On Sunday, January 12, at approximately 7:30 p.m. the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department received a call from Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a missing person. Eric Bird, age 23, of Tower Hill had been missing since the prior evening. At approximately 7:43 p.m. a family member of Bird located his truck near the intersection of Christian County Road and Montgomery County Road.

 The truck was on its roof in a creek bottom. Bird was found in the vehicle and later pronounced deceased by the Montgomery County Coroner. Bird was traveling south when the vehicle left the roadway. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is continuing the investigation.



The Madison County Sherriff’s Department is investigating the death of a 25 year old woman found dead in the bathroom at CC Food Mart Gas Station in Highland on Sunday.  According to police 25 year old Angela Lamar of Worchester New York was found unresponsive in the bathroom of CC Food Mart on George Street in Highland at 1AM Sunday morning. 

Lamar was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland where she was pronounced dead.  Police allege a syringe and heroin filled capsules were seized during their investigation but an official cause of death is pending toxicological examinations.  According to police Lamar was traveling through the area with her boyfriend who is an over the road truck driver.  The investigation into the death is continuing by the Madison County Sherriff’s Department. 



The Madison County Coroner’s Office is investigating what appears to be a weather-related death. A patrolling Glen Carbon police officer found 83-year-old Mary Kampwerth in her driveway on Rt. 159 in Glen Carbon. Kampwerth was fully clothed and appeared to be in a frozen state. There were no signs of trauma to her body. 

It is not known how long she may have been outside, but judging by mail delivery and newspapers on her property, authorities believe she could have been outside since as early as January 7. The Coroner’s office said the place where Kampwerth was found would have made it hard for passers-by or neighbors to see her, especially if she had been partially covered by snow.



The Greenville Fire Department was paged to Buchheit on Rt. 40 at 2:24 Friday afternoon, following a report of concrete chips falling from the ceiling. Firemen evacuated all customers and employees and secured the entrance area to the store as a safety precaution.   

Buchheit Manager Matt Seabaugh told WGEL Friday afternoon that the snow load had caused some safety concerns, but that nothing had fallen. 

The building is owned by the City of Greenville.

Greenville City Manager Dave Willey told WGEL Monday that the Korte Company in Highland provided contact information for a shoring company the city could use to stabilize the roof.  By 11:00 p.m. Friday the roof was stabilized and the store opened for business as usual on Saturday. 

Willey said the roof remains stabilized as the City pursues a repair.  Buchheit is open for business as usual. 

Photos courtesy of the Greenville Fire Protection District

Prairie Farms


Greenville College has announced the Greenville College Choir’s concert itinerary for Spring 2014. Founded in 1927 by Dr. Robert W. Woods, the Greenville Choir has attained a widespread reputation for performing sacred choral music of the highest quality. During the current 87th anniversary year, the Greenville College Choir will take an extended, 10-day spring tour in the Midwestern United States.

In the past two years the Greenville College Choir has been invited to perform with the Kingsbury Ensemble, one of the Midwest’s premier professional early music ensembles, as well as at the Illinois Music Educators Conference and the American Choral Directors Association’s Central Division Convention. The Choir regularly joins with the Greenville Choral Union for concerts of larger choral-orchestral works such as Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, and the annual Christmas performance of Handel’s Messiah.

The Greenville Choir consists of 45 undergraduate students from various fields of liberal arts study, including the College’s five music degree programs. As the flagship choral ensemble of Greenville College, the choir presents as many as twenty off-campus performances each year as part of its annual tour. Students’ dedication to the program is consistently made evident by the professional quality of their performances. 

Conductor Jeffrey S. Wilson received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. He earned a Master of Music degree in choral music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Wilson has served as conductor of the choir since 1996.

The Greenville Choir’s tour program includes music from England, Ireland, France, Germany, Poland and America.

The choir’s spring concert schedule includes performances in Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, and Indiana.  The choir will perform in Greenville on March 16, May 4, and May 24.

For more information about the Greenville College Choir or Greenville College call the Music Department Office at 664-6560 or visit www.greenville.edu .

Photos courtesy of Greenville College



The Greenville City Council is set to meet tonight at 7:30 at city hall. One item on the agenda is a request from the Greenville Public Library for matching funding from the Greenville Downtown Improvement and Renovation grant. The library is requesting matching funds of $13,500 for roof replacement. The council will also review Plan Commission recommendations and updates on the Greenville Commons Planned Urban Development in the old Junior High Building site. The Greenville City Council may also consider a request to issue its first class D or restaurant liquor license. 


