A winter storm will affect the region today. Snow will overspread the area from west to east during the morning and into the afternoon hours. Snow may be heavy at times, but it is expected to become less intense over night. Accumulating snow is expected to end by Wednesday morning, but scattered flurries and snow showers will likely continue.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Bond County.


Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service


The National Weather Service is predicting three to five inches of snow for much of the WGEL listening area today. While that's certainly a lot, it's not the foot of snow that many people were talking about as early as last week and over the weekend.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jon Carney told WGEL those rumors of a foot of snowfall started by someone posting a graphic of raw data on their Twitter feed. He told us why laymen should rely on meteorologists to interpret that data.

“I would say take anything you see on Twitter or Facebook, unless it’s from the National Weather Service with a giant grain of salt,” Carney said. “It does take a little bit of experience to learn how to interpret this stuff. Myself, I’ve been doing this for 15 years as a professional meteorologist and it takes that long sometimes to understand the biases and the way that models perform in the extended periods.”

The National Weather Service advises against relying on model forecast data that tends to be very inaccurate beyond 3 to 4 days out.

“These models really do tend to grossly over forecast the amount of precipitation that comes out of these kinds of winter storms,” Carney said. “I would say don’t believe what somebody just posts on Twitter to be the gospel truth. Wait for a qualified meteorologist to take a look at it and give his or her interpretation of what’s going on.”



The New Baden Police Department needs assistance in identifying two suspects of a convenience store theft by deception. Police Chief Mike Riley told WGEL suspects allegedly scammed the counter clerk out of cash at Kokomo Joe’s in New Baden and attempted the same scam at another convenience store.

The first suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a black stocking cap and the second was described as a white male in his mid-20s with short, dark hair, wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt, a light gray T-shirt, jeans, white tennis shoes and a necklace.

Photos courtesy of the Clinton County Sheriff's Department

A Crime Stoppers Reward is available for help identifying the suspects and all tips may remain anonymous. Call the New Baden Police Department with any information at 588-7741.



Mini Abe, a marketing effort by the Illinois Office of Tourism, recently visited Greenville.

The real Abe Lincoln was here in September 1858 as part of his US Senate campaign and visited with Greenville resident William Smith. The couch that Lincoln sat on during his visit is on display at the Bond County Historical Society's Hoiles-Davis Museum. Mini Abe decided to try it out during his quick tour of Greenville. You can hear more about his visit in WGEL's Bond County Area News.

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce


The Greenville Bicentennial celebration has launched a website to promote events, merchandise, and the community’s history. Visitors to www.greenville200.com can also enjoy vintage Greenville photos. The website was created by Rebecca Clausen, owner of Rain of Hearts design, and a member of the Bond County Historical and Genealogy societies. 

“The Internet is a fantastic marketing tool available to us that the organizers of the 1965 Sesquicentennial couldn’t utilize,” commented John Goldsmith, Bicentennial board chair. “We also have a Greenville Bicentennial Facebook page that will keep everyone updated on our plans for the 200th birthday bash.”

The Bicentennial also unveiled its official logo for the celebration. The blue and green logo features fields of 18 and 15 stars, signifying the year of Greenville’s founding. Liz Kious, a member of the Bicentennial board, created the rough draft of the logo, which was then fine-tuned by Bri Phillips, a Greenville College student and graphic designer. Kious said the stars give the design “a historic feel” while the colors symbolize “growth and hope” (green) and “loyalty and integrity” (blue).

Graphic courtesy of the Greenville Bicentennial Board

For more information about the Greenville Bicentennial, visit www.greenville200.com or call the Chamber of Commerce office at 664-9272.


Prairie Farms


St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland will hold their annual health fair Tuesday, April 8 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Highland Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 143. Director of Community Relations & Development Randy Schorfheide told WGEL pre-registration begins February 7. He said over 700 people pre-registered for last year’s health fair.

Inexpensive or free health screenings will be available at the health fair including comprehensive blood screenings for the discounted cost of $45. Attendees who have not pre-registered will accepted for screenings after 9:00 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, visit the hospital website at www.stjosephshighland.org.



The Bond County Board will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. at the courthouse. Items on the agenda include a presentation from the Southwest Illinois Metropolitan Regional and Planning commission and an update on the courthouse boiler.


It’s cold now, but spring isn’t that far away, hopefully. One sign of spring is the St. Lawrence Catholic Church fish dinners and lent. The fish dinners will be held each Friday beginning March 7th. 


Raymond T. Miller

Raymond T. Miller, age 5, of Highland, passed away Sunday, February 2 at his home. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to the Cardinal Glennon Foundation.

He was born October 13, 2008, in Maryville, IL, the son of Eric Jon and Jennifer Rae (nee Lerch) Miller.

