No cause of death has been determined for a 32 year old Altamont man found dead at a residence on the east side of Altamont.  According to the Effingham County Coroner’s office a 911 call requested emergency services for a man found unresponsive on Tuesday.  32 year old Jordan Kull was pronounced dead at the residence in Altamont at 8:10AM on Tuesday.  The death remains under investigation by Altamont Police, Illinois State Police and the Coroner’s office.  At this point foul play is not suspected according to the Effingham County Coroner's Office.    


The Greenville Police Department has issued their activity report for 2013.

Crimes against persons were up in 2013.  Police responded to 7 incidents of battery last year, compared to 4 in 2012.  One assault was reported, up from 0 in 2012.

Residential burglary was up from 10 in 2012 to 12 last year.  Police received 40 reports of criminal damage to property in 2013 – 6 more than the number received in 2012.

Offenses involving juveniles were down from 28 in 2012 to 26 in 2013.  Drug offenses were up from 14 in 2012 to 18 last year.  Illegal possession or consumption of alcohol by minors jumped to 8 in 2013 – up from 2 in 2012.

Greenville Police made 479 traffic arrests last year, compared to 352 in 2012 and 182 criminal arrests in 2013, up from 137 in 2012.

Fire reports were down for the districts in Bond County. The Greenville, Keyesport, Mulberry Grove, Pocahontas, Shoal Creek, and Smithboro Fire Protection Districts responded to a combined 849 calls last year – down from 869 in 2012.


A 300-pound kiosk machine used for gambling payouts was recently taken from Scooter’s Pub in St. Rose after the establishment had closed. Clinton County Sheriff Mike Kreke said the machine was left at the front of building and discovered the next morning. The machine showed no sign of damage. Clinton County Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information about the incident. To provide information, call 800-918-8911. All calls are anonymous.



Fair Queen Riley Langham is getting set to represent Bond County in the state queen pageant of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs.  The pageant will be held in Springfield this weekend.  Riley told WGEL she’s looking forward to making memories in the pageant and is most excited about the evening gown portion of the event, “…because I’m in love with the dress I found.”

Riley said her favorite part about being Fair Queen so far has been representing Bond County when she visits neighboring counties.

For more on this weekend’s pageant, visit www.missillinoiscountyfair.com.


The National Weather Service says a couple more cold fronts will move through this week, resulting in a rather unsettled temperature trend. There is a slight chance of snow late today and early Thursday associated with the next front.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service


Students and staff of the Bond County Unit 2 School District are receiving emergency response training with a new program that launched this year. Greenville High School Principal Wendy Porter told us Jill Young, a nurse and mother of Unit 2 students, brought the program to the Unit 2 School Board at the beginning of the year.  Young has worked with Unit 2 School Nurse Carisa Bohannon to train every other grade starting with third graders at Greenville Elementary School.  All staff, including cooks and bus drivers, have also been trained.

Porter told us the emergency response training focuses primarily on responding to health emergencies that require assistance such as CPR or the use of an AED. 




Scott Giffen has accepted the position of Vice President for College Advancement at Greenville College. Giffen brings with him leadership experience and an extensive background in fundraising. He will begin his new appointment with Greenville College on February 1.

Giffen graduated from Greenville College in 1999 with a bachelor’s in business management and a minor in vocal performance. Giffen combined his business knowledge and love of music to serve as fundraising executive for a variety of performing arts organizations. He recently completed a three-year campaign contract with the Springfield Arts Collaborative, where he serves as executive vice president. He also works as senior consultant at Robert Swaney Consulting, where his clients include the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Chamber Players, Music for All, Inc., the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the San Antonio Symphony. Giffen previously worked as director of development for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and development director for Stages, St. Louis.

"The arts have always been my passion. I remember telling my wife long ago that there are only a few other passions for which I could raise money. Greenville College is at the top of my short list of passions,” said Giffen. “I am passionate about the unique transformational experience Greenville College provides, its wonderful approach to liberal arts education, and how it helps students see God's world in a new, intimate, and thoughtful way.”

Scott & Yvi Martin

Giffen completed New York University’s master’s seminar in Europe where he studied visual and performing arts administration. Giffen teaches courses as an adjunct professor at Drury University. He has served as guest lecturer and presenter at numerous schools, workshops, and professional conferences.

