02-21-2014

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MICHIGAN MEN CHARGED WITH BANK ROBBERY OF BNB IN HIGHLAND

22 year old Ramsey Z. Fakhouri and 18 year old Alexander P. Gerth, both of Troy, Michigan, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday with alleged bank robbery.

Documents filed with the court allege that on February 14 the defendants robbed the Bradford National Bank in Highland $25,780, which they obtained by force, violence, and intimidation from a bank employee as the bank employee was re-stocking the bank’s ATM machine.

The bank robbery statute carries maximum possible penalties of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, and three years’ supervised release.

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THUNDERSTORMS MOVE THROUGH AREA THURSDAY EVENING

A line of thunderstorms moved through the area Thursday evening. Strong winds and heavy rains hit Greenville and there were severe thunderstorm warnings for the entire WGEL listening area and most of Illinois. There were tornado warnings in Fayette County and the Springfield area. There was some light roof damage in Greenville and some reports of limbs down. Power lines were reported down in Highland.

Mulberry Grove Firefighters responded Thursday, at 4:51 p.m., to a report of a transformer on fire on Seventh Street and Greenville Firefighters were called Thursday, at 6:00 p.m., to a report of a power pole down on Woodlawn. A power outage in the Mulberry Grove area nocked out electricity for about four hours from around 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Here at the WGEL studios in downtown Greenville, we measured 1.4 inches of rain. At the Sewer Plant they recorded 38 hundredths of an inch and half an inch at the station on Sixth Street and also at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.

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MULBERRY GROVE UNIT 1 CONSIDERS PURCHASE OF NEW VAN

At the Tuesday Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Mike Gauch reported on the condition of the school van and outlined options for repairs or replacement. The current van has high miles and needs extensive repairs costing an estimated $6,000.00 - $7,000.00. Research shows a new van is available for a little more than $19,000.00 and used vans are also available for $17,000.00 - $22,000.00. Following discussion, the board tabled the matter until the March meeting.

In his financial report, Superintendent Gauch said working cash is holding steady and general state aid payments are coming in regularly. The transportation fund will need to borrow money by next month if no categorical state aid payment for transportation is received soon.

On the recommendation of Principal Ryan Bauer, the board hired Lyndsey Beckham as assistant high school softball coach for 2013-2014.

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KC TRENTON EDUCATION CENTER TO REOPEN NEXT MONTH

The Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center is approaching completion and is scheduled to reopen for classes after spring break. During construction, classes have continued at various locations throughout the community and will now be moved to the new education center. Director Arlene Covington told us numerous improvements have been made to the center during construction. 

“We went from 3,500 square feet to over 15,000, so we have a great deal of space that we didn’t have before and we will increase the classes that we’ll be offering as well as the programming,” Covington told WGEL. “One of the highlights is we have a fantastic science lab—an entire area to support all of our Allied programs, our health programs, nursing programs. We have a CNA and paramedicine lab now to meet the needs of those students in that area in the healthcare field, which is a large population of our students.”

Covington said an open house will be held for the community near the end of the semester but a date has not yet been set.

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FFA WEEK WRAPS UP TODAY

Today is the final day the Mulberry Grove and Greenville FFA Chapters will celebrate National FFA Week. Both schools allowed students to drive their tractors to school today.

Greenville students will hold their AG Olympics in the Ag Shop during 4th period and will be sporting FFA or other ag-related caps and shirts. The Mulberry Grove Chapter is hosting a petting zoo today and will dress for tractor and farm equipment pride day.

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STOECKLIN’S ORCHARD TO HOLD HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL THIS JUNE

In the depths of this cold winter, it sometimes helps to look forward to a warmer season. Stoecklin’s Orchard recently announced the date for their 2nd annual Hummingbird Festival. The festival will be held Saturday, June 14 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and will include the opportunity to adopt a hummingbird. Kay Stoecklin told us more about the adoption process.

“It’s a five dollar fee, and the money that’s collected for that ends up going back to the Audubon Society for them to procure more land for habitats, so it does go to a good cause,” Stoecklin said. “For that you receive…a certificate that you adopted a bird. It tells when it was captured, where it was captured, gives you the information that happened that day. After that, if the bird is ever recaptured again, you’ll get a letter in the mail stating where it was recaptured and any changing information as far as how it grew and that kind of thing.”

