Frank Joy, Chairman of the Board of the Bradford National Bank, announced today that Douglas Stroud has been promoted to the position of President of the bank, and becomes the bank’s ninth president in its 147 year history. 

Stroud joined the bank in October 2011 after a successful career in public accounting with the firm of West & Company in Greenville, where he served as a partner. As Senior Vice President of the bank, he has had responsibilities in operations management, commercial lending, and business development. Stroud has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the bank since 2005.

In making the announcement, Joy explained that this promotion was part of the management succession plan the board had developed over the past several years. Joy will continue leadership of the bank through his role as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

Joy, who has been with the bank since 1973, has served as President since 1993.  During his tenure, the bank has grown from $86 million to $250 million in total assets, and expanded into Madison County with locations in Highland and Marine.   

Douglas Stroud

Stroud said, “It’s an exciting opportunity to be named President of an institution with the prestige and reputation of Bradford National Bank. I consider it a real honor to serve in a leadership role of an organization that is one of the oldest businesses in central Illinois, that continues to grow and remain financially stable, and with such a rich history of community service.” He continued, “I have a huge amount of respect for my predecessors as President, men and women with names like Bradford, Riedemann and Joy that have served our communities and customers with distinction for 147 years. I will strive to do my very best to carry on the community banking tradition of Bradford National Bank.”

Joy Commented, “I am very pleased to announce this promotion. Our Board of Directors is confident that as President, Doug will continue the tradition of quality community banking that Bradford National Bank has stood for all these years.  His excellent leadership abilities, judgment, and integrity will benefit not only our bank, but the communities we serve as a whole.” He concluded, “I look forward to working closely with Doug as we continue to build our organization.”

Joy will remain as Chairman of the Board and President of Bradford Bancorp, Inc., the parent corporation of The Bradford National Bank. With two offices in Greenville, Bradford National Bank is the oldest bank headquartered in Bond County. 

Photo courtesy of Bradford National Bank



Mulberry Grove Firefighters, Bond County EMS personnel, and Illinois State Police Officers responded Wednesday, at 1:14 p.m., to an accident on Interstate 70 in the eastbound lanes at the 55 mile marker, about three miles east of Mulberry Grove.  According to information from the Illinois State Police, a semi-truck, driven by Charles Lawson, age 59, of Gary, Indiana, was parked on the right shoulder. 

Another semi-truck, driven by John R. Jones, age 55, of Canton, Texas, struck the Lawson semi in the rear.  Jones’ truck went into the ditch, came back onto the shoulder, and caught fire.  EMS took Jones and Lawson to Fayette County Hospital for treatment.  Jones was cited for alleged failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage.  Lawson was cited for alleged improper parking.

Illinois State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident that left a semi truck in flames on eastbound I-70 between Mulberry Grove and Vandalia Wednesday afternoon.


The actor who made Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane an icon of the early 1980s is the featured celebrity at this year’s Greenville Graffiti Car Show. James Best, one of the co-stars of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” will sign autographs and serve as a celebrity judge of the classic cars and trucks on Saturday, June 14 in downtown Greenville. He will also present his one man show “Best of Hollywood” on Friday, June 13.

James Best

Best’s career began in 1950 and he soon appeared alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest legends including James Stewart in “Winchester ’73” and Humphrey Bogart in “The Caine Mutiny.” Best was also featured in two of Universal Pictures biggest franchises---“Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair” and “Francis Goes to West Point.” Fans of 1950s horror movies may remember James Best as the star of the 1959 cult classic “The Killer Shrews.” His television appearances included two episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show” and three episodes of “The Twilight Zone.”

With over 180 acting credits to his name, Best’s most beloved character was Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane from 1979 to 1985 on “The Dukes of Hazzard.”  Rosco, under the direction of Boss Hogg, spent each week chasing after the Duke boys. Car show organizers have received numerous requests to bring in a cast member from “The Dukes of Hazzard.”  Best is expected to be a big draw to the event.

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In conjunction with his appearance at the Greenville Graffiti Car Show, Best’s one man show---“Best of Hollywood”---will be performed the night before at the Globe Theater, on the Greenville square. This 90 minute journey through Best’s career offers fans an intimate look behind the curtains, soundstages, and backlots of the studios and stars. Television and movie clips will be woven through humorous anecdotes, reminiscences, and Best’s imitation of friend and co-star James Stewart.

The Greenville Graffiti Car Show is Saturday, June 14 and will feature a variety of contests, food, and fun. The show is open to 1989 and older cars and trucks. Further details concerning the car show will be released soon. 

For more information, contact the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at (618) 664-9272. 

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce



At Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting the council voted 5-0 to approve the master site plan, final plat, and development agreement with T-Bow Inc. for the Greenville Commons development. The multiple unit housing rental buildings will be located where the old Junior High buildings now stand. The old buildings will come down as the new buildings go up and City Manager Dave Willey said no occupancy permits will be issued until the old buildings and their remnants are gone. Thomas Bow was on hand and said dirt work could begin as early as March. Bow also said he plans to recycle as much material as possible from the old buildings, including the metal.

Final plat for Greenville Commons

In new business, councilman John Gillard revisited the idea of a preservation ordinance for downtown buildings. Willey urged the council to consider adopting a preservation ordinance, giving the city the authority to approve changes made to downtown buildings in the hope of preserving their historic look. This isn’t the first time this topic has been discussed and no specific ordinances were considered since the topic was brought up in new business and was not on the agenda. A preservation ordinance and occupancy permits are likely to be addressed in a future meeting.     

Graphic courtesy of the City of Greenville



The Lady Comets basketball team defeated Flora 63-51 in Tuesday night’s Regional semi-finals. Coach Paul Thies told us the girls played extremely well.

“I thought we did a good job defending them early, and we kind of cruised to a victory, thank goodness,” Thies said. “Hopefully we can get a good crowd out to Vandalia Thursday evening. Come out and support the Lady Comets. The girls are definitely going to give everything we’ve got to try to bring home a regional championship.”

The Lady Comets will face the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes basketball team tonight in Vandalia immediately following the 3-point contest, which begins at 5:30 p.m. You can hear the game live on WGEL 101.7 FM or streaming online at www.wgel.com.



Michael S. “Mike” Gausepohl

Michael S. “Mike” Gausepohl, age 59 of Sorento, passed away Tuesday, February 11 at St. John Hospital in Springfield. A memorial service will be Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Friends may call Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospital.

He was born December 10, 1954 in Breese to Emil Gausepohl and Maxine (Burris) Gausepohl-Troxell: they preceded him in death.

Also preceded in death by a sister Rosemary Kempfer.

He married Mary Shipp June 3, 1981 in Belleville and she survives in Sorento.

Also surviving are his children Randy (Melissa) Gift of Sorento, Heather (friend Stephanie Bevard) Miller of Dayton, OH.

6 grandchildren

A brother Ralph Gausepohl of Channahon, IL

A sister Bev (Gary) Wehrle of Shorewood, IL

Mother-in-law Chieko Stumbo of Greenville

Mike was an inventory management specialist at B-Line in Highland.

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