THURSDAY SNOW HIT RIGHT BEFORE THE MORNING COMMUTE
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.
FORMER COMET TONY ATCHISON TO BE HONORED TONIGHT
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.
BENEFIT CONCERT TO BE HELD FOR LOCAL CHEF AND ARTIST
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
OWNER INTENDS TO BRING SWORD TO GREENVILLE
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.
MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR HIRED AT KPD
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
BREESE AMBULANCE AND POLICE PERSONNEL RECEIVE EMS AWARDS
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.