WGEL would like to express our thanks to everyone who submitted photos of the recent winter weather for publication in our Daily e-newspaper. If you still have weather-related photos, feel free to email them to tom@wgel.com.  Be sure to indicate that we have your permission to publish them. 

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Greenville High School has announced a list of rescheduled basketball games, to make up for those cancelled in the wake of the recent winter weather.

The JV and Varsity Lady Comets will host Southwestern on January 15. Freshmen boys and varsity girls will host Wesclin on February 5. The boys begin at 6:00 p.m. and the varsity girls’ game will follow. JV and Varsity Lady Comets will host Litchfield on February 7.

School officials are still working on rescheduling the JV and Varsity boys’ game at Southwestern. The freshmen boys’ basketball game against Carlyle will not be rescheduled.

Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Schools have announced make-up games for their junior high and high school basketball games.
High school games will be made January 22 as the Aces host Ramsey, on February 6 as the Aces travel to Patoka, and on February 18 as the Aces travel to Cowden-Herrick.

Mulberry Grove Junior High basketball games will be made up on January 17 and 18 as part of the Greyhound Invitational in Sorento, and on January 22 in Patoka.


Christopher J. Harper

Christopher J. Harper, age 20, of St. Rose, passed away Sunday, January 12 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Funeral mass will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church in St. Rose. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery in St. Rose. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Mr. Harper was born August 19, 1993 in Belleville, IL to Thomas and Mary Jean (Beckmann) Harper; they survive in St. Rose.

In addition to his parents, he is also survived by brothers, Thomas James (friend Kristi Burkett) Harper, II of Breese and Michael Eugene Harper of St. Rose; a niece, Cecilia Harper; maternal grandmother, Veronica (Vonder Haar) Beckmann of St. Rose and paternal grandmother, Mary C. (Prosser) Harper of Swansea; uncles and aunts, Lawrence (Colleen) Harper of Aviston, Ann (Dave) Henrichs of Highland, Lorraine (Keith) Cange of Swansea, John (Sherry) Harper of Fenton, MO, James (Chris) Harper of Tucson, AZ, Patricia Harper of Shiloh, and Susan (Bob) Zinn of Breese; and numerous cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Eugene Beckmann; paternal grandfather, John Harper; and an uncle, Ronald Beckmann.

Chris graduated from Central Community High School in Breese in 2012 and previously worked at Outdoor Creations in Breese.

He was a member of St. Rose Church, St. Rose Development Club, West Gate Baptist Church Youth Group, and was a former Breese Knights of Columbus Squire. Chris had a true love for music.

James W. Edwards

James W. Edwards, age 70, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, January 12 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Burial with military honors will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Beckemeyer. Friends may call Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Edwards was born on November 18, 1943, in Beckemeyer, Illinois, a son of Theodore and Edna (Hartman) Edwards. He married Rosemarie Weiss on December 16, 1994, in Carlyle and she survives in Pocahontas.

In addition to his wife Rosemarie, Jim is also survived by his children – Angie Fisher and husband Jim of Mattoon, Greg Edwards and wife Korinne of Metamora and Christy Blank and husband John of Gillespie; his step-children – James Weiss and wife Sharon and Janice Rommerskirchen, all of Pocahontas; 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild and his siblings – Darlene Pike and husband Jim of Pocahontas, Sharon Hughes of Greenville, Debbie Chapman and husband Jeff of Greenville and Tom Edwards and wife Sandy of Highland.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Theodore and Edna Edwards.

Mr. Edwards was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. Jim was a union member and worked at American Steel in Granite City for more than 30 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish.

Lois M. Lane

Lois M. Lane, age 92, of Alhambra, passed away Sunday, January 12, at Jerseyville Manor in Jerseyville, Illinois. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. Friends may call Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Salem United Church of Christ in Alhambra or Wounded Warriors of America.

She was born on Sunday, October 02, 1921, in Carrollton, IL, the daughter of Francis M. and Lelia V. (nee Schroeder) Edwards.

On Sunday, July 06, 1947, she married Loyd Lane who passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 1990.

She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Alhambra, IL; National Education Association; Illinois Education Association.

