Another winter storm is expected for parts of Missouri and Illinois Tuesday and Tuesday night. Early indications are that a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow will spread across the area before transitioning to all snow. The forecast precipitation types, amounts, and timing are all preliminary because the low pressure system is located near the West Coast and has not been sampled by the upper air network. This forecast will likely change as the details of the storm become better defined.


Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service


In January 2014, Greenville got just seven tenths of an inch of rain but we got 17.3 inches of snow. When compared with records from the past 47 years, rainfall is considerably less than the average of 2.26 inches but we got much more than the average snowfall of 6.02 inches. The most January rain fell in 2005 with 8.47 inches and there was no rain in January 1986 and 1977. The most snow was 26.5 inches in January 1979. Four years showed no January snow in Greenville.


The Greenville Fire Department responded to two incidents in January where the closest fire hydrant was blocked by a vehicle. Fire Chief Bill Johnston told us this offense can drastically affect response time to fires. He said it should only take around 3 minutes to attach the hose to the hydrant and begin extinguishing the fire but when the hydrant is blocked, the time is often doubled.

Johnston told WGEL a fire can triple in size every minute so just a few minutes of delay can have a big impact on the damage done to a home or business. He said never to block a fire hydrant with a vehicle and not to pile snow around hydrants when shoveling your driveway or sidewalk.



In addition to presenting the largest check in their history to Greenville Regional Hospital, the hospital auxiliary also elected officers at their recent general membership meeting.

Back, L to R: Vickie Beaver – 2nd Vice President, Jane Cornelius – 1st Vice President, Boyd Vieregge – auxiliary president, Nancy Machmer – past president

Front, L to R: Sharon Alger – treasurer, Donna Bristow – Recording Secretary, Mary Gayle Nevinger – Historian

Linda Royer (not pictured) – corresponding secretary

The auxiliary's annual gift to Greenville Regional Hospital totaled $340,000 this year - a new record.

Photos courtesy of Greenville Regional Hospital & Auxiliary


The Village of Aviston is gearing up for a celebration of its 150th anniversary coming June 6 through 8. Mayor Dale Haukap told us the people of Aviston are working hard to make the celebration a success with their efforts in creating a cookbook and an historical commemorative book.

Cookbooks are available for purchase at the Aviston Village Hall. For a complete list of Aviston sesquicentennial events, check out their website at www.aviston150.com.



Congressman John Shimkus voted for the Agricultural Act of 2014, which passed the House Wednesday. The bill is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law. The bill contains farm policy reforms including the repeal of Direct Payments, the strengthening of crop insurance and reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for food stamps. SNAP reforms would aim to eliminate loopholes, prohibit advertising and enrollment drives, eliminate medical marijuana as an eligible expense and allow states to pursue fraud.


Clinton County farmer Martin Graul was selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. 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.

Photo courtesy of Osborn-Barr



The Greenville College athletic department will soon be under new leadership as Kent Krober has accepted the college’s position as athletic director. Krober is a 1978 graduate of Greenville College and returns to the college after serving for 13 years in various positions as a public school teacher and coach in East St. Louis, vice president for the church and ministry division at Cass Commercial Bank in St. Louis, and most recently, a development and planned giving officer at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Krober will succeed Dr. Doug Faulkner, who has been athletic director since 1999. Krober will officially assume the duties in March.

As part of his tenure at Greenville College, Krober coached the men’s basketball team to a 20-win season and a berth in the NAIA District 20 playoffs.

“I am absolutely delighted that Kent is returning to Greenville College,” said President Ivan Filby. “Kent really understands how our athletic programs help us fulfill our mission of delivering an education that empowers, enriches, and endures. It’s great to have him back!"

In Faulkner’s 15 years as athletic director, he has overseen various capital improvements for the athletic department, spanning all of the college’s sporting venues and athletic programs. He has also maintained and promoted a focus on the integration of faith in athletics for each program and the collective department.

Faulkner will remain at Greenville College as Dean of the School of Professional Studies and associate professor in the Sport Studies department.

"While Doug's move away from AD role will present significant challenges to the athletic program, we are delighted that he will be bringing his wisdom and experience in higher education leadership into his new role as Dean of Professional Studies," said Brad Shaw, GC's Vice President for Academic Affairs.



President Obama has nominated Staci Yandle of Carlyle to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Yandle has been a solo practitioner in southern Illinois since 2007, where her practice focuses primarily on civil litigation in federal and state court. She has practiced law in Illinois since 1987, when she received her J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. Yandle served by appointment on the Illinois Gaming Board from 1999 to 2001 and on the Illinois Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1992 to 1996.



Diana Sherwood

Diana Sherwood, age 60, of Hillsboro, passed away Friday.  Funeral services will be today at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento.  Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  The Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento is in charge of arrangements.

Lanny E. “Red” Wehrle

Lanny E. “Red” Wehrle, age 61, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Thursday, January 30 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO.  Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mulberry Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

He was born May 27, 1052 in Vandalia to Max and (Kay (Beesley) Wehrle.  He married Karen Belcher on June 29, 1977 in Vandalia, IL.  He is survived by his parents, his wife, his children Lanny Tod Wehrle, Zachary (Ashlee) Wehrle, Brittany (Brian) Meskil, his step-son Michael Belcher, his brothers and sisters, Dan (Connie) Wehrle, Linda (Ray) Alton, Tim (Mary) Wehrle, Jill Wehrle, Shawn (Angel) Wehrle.  He is also survived by 10 grandchildren.

