A suspect in the armed robbery of an ATM at Bradford National Bank in Highland was taken into custody in Highland at approximately 6:30 Sunday evening through a joint investigation by the Highland Police Department, the FBI, and the ATF. A second suspect was also taken into custody by Jackson County, Michigan officers at 12:45 a.m. Monday morning.

Police say the two allegedly used a large caliber semi automatic weapon to rob the Bradford ATM while an employee was tending to it at around 8:30 Friday morning. No one was injured in the incident.

Officials with the Highland Police Department thanked the community for their support and the leads that were generated during the investigation and said the quick resolution to this crime is "an example of true and complete community policing at its finest".

Formal charges will be sought by the FBI in the next couple of days, but specific details have not yet been released.



Although measuring ice accumulation is difficult, the WGEL listening area appears to have received about one to two tenths of an inch of freezing rain Monday morning, based on measurements from the city and the National Weather Service.

Bond County deputies responded to at least half a dozen stranded motorists and Greenville police responded to one non-injury accident caused by the slick roads yesterday.

The good weather news is that temperatures should be on the rise for the rest of this week. However, a strong low pressure system is expected to bring thunderstorms across much of the Missouri and Illinois region late Thursday morning and into the afternoon hours. Some of these thunderstorms across eastern Missouri and southern Illinois may become severe, mainly during the afternoon hours on Thursday.

The National Weather Service says damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat from these storms, however, isolated tornadoes will also be possible.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service

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Police are looking into two suspected drug overdose deaths in Belleville. Belleville Police Sergeant Mark Heffernan says officers received a call about an unconscious man Monday morning. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The second victim was a woman found unresponsive, also early Monday morning. She was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital where she died a short time later. The man who died had a history of drug-related offenses dating back to 2003.

These deaths come just days after three suspected heroin overdoses in a six hour time span late last week in nearby Madison County.



The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. To celebrate, local chapters have planned special activities and themed dress up days.

Greenville students started the week Sunday by observing the tradition of attending church with the chapter president, attending the First Christian Church in Greenville with Greenville Chapter President, WGEL's own Grant Suess.

Today, Greenville’s FFA chapter will hold a faculty appreciation luncheon and celebrate with Official Dress Day.

For the Mulberry Grove FFA chapter, today is Camouflage Day.


The Greenville High School Dance Team recently hosted a day camp for elementary school girls in the area. The crew performed their routines at halftime of the Comets game against Breese Central last Friday night.


Students of the month have been announced for the Pocahontas Center. This year's Character Education Word of the Month is HONESTY.

Pictured, L to R, front to back: Nash Clayton (in yellow), MacKenzie Roeske, Brady Stricker, Kyle Brink, Allyson Haberer, Shari Gibson (wearing scarf) Collin Kircher, Nick Robison, Connor Compton, Chase Bellegante, Zack Friedmansky, Logan Williams James Wright, Kiera Cox, Emma Price, and Anthony Goodman

Photo courtesy of Mike & Carol Ellsworth


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The Shoal Creek Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited held their 9th annual fundraising banquet Saturday. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the banquet go toward local hunter education and wildlife habitat improvement.

The chapter also donated two AED units and two Lapel Camcorders to Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officers Tapley and Lentz.

Front row (L to R): Brett Leman, Jim Blankenship, Greg Zykan and Mick Lantrip.  Back row (L to R): Brandon and Brian Jansen, Dave Clark, CPO Tapley, CPO Lentz, Kenny Brown, Brett Haas and Kirby Knackstedt.  Not pictured: John Zykan, and Kris Brissenden.

Photo courtesy of Shoal Creek White Tails Unlimited



Vice President Joe Biden is making his way to Illinois. He’ll visit the American Central Port in Granite City Wednesday, highlighting the need for continued investment into the nation’s infrastructure. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will join him. The visit marks the fifth anniversary of the stimulus package, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


Today is the last day to get registered to vote in the March primary. Anyone looking to cast a ballot must fill out their registration paperwork by the end of the day today. That can be done at your local County Clerk's Office or driver’s license facility. Be sure to take two forms of ID when you go register, and make sure one of the documents has a current address listed on it. 

If you’re not sure if you’re registered to vote, you can check your registration status online at www.Elections.IL.gov.


