Bond and Fayette County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Marshel recently announced his retirement.  His last day with the bureau will be Friday, February 14th.

Ron stopped by the WGEL studios to introduce Stephanie Kraus, who has been selected as his successor.

We asked Ron about what he’ll miss most about working with the local farm bureau.

“This is really a great community and I’ve enjoyed working in both counties,” said Marshel.  “There are a lot of great leaders out there and a lot of great members, quite a few of whom I’m definitely going to miss; the conversations we’ve had, talking about different issues here in the county.  They’re great group of farmers that really have agriculture at heart and they’re trying to do the best for ag.”

Stephanie Kraus grew up on a grain farm in Okawville and attended the University of Illinois.  She started working with the Illinois Farm Bureau as a trainee and said she’s excited to assume the leadership of the Bond and Fayette County bureau.

“I really look forward to working with everyone here,” she said.  The board seems great and Ron’s been introducing me people.  Everyone seems like they’re going to be great to work with.  They’ve been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to it.”

You can hear more from both Ron and Stephanie on an upcoming edition of WGEL’s Public Affairs program.



The Keyesport Fire Department held their annual banquet Tuesday night. 

Fire Chief Jim Golder told WGEL the department presented awards to Bill Bays and Dave Harnetiaux for five years of service.  Jeremy Huels and J.R. Crowe were recognized for 15 years of service to the department. 

Jim Edwards was named First Responder of the Year and Jim Edwards was selected as Firefighter of the Year.

The Keyesport Fire Department responded to a total of 137 calls during 2013.

(L to R) Keyesport Fire Department Firefighter/Chaplain Bill Bays,

Fire Chief Jim Golder, and Captain Dave Harnetiaux

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(L to R) Lieutenant Chad Vohlken, Golder, and Firefighter Jim Edwards

Unavailable for photo: Jeremy Huels & J.R. Crowe

Photos courtesy of Keyesport Fire Department



In the Bond County Board’s recent meeting, Zoning Administrator Ed Doll told the board he had been receiving a lot of negative feedback about the county’s ordinance requiring five acres of land to be purchased in order to build a home in the rural areas of the county. Doll wondered if the county would be better off requiring two acres of land rather than five.

Board members Frank Lucco pointed out that many who build homes would rather have two acres instead of five in most cases. 

The board agreed to think about the matter and Chairman Howard Elmore pointed out that part of the acreage issue has to do with the distance from the road, as farm machines need extra space on rural roads.

The board also approved spending $5,421 in dues to the Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan Regional & Planning Commission and reported that two residents of the Bond County Housing Authority are interested in serving on the Housing Authority Board.  An election will be held among residents to select a resident representative.



The Highland Community Unit 5 School Board discussed the closing of the New Douglas Mid-Elementary School during their recent meeting. Superintendent Michael Sutton told us more about transitioning out of the school.

“The Board of education again declared that next year at the end of the 2013-14 school year, New Douglas would be closing, meaning that The third and fourth grade students would be dispersed to Grantfork for fourth grade and the third grade class would be attending Alhambra primary next year,” Sutton said. “Currently second grade students are at Alhambra primary so next year those students would just stay at Alhambra for third grade.”

Sutton said the transition will affect more than just students with custodial and secretarial positions being eliminated. Third grade teachers will move to Alhambra Primary and fourth grade teachers will move to Grantfork Upper Elementary. Sutton told us the decision to close the school was primarily a financial one.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation due to circumstances. The state has not been able to appropriately fund public education here in the state of Illinois and it’s really forced our hand at making some very difficult decisions and this is one of many difficult decisions we’ve been forced to make,” Sutton said. “We’ve been very pleased with the quality of education at New Douglas but it comes down to the fact that we’re put in a position that we have to look at every opportunity to save dollars and this is one of those decisions.”

The Board also approved a resolution to sell the New Douglas School building to the New Douglas Township for $1.



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.




Theresa “Terrie” Voss   

Theresa “Terrie” Voss, age 54, of Carlyle, passed away Thursday, February 6 at her residence. Funeral services for 54-year-old Theresa “Terrie” Voss will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Teresa Catholic Church in Carlyle. Friends may call Monday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Murray Parent Association or a charity of the donor’s choice. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born July 01, 1959, in Highland, IL, the daughter of Herbert B. and Irma A. (nee Wilke) Korte.

She was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Carlyle, IL and former member of the AFSCME. She was born and raised in Highland, IL; graduated from St. Paul High School, Highland, IL, in 1977; later graduated from SIU Edwardsville in 1997 with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. She worked 35 years at Murray Center, Centralia, IL, 24 years as a technician and from Sept 11, 2001 she worked as a Rehabilitation Coordinator and retired in May of 2012. She enjoyed water sports: boating, swimming and canoeing; embroidery, spending time with her grandchildren and collecting Eagles.