He grew up in Mulberry Grove and attended Mulberry schools.  He had worked as a laborer for Local 397 out of Granite City.  He also worked for Midwest Commodities, The Village of Mulberry Grove, Blankenship Construction.  He had also worked for Ron Davison and last worked for Pleasant Mound Township.

Margaret J. Kirby Pruett 

Margaret J. Kirby Pruett, age 87, of Highland, passed away Friday, January 31 at Liberty Village of Maryville.  Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to Highland Hope United Methodist Church or VNA-TIP Hospice.

She was born March 07, 1926, in Paoli, IN, the daughter of Clyde Lingle and Faye Agnes (nee Mattox) Kirby.

On September 27, 1955, she married Cecil Laverne Pruett who passed away December 17, 2001.

She was a member of Highland Hope United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Pruett was born in Orange County, Indiana (near Paoli); she grew up there. Following her marriage, she and her husband had lived in Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, and for over 20 years operated Pruett's Refrigeration Service in Greensburg, IN. They had retired and lived in Las Vegas for about 3 years; came to the Metro East Area about 1989 and to Highland, IL in 1993. In her younger years, Mrs. Pruett enjoyed watching T.V., crocheting, snowmobiling, and travel. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include :
Son - Michael C. (Patricia) Pruett, Wentzville, MO
Son - James E. (Mimi) Pruett, Greensburg, IN
Son - John W. (Laura) Pruett, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Joseph M. Pruett, Aspen, CO
Grandchild - Cynthia M. (Nicholas) Armstrong, Greenwood, IN
Grandchild - Lisa M. (Aaron) O'Banion, St. Joseph, IL
Grandchild - Bradley A. Pruett, Grand Junction, CO
Grandchild - James "Jay" M. Pruett, Greensburg, IN
Great Grandchild - Lucas J. Armstrong, Greenwood, IN

She was preceded in death by:
Father - Clyde Lingle Kirby
Mother - Faye Agnes Kirby nee Mattox
Husband - Cecil L. Pruett died 12/17/2001
Sister - Frances Condra

Marjorie Rosenthal

Marjorie Rosenthal, age 89 of New Douglas, passed away Thursday, January 30 at Hitz Memorial home in Alhambra. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas. Burial will be in New Douglas Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from Noon until service time at the church. The Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston is in charge of arrangements

William E. Hentze

Dr. William E. Hentze, age 92 of Greenville, passed away Friday, January 31 at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville. Friends may call Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

William Ernest Hentze, the son of John William Hentze and Olivia Prediger Hentze, was born on September 16, 1921 in Lenzburg, Illinois. He was raised on the Hentze farm near there and graduated from New Athens High School. William attended Carbondale 1939 until 1942. He then answered his country's call by joining the United States Army on June 5, 1943 at Jefferson Barracks  being honorably discharged on September 2, 1944 at St. louis University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Hentze graduated from St. Louis University Dental School in 1946. He and June moved to Greenville in November of 1948 opening his practice above the Firestone Store on the Square. He later relocated to the Dr. Cartmell building just off the Square and later another block west where he was for several years. Dr. William E. Hentze and his son Dr. William J. Hentze opened their new Dental Clinic on Idler lane in the 1960's. Dr. William E. Hentze retired in 1998 enjoying his farm and grandchildren.

Dr. William and June M. Hessick were united in marriage on September 3, 1944 in New Athens and have enjoyed over 69 years together. June survives as do their three children: Dr. William J. Hentze of Greenville, Paul D. (Lanette) Hentze of Greenville, Stephanie A. (George) Kennedy of Springfield, six grandchildren: Adam (Dawn) Hentze, Grant (Kristin) Hentze, Michael Hentze, Rebecca Hentze, Johnathan Kennedy, Elizabeth (Neal Roese) Kennedy, and 4 great-grandchildren: Avery Hentze, Landon Hentze, Maddy Hentze, and Emmett Kennedy.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Melvin John Hentze.

Dr. Hentze has been a faithful member of his Church, the Greenville First Presbyterian Church.

Janet C. Huelsmann           

Janet C. Huelsmann, age 73, of Highland, passed away Saturday, February 1, at Highland Health Care Center.  Funeral services for 73 year-old Janet C. Huelsmann will be Friday, February 7, at 10:00 a.m., at the St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  There will be a private burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, also in Highland.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Lamorah F. Wiegand

Lamorah F. Wiegand, age 97 of Greenville, passed away on Saturday, February 1 at her home in the Glenwood. Funeral services are pending at Donnel-Wiegand Funeral home in Greenville.

Mary L. Thomas

Mary L. Thomas, age 83 of Highland, passed away Saturday, February 1 at Alhambra Care Center. Funeral services are pending at Spengel-Boulanger funeral home in Highland.

Erik L. “Gomie” Marin    

Erik L. “Gomie” Marin, age 72, of Highland, passed away Sunday, February 2 at his residence. Funeral arrangements for 72-year-old Erik L. “Gomie” Marin are not yet complete with the Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Dorothy A. Masching    

Dorothy A. Masching, age 94, of Breese, passed away Saturday, February 2, at Breese Nursing Home.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial for 94 year-old Dorothy A. Masching will be Thursday, February 6, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery, also in Breese.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to St. Dominic Catholic Church. The Breese American Legion Auxiliary services will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Blanche L. Jantzen

Blanche L. Jantzen, age 89, of Highland, passed away Sunday, February 2 at Bloomington Garden Villa in Bloomington, Indiana. Funeral arrangements for 89-year-old Blanche L. Jantzen are pending with the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

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