Greenville Officers worked a non-injury accident Tuesday, at 12:10 p.m., at Locust and Durley Streets.

Bond County Deputies responded to several non-injury accidents Tuesday afternoon.  The accidents occurred at 2:22 p.m., on Main Street in Sorento, at 3:24 p.m., on Rt. 127 at Baumberger Avenue north of Greenville, at 3:36 p.m., on Rt. 140 near the Country Club, and at 3:49 p.m., on Rt. 40 west of Greenville near Hytech Transmissions.


This is a view of the west side of the Bond County Courthouse as the heavy snow just gets started Tuesday afternoon.

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Snow totals in Greenville were all over the place. Three inches fell at the sewer plant but six inches were recorded at the station on 6th Street and also at Idler Lane and Route 140.  Snow totals are always hard to record due to drifting and blowing snow.  According to the National Weather Service and listeners who shared their totals, most of the area got 3-6 inches of snow. 

However there was a band of heavier snow around Coffeen and Hillsboro.  Reports from that area indicate more than seven inches.  The National Weather Service told WGEL in another band in eastern Fayette County, some areas got more than six inches.  The highest snow total reported to the National Weather Service has been 13 inches in Hannibal, Missouri. 

Closings & Cancellations for Wednesday

Bond County Transit

Bond County Senior Center

Bond County Housing Authority

FAYCO is not running routes

Greenville VFW Ladies Auxiliary meeting is cancelled

Wisetown Baptist Church has cancelled Wednesday night services

Our Redeemer Lurthern Church has rescheduled their Path Light and Wednesday family dinner for the 12th

No Bingo at the KC hall in Highland

Greenville Public Library closing at 5PM

Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift shop is closed

Tune into WGEL Radio for the most up to date list of cancellations and closings during any storm. 

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This snow is for the birds

"These two pictures were taken at 3:00 p.m., 2-4-2014, of robins at the heated birth bath in our back yard."

- Bill Davidson of Greenville

Photos courtesy of Bill Davidson


In Tuesday morning’s Bond County Board meeting, County Highway Engineer Doug DeLong submitted a letter of resignation. His last day working for the county will be February 21.

Board member Frank Lucco inquired as to the abrupt nature of the resignation and DeLong said he had accepted an opportunity with the state, serving as a Level Five Civil Engineer in Springfield. 

DeLong worked for the county for three years.



The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 21st annual Gerald Turley Memorial Award. Created in 1994 to honor a Greenville citizen who has demonstrated personal sacrifice, involvement, innovation, and community leadership to promote the success of Greenville, the award was named for Gerald Turley, a former mayor. Last year’s recipient was Frank Joy. 

Nomination letters should include detailed reasons why the individual qualifies for the award. Letters may be submitted to the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 283, Greenville. Deadline for submissions is February 21. Those who have been nominated but not selected in the past may be nominated again. The recipient of the Gerald Turley Memorial Award is selected by a special committee of the Chamber of Commerce. The award will be presented during a program held in the spring.

For more information about the Gerald Turley Memorial Award, the nomination process, or past recipients, call the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at 664-9272.


A miniature Abe Lincoln recently visited Greenville on his journey around Illinois. Greenville Tourism Director John Goldsmith told us more about his stay.

“Greenville was visited last week by Mini Abe and Mini Abe is a foot-tall Abraham Lincoln,” Goldsmith said. “He’s the star of a marketing campaign the Illinois Office of Tourism launched about a year ago. He made a couple of stops to the Hoiles-Davis museum and also to the DeMoulin museum.”

The real Abe Lincoln also visited Greenville during his U.S. Senate campaign in September 1858. The couch that Lincoln sat on during his visit with resident William Smith is on display at the Bond County Historical Society’s Hoiles-Davis. Mini Abe took the opportunity to try out the couch for himself during his tour of Greenville.

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce





The Bond County Independence Day Festival Association (BCIDFA), a grassroots organization planning the return of the July 4th celebration at Patriot’s Park in Greenville, has unveiled a fund raising effort called the “40 for the 4th Club.”  For a forty dollar donation to the BCIDFA, the donor becomes a member of the “40 for the 4th Club,” which entitles them to a commemorative t-shirt and VIP perks at the Fourth Fest. 

The BCIDFA recently selected Central States Fireworks as the provider for the show. The projected cost for the fireworks alone is $10,000. The association is also planning a festival that would include live music, food and activities. 

Scott Crothers, president of the BCIDFA, said, “Through the ‘40 for the 4th Club,’ the public can demonstrate their financial and moral support for our initiative to revive the annual tradition of Fourth of July fireworks at Patriot’s Park. Every donor member will be instrumental in keeping a great American tradition alive in our community.”

The group recently held its first fund raiser, a trivia night at the Greenville VFW, which netted around $2,000.
To become a member of the “40 for the 4th Club,” pick up a form at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce office, 109 W. Main Street or e-mail bondcountyfourthfest@gmail.com

Photo courtesy of the Bond County Independence Day Festival Association



The Kaskaskia College Financial Aid Office is hosting a FAFSA workshop Friday, February 7, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., in room L-102 on the main campus. Financial aid personnel will be available to assist in completing the FAFSA application for financial aid. For more information and a list of items to bring, call 545-3080.


Bessie M. Baumberger

Bessie M. Baumberger, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Monday, February 3 at Helia Healthcare in Greenville.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery in Old Ripley. Friends may call Friday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Greenville Regional Hospital or to the Helia Healthcare Activities Department.

Alvera R. Mannhard

Alvera “Vera” R. Mannhard, age 81, of Trenton, passed away Saturday, February 1 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. A funeral mass will be Tuesday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Trenton. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Trenton. Friends may call Tuesday, February 11 from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice. The Moss Funeral Home in Trenton is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Mannhard was born April 25, 1932 in Breese to Herman and Mary (Koerkenmeier) Rakers; they preceded her in death.

She married Maurice Mannhard on October 11, 1950 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese; he preceded her in death on September 12, 1994.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Mannhard; a grandson, Mark Lappe; sisters, Marcella Seifert, Irene Rakers, Marie Grapperhaus, and Rita Deiters; brothers, Paul Rakers and Edmund Rakers; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Rakers; and brothers-in-law, Alvin Grapperhaus, Ferd Deiters, and Dick Markus.

Surviving are her children, Sherlyn (Donald) Lappe of Breese, Susan (Kevin) Kraemer of Florissant, CO, and Matthew (Christine) Mannhard of Trenton; 5 grandchildren, Tim (Christi) Lappe, Craig Lappe, Schvonne Kraemer, Josh Kraemer, and Mitchell Mannhard; 3 great-grandchildren, Lily and Emma Lappe, and Christopher Kraemer; a sister, Ceil Markus of Aviston; brothers, Jerome (Millie) Rakers of Carlyle and Andrew Rakers of Beckemeyer; a sister-in-law, Johanna Rakers of Trenton; and a special friend, Roman Wilke of St, Rose.

Vera was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Altar Sodality in Trenton.

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