IL. He attended Alhambra High School for 3 years, graduated from St. Jacob High School and was active in sports. He served in the U.S. Navy near the end of WW2. He was discharged in 1946, later called up from the reserves in 1951 and served in the Purser's office on board the U.S.S. Antietam CV36 aircraft carrier. It ran nearly 6,000 sorties of all types between November 1951 and March 1952 in the combat zone off the coast of Korea. Stateside again, Roland worked for the U.S. Postal Service delivering mail on the rural route of Alhambra and Marine, IL, until his retirement at age 62. He also sold advertising with Goldman Associates for many years. After retiring, he drove a school bus for the Highland School District. He was a former member of the Alhambra Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include a daughter: Rolene K. Barton, Waukegan, IL and a son Ross A. Stoecklin, Alhambra, IL, one brother: Marion "Babe" Stoecklin of St. Charles, MO, two brother in-laws: William Harris, Alhambra, IL, and George Lesicko, New Douglas, IL, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son: Philip L. Stoecklin on May 18, 1953, sister Delores Harris, and seven brothers: Vernon "Frisch", Edward "Shooter", Leland, Otis, Richard, Newton, and Leonard Stoecklin.

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