A rare dust stormed formed in Macoupin County on Friday around 1PM.  According to Illinois State Police high winds and dry fields created a dust storm that left nearly zero visibility on Route 108 just west of Carlinville. 

A state trooper on his way to help a motorist that h ad driven off the road in the dust storm was rear ended when he reduced his speed.  Shortly after that the trooper was rear ended by another vehicle.  The trooper, whose name was not released, was taken to Staunton hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Route 108 was closed until the wind died down. 



Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn reports that the investigation surrounding the death of Roxanna High School student, 16-year-old Samantha D. Owsley, of East Alton, has been concluded and ruled accidental.

Owsley was killed in a crash when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree on Buchta Road in Bethalto on November 9. Four juvenile passengers in the car were ejected and were all transported either by helicopter or ambulance to area hospitals. Owsley was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation determined that Owsley was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. Toxicology testing reported negative for alcohol and drugs. 



The Bond County Senior Center plans to expand their free tax service again this year through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance with help from Greenville College students. Center Director Anna Oestreich told us the help from students will allow them to extend their hours of service in 2014.

Oestreich said the center will is now taking appointments and will begin offering the service February 3. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Senior Center at 664-1465.



Thirteen students were recently trained to volunteer with the Greenville College Prison Initiative. Dr. Kent Dunnington, professor of religion and philosophy at the college, directs the program. He said the program exists to provide educational opportunities for both students and inmates and to embrace the prison as part of the community.

“The way that it really began was I began asking students that I knew if they would be interested in getting trained to volunteer at the prison as tutors, both in the men’s prison, which is a medium security federal facility, and the women’s, which is a minimum security federal camp,” Dunnington recalled. “So back in 2009, we started getting students to go out and do the training, and since then we’ve always had students who go out to the prison on a weekly basis, often in pairs. And the men go into GED classrooms on the inside and help the guys that are trying to get their GED. They tutor them in math and reading and things like that, and the women do the same for the women.”

Dunnington said the 13 students will begin to volunteer in the prison this spring. He said students and faculty involved in the initiative do more than just tutoring at the prison. In the past, they have coordinated book clubs, chess clubs and even offered classes.


The Greenville Public Library Building and Grounds Committee met Friday morning and unanimously reaffirmed the library board’s decision to go with a metal roof on the library’s dome as part of their re-roofing project. The material has a 50-year life expectancy. Other portions of the roof will be made of polymer tile which is created by Eco Star, a subsidiary of Carlisle Syntec. The tile has a life expectancy of 40-45 years.

Netemeyer Engeineering in Aviston is currently completing the specs for the roof project. Library Director Mike Westbrooks told WGEL there isn’t a firm scheduled for the project, but the specs should be in by early February and the project will then be put out for bids. The board hopes to start work on the roof in late March or early April, but those dates are contingent upon cooperative weather.

Westbrooks said the project is intended to dovetail with Greenville’s upcoming Bicentennial celebration. The choice of material and design for the roof project are similar to the library’s original look when it first opened. Westbrooks said the board wants to use some of their endowment to restore some of the character of the original building.

An early photo of the Greenville Public Library

Additional aspects of the project will include two new memorial benches and a new light pole to be installed on the east side of the library.

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Public Library



The Bond County Board of Health will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. at the Health Department. The meeting agenda calls for review of the agency’s Home Health and Hospice policies and procedures, discussion of 2013 employee donations, and a local expenditure report.

The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library. The agenda includes the superintendent’s report, a financial planning presentation, the proposed budget, school calendar, and a closed session to deal with personnel, negotiations, and discipline



Don R. Bickline

Don R. Bickline, age 83, of Highland, passed away Friday, January 24 at his residence. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Friends may call today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Tuesday, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland or the Pierron Fire Department.

He was born on Thursday, May 22, 1930, in Highland, IL, the son of George H. and Mildred Adele "Mil" (nee Lampe) Bickline.

On Saturday, September 22, 1956, he married Ruth E. Bickline (nee Espenschied) who survives.

He was a member of the Evangelical United Church of Christ, VFW Post 5694-Highland, and the Postal Carriers Union 155. He was a former member of the Labors Local 687 of Marine and the Highland-Pierron Fire Department (26 years).

Don was born in Highland, IL and reared in the Marine/Highland area, attending Marine School and graduating from Highland High School in 1948. He worked in the oil fields in the Marine area, later entered the US Air Force, and served from 1951 to 1955 with duty in Korea during the Korean War. After his military service, he worked for Shell Oil Co, Wood River, IL; Granite City Army Depot; and then for the US Postal Service as a postal carrier in Collinsville, retiring after 31 years in July of 1988. He and his wife had a dried flower business for 10 years and made retro aprons together for the last 5 years. He enjoyed NASCAR Racing and St. Louis Cardinal Baseball.

