01-08-2014


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FIRE UNDER HOUSE ON FRANKLIN STREET IN GREENVILLE

Greenville Firefighters responded Tuesday, at 6:07 p.m., to a report of a residential structure fire on Franklin Street.  According to the fire report, when firefighters arrived, they found light smoke coming from the rear of the residence.  Crews found a smoldering fire in the crawl space.  They quickly extinguished the fire which was reportedly caused by a propane heater used to thaw out water pipes under the house.  Damage is estimated at approximately $3,000.00.  No injuries were reported and firefighters were on the scene about half an hour.


GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL WELCOMES FIRST BABY OF 2014

Katherine and Nathan Hebenstreit of Mulberry Grove began 2014 on a happy note – they welcomed their son Silas on January 2nd as the first baby born in the New Year at Greenville Regional Hospital.

Photo courtesy of Greenville Regional Hospital

Silas weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 18.5 inches long.  He joins three sisters – Caitlin, Addison, and Morgan.  Morgan was the New Year’s baby at Greenville Regional Hospital in 2008 and shares the same birthday as Silas. 

Many local businesses donated special gifts to the Hebenstreit family.

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WINTER WEATHER PHOTOS FROM WGEL LISTENERS

Several WGEL listeners have submitted photos of Sunday's winter weather and its aftermath...

Photo courtesy of Pam Tompkins

"This was Interstate 70 westbound between Greenville and Pocahontas. It's bad out here!"

Photo courtesy of Penny Slatton

"Slatton Excavating clearing a path on the Bradford National Bank main lot in the height of the storm."

Photo courtesy of Gale Shaw

Photo courtesy of Howard & Katy Wise

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Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

Thank you to everyone that shared their pictures

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COUNTY BOARD COVERS WIDE VARIETY OF TOPICS

It was a cold meeting of the Bond County Board Tuesday.  Board Chairman Howard Elmore said the temperature in the upper level of the courthouse was only 48 degrees.  The lower level was a bit warmer, but Elmore noted the boiler in the courthouse was not pumping water and they may need to begin thinking about how to upgrade that very old system, a process Elmore said would be very costly. 

The board reported that the County Highway Department currently had one of their trucks stuck in a ditch, but otherwise had fared well in cleaning up after Sunday’s winter storm.

County Clerk Randy Reitz commented that the processing of coal rights seem to be getting on a roll.  Reitz said the title company is processing the applications and turning them over to State’s Attorney Chris Bauer, adding that applicants who have waited patiently should begin receiving notices.

The board voted 3 to 2 to appoint David Goodall to fill the remainder of Debbie Whicker’s term on the Bond County Housing Authority Board.  Howard Elmore and Wes Pourchot cast the “no” votes.  The board also accepted a letter of resignation from Dennis Warren as the resident representative on the Housing Authority Board.  Residents will be asked to elect a replacement for Warren.


 

FIRE DEPT. RESPONDS TO MIDLAND STATES BANK

Frozen pipes are to blame for a fire alarm Tuesday afternoon at Midland States Bank.  Workers were in the attic attempting to thaw a pipe with a torch.  A heat detector was activated.  Upon arrival, firefighters determined no hazard was present.  Crews were on the scene for less than 15 minutes.

 

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THOUSANDS APPLY FOR CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS ON DAY ONE

Illinois State Police officials say more than 4,500 people applied for concealed carry permits on the first day the website went live.  Sunday was the first day the general public could fill out the form as part of the state's new concealed carry law.  Officials think as many as 400,000 people might apply for the permits that allow gun owners to carry weapons in many public places.  State police have a few months to approve or deny an application, which requires fingerprints, 16 hours of gun training, and a firearm owner's card.


OBITUARIES

Vincent “Van” B. Thuenemann

Vincent “Van” B. Thuenemann, age 84, of Highland, passed away Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  A funeral mass will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, also in Highland.  Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

He was born on Monday, May 13, 1929, in Germantown, IL, the son of Leo and Leona (nee Hagen) Thuenemann.

On Wednesday, May 11, 1955, he married Pauline C. Thuenemann (nee Frohn) who survives .

He was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL; Knights of Columbus Council #1580-Highland, IL (Past Grand Knight); Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Assembly #0231-Highland, IL; Teamster Local-St. Louis, MO.

Born and reared at Germantown, IL. He worked construction and was later drafted into the US Army 01/21/1955 - 01/18/1957. After the service he and his wife moved to Highland and he started working on the docks for Bellm Freight, retiring in 1993. He was very involved with the Knights of Columbus. He sang with the Knight-Time Singers, was in charge of the Chicken and Beer Dances, fish fries for many years, and chairman of the golf tournament. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards, dancing, and traveling (several times a year). One trip was to Rome where he and his wife had an audience with the Pope.

Survivors include:
Wife - Pauline C. Thuenemann, Highland, IL
Son - Alan S. (Lori) Thuenemann, Highland, IL
Daughter - Vicky L. (Edgar) Zurliene, Greenwood, MO
Son - Kurt V. (Charlotte) Thuenemann, Prairie Village, KS
Son - Kevin A. (Dawn) Thuenemann, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Joshua A. (Rachel) Thuenemann, Lees Summit, MO
Grandchild - Jared A. (Gabby) Thuenemann, Glen Carbon, IL
Grandchild - Ashley L. (Sanford) Queen, Olathe, KS
Grandchild - Kahla R. Zurliene, Lees Summit, MO
Grandchild - Sophia N. Thuenemann, Prairie Village, KS
Grandchild - Sabrina C. Thuenemann, Prairie Village, KS
Grandchild - Eleanor G. Thuenemann, Prairie Village, KS
Grandchild - Ashley R. Marti, Lebanon, IL
Grandchild - Mariah L. Thuenemann, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Olivia G. Thuenemann, Lees Summit, MO
Great Grandchild - Brynn E. Thuenemann, Lees Summit, MO
Great Grandchild - Austin A. Queen, Olathe, KS
Great Grandchild - Harper N. Queen, Olathe, KS
Anticipated Great Grandchild- Brayden E.V. Zurliene, Lees Summit, MO
Sister - Estelle Kniepman, St. Louis, MO
Sister - Janet Koopmann, Belleville, IL
Sister - Carol (Francis "Buck") Robbin, Highland, IL

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Leo Thuenemann
Mother - Leona Thuenemann (nee Hagen)
Sister - Lucille Chisholm
Sister - Rita Hegger
Sister - Virginia Thuenemann (at age 3)


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