The National Weather Service has confirmed another tornado from last Thursday’s severe weather. This twister developed 2.8 miles northwest of Brownstown. 

The damage path was approximately 40 yards wide and the intensity was rated EF0. Though an EF0 is considered a weak tornado, it still consisted of winds between 65 and 85 miles per hour. The tornado headed about five miles northeast, damaging trees and buildings. 

Graphic and photos courtesy of the National Weather Service

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An active weather pattern will take shape this weekend with two storm systems bringing a variety of winter weather to the Midwest. The first storm system is expected to move across the area on Friday with generally 1 to 3 inches of snowfall. The second storm system will have a greater potential to impact the region this weekend with significant accumulation of ice, sleet and snow possible.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service



Your Number One Seed Greenville Comets defeated the East Alton-Wood River Oilers last night in Regional action.  Final score of the game was 59-54. The Comets will head to the Regional Championship this Friday to face either Vandalia or Roxana. You’ll be able to catch that game Friday night right here on WGEL, or streaming on our website, www.wgel.com.


Following an executive session during their meeting Monday night, the Bond County Unit Two School Board hired Joshua Cox as a Special Education Teacher at Greenville Junior High for the 2014-2015 school year and hired Kami Suess as an Assistant Girls Soccer Coach at Greenville High School for the current school year.

Sports volunteers were also approved, including Cathy Hallemann and Lauren Hahn as volleyball volunteers at Sorento, and Erika Knolhoff, Craig Boyd, Bob Munshaw, David Dunlop, Jamie Hoag, and Chance Vohlken as girls soccer volunteers at Greenville High School.



Over 413 people took the polar plunge into Carlyle Lake last Saturday to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. The event raised over $116,000 for the 1,150 individuals with intellectual disabilities, participating in 10 counties in Southwestern Illinois.

St. Louis Rams Pro Bowler Johnny Hekker led the charge into the frigid Carlyle Lake Saturday. Hekker’s team raised over $5,000 for Special Olympics Illinois.

Johnny Hekker (left) leads the way at Saturday's Polar Plunge

John Becker of Bartelso received his 11th consecutive win for Most Money Raised by an Individual. The Bartelso Fire Department took home Most Money Raised by a Team. The Centralia Police Department swept the Law Enforcement award categories. Dupo High School was the winner in all school categories. 

Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois



Greenville Optimist Club members are selling Fresh Florida Strawberries to raise funds to help support local and Bond County youth activities. The strawberries are scheduled to arrive in Greenville from the Florida Fruit Growers Association the week of March 17. 

Flats (8 Qts.) are $26.00; ½ flats are $15.00; and 1-3 Qts. are $4.00 each. 

Optimist members and a number of local merchants have order forms. You may also call 664-3046 to order. Orders must be placed or received no later than 9:00 am on Saturday, March 1.


The Greenville City Council has called a special meeting for today at noon. The lone item on the agenda is the final plat for Greenville Commons, the planned development on the site of the old Greenville Jr. High grounds, submitted by T-Bow, Inc. The meeting will be held at the Greenville Municipal Building.

The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 School District is scheduled to hold a special meeting Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Items on the agenda include a bargaining proposal with MGEA and the QNS Service Contract.


Estelle C. Tonnies

Estelle C. Tonnies, age 98 of Albers, passed away Wednesday, February 26. Funeral mass will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden. Memorials are suggested to the Breese Caring First Nursing Home Activity Fund or the Clin-Clair Fire Department.

She was born February 22, 1916 in Damiansville, daughter of Frank and Anna (Hilmes) Fuehne. She married Vincent A. Tonnies on May 11, 1938 in Damiansville and he preceded her in death on February 17, 1978.

She is survived by her children, Elaine (Dennis) Behrmann, Steve (Susan) Tonnies all of Albers, Kathy (John) Frerker, Carol (Patrick) Hitpas all of Breese, Robert (Donna) Tonnies of Grass Valley, CA, Russ (Kimberly) Tonnies of Brentwood, TN, and Eric (Linda) Tonnies of Albers; two sons-in-law, Andrew Kramper of St. Libory and Ric Yeager of Sycamore; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; a sister, Rose Mary Spihlmann of Damiansville; a brother, Franklin (Bernice “Bim”) Fuehne of Damiansville; sisters-in-law, Rita “Butch” Fuehne of Damiansville, Lucille Fuehne of Bartelso, and Alice Perkins of Waxahachie, TX.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two daughters, Marion Kramper and Michele Yeager; a grandson, Dean Kramper; two sisters, Leona Eilering and Mary Ann Thoele; four brothers, Norbert, Cletus, Alfred, and Steven Fuehne; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mary Fuehne, Vincent Eilering, Alvin Thoele, Rich Spihlmann, Maurice Tonnies, Frances Tonnies, Claire Bernreuter, and Ruth Clark; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank & Bina Tonnies.

Mrs. Tonnies was a homemaker and operated Tonnies Store in Albers with her husband. She was a member of St. Bernard Parish and Altar Sodality. Estelle was a very proud, loving, and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was famous for her cookies; especially her oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and she loved quilting.

Ronald G. Dolly

Ronald G. Dolly, age 62 of Vandalia, passed away Monday, February 24 at his residence. Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Mulberry Grove. Burial will be in McInturff Cemetery in Hagarstown. Friends may call Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice. The Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia is in charge of the arrangements.

Ron was born July 15, 1951 in Vandalia, the son of Kenneth and Dorothy (Phelps) Dolly. He married April Wehrle on July 21, 1972 in rural Vandalia at Hurricane Creek Baptist Church. Ron was employed by Hosick Motors in Vandalia and Bear Arms Gun Shop in Brownstown. He was affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Mulberry Grove.

Ron is survived by his wife April Dolly of Vandalia; sons Colby Dolly and wife Dominique of Wildwood, MO and Cody Dolly and fiancé Chelsea Carlen of Terre Haute, IN; daughter Adrienne Dolly and fiancé Rick Brace of Merritt, FL; grandchildren Cayla and Peyton Dolly both of Wildwood, MO; brothers James Dolly and wife Sharon of Shobonier and Don Dolly and wife Elizabeth of Vandalia; and sister Sheila Branum of Salem.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother Gary Dolly.

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