Survivors include:
Wife - Ruth E. Bickline, nee Espenschied, Highland, IL
Son - Michael R. (Kim) Bickline, Highland, IL
Son - Brian L. (Susan) Bickline, Highland, IL
Daughter - Barbara A. (Jeff) Kimberlin, Rochester, IL
Sister - Beverly Maxine (Clifford) Homeier, Livingston, IL
Grandchild - Paul M. (significant other-Audra Gall) Bickline, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Jacob R. Bickline, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Julie C. Bickline, Mesa, AZ
Grandchild - Troy C. Kimberlin, Honolulu, HI
Grandchild - Victor R. Kimberlin, Ottawa, IL
Grandchild - Zachary B. (fiancee-Ciara Miller) Bickline, Mount Carmel, IL

He was preceded in death by:
Father - George H. Bickline died 11/18/1969
Mother - Mildred A. "Mil" Bickline, nee Lampe died 8/30/2005

Lucille Frank

Lucille Frank, age 90, of Marine, passed away Friday, January 24 at Hitz Memorial home in Alhambra. Funeral mass will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church in Marine. Burial will be in Saint Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger funeral home in Highland and again on Wednesday from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Hitz Memorial Home, Heartland Hospice or Masses.

She was born on Saturday, September 29, 1923, in Edwardsville, IL, the daughter of August Frederick and Amelia (nee Nemnich) Prott.

On Saturday, June 19, 1948, she married Alvin J. "Bud" Frank who passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2010.

She was a member of Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church, Marine, IL; St. Elizabeth Altar Society, Marine, IL; Marine Senior Citizens.

Mrs. Frank was born southwest of Marine in Pin Oak Township, Madison County, IL and grew up on a farm. She moved to Marine after her father's death in 1940. She worked at Convoy Heel Factory in St. Louis, MO, for a number of years and then at the Olin Corporation (Western Cartridge Division). She retired from working to raise her family and help her husband with the farm. She enjoyed playing cards, such as euchre and pinochole, bowling, watching the baseball Cardinals, quilting and attending all her grandchildren's events.

Survivors include:
Daughter - Connie M. (Marvin) Grapperhaus, Marine, IL
Daughter - Linda L. (special friend-Bill Smith) Frank, Highland, IL
Son - Roger A. (Judy) Frank, Edwardsville, IL
Daughter - Rita A. Frank, Alhambra, IL
Son - Don J. (Connie) Frank, Highland, I
Ten Grandchildren -
Todd Micheal (Sarah) Frank, Worden, IL
Amy Michelle (Michael) Hamann, Troy, IL
Andrew John (Jamie) Grapperhaus, Edwardsville, IL
Chad Matthew (Denise) Frank, Marine, IL
Elizabeth Marie (Jimmy) Terry, Marine, IL
Ryan Marcus Frank, Worden, IL
Molly Marie Frank, Edwardsville, IL
Ashley Megan (fiance-Mike Bruns) Frank, Edwardsville, IL
Colin Robert Frank, Highland, IL
Devon James Frank, Highland, IL
Nine Great Grandchildren -
Aryk R. Terry, Marine, IL
Claire E. Hamann, Troy, IL
Connor J. Hamann, Troy, IL
Taylor A. Frank, Worden, IL
Katelyn M. Frank, Marine, IL
Alaina M. Grapperhaus, Edwardsville, IL
Allie N. Hamann, Troy, IL
Brandon A. Frank, Marine, IL
Lydia A. Grapperhaus, Edwardsville, IL

She was preceded in death by:
Father - August F. Prott
Mother - Amelia Prott nee Nemnich
Husband - Alvin J. "Bud" Frank died 10/10/2010
Three Brothers -
Orville Prott
Eldon Prott (died 6/9/1980)
Merle Prott
Three Sisters -
Mildred Loos (died 7/1/1990)
Nona A. Heuiser Schneider (died 6/20/2000)
Edna Kranz

Kenneth W. Hanselman

Kenneth W. Hanselman, age 83 of Highland, passed away on Friday, January 24 at IL Veteran Home in Quincy, IL. Funeral services for 83 year old Kenneth W, Hanselman will be Sunday the 26th at 4 PM at Spengel Boulanger funeral home in highland. A private interment will follow at Highland city cemetery. Friends may call from 3 PM until service time on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

He was born on Friday, February 21, 1930, in Highland, IL, the son of Otto L. and Alma (nee Gilomen) Hanselman.
On Saturday, November 15, 1958, he married Anne L. Hanselman (nee Mease) who passed away on Thursday, September 16, 1999. He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland, IL; V.F.W. Post 5694, Highland, IL; former member of Meatcutter's Local 534 - Belleville, Il.