Giffen received Greenville College’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 2009 and he currently volunteers on the alumni board. Giffen is married to Greenville College alumna, Yvi Martin ’01, an ordained United Methodist pastor serving at the King’s Way United Methodist Church in Springfield, Mo. They have one son, Ezekiel.

“Yvi and I have supported the college philanthropically since we graduated, and I can't wait to invite others to join us and give other students the same or even better opportunity," said Giffen.

Photo courtesy of Greenville College


Ron Marshel recently announced his plans to retire from the Farm Bureau after more than 30 years. Bond County Farm Bureau President Frank Doll said Marshel will be missed.

“He’s been a great addition to the Farm Bureau.  A lot of knowledge, a lot of advice has come from him,” said Doll.  “Ron has lots of connections.  If you need to know anything about the Farm Bureau, he knows who to call.  He’s the guy with a wealth of knowledge from livestock to trees to weather.  He’s going to be missed.”

Marshel will retire February 14. Stephanie Krause has been hired to fill the position.



Verna L. Meyer

Verna L. Meyer, age 85, of Keyesport, passed away Sunday, January 12 at Carlyle Healthcare Center.  Funeral services will be Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery in Keyesport.  Friends may call Saturday from 12:30 to service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Immanuel United Church of Christ in Carlyle.

Verna was born in Wheatfield Township on December 24, 1928, a daughter of Carl and Rosa (Dittmer) Sohn. She married David L. Meyer on June 30, 1957, and he preceded her in death on September 26, 2011.

She is survived by her sons- Mark (Nicole Sheridan) Meyer of Sydney, Australia and Keyesport and Keith (Eileen) Meyer of Hinsdale, Illinois; three grandsons - William, Christian and Mitchell; a sister – Marjorie Sohn of Champaign; her brother-in-law – Max Langham of Gainesville; a sister-in-law – Dorothy Sohn of Carlyle; close friend - Imogene Beckemeyer of Carbondale; a niece – Luann Jacobs and nephews – Max Langham, Jr., Jim Langham, and Sam Langham, as well as many cousins and close friends.

Mrs. Meyer was preceded in death by her parents - Carl and Rosa Sohn; her husband - David L. Meyer; sister – Ruth Sohn; brothers - George and Vernon Sohn; and a sister-in-law - Anna Lu Langham.

Verna was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Carlyle. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1951 and taught Home Economics at Greenville High School for many years. In her retirement years, she spent a lot of time with family and friends – especially her three beloved grandsons. She enjoyed traveling to Australia and to many destinations across the country. Verna and David were very involved in genealogy research for both the Sohn and Meyer families. She and David were active in programs to bring agricultural education to elementary schools in urban areas; they visited schools and corresponded with teachers and students to share information with them about living and working on a farm.

Verna was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease over ten years ago. Her positive attitude, fun-loving spirit, fabulous home-cooked meals, her curiosity and interest in the world around her and her joy in spending time with loved ones will be missed.

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 today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Jean Marie Hinchman, the daughter of Glenn Hinchman and Mildred Hosmer Hinchman, was born on June 10, 1941 in Athens, Michigan. Jean grew up there and graduated from Athens High School.

Early in life she was a waitress there in Athens and later in Centralia where she met Donald.

Jean and Donald Ray Butcher were united in marriage on May 22, 1970 at the Kell Baptist Church and they enjoyed over 43 years together. He survives and has lovingly cared for Jean over the past many years of her decline. Jean and Donald are survived by their daughter Joy Marie Butcher of Jackson, MO, their 3 grandchildren: Ashley Lutz, Derek Hulvey, Carly Massa, one great-grandson Bryson Cole Massa, and Jean is survived by her brother Charles Hinchman.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Elizabeth Lutz, and her brother James Hinchman.

Jean was a member of the Kell Baptist Church where she taught sunday school, attended the Pentecostal Church of God for 17 years, and had attended the Greenville Free Methodist Church for many months.

Daniel Bolla

Daniel Bolla, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, January 14 at his home.  Funeral arrangements are pending at Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. 

Eugene R. Bauman        

Eugene R. Bauman, age 83, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, January 14, at the Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte, Florida.  Funeral arrangements for 83 year-old Eugene R. Bauman are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Clarence A. Bargetzi          

Clarence A. Bargetzi, age 96, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, January 15, at Highland Healthcare Center.  Funeral arrangements for 96 year-old Clarence A. Bargetzi are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

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