Greenville College is pleased to welcome Rachel Held Evans to campus on Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7. Evans is an award winning Christian author, blogger and speaker whose blog receives over a quarter of a million visits per month and features a range of topics about faith, doubt and culture.

Evans’ books include “Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions” (Zondervan 2010), which explores the relationship between faith, doubt and tough questions and “A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head and Calling Her Husband Master” (Thomas Nelson, 2012), a 2012 New York Times best seller which documents her year of following all the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible.

Rachel Held Evans

She has been featured in interviews on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The Times London, The Huffington Post, Oprah.com, and was named one of Christianity Today’s “50 Women You Should Know” in Oct. 2012.

There will be a meet and greet reception with complimentary coffee on February 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Jo’s Java and at 9:30 p.m. Evans will speak at Vespers in Whitlock Music Center. On February 7 at 9:30 a.m. she will speak during Chapel in Whitlock Music Center about her latest book, “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” Her visit is being sponsored by Greenville College Chapel and the Greenville College Student Association (GCSA).

These events are open to the public. For more information, please contact Lori Gaffner at lori.gaffner@greenville.edu.

Photo courtesy of Greenville College



The nation is still in the grips of a deadly flu season. At least 41 states are reporting widespread cases of the illness, which is predominately the H1N1 strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 30 children have died of the flu this season. The CDC does not track adult deaths, but state figures show people in their 20s and 30s are at a high risk of getting severe cases of the flu this year. The death toll in California is around 145, which includes almost one-hundred people under the age of 65. 

This year's flu season is believed to have peaked, but there are still weeks to go. 

The Bond County Health Department has flu shots available on a walk-in basis. Health Department Administrator Mark Ayers told WGEL they have seen dramatic increases in the past two months with doctor’s offices and Greenville Regional Hospital reporting 46 cases of Influenza A. The Health Department has provided 844 flu shots so far this season and has around 60 doses left.

For more information, call the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442.


Greenville Firefighters were dispatched Thursday, at 11:00 p.m., to a reported smell of gas at a residence on Oak Street, owned by Greenville College.  According to the fire department report, a strong odor of gas was reported around the building.  Firefighters checked for gas leaks and found none.  The cause of the smell is believed to be a misfire of the furnace.  Greenville College maintenance personnel were called to check the furnace.  Firefighters were on the scene about half an hour.



The Farm Heritage Museum will host the American Heritage Railroad’s first train show in Greenville this summer on Saturday, June 14.

Railroad President David Kessinger told WGEL the show will include vendors with train models and other railroad-related wares. He said the railroad is also hoping to offer workshops for those just getting into the hobby.

Kessinger said the railroad’s “Blue Train” will be at the event and a free ride will be included in the price of admission. Adult admission will be $4 and children under age 12 are free. They are now accepting vendors for the event. For more information or to become a vendor, call 593-7742.



The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees approved five program articulation agreements with Southern Illinois University Carbondale at their meeting Monday, January 27. Kaskaskia College Dean of Arts and Sciences Kellie Henegar told us more about the partnership.

“Basically, what this agreement does for our students, and for SIUC, is it provides a clear pathway for the students to do their first two years with us and their second two years with Carbondale,” Henegar told WGEL. “It’s just good to know as a freshman that if you do the work you have to do in front of you at KC, that you’re guaranteed to that transferability seamlessly to the program.”

Henegar said the five programs outlined in the 2 + 2 engineering curriculum are civil engineering, electrical engineering, mining engineering, computer engineering and mechanical engineering.



Clinton County farmer Martin Graul was selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. District Sales Manager with Monsanto Brian Rudolphi told us the program’s purpose is to recognize and celebrate the important contribution farmers make in rural America and to help them grow their communities by supporting local organizations that are important to them.  

Graul selected the New Baden Fire Department, where he is a volunteer, as the recipient of a $2,500 donation. The donation will allow the department to upgrade the 25-year-old power unit for its Jaws of Life hydraulic rescue tool.


Arthur G. Edmondson

Arthur G. Edmondson, age 79, of Pocahontas, passed away Monday, January 27 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  No services are scheduled.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society.

He was born on Sunday, January 20, 1935, in East Saint Louis, IL, the son of Arthur R. and Margaret Edmondson.

Born at East St. Louis, Illinois; lived most of his life in the Belleville, Illinois area. He moved to the Pocahontas area near Millersburg, Illinois, in 1990. He was a welder most of his life working for welding companies. He enjoyed woodworking, his pet dachshund dogs, and "Sassy" his pet dachshund at the time of Arthur's death.


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 today and Saturday. The greatest probability of snow will exist across northern Missouri and central Illinois where accumulations of 2-6 inches are possible. Further south across portions of central and east central Missouri into south central Illinois, it appears there will be a mix of freezing rain and sleet with minor ice and sleet accumulations possible. Those with travel plans today into this weekend should be aware of possible hazardous driving conditions, and keep up to date with the latest forecasts on WGEL 101.7 FM.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service


This Sunday on our Public Affairs Program, Ryan Mifflin will talk with Tricia Katt, Caregiver Advisor at Heartland Human Services in Effingham, about resources available for grandparents raising grandchildren and for those serving as a caregiver to a family member.  Tune in to the Public Affairs program this Sunday, immediately following our Bond County Area News at 12:05 p.m. on WGEL 101.7 FM.

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