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The Greenville City Council is scheduled to meet tonight 7:30 p.m. Agenda items include lift pump replacement at the Sixth Street station, adding parking spaces, Ski Club and Boy Scout lake agreements, consideration of Plan Commission recommendations, IDOT agreements, the Mulberry Grove water agreement, appointments to boards and commissions, and an executive session to consider the purchase of property.



The Lady Comet’s Friday night basketball game was packed full of special events that had emotions running high.

“It was a really emotional night in a lot of different ways,” Coach Paul Thies told WGEL. “It was senior night, we had to kind of pay tribute and say goodbye to some really special seniors … so that was emotional and then the Schreiber night with the fight for cancer, and we’re going to support Penny as she battles through this, and you know there’s another set of emotions and Kassidy Alderman hit her thousandth shot and that’s another set of emotions, so it was quite the roller coaster.”

Coach Thies said this is the first time he can remember two girls on the team scoring their 1,000th point shot in the same season. Lady Comet Maria Reinhard joined the 1,000 Point Club in January.

The Lady Comets face Flora in the Vandalia Regional tonight. Coach Thiess told WGEL Friday night’s game helped prepare them for what will be a tough game tonight.

Tonight's game is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. but Greenville High School officials say it could start as early as 7:30 p.m. You can tune into WGEL to listen to the game live or stream it online at www.wgel.com.



The Greenville Fire Protection District presented several service awards at their annual appreciation dinner on Saturday. Fire Chief Bill Johnston told us he was happy to see how many turned out for the dinner.

Andy Pepper, Jake Kemper and Kevin Stefanisin received awards for completing one year of service, Dustin Carlock received an award for 5 years of service with the district, Matt Wernle and Robert Neer received awards for completing 10 years of service, and the award for 20 years of service was presented to Tom Qualls.

The Fire Chief’s award was not presented at the banquet because the recipient was not in attendance and will be announced at a later date.  

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The Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District discussed the year in review and presented awards at their annual banquet on Saturday night. The district responded to 87 calls in 2013, 29 of which were fire calls. The remaining 58 were first responder calls.

The award for Fireman of the Year went to Chuck Steiner, who has been with the department four years. John Greenwood, who has been with the department 15 years, was named First Responder of the Year. Paul Lutz and Dwight Volkmar were also presented awards for 30 years of service.

John and Jay Greenwood were also recognized for their work on a USDA Grant that funded the purchase of new rescue tools in 2013. 

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State officials are coming to the aid of an eleven-year-old baker who’s story went viral after her cupcake business was shut down by the Madison County Health Department. State Representative Charlie Meier says it doesn’t make sense that the young girl can’t sell her cupcakes anymore. 

“We have bake sales, we have church meals, and everybody brings their dessert from home,” Meier said. “We’ll allow, at a farmer’s market, food to be brought in from an uninspected kitchen, but we’re not going to allow this girl to sell cupcakes?”

As previously reported on WGEL, Chloe Stirling, from Troy, was bringing in about $80 a week with her homemade cupcake business, but health officials say her home kitchen hadn’t been approved or inspected. Meier plans to introduce a bill that would allow some leeway when it comes to homemade foods. His plan would allow Chloe to continue her business on a limited basis, provided she notifies her customers that she is cooking in a non-inspected kitchen. 



No injuries were reported after an ammunition plant went up in smoke Sunday. It happened at the Winchester Ammunition plant in East Alton Sunday morning. Fire officials say the blaze started in a maintenance building but the exact cause hasn’t been revealed yet. Several propane cylinders exploded, but officials say they weren’t near the more dangerous materials. It took at least seven local fire departments to put the fire out.



The Lady Comets basketball team is playing in the Vandalia Regional tonight vs. Flora. The game is scheduled for 8PM but could start early depending on the 6PM game. WGEL Radio will broadcast tonight live at 101.7FM and online at wgel.com.

Tonight's Sorento/Litchfield volleyball game has been moved from Sorento to the Greenville Junior High. The heating system in the Sorento School gym is broken and is temporarily shut down.



Gloria J. Baker

Gloria J. Baker, age 87, of Highland, passed away Friday, February 7 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be at Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon. Friends may call Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Mattoon Senior Center or Highland Hope United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Gloria was born February 21, 1926, to James W. and Vera May (Nee Douglas) Reynolds, in Mason, IL.  On October 6, 1946 she married Leo S. Baker in Mattoon, IL.

Gloria was a member of Broadway Christian Church, Mattoon, IL.  She was a Past President of Trainmen Ladies Organization, Mattoon, IL.  She lived to serve others.  She worked with the Piece Meal Program, Mattoon, IL.  She was recognized by the City of Mattoon as a Top Volunteer for the community.  She was a very caring and giving woman with her time and efforts.  She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Arlen “Cord” (Barbara) Baker, Highland, IL; 3 granddaughters, Dr. Audra (Dr. Derrick) Ward, Overland Park, KS, Jamie (Douglas) Kuehl, Troy, IL, Kristi (Corey) Perigo, Alhambra, IL; 2 great-grandchildren, Barrett Ward, Skylar Perigo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James W. and Vera May Reynolds; her husband, Leo S. Baker (7/31/1994); 1 sister, Theda Reynolds in childhood.

Aurelia F. Hagen

Aurelia F. Hagen, age 83, of Breese, passed away Sunday, February 9 at Breese Nursing Home. A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in the St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday 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 Breese is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born March 30, 1930 in Breese to Aloys T. and Regina (Timmermann) Hagen and they preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by brothers Aloys B. Hagen, Virgil J. Hagen, sisters Viola Huelsmann, Bernadette Detmer, brothers-in-law Leo Huelsmann, Cyril Foppe and Joseph Detmer.

Due to medical conditions when she was a child, Aurelia was raised and cared for on the family farm south west of Breese by her parents and later by her brother and sister-in-law Virgil and Viola Hagen along with her guardian Eileen Hagen, She later became a resident of the Breese Nursing Home and acquired many new friends. Aurelia loved being around babies and children. She also enjoyed sitting outside on a porch swing, doing jigsaw puzzles and watching TV and eating.

She is survived by a sister Dolores Foppe of Trenton

Sister-in-law Viola Hagen of Breese.

Guardian Eileen Hagen of Breese and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese.

Evelyn McGibany

Evelyn McGibany, age 88, of New Douglas, passed away Sunday, February 9 at Heritage Health in Staunton. Funeral services will be Saturday, February 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas or Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento.The Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on Wednesday, June 24, 1925 in New Douglas Township in Madison County, IL; Her parents were William J. and Katherine W. (Stechman) Eilers. She was married to Erette G. McGibany, he preceded her in death on Tuesday, October 3, 1978.

She was an Inspector for the Olin Corporation in Alton IL for 40 years and a 60 year member of the International Association of Machinists Workers No. 660.

Evelyn was also a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas IL; Tobias Bilyeu American Legion Post 710 Ladies Auxiliary in New Douglas, IL; VFW Post 3912 Ladies Auxiliary in Litchfield, IL and a Gold Circle Member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary as well as a member of the New Douglas Senior Citizens;

Survivors included her Sister: Esther File; Brother-in-law: Elmer Prante; Sister-in-law: Genevieve Eilers and Numerous Cousins, Nieces, and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her Parents: William J. and Katherine W. (Stechman) Eilers; Her Husband: Erette G. McGibany; 2 Brothers: Elmer Eilers and Eldon Eilers who died in infancy; 2 Sisters: Ella Bloemker and Erma Prante.


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