The National Weather Service recently confirmed that a tornado was responsible for some of Thursday’s storm damage. According to their reports, the tornado first touched down about 3 miles northeast of Highland and stayed on the ground for 12 miles before lifting 3 miles southwest of Greenville. At its worst, the tornado was rated an EF1 with winds around 105 miles per hour and a maximum width of 50 yards.


Tornado Path from Madison to Bond County


Damage on Millersburg Road


Damage on Pokey Road

Photos courtesy of National Weather Service website

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Greenville Regional Hospital announced late Friday afternoon that despite months of effort the discussions regarding an ownership arrangement for Fair Oaks Nursing Home with Alden Management Services have come to a close. Alden assumed management of Fair Oaks on July 15th. Hospital President and CEO Brian Nall told WGEL that since that time, both parties partnered to determine the best solution for an ownership arrangement, but one could not be reached:

“We realize the community is saddened and will be saddened by this, and so are we, for not only our residents but also our employees,” Nall told WGEL. “Working through this, we did try to do what we could. We heard the community’s cry to exhaust all efforts, to keep the nursing home as part of the hospital. We spent a great deal of time and money in that direction."

Nall says the hospital will work with those families in the coming weeks to place those residents in new facilities. Twenty-one hospital staff members remain employed at Fair Oaks. Nall said the hospital will work with as many as possible to find other employment options within the hospital, however some will have to take unemployment.

Nall told us Fair Oaks is expected to officially close before March 22nd.



Additional details have been released in the Highland bank robbery case. 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 of $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.

Alexander Paul Gerth

Ramsey Zuheir Fakhouri

According to the U.S. State’s Attorney office, Gerth allegedly approached a branch manager with a handgun and ordered she surrender the money. After she handed over the cash, Gerth allegedly joined Fakhouri in a blue Ford Mustang, and Fakhouri drove them both away from the scene.

A portion of the stolen cash was used to purchase four guns at a sporting goods store. The State’s Attorney said they are now in the process of getting refunds for those and other purchases.

The Highland Police Department reports that Fakhouri and Gerth were found to be acting in cooperation with each other and with no internal involvement from the bank or bank employees and notes that bank employees were key to bringing the suspects to justice, aiding tremendously in the investigation.

Photos courtesy of the Highland Police Department



Local farmer Keith Frueh has directed a $2,500 donation to the Greenville FFA Chapter. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will be used to purchase materials to educate students on the practical use of GPS and GIS systems, including mapping for fertilizer and yields, used in research with the chapter’s two crop test plots.

“These funds will be used to improve the educational aspects of GPS and GIS used in agriculture and taught in the classroom at Bond County Unit #2 High School,” said Greenville FFA Advisor Steve Zimmerman.

The America’s Farmers Grow Communities offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $13 million to more than 5,200 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Keith Frueh.

Photo courtesy of Osborn-Barr



The Greenville Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its first Work Fair at Kaskaskia College’s Greenville Education Center Tuesday, March 11 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Local employers, state and federal agencies, and colleges will be participating in the fair.

Those attending can learn about job openings, hiring procedures and skills required by local industries and businesses. A series of free mini-workshops will also be held throughout the day covering topics like workplace etiquette, successful job searching and recruiting strategies. For more information or to reserve a booth at the event, call the Chamber of Commerce at 664-9272.


Greenville teenager Anastasia Baird has been volunteering with the Bond County Humane Society for more than two years now and has become passionate about supporting the organization. Anastasia told us to celebrate her 14th birthday, she requested donations for the humane society in lieu of birthday gifts.

“The humane society has been having funding issues lately and they haven’t really been having very many volunteers,” Anastasia told WGEL. “So I decided at my birthday party, instead of getting birthday presents, to put out a box for kids to put money in for the humane society, and we put out volunteer sheets so that people can sign up for it.

Anastasia said she appreciates the work the humane society does to provide safe homes for stray animals.



