A group of area landowners met recently to discuss new easement changes requested by Ameren for use of land to accommodate line expansions. Attorney Jeffrey Mollet attended the meeting to inform landowners of their legal rights. He told us more about the meeting.

“The purpose of the meeting we held was to determine if there was any interest by the local farmers of establishing some form of association or group to negotiate as a group instead of individually with Ameren to try to get a better easement for their purposes,” Mollet told WGEL. “In other words, give them more protections or less intrusive type of easement than Ameren was looking for…You’re probably not going to have much success negotiating with this big corporation individually but if enough of you wanted to go together to try to develop one master easement agreement, that could then be proposed back to them, you might have a chance at being able to do that.”

If you are affected by the Ameren easement and would like more information on forming a group to negotiate easement terms, call the Bond County Farm Bureau at 664-3100.

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The Greenville Comets Boys basketball team is set to face off with East Alton Wood River tonight at 7PM.  The Comets are ranked #1 in the Regional and will face the home team tonight in East Alton.  Wood River beat Staunton 58-39 Monday night to advance out of the first round.  The winner of tonight’s game will advance to the Regional Championship.  You can hear the play by play tonight on WGEL Radio and at wgel.com. 


A system will bring a chance for snow this evening. Wednesday will be colder, but sunny. Temperatures will begin to warm back up a bit by Thursday.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service



With a recent tragedy in Missouri and recent reports of suspicious vehicles in Mulberry Grove and Bartelso, Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown says parents need to talk with their children about how to deal with strangers.

“The vigilance starts with the parents, and we have to educate our kids as far as strangers are concerned,” Brown told WGEL. “We have to teach our kids that we have to avoid strangers, and there are some simple tips with that. If you’re approached, run. I mean, it’s just that simple. Run. If someone approaches you and they try to grab you, as far as a child is concerned, yelling ‘This is not my parent!’ or ‘This is not my mother!’ or ‘This is not my father!” and yelling as loud as you can and draw as much attention as possible.”

Brown said these conversations can sometimes be scary for children but are necessary for their protection. He also suggests children should avoid walking or riding their bicycles alone but should instead travel in groups or with an adult.



The Greenville Bicentennial Board will launch its sponsorship campaign this week. Although the Bicentennial celebration isn’t until 2015, funds are needed now to secure some of the featured performers and entertainment. Sponsorship brochures are being mailed to businesses and community members.

Six sponsorship levels, ranging from the Family Level at $200 to the Emerald Level at $10,200, offer unique benefits and advertising opportunities. All levels include commemorative window clings, gift certificates for Bicentennial merchandise, and the sponsor’s name on programs and the official website. Higher levels offer perks like use of the official Bicentennial logo, recognition on banners and t-shirts, promotion tents, and complimentary tickets to the closing gala.

“We had a top exclusive Platinum Level, but Bradford National Bank signed on to that right away when they saw what a great opportunity it is,” said John Coleman, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee. “All our other levels are unlimited, and we’ve already gotten commitments from groups like the Lion’s Club, Kiwanis and Bond County Historical Society as well as several individuals.” Coleman added that he and Bicentennial members are ready to meet in person with any group or business to talk about events and sponsorships.

John Goldsmith, Bicentennial Board President, urged the community to become involved. “There will be ample opportunities for those of all ages to either sponsor or volunteer at one of the Bicentennial events. Our goal is to create memories that will be recalled fifty years from now.”

If you would like to receive a brochure or find out more information you can contact John Coleman at 593-5325. You can also visit their website at www.greenville200.com.


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The Friends of St. Joseph’s Hospital will hold their 2014 Spring Gala on Friday, April 25 at the Lindendale Ballroom in Highland.

Director of Philanthropy Amy Stephan told us, “It is an absolutely wonderful event. “It is a black tie optional event. It’s a dinner and dance. We have this year the Spectrum Band is coming, and they’re a nine-piece instrumentation that includes lead male and female vocalists, trumpet, saxophone, piano guitar, they play a wide variety of music so we’re anticipating that being a lot of fun.”

During the past eight years, the Friends of St. Joseph’s Hospital Spring Gala has raised more than $500,000 through event sponsorships and attendance. Money raised at the gala buys equipment including the latest diagnostic technology for cancer and women’s health. For more details on sponsorship and ticket information, visit www.sjhspringgala.com or call Amy at 651-2589.

Graphic and photo courtesy of St. Joseph's Hospital



A new federal report says there are fewer farms in Illinois, even though the number of acres being cultivated has risen.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture's five-year farming census shows that Illinois has lost nearly 1,800 farms, down to just more than 75,000. On the other hand, farm acreage in Illinois rose by 162,000 acres to nearly 27 million acres. The average size of an Illinois farm rose in the last five years by eleven acres to 359 acres.


