A quick hitting snow fell in Bond and surrounding counties Thursday morning.  About 1 ½ inches feel in Greenville and caused traveling headaches for commuters. 

A Bond County Deputy responded Thursday, at 7:41 a.m., to a non-injury accident on Rt. 140 at Rt. 127.  Greenville Police worked non-injury accidents at 8:10 a.m. at Idler Lane and College Avenue and at 8:13 a.m., at College Avenue and Dewey Street. 

A Bond County Sheriff’s Deputy worked a non-injury accident Thursday, at 10:04 a.m., at Kavanaugh and Leverton Streets in Pocahontas.


The Greenville High School Athletic Department will honor Comets Basketball Hall of Famer Tony Atchison following tonight’s JV game. 

Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat told WGEL Atchison scored over 1,500 points as a member of the Comets. Atchison graduated in 1998 and played college basketball at Central Florida and Kansas State. Following college, Atchison played professionally in Ireland for a year.

Alstat expects the presentation to begin around 7:00 or 7:15, upon the conclusion of the JV game. He said he hopes to see a great crowd to show support for Atchison.

You can hear tonight’s varsity game against Vandalia on WGEL 101.7 FM, or streaming online at www.wgel.com.


A benefit concert and silent auction will be held for local chef and artist Christina Griesemer Saturday, February 1 at 1:00 p.m. at the Globe Theater in Greenville. Christina has worked at Mario’s Pizza in Greenville for over 20 years. She is also the creator of all the art in the restaurant.

In November, Christina suffered multiple strokes that drastically affected the left side of her body. Many local friends banded together after hearing the news to put on the benefit concert to help offset medical expenses.

The concert will feature local musicians Steph Plant and Sarah Velasquez, The Wildflower Conspiracy, and The Gorgeous Home Bois. The event includes a silent auction for original artwork from local artists and wares from local businesses. Admission for the benefit concert is $10.

Christina is documenting her journey to recovery on Facebook. Her page is "Christina Griesemer - The Girl From Mario’s”.

You can visit the page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christina-Griesemer-The-Girl-From-Marios/592175874184914

Graphic courtesy of Steph Plant



After an appearance on the PBS program “Antiques Roadshow”, a Civil War sword purchased by Bond County residents has become very famous in our area.

WGEL spoke with the owner of that sword, Victoria Betz, from Utah, who said she was thrilled to hear about the response.  “I’m really, really pleased to hear that,” Betz said.  “I’ve had the sword for several years and I had no idea there were so many relatives of mine, and descendents of Col. John B. Reid still around, so I was just tickled to death to find out about all that.”

Betz is a great-great-granddaughter of Col. John B. Reid.  She was given the sword by her father, Ward Reid Betz, who was born in Greenville.

We asked Betz if she has plans for what happens next with the sword.  “I sure do,” she said.  “The sword is just sitting in a vault right now, because I’m so nervous about owning something that is that precious to me and that is now becoming quite well known here in Utah, also.  I decided some time ago that I would be letting the [Bond County Historical Society’s Hoiles Davis] museum in Bond County have it on loan.  I’d like to keep it in the family, but I also want to share it with people.  I think, especially now with all of the Reid cousins back there, it really should be in the museum.  So I’m planning on bringing it out sometime this year and presenting it to the museum there.”

When the sword makes its way back to Greenville, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Special thanks go out to local historians Bill Davidson, Kevin Kaegy, John Coleman, and John Goldsmith and to Robert Wilson – a local descendant of Col. John B. Reid – for their help in researching this story and making the necessary connections. 

To read more about the history of Col. John B. Reid and his sword, click here to read Thursday’s WGEL Daily e-newspaper: http://www.wgel.com/daily/2014/01-16-14.htm.



At this month’s Kingsbury Park District Board meeting Park District Director Jerry Sauerwein told the board that Dustin Taylor, the new maintenance supervisor, started work during the previous week. Taylor, along with another maintenance employee, attended a Park and Recreations meeting this week in Collinsville


Six Breese ambulance and police employees were presented with Southwestern Illinois EMS awards for pre-hospital saves at the Breese City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 7. Breese Mayor Charlie Hilmes told WGEL the award is for police, EMTS, and paramedics who get to a scene first. It was determined that had the first responders not arrived when they did, the victims might not have survived long enough to get to the hospital.

Mayor Hilmes said having their own ambulance service gives Breese a quicker response time. Responders can be anywhere in the city within a few minutes and within five to ten minutes, they can be anywhere within their district, which includes Germantown and Germantown Township.

The city employees who received awards were Aaron Albers, Mark Berndsen, Michael Berndsen, Allen Pollman, Tina Schelper and Levi Wilkens.