He was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church.

Raymond was born at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL; last 3 years family has lived in Highland. He was diagnosed with DiGeorge Syndrome (genetic disorder). He was baptized Easter of 2009. He attended Highland Elementary School in Mrs. Sparlin's class. He has spent 2 to 3 years of his life as a patient at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis.

Survivors include :
Father - Eric Jon Miller, Highland, IL
Mother - Jennifer Rae Miller nee Lerch, Highland, IL
Parents - Eric and Jennifer Miller, Highland, IL
Brother - Jonathon D. Miller
Sister - Lucille M. Miller
Brother - Edward M. Miller
Maternal Grandmother - Debbi L. Lerch nee Green, Springfield, IL
Paternal Grandparents - Thomas E. & Sharon I. (nee Heim) Miller, Highland, IL
Paternal Great Grandparents - Milton C. & Lucille C. (nee Meskil) Heim, Highland, IL
Uncle - Darren S. Miller, Highland, IL
Aunt - Kristen R. Miller, Highland, IL
Uncle - Ethan M. Miller, Highland, IL
Uncle - Michael C. (Lisa) Lerch, Schenectady, NY
Aunt - Darcie M. (Sean) Hannah, Lanesville, IL
Aunt - Dawn M. Dili, Springfield, IL
Cousin - Graham Lerch
Cousin - Chase Hanson
Cousin - Elaine Dili
Cousin - Juliet Hannah
Cousin - Sawyer Hannah
Cousin - Kyle Hannah

He was preceded in death by :
Maternal Grandfather - David M. Lerch died 9/6/2010

Lamorah F. Wiegand 

Lamorah F. Wiegand, age 97 of Greenville, passed away on Saturday, February 1 at her home in the Glenwood. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials are suggested to Free Methodist Church or Greenville College.

Lamorah Fern Elliott, the daughter of Reverend Wilson Bertis Elliott and Lena Carlson Elliott, was born on May 3, 1916 in Wahkon, Minnesota. Lamorah and Reverend George Meyer Wiegand were united in marriage on October 10, 1934 in Browervile, MN. and enjoyed over 55 years together before his death on May 11, 1990. They are the parents of four children, three of whom survive: Bonnie (David) Fisher of Brookfield, WI, G. Elliott (Cynthia) Wiegand of Greenville, Eldon (Linda) Wiegand of Edwardsville, IL, 8 grandchildren: Julie Landrum, Jolene (Howard) Platz, John ( Sherry) Fisher, Charles (Ruth) Wiegand, Mark (Christy) Wiegand, Paul (Rhonda) Wiegand, Gloria (David) Young, Michael (Amanda) Wiegand, 26 great grandchildren: Ashley (Dan) Olson, Ryan Landrum, Brett Landrum, Tyler Landrum, David (Savannah) Platz, William (Elizabeth) Platz, Jared Platz, Cory (Sarah) Fisher, Kelcey Fisher, Ethan Fisher, Anna Fisher, Emma Fisher, Kara Fisher, Michael Young, Napayshni Young, Catherine Young, Marshal Wiegand, Shepherd Wiegand, Archer Wiegand, Katie (Jason) Plummer, Anna Wiegand, Joseph Wiegand, Thomas Wiegand, Sarah Wiegand, Emily Wiegand, Nicholas Wiegand, and two great grandchildren, Selah Platz, and Bailey Fisher.

Lamorah is preceded in death by her parents, her husband George, her son Robert Pearce Wiegand, her grandson James Gregory Fisher, her brothers Alfred Elliott age 5, Harlan V. Elliott age 15, Wilson B. Elliott, and her sister Marlys Crist.

Lamorah served with her husband in Free Methodist churches in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. The family moved to Greenville in 1951 where she worked at Utlaut Memorial Hospital in the pharmacy and Fair Oaks Nursing Home as Activity Director. For several years she and George were resident attendants at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. She was an active member in the church and for many years volunteered with the "Monday Night Group" providing music for the church services at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. For the past six years Lamorah was a part of the Glenwood community.

Mrs. Wiegand was a lifetime member of the Free Methodist Church.

Dorothy A. Masching

Dorothy A. Masching, age 94, of Breese, passed away Saturday, February 2, at Breese Nursing Home. A funeral A mass of Christian burial 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.

Mrs. Masching was born September 1, 1919 in St. Rose to John and Mary (Poettker) Huelsmann; they preceded her in death.

She married Leroy “Bud” Masching on May 21, 1946 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese; he preceded her in death on April 26, 2001.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Rakers; and brothers, Theodore, Otto, Edward, Cyril, Ferd, Frank, and Lawrence Huelsmann.

