The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary presented their annual gift to Greenville Regional Hospital Tuesday, donating the largest amount in Auxiliary history.

“We are extremely proud and excited for our Auxiliary, and thanks to all the leadership and the volunteers they raised $340,000 this year, which is their largest donation,” Hospital CEO Brian Nall told WGEL. “We counted up about 34,000 hours volunteered this year, and the volunteers - men and women - volunteered as hospital greeters, at the thrift shop, making apple butter, participating and planning and facilitating the holiday bazaar and book fairs and plenty of other events.”

Nall said the Auxiliary created a list of about 50 items to be purchased, including mattresses for patient rooms, stretchers, blanket warmers, crash carts and replacing the roof for the Thrift shop, the auxiliary’s largest fund raiser.

For more information or to get involved with the Auxiliary, contact current President Boyd Vieregge.


A shallow cold air mass building south behind a cold front will combine with several upper level disturbances to bring a few rounds of wintry precipitation to the region Friday and Saturday. The greatest probability of snow will exist across northern Missouri and central Illinois, with a mix of sleet and freezing rain further south along the Interstate 70 corridor.

Minor snow and ice accumulations are possible and those with travel plans this weekend should stay tuned to the latest forecasts for possible hazardous driving conditions.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service



The mother of a seven-year-old girl who was stabbed to death by her uncle is going to jail for lying about the crime. 

Ciara DeRyke of Effingham pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for claiming she had seen her daughter Willow Long on September 8th of last year, even though she knew the child was already dead. 

DeRyke's brother, Justin DeRyke, allegedly told police he killed the child the day before to put her out of her misery after she'd fallen and a stick had pierced her neck. His murder trial is set to begin next month. 

Ciara DeRyke was sentenced to 120 days in jail, but with credit for time served will be released next month.


The Greenville Plan Commission held a public hearing Monday night regarding Greenville Commons, the planned development – by T Bow, Inc. – on the old Greenville Jr. High grounds. There were no comments from the public during the hearing.

Commission members recommended for City Council approval the master site plan, development agreement, and final plat for the project, pending minor changes.

Those changes include adding additional space between some of the apartment buildings for fire safety; the use of hard wood trees rather than soft wood trees on the property; the addition of one more trash enclosure on the property; and the placement of air conditioner units on the sides of apartment buildings that have two fronts on the building.

The matter moves on to the City Council for consideration in their February 11th meeting.



Since November 2010 viewers of the Science Channel have been amused - and occasionally perplexed - by “Oddities”, a program centered on Obscura Antiques and Oddities, a unique New York store that sells everything from shrunken heads to vintage surgical instruments. Mike Zohn, star of “Oddities” and co-owner of Obscura Antiques and Oddities, will be visiting the DeMoulin Museum in Greenville on Saturday, March 29. Zohn will be signing autographs and doing a program about his store and TV show. 

Zohn attended a program last spring presented by John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum curator, at the Observatory in Brooklyn, New York. “Mike brought a couple of DeMoulin initiation devices from his collection and we had a great time taking turns demonstrating pieces for the audience,” Goldsmith explained. “Since then I’ve been on the lookout for DeMoulin artifacts for Mike. He’s a big fan and we’re excited to have him visiting us.”

DeMoulin Bros. & Co. got its start in 1892 as a manufacturer of fraternal regalia and initiation devices for organizations like the Modern Woodmen of America, Odd Fellows, and Improved Order of Redmen. The DeMoulin Museum has 17 of these rare initiation gags on display, including one just recently added. “The museum purchased an original DeMoulin Knife Throwing Stunt in late December from a woman in Davenport, Iowa. Mike has mentioned to me that it’s a piece he’s really looking forward to seeing,” Goldsmith said.

Due to the anticipated crowd for Mike Zohn’s program it will be held at the Globe Theater, 105 N. Third Street, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29. He will then greet fans at the DeMoulin Museum, 110 W. Main Street.  Additional details will be released closer to the date.

For more information, contact John Goldsmith at the DeMoulin Museum, 618-664-4115.


Greenville Firefighters responded Wednesday morning at 5:48 a.m., to a report of smoke from a semi-truck involved a rollover accident at the 45 mile marker on the westbound off-ramp of Interstate 70. According to the fire report, firefighters found no sign of smoke or fire. They were on the scene about 15 minutes.

Greenville firefighters also responded Wednesday at 12:07 p.m. to a report of a grass fire in the 1400 block of Woburn Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find less than one acre of grass had burned and the fire had almost burned out. They extinguished the remaining fire. The fire was caused by a transformer arcing, Southwestern Electric was already on scene when crews arrived and the transformer is back in service. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately 15 minutes.