The Greenville Comets host the Carlyle Indians tonight and you can catch the game on WGEL 101.7 FM or streaming online at www.wgel.com. Be sure to join WGEL Sports Director Kent Kesner for live play-by-play basketball action tonight in the 7:00 p.m. hour.


Thelma M. Scroggins

Thelma M. Scroggins, age 90 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Sunday, February 16 at her home. Funeral services will be Friday, February 21 at noon at the Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Bunker Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to The Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church or to Bond County Hospice. Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter Bev Crandell, her sister Winnie Dahl, her brothers Kenny (Marilee) Dunham and Raymond (Anita) Dunham.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons James Scroggins and Jerry Scroggins, five sisters Roberta Fritche, Helen Lynn, Mary Cameron, Marjory Baker, and Reah Grandahl.  Also preceded by two brothers Ben Dunham and Marlin Dunham.
She was born in Plainview, IL to Maynard and Lucy (Mowen) Dunham. 

She married Leland Scroggins on May 5, 1945 in Bunker Hill, IL.  He died May 28, 2006.  She grew up in Gillespie, IL and graduated from Gillespie High School.  After her marriage she and her husband lived in Bunker Hill, IL. and Sullivan, MO.  They moved to Greenville in 1952 and to Mulberry Grove in 1957.  She had worked as a regional manager for Tupperware and had last worked selling real estate for Holzinger Realty in Greenville.  She was a member of The Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church, The Order of The Eastern Star, Mulberry Grove Homemakers, Gold Star Mothers, and The Mulberry Grove Lioness Club. 

Maurice E. Hartlieb

Maurice E. Hartlieb, age 77 of Highland, passed away Sunday, February 16 at Faith Countryside Homes in Highland. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. Friends may call Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Hartland Hospice or to the Highland Food Pantry. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born on Sunday, September 06, 1936, in Highland, IL, the son of Orville Henry and Louise Catherine (nee Kapp) Hartlieb.

On Thursday, November 26, 1959, he married Irma M. Hartlieb (nee Woltering) who survives.

He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland, IL; Teamster with Illinois Department of Transportation; Farm Heritage Museum, Greenville, IL.

Reared on a farm in the Jamestown area. He graduated from Breese High School and entered the US Navy after high school and served aboard the USS Bradford 545 in the Pacific. He worked 12 years for Highland Machine; farmed with his father; later he and his wife ran small farms at Grantfork, Carlyle and Highland. In 1972 he began working for the State of Illinois Department of Transportation, from the IDOT-Bond County Facility (Greenville shed) and retired after 23 years. The last farm he and his wife owned and operated for 40 years was on Trestle Road. He restored International tractors; enjoyed fishing, hunting and his pride and joy Yellow Labrador Retriever "Daisey". He liked to play Pinochle & Euchre. Mr. and Mrs. Hartlieb enjoyed over 54 years of marriage.

Survivors include:
Wife - Irma M. Hartlieb, Highland, IL
Son - James W. "J.W." (Donna) Hartlieb, Highland, IL
Daughter - Debra L. (Kevin) O'Connor, Groveland, IL
Son - Russell J. (Laura) Hartlieb, Friendswood, TX
Son - David E. (Leslie) Hartlieb, Indianapolis, IN
Grandchild - Stephanie M. (fiance-Alex Brito) Hartlieb, Midland, TX
Grandchild - Jennifer L. (significant other-John Bischoff) Hartlieb, Saint Louis, MO
Grandchild - Samantha N. O'Connor, Groveland, IL
Grandchild - Nathan W. O'Connor, Groveland, IL
Grandchild - Kasey S. (Beth) Hartlieb, El Paso, TX
Grandchild - Tyler R. Hartlieb, Friendswood, TX
Grandchild - Mary G. Hartlieb, Beaumont, TX
Grandchild - Lauren A. Hartlieb, Indianapolis, IN
Great Grandchild - Virginia A. Hartlieb, El Paso, TX
Brother - Kenneth E. (Norma) Hartlieb, Pocahontas, IL

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Orville Henry Hartlieb (died 3/15/1991)
Mother - Louise Catherine Hartlieb (died 5/23/1987)
Sister - Agnes Louise Knebel (died 5/10/2011)
Sister - Marie E. Reker (died 8/26/2007)
Brother In-law - Harold L. Reker (died 3/28/2013)
Brother In-law - Raymond E. Knebel (died 5/21/2006)


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