Survivors include :
Father - Herbert B. Korte, Highland, IL
Mother - Irma A. Korte, Highland, IL
Daughter - Stephanie L. (Stacy) Nattier, Hoffman, IL
Daughter - Amanda R. (Jeremiah) Jordan, Carlyle, IL
Daughter - Erin T. (Chad) Self, Carlyle, IL
Grandchild - Alyssa Nattier, Hoffman, IL
Grandchild - Madison Nattier, Hoffman, IL
Grandchild - Ella Jordan, Carlyle, IL
Step Grandchild - Sheridan Jordan, Carlyle, IL
Step Grandchild - Erin Jordan, Carlyle, IL
Brother - Timothy S. Korte, Highland, IL
Sister - Tammy M. (Ken) Keltner, Highland, IL
Brother - Theodore H. (Toni) Korte, Mason, OH
Brother - Craig J. Korte, Madison, AL

Edward “Bud” Schneck    

Edward “Bud” Schneck, age 78, of Litchfield, passed away Wednesday, February 5. A memorial service for 78-year-old Edward “Bud” Schneck will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the VFW Post 3912 in Litchfield. The Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston is in charge of the arrangements. 

He was born on Sunday, July 7, 1935 in Old Ripley Township in Bond County, IL; His parents were Emil and Callie Fay (Brown) Schneck. He was married to Mossie A. Frost on July 7, 1956 in Reno, IL;
Edward “Bud” Schneck served our country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from January 1954 to May 1956 and had attained the rank of Airman 3rd Class.
He was a Laborer and a member of the Laborer’s Local # 397, Edwardsville, IL; Member of the VFW Post 3912 and AM-VETS Post 16 both of Litchfield, IL and a member of the Tobias Bilyeu American Legion Post 710 in New Douglas, IL; Bud and his wife Mossie were co-owners and operators of Bud & Mossie’s Tavern in Livingston, IL and Mossie’s Restaurant in New Douglas, IL.

Survivors include his Wife: Mossie A. Schneck, Litchfield, IL; Son: Edward Schneck, his wife Kathy of Sorento, IL; Daughters: Sheila File, her husband Larry of Sorento, IL; Kathy Rusick, her husband Ron of Tucson, AZ; Sandra Davis, her husband Charlie, Pinckneyville, IL; Son: David Schneck of Highland, IL; and Daughter: Rita Schneck and her Special Friend: Harry Senaldi of Staunton, IL; 18 Grandchildren and 27 Great Grandchildren; Sister: Laura Kessler; Brothers: Lawrence Schneck; Leonard Schneck, his wife Betty; Jerry Schneck, his wife Cindy, Sisters-in-law: JoAnn Schneck, Litchfield, IL and Joanne Schneck, New Douglas, IL; Many Nieces and Nephews.

He was preceded in death by his Parents: Emil and Callie Fay (Brown) Schneck; Daughter: Patricia Schneck; Brothers: Larry Schneck and Eldon Schneck; Brother-in-law: James Kessler

Doris Alexander           

Doris Alexander, age 79, of Coffeen, passed away Saturday, February 8, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Funeral services for 79 year-old Doris Alexander will be Wednesday, February 12, at 11:00 a.m., at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.  Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Carol J. Stitch         

Carol J. Stitch, age 68, of rural Smithboro, passed away Saturday, February 8, at Helia Healthcare. Funeral services for 68 year-old Carol J. Stitch will be Wednesday, February 12, at 11:00 a.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Activity Department at Helia Healthcare, the First Christian Church, or the Camp Ground Church. 

Carol Jeanette Longwell, the daughter of Edgar James Longwell and Wilma Maudline Shoemaker Longwell, was born on April 21, 1945 in Houston, MO. She grew up there and at the age of 8 moved to Old Ripley where she attended the one room schools including Old Ripley and later Mt.Vernon School. She attended the Pocahontas Elementary School and graduated from Greenville High School in 1963. Carol graduated from The Coiffure School of Beauty in Belleville and worked as a Beauty Operator for the Mona Lisa and for Jane's Beauty Shop. Carol later owned and operated her own shop, Carol's Beauty Salon south of Greenville. Carol moved to Smithboro in 1976 and became an LPN working for Utlaut- Memorial Hospital. Carol then received her degree in Nursing from Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL, and became a Registered Nurse working at Utlaut Memorial Hospital and at Hillview Nursing Home. Carol then became the Director of Nursing at Greenville Gardens, Cardinal Hill Nursing Home and at Highland Health care and then later returned to Cardinal Hill Nursing Home. Carol then worked as Director of Nursing at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation in Effingham retiring in 2012.