The Bond County Health Department is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include a Prairie Counseling Center update, policy reviews, a flu update and a visit from the State Fire Marshall.

The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Greenville Elementary School gym. The board intends to discuss overnight trips for the Varsity Girls Tennis team and the Greenville FFA officers. Other items on the agenda include amending the school district calendar and approving the bills and finance report.




Lorraine J Knasel

Lorraine J. Knasel, age 84, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, February 19, at her home.  A memorial service for 84 year-old Lorraine J. Knasel will be at a later date.  The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

Lorraine J. Johnson, the daughter of Dr. Brantley M. Johnson MD and Alice Marie (Holliday) Johnson, was born May 12, 1929 in Dexter, Iowa.  The family moved to Harvey, Illinois where her father worked as a radiologist.    Lorraine and Rev. Dwight Lee Knasel were united in marriage on August 3, 1956.  Lorraine earned a B.A. degree at Olivet Nazarene University and was active in debate, radio broadcasting, drama and oral readings.  She was chosen to be a member of "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities."  She was interested in Speech Therapy and earned a M.S. degree at the University of Illinois.  Lorraine organized Speech Therapy in the Wood River, Illinois schools.  She also worked as a speech therapist in Saginaw, Michigan.  Later, she earned a M.R.E degree at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Lorraine had a special interest in young children.  She started a preschool and day care in a church in Peoria, Illinois and helped to develop a preschool and day care program at the church in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Lorraine usually served as an accompanist for the choirs and for some of the services.  After retiring to the Mackinaw City area, she served in this capacity at the church of the Straits for several years.
One of Lorraine's teachers recognized her talent to write.  She has written about interesting activities and people in the churches they served including their church in Peoria, Illinois which was active for many years. She also wrote about her own family history.  When her husband retired in 1994, they moved to their home near Mackinaw City.
Lorraine is survived by three daughters: Karen (Dr. Greg) Sanders of Greenville, Susan (George) JeuDeVine of Coldwater, Michigan and Becky (Dr. Arthur) Kerle of Greenville.  Also surviving are 2 sister-in-laws, Delight (Bill) Fagan of Traverse City, Michigan and Evelyn Johnson of Pleasant Hill, California.  

She is the loving grandmother of 14: David, Melody, Tiffany (Jacob) Schlemper, Dwight, Loralyn, Dellon, Chad, Jonathan, George, Niklaus, Garet, Arthur, Matthew and Kristen.  Also one great-grandchild Jane Schlemper.  Lorraine is preceded in death by her parents, husband on August 28, 2008, brother Brantley M. Johnson Jr. a WWII Veteran on December 25, 2008 and a grandson Darren C. Sanders on November 22, 1991.

William H. Dickerson       

William H. Dickerson, age 86 of Highland, passed away Friday, February 21st at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. Funeral services for 86 year old William H. Dickerson will be Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. Burial will be in Highland city cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 4-8 PM at Spengel Boulanger funeral home in Highland and again on Tuesday from 9 AM until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.

He was born on Sunday, June 12, 1927, in Olney, IL, the son of Shirley Robert and Corrine (nee Dennison) Dickerson. On Saturday, June 26, 1999, he married Marlene J. Dickerson (nee Noll Baer) who survives.
He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland, IL; Masonic Lodge #583, A.F. & A.M. (Masons)-Highland, IL; Ainad Temple, A.A.O.N.O.M.S. (Shriners)-East St. Louis, IL; Silver Lake Shrine Club-Highland, IL; MA CLI BO Circus Unit; Helvetia Sharpshooters - Highland, IL. Born at Olney, IL; reared in Noble, IL and graduated in 1945 from Noble High School. From 1945 to 1946 he served with the US Army Air Corp with duty in Germany. He moved to Highland in 1953 and was the manager of the A & P Store until 1966, when he began working for Strat-O-Span, Breese, Illinois as office manager from 1966 to 1981. He founded Dickerson Fire Extinguser and owned and operated it from 1981 to 1992. He enjoyed traveling, wood working, dancing, playing cards (euchre) and watching his grandchildren's sporting events. For many years he and his wife would winter in Texas for three months.