Mrs. Lane was born at Carrollton, IL; graduated from Carrollton High School; she attended Blackburn College at Carlinville, IL and received a B.A. in English from Greenville College, Greenville, IL; she did additional studies at SIUE. Mrs. Lane taught for two years at a rural school in Jersey County, IL (1941-1943). She then taught at Oak Grove Junior High School in Peoria for eight years. From 1951-1958 she taught English at Mulberry Grove Junior High School, Mulberry Grove, IL and served as Principal for four years. She taught at Greenville Junior High and High School from 1958-1976. She retired in 1976. Mrs. Lane moved to Mulberry Grove from Peoria in 1951; and to Alhambra, IL in 1956 (on the farm) where her husband farmed. They moved into Alhambra following their retirement in 1976. Mrs. Lane was an avid antique collector; she and her husband fished often; they enjoyed camping and made annual trips to Florida following their retirement. Mrs. Lane enjoyed reading and read extensively.

Survivors include:
Niece - Marilyn K. Davison, Springfield, IL
Nephew - Terry L. (Sue) Edwards, Carrollton, IL
Sister In-law - Maxine Edwards, Carrollton, IL

She was preceded in death by:
Husband - Loyd Lane (died 7/31/1990)
Father - Francis M. Edwards
Mother - Lelia V. Edwards nee Schroeder
Brother - Vernice G. Edwards

William H. Binger

William H. Binger, age 91, of St. Louis and formerly of Boulder, passed away Sunday, January 12 at St. Louis University Hospital. Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle, Illinois. Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery in Keyesport. Friends may call Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Mr. Binger was born on September 11, 1922, in St. Louis, a son of William P. and Catherine (Pope) Binger. He married Betty J. Knutt on August 1, 1952, in East St. Louis and she preceded him in death on October 16, 1987.

Mr. Binger is survived by a daughter – Nancy Shaffer and husband Frank of St. Louis; 3 sons – Phillip Binger and wife Janice of St. Louis, John Binger of Poplar Bluff and Kevin Binger and wife Tina of St. Louis. He is also survived by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and 2 brothers – Melvin Binger and wife Ruth Ann and Donald Binger.

He was preceded in death by his parents – William and Catherine Binger; his wife, Betty Binger; a daughter – Catherine Ann Binger and a son – William J. Binger.

Mr. Binger was a veteran of the United States Army and served as an ambulance driver in the Italian and Tunisian Campaigns during World War 2. He was a life member of the V.F.W., the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. William retired from DeVan Sealants in St. Louis and was a wonderful dad and grandfather. He was baptized into the Catholic faith.

Josie Lee Walker

Josie Lee Walker, age 18, of Damiansville, passed away Sunday, January 12 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Burial will be in St. Damian’s Cemetery in Damiansville. Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 16 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Ms. Walker was born November 9, 1995 in Breese, IL to Christopher Walker of Junction City, IL and the late Ann Marie (Toennies) Walker.

In addition to her father, she is also survived by brothers, Dakota "Cody" Walker of Damiansville and Scott Hull of Vandalia; a sister, Katherine Whited of Patoka; maternal grandparents, Rich and Darlene (Wegmann) Toennies of Damiansville; paternal grandparents, Bill and Janie (Quick) Walker of Patoka and Cheryl (Murphy) Walker and Bill Wilkerson of Gulf Shores, AL; aunts and uncles, Christine (Allen) Netemeyer of Damiansville, Bob (Tammy) Toennies of Damiansville, T.J. (Amber) Toennies of New Baden, Lisa (Randall) Williams of Oklahoma City, OK, Laura Walker of Yuma, AZ, Jeffery (Cassie) Huffman of Carlyle, James (Tera) Huffman of Norfolk, VA, Paula (Jason) Copple of Vernon, and Joseph Huffman of Carlyle; and numerous great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ann Marie Walker; her paternal grandfather, Tom Toennies; and great-grandparents, Herman and Mildred (Wildhaber) Wegmann, Albert and Mary (Heimann) Toennies, Alphonse and Frances (Fuehne) Toennies, and Lucas and Genevieve (Ballance) Walker.

Josie was a member of the Christian Faith, being baptized at St. Damian's Catholic Church in Damiansville and West Gate Baptist Church in Trenton.

She was a senior at Central Community High School in Breese where she was active on the year book committee and a member of the PCCS (Partnership for College and Career Success). She also volunteered at the Clinton County Humane Society and member of West Gate Baptist Church Youth Group.

Jean M. Butcher

Jean M. Butcher, age 72, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, January 12 at the Alhambra Care Center. Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Montrose Cemetery in Greenville. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Jean’s family.

Bernadette C. Sparlin

Bernadette C. Sparlin, age 79, of Highland, passed away Sunday, January 12 at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. A funeral mass will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church and Thursday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to Family Hospice of Belleville or in the form of masses.