Charles J. Cox

Charles J. Cox, age 54 of Huey, passed away Saturday, February 22 at his residence. A memorial service for 54-year-old Charles J. Cox will be Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Private burial will be Friday in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Carlyle. Friends may call Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Cox was born on August 12, 1959, in Hillsboro, Illinois, a son of James C. and Kathryn H. (Grossman) Cox. He married Patricia A. Davis on July 7, 2007, in Aviston, Illinois and she preceded him in death on April 12, 2013.

Charles is survived by a son – Craig Cox and friend Stacey Detmer of St. Louis; 2 step-daughters – Laurie Jacobs of Seattle, Washington and Kelli Spurlock and friend Justin Olsen of Granite City; 2 granddaughters – Marissa and Kiley Cox; a sister – Ann Zeisset and husband Bill of Trenton; a brother – James Cox and wife Rita of Carlyle, his father-in-law – Marion Davis of Granite City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Mr. Cox had worked at World Color Press and later at KMK Metal Fabricators. He was a talented musician and saxophone player, and had entertained many people in the area while playing in local bands. He was a member of the Kaskaskia College Jazz Band for over 30 years.

Erma Eversgerd-Gallatin

Erma Eversgerd-Gallatin, age 88 of Germantown, passed away Saturday, February 22 at Countryside manor in Aviston. Funeral Mass for 88-year-old Erma Eversgerd-Gallatin will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 9:00 until 10:45 a.m. at the church. Germantown American Legion Auxiliary will hold services at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice. The Moss Funeral Home in Germantown is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born May 29, 1925 in Albers to August and Mary (Haar) Renschen: they preceded her in death.

She married Christopher Eversgerd June 4, 1945 in St. Louis, MO and he preceded her in death August 11, 1979. She then married Francis Gallatin March 1, 1993 and he preceded her in death March 1, 2008.

Also preceded in death by sons Marlin Eversgerd, Norman Eversgerd, James “Jim” Eversgerd, brothers Bill Haar, August “Gus” Renschen, Elmer Renschen, Cornelius Renschen

Surviving are her children Duane (Kathy) Eversgerd of Beckemeyer, Larry (Angie) Eversgerd of Germantown, Darlene (Mark) Lohman of Weaverville, NC, Linda (Rodney) Lohman of Germantown, Donald “Dino” Eversgerd of Germantown

10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson

A sister-in-law Millie Renschen of Germantown

Erma was an Inspector at Wee Walker Shoe factory in Carlyle

Member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Germantown, American legion Post 325 Auxiliary, Double Gold Star mother (losing 2 sons in the Vietnam War), Carlyle VFW Auxiliary and past chaplain.

Roland “Johnny” Stoecklin

Roland “Johnny” Stoecklin, age 90 of Alhambra, passed away Tuesday December 31 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. A memorial service for 90-year-old Roland “Johnny” Stoecklin will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, also in Alhambra. Friends may call Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Alhambra Volunteer Fire Department or the Highland Youth Sports Advisory Commission.

He was born on July 18, 1923 in Alhambra, the son of the late Edward Sr. and Mary (Lang) Stoecklin.

He married Anna Marie Lesicko, August 27, 1949, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livingston, IL. She preceded him in death on May 28, 2011.

Roland was a lifelong resident of Alhambra, IL. He attended Alhambra High School for 3 years, graduated from St. Jacob High School and was active in sports. He served in the U.S. Navy near the end of WW2. He was discharged in 1946, later called up from the reserves in 1951 and served in the Purser's office on board the U.S.S. Antietam CV36 aircraft carrier. It ran nearly 6,000 sorties of all types between November 1951 and March 1952 in the combat zone off the coast of Korea. Stateside again, Roland worked for the U.S. Postal Service delivering mail on the rural route of Alhambra and Marine, IL, until his retirement at age 62. He also sold advertising with Goldman Associates for many years. After retiring, he drove a school bus for the Highland School District. He was a former member of the Alhambra Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include a daughter: Rolene K. Barton, Waukegan, IL and a son Ross A. Stoecklin, Alhambra, IL, one brother: Marion "Babe" Stoecklin of St. Charles, MO, two brother in-laws: William Harris, Alhambra, IL, and George Lesicko, New Douglas, IL, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son: Philip L. Stoecklin on May 18, 1953, sister Delores Harris, and seven brothers: Vernon "Frisch", Edward "Shooter", Leland, Otis, Richard, Newton, and Leonard Stoecklin.


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