Survivors include:
Wife - Marlene J. Dickerson (nee Noll Baer), Highland, IL
Daughter - Gale L. Starks, Highland, IL
Son - John W. "Bud" (Jeannine) Dickerson, Highland, IL
Step Son - Curtis L. (Lynn) Baer, Saint Louis, MO
Step Daughter - Kris A. (Bill) Carriger, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Kerri Ann (Troii) Hall, Indianapolis, IN
Grandchild - John Kyle Dickerson, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Ryan E. (significant other-Angie Brueck) Starks, Greenville, IL
Grandchild - Darrin W. (Christina M.) Starks, Highland, IL
Step Grandchild - Haley L. Baer, Saint Louis, MO
Step Grandchild - Morgan L. Baer, Saint Louis, MO
Step Grandchild - Mitchell M. Carriger, Highland, IL
Step Grandchild - Trent W. Carriger, Highland, IL
Eight - Great Grandchildren
Sister In-law - June Dickerson, Noble, IL

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Shirley R. Dickerson
Mother - Corrine C. Dickerson (nee Dennison)
1st Wife - Mary Esther Dickerson (nee Slichenmyer) (married 2/7/1945; died 6/22/1986)
2nd Wife - Brenda C. Dickerson (nee Borger) (married 2/26/1988; died 7/15/1997)
Son In-law - Edward W. Starks (died 9/20/2004)
Brother - John "Bud" Dickerson
Brother - Robert Dickerson
Brother - Greg Dickerson
Brother - Ray Dickerson
Brother - Harold Dickerson
Sister - Bessie Bower
Sister - Mabel Cross


Rose Marie Bux         

Rosie Marie Bux, age 88 of New Baden, passed away on Frida, February 21. A funeral mass of Christian burial for 88 year old Rose Marie Bux will be Tuesday at 10:00 AM at St. George Catholic Church in New Baden. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in New Baden. Friends may call Monday from 4:00-8:00 PM and again on Tuesday from 8:00-9:30 AM at Hempen Funeral home in New Baden. Memorials are suggested to St. George Parish or Mater Dei High School.

She is survived by her daughters, Nancy (Glenn) Albers of New Baden and Cheri (John) Rieger of Trenton; grandchildren, Craig (Lisa) Humphrey, Amy (Andrew) Kaelin, Jill (David) Jensen, Jay Rieger, and Sara (special friend, Jake) Rieger; great-grandchildren, Drew & Emmett Kaelin, Hayden & Maya Humphrey, and Nora & Natalie Jensen; a sister-in-law, Helen Hemann of New Baden; she is also survived by nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Kiefer and Adeline Willmann; two brothers, Robert J. “Bob” Hemann and Orville J. Hemann; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Berdelle M. “Birdie” Hemann, Robert Kiefer, Eugene Willmann, John & Dolores Bux, Otto & Sylvia Bux,

Margaret Kapp, Bernice & William Stacey, and Mary & Clyde Staub.
Mrs. Bux worked for the Civil Service at Scott Air Force Base for 30 years. She was a member of St. George Parish and Ladies Sodality, a former trustee for St. George Parish, and was a former member of the Women of the Moose Lodge in Belleville. She enjoyed dancing.

Linda K. Johnson                  

Linda K. Johnson, age 57 of New Baden, Passed away Friday, February 21. A funeral mass of Christian burial for 57 year old Linda K. Johnson will be Wednesday at 10 AM at St. George Catholic Church in New Baden. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 PM and again on Wednesday from 8:00-9:30 AM at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden. Memorials are suggested to the Down Syndrome Society of St. Louis or Community Link.