She was born on Saturday, January 12, 1935, in Highland, IL, the daughter of John H., Sr. and Rose M. (nee Fehkler) Wellen. On Monday, April 02, 1956, she married Gerald W. Sparlin who survives. She was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL, and a former member of St. Anne Alter Society.

Bernadette was born at Highland and grew up on a farm Northeast of town. She attended Pierron and then St. Paul Schools. She had worked at Highland Supply and Basler Electric prior to her marriage. She stayed at home to rear her children. She helped her husband at Helvetia Sharpshooters Society Park. As a part of her faith, she visited the sick, shut-ins and nursing home members of the St. Paul congregation and provided communion to them. She was an exceptionally good cook and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include:
Husband - Gerald W. "Jerry" Sparlin, Highland, IL
Son - Kim M. (Debra) Sparlin, Norman, OK
Daughter - Patricia K. (Corey) Holmes, Lewisville, TX
Son - Rick J. Sparlin, Breese, IL
Son - Allan W. (special friend Linda Covington) Sparlin, Wentzville, MO
Son - Todd G. (Julie) Sparlin, Saint Louis, MO
Daughter In-law - Connie K. Sparlin, nee Klaus, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Audra (Michael) Doughtery, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Alexandra "Alex" Sparlin, Norman, OK
Grandchild - Blake Sparlin, St. Louis, MO
Grandchild - Grant Sparlin, St. Louis, MO
Grandchild - Maggie Holmes, Lewisville, TX
Grandchild - Keith Holmes, Lewisville, TX
Grandchild - Nicholas "Nick' Sparlin, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Airman Benjamin Sparlin USAF, Las Vegas, NV
Great Grandchild - Willow Doughtery, Highland, IL
Sister - Rosemary Meyer, Highland, IL
Sister - Dolores (Paul) Talleur, Highland, IL
Brother - John (Alice) Wellen, Jr.
Sister In-law - Bernice Wellen (Mrs. George), Highland, IL
Sister In-law - Bernice Wellen (Mrs. Aloysius), Highland, IL.

She was preceded in death by:
Father - John H. Wellen, Sr. died 4/6/1966
Mother - Rose Mary Wellen nee Fehkler died 10/08/1983
Son - Kenneth G. Sparlin died 4/21/2006
Daughter - Mary Rose Sparlin died 5/23/1960 at birth
Daughter - Bernadette Ann Sparlin died 12/28/1961 at birth
Son - Richard A. Sparlin died 12/23/1962 at birth
Daughter - Mary Louise Sparlin died 7/14/1967 age 1 day
Grandchild - Jared James Sparlin died 10/15/1982 at 4 day old
Brother - Aloysius "Al" Wellen died 4/30/2008
Sister - Theresa Carroll died 8/12/1975
Sister - Bernice Richter died 9/23/2013
Brother - George H. Wellen died 3/30/2010

Earl L. Strieker

Earl L. Strieker, age 60, of Breese, passed away Monday, January 13 at his residence. Funeral mass will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to Melanoma Research Foundation or to the donor’s choice.

Mr. Strieker was born February 8, 1953 in Highland to Lawrence and Catherine (Hilmes) Strieker; they preceded him in death. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his father-in-law, Clarence Holtgrave.
He married Bonnie Holtgrave on September 30, 1978 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston; she survives in Breese.
Also surviving are his children, Aften (Kyle) Zurliene of Aviston, Austin (Kristen) Strieker of Aviston, and Ariel (friend Brett Dierkes) Strieker of Breese; 3 grandchildren, Canaan and Nash Zurliene, and Nolan Strieker; brothers and sisters, Norman (Colette) Strieker of Germantown, Jim (Louise) Strieker of Bartelso, Donna (Jary) Huspek of Durham, NC, Von Strieker of Tyler, TX, Warren (Coleen) Strieker of Germantown, and Brenda Gebke of Keyesport; his mother-in-law Pauline (Hustedde-Holtgrave) Richter and husband Stanley "Butch" of Aviston; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom Holtgrave of California, Nancy (Rick) Kraeger of Germantown, Gary (Kathi) Holtgrave of Trenton, Brian (Linda) Richter of Aviston, Bruce (Missie) Richter of Aviston, Peggy (Paul) Martin of St. Louis, MO, and Cheryl (Dale) McKee of Highland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Earl was the owner and operator of Strieker Electric in Breese since 1986 and former co-owner of Marker Properties. Earl loved playing cards, taking vacations, making homemade wine, grilling and riding his motorcycle. He also enjoyed photography, bird watching, hunting, and just spending time with family and friends.
He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese.


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