Stoecklin said she expects to see a lot of hummingbirds this year and hopes to see many new faces at the festival.

Stoecklin’s Orchard is located about 3 miles southeast of Donnellson, IL. For more information about the festival, call the orchard at 217-537-3801.

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TWO LADY COMETS ADVANCE IN THREE POINT CONTEST

Congratulations to Lady Comets Kassidy Alderman and Afton Nelson.  They both advanced in the three point shooting contest last night at the Casey Sectional.  Kassidy and Afton will now shoot Thursday, February 27, in the Redbird Arena on the Illinois State University campus.


PATOKA VILLAGE BOARD PLANS CEMETERY FUNDRAISER

At the recent Patoka Village Board meeting, the board scheduled the cemetery fundraiser for Sunday, May 4, at the Patoka Civic Center. Country Rhodes Fish & Chicken Buffet will provide lunch. There will be a silent auction during the lunch. Tickets will be available at the First National Bank and the Village Hall. 

If you have not yet registered your dog, you need to do so. You may register your dog at the Village Hall during normal hours Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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DAM WEST BOAT RAMP WILL CLOSE FOR POLAR PLUNGE

In order to accommodate the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge being held at Carlyle Lake Saturday, the Dam West Boat Ramp will be closed to the general public from Friday at noon until Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The closest available boat ramps to Dam West are the Allen Branch Boat Ramp and the Apache Boat Ramp. The Dam East Boat Ramp will also be available to the general public during the event. For more information, call the Carlyle Lake Project Office at 594-2484.


BOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO START BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP

The Bond County Health Department is starting an informal support group for pregnant and breastfeeding women called “For Baby’s Sake.” The group will meet the last Tuesday of every month, starting Tuesday, February 25, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville. Participants will receive breastfeeding education and the opportunity to meet other mothers for support and information sharing. For more information, call Erin at 664-1442, ext. 139.



OBITUARIES

Madelyn C. Grotefendt          

Madelyn C. Grotefendt, age 79, of Marine, passed away Wednesday, February 19, at Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville.  Funeral services for 79 year-old Madelyn C. Grotefendt are Saturday, February 22, at 10:00 a.m., at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Marine.  Burial will be in Marine Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine.  Memorials are suggested to the Hoyleton Children’s Home or St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. 

On Saturday, October 25, 1958, she married Delmar D. Grotefendt who passed away December 26, 2007. She was a member of Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church, Marine, Illinois.

Born at Michael, Illinois; spent her younger years in St. Louis, MO; she graduated from Murphsyboro High School, Murphysboro, IL, in 1952. She worked as a secretary at SIU-C. She met her husband on a blind date, they later married and moved to Marine, IL. She helped her husband operate the farm and reared her family. She knitted afghans and sweater; loved to read and do jig saw puzzles.

Survivors include:
Daughter - Sabrina A. (Jim) Bowling, Edwardsville, IL
Daughter - Shari L. (Tom) Smugala, Columbia, IL
Grandchild - Emily A. (significant other-Zac A. Cochran) Bowling, Saint Louis, MO
Grandchild - Samantha L. Smugala, Jasper, IN
Grandchild - Nicole L. Smugala, Saint Louis, MO
Grandchild - Aaron J. Bowling, Edwardsville, IL
Grandchild - Jordan T. Smugala, Columbia, MO
Brother - Gerald (Judy) Gotway, Marion, IL
Sister - Mona Gotway, Sugar Land, TX

She was preceded in death by:
Father - Otto E. Gotway
Mother - Agnes Gotway (nee Sebacher)
Husband - Delmar D. Grotefendt (died 12/26/2007)
Sister - Ladonna Crimmins.

Susie M. Gomilla                

Susie M. Gomilla, age 88, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, February 20, at Clinton Manor Living Center in New Baden.  Funeral services for 88 year-old Susie M. Gomilla will be Thursday, February 27, at 11:00 a.m., at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Royal Lake.  Burial will be in Montrose Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Young Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the First Missionary Baptist Church. 


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PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join Ryan Mifflin this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program.  Ryan’s guest is Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz.  The county is in need of election judges for the upcoming primary election in March, and future elections.  Ryan and Randy will talk about what an election judge is, their responsibilities, the requirements to be a judge, and more.  You can catch Public Affairs right after the Bond County Area News at 12:05 on WGEL 101.7 FM.

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