Surviving are her children, Richard (Pam) Masching of Millstadt, Tom (Micki) Masching of Carlyle, Jim (Geri) Masching of Breese, Judy Masching of Roswell, GA, Bob (Terri) Masching of Quitman, AR, Margie (Bob) Crow of Trenton, and Janet Masching of Breese; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Helen Donovan of Normal.

Dorothy retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, was a homemaker, and an avid quilter and pinochle player. She was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church and Altar Sodality, Breese American Legion Post 252 Auxiliary, Daughters of Isabella Precious Blood Circle 718, and St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary.

Janet C. Huelsmann 

Janet C. Huelsmann, age 73, of Highland, passed away Saturday, February 1, at Highland Health Care Center. Funeral services 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.

She was born December 15, 1940, in Saint Rose, IL, the daughter of August Henry and Bernetta C. (nee Ketterer) Rehkemper.

On September 26, 1961, she married Donald John Huelsmann who survives.

She was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church. She was also a member of Former member of St. Ann Altar Sodality at St. Francis Church in Aviston.

Janet was born at St. Rose and a graduate of Mater Dei High School (The First Class To Graduate). She had worked as a Cook at Ketterer's Tavern, Angel Haven in Aviston, Wayside Inn in Aviston. She had worked as an Aide at Faith Countryside Homes for 8 years. She enjoyed embroidery work, stitching, and quilting.

Survivors include :
Husband - Donald J. Huelsmann, Highland, IL
Son - Leonard A. (Barb) Huelsmann, Highland, IL
Son - Russel D. (Michele) Huelsmann, Aviston, IL
Son - Dean T. Huelsmann, Summerfield, IL
Grandchild - Sarah M. (Junior) White
Grandchild - Kyle T. (Samantha) Heimann
Grandchild - Chad R. Heimann
Grandchild - Renee K. (Significant Other Dustin Seefeldt) Heimann
Grandchild - Phillip D. Heimann
Grandchild - Tyler M. Heimann
Grandchild - Christina J. (Steve) Carey
Grandchild - Ashley M. (Joel) Tebbe
Grandchild - Stephanie H. (Christopher) Chace
Grandchild - Justin A. (Significant Other Sara Gummersheimer) Huelsmann
Grandchild - Erika I. Huelsmann
Grandchild - Deidra A. Huelsmann
Grandchild - Nicole B. Huelsmann
Grandchild - Kendra L. (Significant Other Carl Beer) Huelsmann
Grandchild - Brent J. Huelsmann
Grandchild - Derek J. (Significant Other Trista Mobley) Huelsmann
Great Grandchild - Hailey M. Muench-Huelsmann
Great Grandchild - Easton A. Carey
Great Grandchild - Aubrey K. Tebbe
Great Grandchild - Austin White
Great Grandchild - Jillian White
Great Grandchild - Jonah White
Great Grandchild - Julia Heimann
Sister - Betty J. Richter, Aviston, IL
Sister In-law - Darlene A. (Arthur) Rehkemper Timmermann, Highland, IL
Sister In-law - Monica I. Rehkemper, Highland, IL

She was preceded in death by :
Father - August Henry Rehkemper DOD 02/27/1998
Mother - Bernetta C. Rehkemper DOD 05/30/1987
Son - Brian O. Huelsmann DOD 02/11/1987
Daughter - Julie M. Heimann DOD 02/10/2005
Brother - Richard L. Rehkemper DOD 12/18/2004
Brother - David F. Rehkemper DOD 05/07/2010
Brother In-law - Cornelius "Dick" Richter DOD 1/31/2012

Donald C. Zimpfer 

Donald C. Zimpfer, age 79, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, February 1 at his residence. Funeral services for 79-year-old Donald C. Zimpfer will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Greenville. Burial will be in Smithgrove Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Donell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church, The Simple Room or Bond County Home Health.

Donald Charles, the son of Frederick Philip Zimpfer and Olga Elise Christmann Zimpfer was born September 26, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Donald was raised in St. Louis, attended the local schools and graduated from Southwest High school.  He went on to continue his education and graduated in 1958 from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.  Donald worked for Pet Milk in Greenville from 1957-1995.  He was a research scientist.

Donald and Constance Lee Smith were united in marriage on June 10, 1961 in the Greenville First Baptist Church by Rev. Roy Lundquist.  They have enjoyed 52 years together.  Constance survives as do their 5 children; Jeff F. Zimpfer of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Jane (Jay) Griffin of Edwardsville, IL, Ryan (Brenda) Cameron of Newtown, CT, Neville (Deseria) Perkins of Brentwood, NJ and Dean (Simone) Reid of Kingston, Jamaica. 