Sorento School recently received a $12,000 donation from John and Michelle Hopkins of Truck Centers, Inc. to purchase a new mobile computer lab. Principal Bill Carpenter told us the lab includes 30 small laptops that can be transported from classroom to classroom rather than moving an entire class to a computer lab.

Carpenter said the school had purchased its first mobile lab a few years ago and the addition of the second will provide more availability to use technology in the school. The new mobile computer lab was purchased over winter break.



The Greenville Lions Club third annual Splits & Blitz event is Saturday, January 25, at Fourth Street Lanes in Greenville. The cost is $100.00 per five-person team and there will be cash prizes and a silent auction. Two sessions are planned at 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. Limited spots remain and to guarantee your time, register today by calling 664-9240.


Clarence A. Bargetzi

Clarence A. Bargetzi, age 96, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, January 15 at Highland Healthcare Center.  Funeral services will be Saturday, January 18, at 11:00 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Highland Animal Shelter, Louis Latzer Library, or Meals-on-Wheels.

He was born on Wednesday, June 20, 1917, in Highland, IL, the son of Bruno H. and Anna (nee Stoffel) Bargetzi.

On Sunday, August 18, 1940, he married Dorothy M. Bargetzi (nee Clayton) who passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2007.

He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ. He was a former member of Musicians Local #175.

Clarence was born north of Highland near the City Water Works and grew up there. He worked as a farm hand, worked at the St. Louis Dairy, and worked at Small Arms Factory in St. Louis. In 1943 he and his wife moved to a farm south of Highland where he grew grain and raised hogs. He retired at age 62 and they moved to Highland in 1998. He played guitar with "Happy Aces" and "Rhythm Rangers" and "Eidelweis" Band. He made violins, his own guitars, and his own boat that he loved to fish from.

Survivors include:
Sister - Betty G. Smith, Pocahontas, IL
Nephew - Dennis W. (Reva) Bargetzi, Highland, IL
Nephew - Larry G. Clayton, Claymore, OK
Nephew - Preston G. (Sharon) Smith, Greenville, IL
Niece - Carol A. Gross, Highland, IL
Niece - Marci A. Slape, Pocahontas, IL
Niece - June D. (Larry) Noll, St. Jacob, IL

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Bruno Hugo Bargetzi
Mother - Anna Bargetzi nee Stoffel
Wife - Dorothy M. Bargetzi nee Clayton died 11/22/2007
Brother - Walter J. "Wally" Bargetzi died7/27/2000
Step-Mother - Audra Kelly Bargetzi
Step-Sister - Veda Maroon died 6/20/2003
Step-Sister - Freda Young

David A. Weisenfeld

David A. Weisenfeld, age 62, of Breese, passed away Wednesday, January 15 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Funeral mass will be Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese. Friends may call Saturday from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to Christian Children’s Foundation, Mater Dei High School, or St. Augustine Church. Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Weisenfeld was born August 20, 1951 in Breese to George and Frances (Abeln) Weisenfeld; they preceded him in death.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Anita and Ray Hilmes; a special nephew, Scott Detmer; a niece, Kris Huffstadt; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albin and Rose (Ratermann) Detmer.

He married Constance Detmer on October 9, 1976 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Beckemeyer; she survives in Breese.

Also surviving is his brother, Louis "Bud" (Marianne) Weisenfeld of Breese; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Theresa (Ken) Nordmann of Fairfield, Janet (Paul) Schmeink of Carlyle, JoAnn (Don) Thomas of Breese, Mike (Margie) Detmer of St. Rose, Philip (Joyce) Detmer of Breese, Diane (Virgil) Jansen of Germantown, Chester (Ellen) Detmer of Carlyle, Fred (Yulonda) Detmer of Breese, and Gary (Shirley) Detmer of Breese; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Dave retired from Weber Chevrolet and was the owner and operator of DC Banner in Breese.

He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and Holy Name Society in Breese, the Breese Historical Society, and he was a Corvette and John Deere enthusiast.



Graphic from the National Weather Service

Saturday: Mostly Cloudy 50% of Snow/Rain Mix High: 38 Low: 23

Sunday: Sunny High: 44 Low: 31


Join Ryan Mifflin for Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area News. Ryan's guest is Dan Fox of the American Red Cross. January is Blood Donor Month and Ryan and Dan will talk about that designation and the importance of blood donation, particularly in light of the recent blood shortage the Red Cross experienced as a result of the severe winter weather that has plagued our area. Tune in to Public Affairs on WGEL 101.7 FM immediately following the Bond County Area News at noon.

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