Mr. Hanselman was born at Highland, IL; grew up in Highland and graduated from Highland High School in 1948. He entered military service in September of 1948 and served over 20 years. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sergeant, having served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars with duty in Spain, Japan, Turkey, Guam and at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. After his retirement, he worked at Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, Illinois for some 13 years as a meatcutter, retiring in February of 1985. Always active, he had enjoyed bowling for a number of years, played golf, jogged, walked and he and his wife had traveled every year. He did extensive genealogy on the Hanselman family and he liked having a nice car. In November of 2012 he moved to the Illinois Veteran's Home, Quincy, IL.

Survivors include:
Son - Barry J. (significant other-Connie Royston) Hanselman, Edwardsville, IL
Step Grandchild - Josh Curry, Seattle, WA
Sister - Shirley Luber, Highland, IL

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Otto L. Hanselman
Mother - Alma Hanselman nee Gilomen
Wife - Anne L. Hanselman died 9/16/1999
Step-Son - Richard "Rick" Curry
Brother-in-law - Jules Luber, Highland, IL

Harold D. “Dick” Reavis

Harold D. “Dick” Reavis, age 93, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, January 25, at his home.  Memorial services for 93 year-old Harold D. “Dick” Reavis will be Tuesday, January 28, at 7:00 p.m., at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call Tuesday, after 4:00 p.m., at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church or Bond County Hospice.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 1, 1920 in Pleasant Mound to Harold Matthew and Blanche Elma (Dickson) Reavis.  He married Arnita Jean Huff on September 11, 1944 in Greenville.  She passed away on February 27, 2002.  He is survived by his children Linda (David) Royer of Greenville, Rodney (Ardis) Reavis of Greenville, Susan Goodman of Greenville, Marcia Reavis of Springfield, IL, Randy (Peggy) Reavis of Omaha, NE, Rex Reavis of Greenville, Richard (Patty) Reavis of Pleasant Mound, Cynthia Reavis of Greenville, Shari (Steve) Forte of Smithboro, IL, and Mari (Mark) Robertson of Greenville, his sister Milburn Smith of Colorado Springs, CO, 14 grandchildren, Jenifer Royer, Rebecca Zumwalt, Rodney Reavis, Jacob Reavis, Robert Reavis Ryan Reavis, Michelle Goodman, Jordan Reavis, Lucas Reavis, Sarah Reavis, Rustin Reavis, Lynn Hessenauer, Casey Robertson, and Ethan Robertson.  He is also survived by 9 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, two sisters Maxine Barth and Dolphaline Dothager, and a son-in-law Charles Goodman

He grew up in Pleasant Mound and graduated from Greenville High School in 1939.  He served in The Army Air Corp during WW II.  After the military he returned to work at Pet Milk in Greenville and retired as chief engineer after 40 years.  He was a member of The Greenville First Christian Church and the KVS Club.

Charles Edmond Grider

Charles Edmond Grider, age 75, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, January 22, at his home.  In keeping with wishes, there will be no formal services for 75 year-old Charles Edmond Grider and his ashes will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville AMVET Post 140.  The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Edmond Grider, the son of James E. Grider and Thelma Irene Walker Grider Hill, was born on September 6, 1938 in East St. Louis, Illinois. Charles was raised in Van Buren Missouri, Centerville and Mascoutah, Illinois and attended school in Centerville, VanBuren, and Cahokia.

Charles answered his country's call by joining the United States Navy on September 15, 1955 when he was seventeen years old in St. Louis rising to the rank of First Petty Officer serving on the flight deck. being honorably discharged in May of 1976 after over 20 years of active duty service. During those years he was awarded medals including: Combat Action Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Third Good Conduct Medal, The Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal W/Device, Vietnam Service Medal with Four Stars, and The Purple Heart. Charles remained in the Naval Reserves for another 10 years making 30 years of service to the Navy. Charles returned stateside and worked for Monterey Coal for another 19 years.

Charles and Leonisa Pabustan were united in marriage in February of 1975 at the Wisetown Baptist Church and enjoyed over 38 years together and she has lovingly cared for him during his declining last several months. Leonisa survives as does his step daughter Beth, Mrs. Rick Clanton of Greenville, step son Donald Pabustan of the Philippines, 4 step grandchildren: Guy Clanton, Ryan Clanton, Crystal Clanton, Dillon Clanton, his sisters: Thelma Louise Lewis of Granite City, Shirley Long of Cahokia, and two brothers: Jim Grider of Greenville and Randy Grider in Florida. Charles is preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters Barbara Foster and Linda Dollins.

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