He was the loving grandfather of 8; Philip Griffin, Elise Griffin, Ethan Cameron, Chloe Cameron, Tara Perkins, Toni  Perkins, DeAndre Reid and Dylon Reid. Don is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Phylis Zimpfer in childhood

Donald enjoyed traveling to see his family, fishing, wood working in his shop and being with his family in his retirement.  He was a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and his Church, the Greenville First Baptist Church.

Mary L. Thomas

Mary Lou Thomas, age 83 of Highland, IL, died Saturday, February 01, 2014, at Alhambra Care Center in Alhambra, IL.

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Illinois.  Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Fairchance, PA. at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Alhambra Care Center or Hospice of Southern IL.

She was born July 12, 1930, in Fairchance, PA, the daughter of Ervin and Emogene (nee Miller) Bittinger.  On April 30, 1954, she married Jasper Herbert Thomas who passed away on October 01, 2004.

Mary was a native of Fairchance, PA. She had lived in many parts of the US and Japan while following her husband's Air Force career. She recently moved moved to Highland to be cared for by her daughters.

Survivors include :
Daughter - Nancy Jean Thomas, Highland, IL
Daughter - Sandra June Chapman, San Antonio, TX
Daughter - Rhonda Jane Thomas, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Matthew A. (Angie) Tatum, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Michael T. (Petra) Tatum, Trenton, IL
Grandchild - Jonathan A. Chapman, San Antonio, TX
Grandchild - Ashley M. Thomas, Highland , IL
Grandchild - Dawna J. Quay, San Antonio, TX
Grandchild - Amy N. Thompson, Greenville, TN
Great Grandchild - Aidan Glass
Great Grandchild - Coltyn Bishop
Great Grandchild - Quay Wyatt

She was preceded in death by :
Father - Ervin Bittinger
Mother - Emogene Bittinger nee Miller
Husband - Retired AF Master Sergeant Jasper H. Thomas
Brother - One Brother Preceeded her in death
Sister - One Sister Preceeded her in death

William J. Starkweather

William J. Starkweather, age 89 of Highland, IL, died Monday, February 03, 2014, at Saint Joseph Hospital in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, February 07, 2014, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL, and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, on Saturday, February 08, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Alhambra, IL.   Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 08, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Alhambra, IL, with Pastor Matt Candlish, Youth Pastor, officiating.  Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery, Bethalto, Illinois.  Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans  Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Illinois.

He was born on Thursday, October 09, 1924, in Broken Arrow, OK, the son of John W. and Mildred K. (nee Castel) Starkweather.

On Saturday, November 03, 1951, he married Margaret L. Starkweather (nee Claxton) who passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2009.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Alhambra, IL; VFW Post 5694-Highland (former Chaplain for 20 years); Lee Iten Post 439-American Legion-Highland; Disabled American Veterans (lifetime member); President of Harris Cemetery Board at Alhambra; Past President and delegate for Veterans Assistance Commission at Edwardsville, Ill..

Mr. Starkweather was born at Broken Arrow, OK., he moved to IL at age 2. He was a 1942 graduate of Hettick High School, Hettick, IL. He worked at Owens Illinois Glass for seven months then went into the Army with duty in Northern France. On 1/30/45 he was wounded and discharged 3/20/46 as a Sgt., he recieved a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He lived in Maryland for a year, New Jersey for 3 1/2 years, and returned to IL in 1950. He then moved to Columbia, MO to work for Foremost Farms Dairy for 2 1/2 years, then School of the Ozarks as herdsman for 2 1/2 years, he then went back to Foremost Farms for 2 years. In 1958 he returned to Owens Illinois Glass and on 9/1/58 he became a Dairy herdsman at Alton State Hospital for 5 years; from 1963-1965 he worked in WI as herdsman; from 1967-1972 he managed a Dairy Farm in Greenville; from 1972-1974 he worked in Alabama as herdsman; in 1974 he went to Nanitou Farm at Alhambra for 2 1/2 years and Granada Farms; in 1976 he went to Highland and worked at the Highland Post Office for 11 years; in 1990 he worked for Clean Uniform where he retired in 2000. He traveled with his wife on Senior Citizen tours. He moved into Faith Countryside Homes in late 2007. He enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team; following Tiger Woods; activities at FCH; his family and faith was very important to him.

Survivors include:
Daughter - Glenna J. White, Brighton, IL
Daughter - Betty G. (Ronald) Wilson, Delavan, WI
Son - Bruce A. Starkweather, O Fallon, IL
Daughter - Sherry G. (Michael) Lappe, New Douglas, IL.

He was preceded in death by:
Father - John William Starkweather
Mother - Mildred Katherine (Castel) Starkweather
Wife - Margaret L. Starkweather (died 5/31/2009)
Brother - Eldon L. Starkweather
Grandchild - Joy Lynn White
Son In-law - Robert White

Blanche L. Jantzen

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


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