The identity of the St. Elmo one year old that passed away earlier this week has been released.  According to the Effingham County Coroner’s office one year old Addison Scott was brought to the St. Anthony Memorial Hospital Emergency Room by ambulance Wednesday around 11:00 a.m. and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The investigation continues and no further information has become available.  The coroner’s office confirms that foul play is not suspected.   



The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to replace the gazebo on the northeast corner of the courthouse square.  In the recent Bond County Board Meeting, Chamber Director John Goldsmith updated the board on the progress and emphasized that his goal was to replace the gazebo with little or no cost to the county.

Goldsmith told us some progress is being made with getting the gazebo replaced.  He said the project was still in the “fact finding” stage.

“We’re doing the research on the kits.  There’s no doubt it’s more economical to replace the gazebo,” said Goldsmith.  “We’ve had an offer from Kaskaskia College’s Building Trades program to assemble the gazebo and deliver it to the courthouse grounds at no cost.”

Goldsmith told us a local man has offered to disassemble the current gazebo and remove it from the courthouse lawn free of charge.

“We’re trying to keep the cost down as much as possible, especially knowing the challenging financial times that the Bond County Board is facing.  We’d like to do this with minimal financial participation on their part and perhaps do some fundraising in the community to get it replaced.”

The gazebo was originally a gift from the Greenville Business and Professional Association and the Greenville Women’s Club.  Goldsmith told the county board he hoped to have the gazebo replaced by this summer.



The Bond County Independence Day Festival Association, the group bringing 4th of July fireworks back to Bond County, has announced their first fundraiser, a trivia night, to be held Saturday, February 1.

Patti Brooks, a member of the Association’s board and organizer of the trivia night told WGEL the event will be held at the Greenville V.F.W. Post #1377 on South Fourth Street.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and trivia begins at 7:00.

Participants are welcome to bring snacks, or Brooks says snacks will also be sold at the event.  Teams can be made up of 6 to 8 people, for a fee of $100 per team. 

All proceeds from the trivia night will help fund a fireworks show at Patriot’s Park this July 4th.

For more information call 664-9272.


The Comets baseball program held their annual I-70 Coaches Clinic Monday.  Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat told us it was a big success.

“Over 180 coaches were in attendance from four different states to hear speakers such as Pat Murphy, Rick Carpenter, Itchy Jones, and Gary Henderson,” Alstat told us.  “It was great attendance and a great turnout and I’d like to thank all those who helped make it possible with several sponsorships and volunteers, etc., to help pull off a great event.”

Alstat said Monday’s event was their highest attendance for a year that didn’t feature Tony Larussa as the special guest.  Overall, it was the third-highest attendance for the event.





During the recent blizzard, the Effingham Performance Center was spontaneously converted into a warming center on January 6 and 7. The city first cleared the facility's parking lot to use for parking large trucks. The Center was asked later that Monday to serve as a warming center for stranded travelers. Director of Ticketing and Communications Alan Lovell told us that while they were in no way prepared to act as a warming center, they opened in that capacity later that evening with help from the community.

“The fire department brought in some cots so we were able to provide cots and blankets,” said Lovell.  “The Red Cross helped out with meals for all who were stranded.  As far as the facility here, we set up the lobby area with a large TV with Netflix, so those who had kids could sit and watch movies and keep them entertained.  A lot of people, since they were traveling, had their own games and things anyway.  Everyone was very pleasant and very happy and grateful to not have to be stuck out on the highway when it was fifteen below zero.”

Lovell said the performance center hosted more than 50 people on Monday and more than 140 people Tuesday.



Bobcats are making a comeback in Southern Illinois and that could mean good news for hunters.  State Representative Wayne Rosenthal has introduced a bill that would allow hunters to go after the cats between November 1st and February 15th each year.   Reports indicate there are more than 3,300 bobcats living in southern Illinois.  Rosenthal says hunting them will help keep the cat population under control. 


Virgil M. Meskil

Virgie M. Meskil, age 84, of Huey, passed away Wednesday, January 22 in Centralia.  Funeral services will be today at 1:00 p.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be at McKendree Chapel Cemetery in Keyesport.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Mrs. Meskil was born on March 6, 1929, in Elco, Illinois, a daughter of Sterling F. and Gertrude Heilig. She married Edgar E. Meskil on June 9, 1947, and he preceded her in death on May 6, 1989.

Virgie is survived by a daughter – Hope Wiebler and husband Mike “Tiny” of Huey; her sons – Ed Meskil and wife Betty of Carlyle, Roy Meskil and wife Carol of Wildwood, Florida, Max Meskil of Huey, John Meskil and wife Rita of Huey and Dewey Meskil of Huey; 16 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren; a sister – Nellie Robertson of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; a son-in-law – Ralph Cooley of Pocahontas and her adopted children – Paula Gebke, Larry Harnetiaux, and Steve Finley.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Sterling and Gertrude Heilig; her husband – Edgar Meskil; and 2 children – Esther “Liz” Cooley and Thomas Meskil.

Mrs. Meskil was a member of the Way of Life Christian Church in Carlyle. She was a home maker, and loved puzzle books and going to church gatherings.


Saturday: Snow flurries in the morning High: 32 Low: 25

Sunday: Sunny and Warmer High: 47 Low: 7


Join Ryan Mifflin this Sunday afternoon for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program.  Ryan’s guest is Kevin Kaegy of the Bond County Historical Society.  Ryan and Kevin will talk about local Civil War connections, including information about Col. John B. Reid – the original owner of the sword that has generated so much interest locally following its appearance on “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS – and many other interesting stories,.  Catch Public Affairs this Sunday, immediately following the 12:05 Bond County Area News on WGEL.


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