According to a press release from Sergeant Scott A. Workman of the Greenville Police Department, Tuesday, January 14, Greenville Police arrested Ryan M. Oller, age 27, and Jordane L. Wood, age 25, in connection with the alleged robbery at the Casey’s store on Beaumont Avenue on December 29. 

At the time of the robbery, Casey’s employees reported a male, dressed all in black, had entered the store and displayed a black handgun. He took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, both Oller and Wood were being held in the Bond County Jail awaiting bond.


During the regular Greenville City Council meeting, matching funds were approved for the Greenville Public Library to help replace their roof. Councilman Mike Heath shared the library’s plan to use a metal roof on the dome to restore the dome to its original look. The life of the roof will be between 50-60 years. The council voted to match the $13,500 the library has obtained from the state. The city’s money will come from the downtown TIF district and is issued through the Downtown Improvement and Renovation Grant. The total project will cost the library around $62,000. 

The council also approved a revolving loan fund recommendation for the Sweetest Things on the Greenville Square. The loan amount of $29,982 was approved to help the Sweetest Things expand their business. The council also approved a Class D Liquor License for Kahuna’s Restaurant on Harris Avenue. In new business City Manager Dave Willey told the council that the sidewalks planned for Dewey Street could be moved to Hena Street and the street will not need to be narrowed to accommodate the sidewalks.       



A sword that belonged to a Civil War colonel from Bond County was appraised on an episode of PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” earlier this week.

The sword is owned by a descendent of Colonel John B. Reid. Local historian Kevin Kaegy told WGEL Colonel Reid was the highest ranking officer in the Civil War to hail from Bond County. He was well known and well connected in the local community and had strong ties to the Presbyterian Church. Reid held various offices in Bond County and served as the Circuit Clerk. 

Col. John B. Reid

Reid’s letters home from the Civil War have been transcribed and make up much of what is known about Bond County’s involvement in the Civil War.

Colonel Reid was wounded and captured by Confederates in 1864 and lost his sword. Rather than placing Reid in a prison camp, the Confederates sent him back home to Bond County. Reid eventually re-joined the Civil War effort, but while he was home recuperating, Kaegy told us the citizens of Bond County bought him a new sword, which is the one featured on “Antiques Roadshow” recently.

To view the recent “Antiques Roadshow” featuring the most famous sword from Bond County, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201304A48.html.

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce



At the recent Mulberry Grove Village Board meeting, Erin Dugan told the board she was considering purchasing the Maple Street Grill. She said if she does purchase the property, she would request a liquor license, a gaming license, and permission to use the space between the building and Maple Street for outside seating. The board will consider the requests.

The in-ground gas storage tanks at the Jumpin-Jimmy’s failed EPA tests in December and will be removed. The company is considering construction of a new building and plans to install new in-ground tanks. More information should be available in about 30 days.

The annual audit report was favorable showing all information was correct. No changes or adjustments are needed in financial policy or procedures.

A Doty Sanitation representative addressed the board with a proposal to continue their contract for trash pick-up in the village. The contract is up for renewal and the board decided, following executive session, to grant the three-year contract to Stewart Sanitation, beginning April 1, 2014.


The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education is scheduled to meet in special session tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Central Office Conference Room. The agenda includes review of specific board policies and a closed session to deal with employee matters and negotiations.



The Vandalia Correctional Center was placed on Level 1 Lockdown Tuesday afternoon due to two diagnosed cases of the flu. According to the Department of Corrections, three inmates showed flu-like symptoms. Two tested positive for H1N1 flu and one tested negative.

Two areas of the Vandalia prison are currently quarantined and inmates testing positive for the flu are housed in separate areas from the general population. 

33 cases of the flu have been confirmed throughout the Illinois Department of Corrections. The DOC says they’re doing everything possible to keep those numbers low.  Five prisons in the state are currently on lockdown.

All inmates are given flu shots upon entering the prison system, but are given the option to decline.


Rosalyn E. “Rose” Koertge-Powers

Rosalyn E. “Rose” Koertge-Powers, age 60, of Pinckneyville, formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away Monday, January 13 at her home. Funeral services were held Wednesday in Pinckneyville. Burial will be Saturday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. in Mulberry Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Pinckneyville. The Pyatt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rose was born on December 27, 1953 in Olney, IL, a daughter to Charles A. and Evelyn (Johnston) Koertge. In 1978, she married William “Bill” Powers in Mulberry Grove, IL and he survives. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Pinckneyville, IL, a social worker for 5-Star Industries for 5 years and then a case coordinator for Southern Illinois Coordination Services for the State of Illinois for several years. Rose was an avid flower gardener and dearly loved their dog, Quinn.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Powers of Pinckneyville, IL; mother, Evelyn Koertge of Mulberry Grove, IL; three brothers, David (Vick) Koertge of Mulberry Grove, IL, Donald Ray (Brenda) Koertge of Plano, TX and Richard J. (Barbara) Koertge of Chatham, IL and several dear nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Daniel Bolla

Daniel Bolla, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, January 14 at his home. Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mulberry Grove Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church or Meals on Wheels.

Daniel Bolla, the son of Charles Bolla and Julia Szell Bolla, was born on September 6, 1923 in Granite City. He grew up there moving to Millersburg and Greenville area in 1932. He attended the Mulberry Grove Schools, lived in Pleasant Mound and Jamestown. Daniel had one of the first tractors in the neighborhood and did custom plowing for many in the area.

Daniel and Kendrith Flora Greimann were united in marriage on December 23, 1944  at the Presbyterian parsonage in  Hookdale and enjoyed over 62 years together before her death on October 17, 2007. They lived in Ramsey for a time, moving to east of Highway 127, then in 1954 built their new home on White Street. Dan owned and operated Dan Bolla Trucking from the early 1950's, then opened Dan Bolla Lawn Mower repair in the early 1980's running it until 2004. He and Kenrith mowed together at the Presbyterian Church for many years.

Daniel is the last of his generation and has lived longer than any other of his siblings. Daniel is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kenrith, and eight brothers and sisters: Joseph Bolla, Steve Bolla, Albert Bolla, Olga Bolla age 7, Irene Cremer, Vilma Auer, John Bolla and Alex Bolla two half brothers. Daniel is survived by 6 nieces and nephews: Jeanette (Edward) Vohlken, Larry Bolla, Charles Bolla, Betty Gardner, Rosie Rosler, and Andy (Minnie) Auer.

Daniel has been a very faithful member of his Church, the Greenville First Presbyterian Church.

Clarence A. Bargetzi

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

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 are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

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