Photos courtesy of the Greenville Fire Protection District



One of the topics in the recent Greenville Tourism Committee meeting was upcoming tractor shows, to be held at the American Farm Heritage Museum.

Museum representative Sherry Schaefer told WGEL the J.I. Case Collector’s Club will have their winter convention at the museum in April. Case will also be featured at a show at the museum over the summer. Next year, the National Oliver club will be at the museum for their winter convention.

Schaefer said the museum is getting the attention of many large tractor groups due to the size of their buildings and the quality of their facility for shows. She noted that the events will most likely fill the local motels and restaurants, generating a lot of revenue for Greenville and the surrounding area.

Schaefer said more information on the upcoming J.I. Case and Oliver shows will be available as the events draw nearer.


Maria Reinhard is the latest Lady Comet to join the exclusive 1,000 Point Club. A special celebration was held at the Lady Comets game Wednesday night. Reinhard was welcomed to the club by fellow members Sandy File, Jamie Bleisch-Simpson, and Monique Williams-Stroud. CONGRATULATIONS, MARIA!

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Lady Comets


Daniel G. Hubbard, Sr.

Daniel G. Hubbard, Sr., age 77, of Highland, passed away Monday, January 27 at Highland Health Care Center. Funeral services will be today at 11:00 a.m. at the Meredith Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church in Highland, Heartland Hospice, or the American Stroke Foundation.

Dan was born May 25, 1936 to John G. and Comila (Nee Medley) Hubbard, in Richwoods, Missouri.  On May 16, 1955, he married Lou Ann Limberg in St. Charles, MO.

He was an operator at Granite City Steel for 33 ½ years.  Dan was drafted in 1958 and signed up for the Air Force and served 4 years active duty.  He was a 22 year member of American Legion Post 0365, Collinsville, IL.  Dan loved God and his family.  He was a devoted husband and best dad you could have.  He loved to fish and hunt.

Dan is survived by his wife, Lou Ann Hubbard, Highland, IL; 1 son, Daniel (Peggy) Hubbard, Jr., Highland, IL; 5 grandchildren, Daniel (Dawn) Hubbard III, Doug (Stephany) Hubbard, Derrek Hubbard, Renee (James) Hooton, Connie (Lance) Litteken; 5 great-grandchildren, Kallie, Lucas, Alyson, Caleb and Karlie; 1 sister, Rosalie Lancaster; 2 brother, John (Kathy) Hubbard, and Walter (Joanie) Hubbard; many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, Francis Hubbard, James Hubbard, Gene Hubbard, Junior Hubbard.

L. Lee Willeford

L. Lee Willeford, age 82, of Owensville, Missouri, formerly of Greenville, passed away Monday, January 27 at Gasconade Manor Nursing Center in Owensville. Funeral services will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery with military honors. Friends may call Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Mt. Nebo Primitive Baptist Church.

Lawrence Lee Willeford, the son of John M. Willeford and Lydia Collman Willeford, was born on June 18, 1931 on the Willeford Farm west of Greenville. Lee grew up in the Mt. Nebo neighborhood attending Terrapin Ridge One Room School.  Lee followed his father into farming, farming for most of his adult life. Lee answered his country's call by joining the United States Marine Corps on February 14, 1952 in St. Louis serving overseas for 5 months and 14 days during the Korean Crisis. He was honorably discharged on February 8, 1954 in San Francisco spending another 6 years in the Marine Corps Reserves. Lee returned to farming and raised his family on their farm. Lee lived on the farm until 1979 when he moved to Missouri.

Lee and Dorothy Rose were united in marriage on June 16, 1950 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, and enjoyed on19 years together before she was taken by Cancer on November 4, 1969. They are the parents of four daughters three of whom survive: Debra (Mark) Henley of Belle, MO, Ruth (Greg) Jenner of Mulberry Grove, IL, Sharon (Keith) Hankins of Rolla, MO, 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Lee is also survived by his brother Ted (Betty) Willeford of rural Pocahontas, IL, and his special friend Virginia Miller of Owensville, MO.

Lee is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, their daughter Laura Hill, a granddaughter Brandy Hoover, sister Mabel Grafe, and six brothers: Tom Willeford, Lloyd Willeford, Bob Willeford, Bill Willeford, Darrell Williford, and Ken Willeford.

Lee was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 6133 of Owensville, MO.

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