Carol and Robert L. Stich were united in marriage on July 4, 1964 in Pocahontas and enjoyed over 49 years together. Bob survives as do their three children: Tamara R. Stich of rural Smithboro, Robert L. (Heather) Stich Jr. of Pocahontas, Shannon L. Stich of Greenville, grandchildren: Ashlee, April, Connor, Landon, Chance, special grandson Blake Willman, sister Lois M. (John) McCasland of Greenville and brother Robert J. (Carol) Longwell of Boiling Springs, PA. Carol is preceded in death by her parents and her sister Linda S. Longwell.

Carol was raised in the Baptist Church in Houston, MO, attended the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Greenville and the Camp Ground Cumberland Presbyterian Church south of Greenville.

Melvin R. Reinacher           

Melvin R. Reinacher, age 88, of Marine, passed away Sunday, February 9, at Highland Healthcare Center.  Funeral services for 88 year-old Melvin R. Reinacher will be Wednesday, February 12, at 10:00 a.m., at the United Church of Christ of Marine.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the United Church of Christ of Marine or the charity of the donor’s choice.

He was born on Saturday, November 14, 1925, in Highland, IL, the son of Albert Louis and Emma Louise (nee Sudhoff) Reinacher.  On Saturday, April 14, 1945, he married Elizabeth Ann "Liz" Reinacher (nee Plocher) who passed away on Sunday, August 08, 2004.  He was a member of United Church of Christ of Marine, Marine, IL, Bond County Antique Machinery Club; Madison County Farm Bureau.

Born and reared in Highland, IL; at age 13 moved to a farm southwest of Highland and attended Oak Grove Country School, then went to Highland High School. He farmed south of Highland; later southeast of Highland and in 1951 moved to a farm east of Marine. He operated a grain and livestock farm all his life. He had worked at the old Hagnauer-Koebel Dealership for a number of years and later for the State of Illinois for over 24 years, retiring in the early 1990's. He enjoyed wood working, collectinig antique machinery, John Deere tractors, restored antique gas engines and liked to garden.

Survivors include:
Daughter - Kay A. (William) Zengel, Wildwood, MO
Son - Dennis M. (Rivia E.) Reinacher, Highland, IL
Son - Kenneth R. (Lynn A.) Reinacher, Marine, IL
Daughter - Sandra M. (Thomas A.) Hosemann, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Kelly A. (Joe) Marshall, Saint Louis, MO
Grandchild - Kerry E. (Steve) Cook, Wildwood , MO
Grandchild - Kimberly M. Zengel, Wildwood, MO
Grandchild - Brandi L. (significant other-Kenneth "Butch" Kauckeberg) Reinacher, Troy, IL
Grandchild - Anna L. Reinacher, Marine, IL
Grandchild - Sara L. (Eric) Seger, Saint Jacob, IL
Grandchild - Lacey E. Feigel, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Luke T. Feigel, Highland, IL
Step Grandchild - Angelina H. H. Hosemann, Saint Louis, MO
Great Grandchild - William Edward Cook, Wildwood, MO
Great Grandchild - Cameron William Marshall, Saint Louis, MO
Sister - Delores E. (Dean) Rinderer, Highland, IL
Sister - Virginia I. (Anton "Tony") Vosholler, Highland, IL

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Albert L. Reinacher (died 11/15/1985)
Mother - Emma L. Reinacher (died-7/8/1986)
Wife - Elizabeth A. "Liz" Reinacher (died 8/8/2004)
Grandchild - Dennis E. Reinacher (died 2/2/2001)
Sister - Dorothy Reinacher (died at birth)
Brother - Curtis A. Reinacher (died 9/28/2013)

Eldor H. Defend                

Eldor H. Defend, age 89, of Carlyle, passed away Sunday, February 9, at Carlyle Healthcare Center.  A memorial service for 89 year-old Eldor H. Defend will be Friday, February 14, at 6:00 p.m., at the Carlyle Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Memorials are suggested to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Carlyle.

Mr. Defend was born on March 23, 1924, in Patoka, Illinois, a son of Edward and Mary (Wittemyer) Defend. He married Pansy Haumesser on June 26, 1947, in Carlyle and she preceded him in death on May 13, 2000.

Survivors include 2 daughters – Judith Defend of Centralia, Illinois and Cindy Hoerchler and husband Dan of Carlyle; 3 sons – Larry Defend and wife Rose of Nashville, Tennessee, John Defend of Highland, Illinois and Max Defend of Carlyle; 4 grandchildren – Lisette Liang and husband Sean, Benessa Defend, Caleb Defend and Alexis Defend; and a sister – Irene Mayer of New Braunfels, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents – Edward and Mary Defend; his wife, Pansy Defend; a sister – Mary Defend; 2 brothers – Harold and Walter Defend and a brother-in-law – Charles Mayer.

Mr. Defend was a longtime member of the congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Carlyle. He and his wife owned and operated the Sunset Motel in Carlyle for 21 years, and he also worked at Rommelmann Implement in Ferrin. The Zieren Day Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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