Linda K. Johnson, 57, of New Baden, died Friday, February 21, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  She was born December 5, 1956 in Breese, daughter of Raymond A. and Theresia D. (Toeben) Herzing. 
She is survived by her mother, Theresia Herzing of New Baden; two daughters, Nicole (Mark) Knobeloch of New Memphis and Kelli (Allen) Gilbert of New Baden; nine grandchildren, Lathian Walthes, Tristen Casby, Kaitlynn, Jaron, and Adelyn Knobeloch, and Meghan, Tyler, Wyatt, and Emily Gilbert; two sisters, Lisa (Mark) Stanton, III of Tamaroa and Julie (Bill) Petz of New Baden; three brothers, Raymond B. (Robin) Herzing of New Baden, Rick (Ann) Herzing of Belleville, and Roger Herzing of New Baden.  She is also survived by nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and her former husband and the father of her children, Ron Johnson of New Baden. 

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ben Toeben, Ted Toeben, Dorothy Toeben, and Alfred & Knola Herzing.  Ms. Johnson retired from U of I Cooperative Extension in Breese. She was a member of St. George Parish in New Baden. Linda enjoyed her grandchildren.

Joann “Pete” Harper

Joann “Pete” Harper, age 87 of Carlyle, passed away Friday, February 21 at her residence. A funeral mass of Christian burial for 87 year old Joann “Pete” Harper will be Saturday at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s church in Carlyle. Burial will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Beckemeyer. Friends may call Saturday from 8:00 AM until service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School, or Community Link. The Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle is in Charge of the arrangements.

She was born on March 18, 1927, in Frogtown, Illinois, the daughter of John and Cecelia (Dieckmann) Peters. She married Francis “Moon” Harper on September 1, 1948, and he preceded her in death on January 20, 1983.

Pete is survived by her daughters - Lynn (Ron) Michael of Huey, Kim (Mike) Seiffert of Carlyle, and Nancy (Mark) Lee of Collinsville; a son - Allen (Sandy) Harper of Beckemeyer; five grandchildren - Debi Seiffert of St. Louis, Jon Seiffert of Portland, OR, Michelle and Michael Lee of Collinsville, and Sarah Michael of Huey; her sisters - Helen “Toots” Leonard of Germantown and Ruth Ann “Tootie” (Francis) Boeser of St. Morgan; her in-laws - Joe and Dorie Jones of Soddy Daisy, TN, Ruth Peters of Carlyle, Jean Peters of Mountain Home, AR; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by daughter - Joanie Harper; her sisters - Agnes Lodes and Margie Pollmann; brothers - Vince Peters and Henry “Butch” Peters; her mother and father in law - Frances and Edna Harper; and her in-laws - Joe Lodes, Leroy Leonard, Bernard Pollmann and Edgar and Marion Bagby.

Joann was employed at the Shoe Factory in Carlyle, was a nurse’s aide at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese for almost 25 years, and also volunteered for many years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carlyle, and St. Ann Altar Sodality. She was a member of Beckemeyer American Legion Post 1227 Auxiliary for 60 years, where she held many offices. Joann enjoyed her family and friends, playing games, quilting and church.

Dianne Dee Jackson        

Dianne Dee Jackson, age 65, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, February 22, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Funeral services for 65 year-old Dianne Dee Jackson will be Wednesday, February 26, at 11:00 a.m., at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the family.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

She was born in Highland, IL to Harry D. and Frances L (Gaffner) Sussenbach.  She married Jerry L. Jackson on November 12, 1971 in Greenville, IL.  He survives along with their children Mellisa (Chris) Higgins, Jeff "Bodean" (Denise) Jackson, Randy Jackson, Gary "Gooch" Jackson, and David (Lindsey) Jackson, her brothers Max (Jo) Sussenbach, Mike (Martha) Sussenbach, and Larry (Sheri) Sussenbach.  She is also survived eight grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Carol Ann in infancy.

She grew up in Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School.  She worked for about six years in Springfield, IL.  She later worked at Greenville Regional Hospital for 17 years and also worked awhile at Helia Healthcare.  She was member of the Diamond Square Dance Club, The Bond County Fair Board, and The Greenville First Christian Church.

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