An active weather pattern will take shape this weekend with two storm systems bringing a variety of winter weather to the Midwest. A wave of precipitation is expected to develop and move northeast across Missouri and into Illinois this afternoon and evening. Temperatures appear to be just cold enough to support snow from central Missouri through Illinois. At this time snow accumulations of less than an inch are forecast area-wide, but locally higher amounts are possible. The next storm system will take shape Saturday night with several rounds of winter precipitation expected through Sunday night. This winter storm will be capable of producing significant accumulations of ice, sleet, and snow across the region, causing major impacts to travel plans.

Forecast information and graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service



The Conference Champion Greenville Comets will face the Roxana Shells tonight in the Regional Championship.  The Comets are the number one seed.

The winner of tonight’s game will advance to the Vandalia Sectional next Wednesday night and will face the winner of the Carlinville Regional.

Of course, we’ll have all the live play by play from tonight’s Regional Championship action on WGEL 101.7 FM.  You can also stream the game online at www.wgel.com.

Tip-off is expected right around 7:00 p.m.



The Greenville City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. to allow public comment either in support of the current ordinance allowing leaf burning during specified times or to express support of a total ban of leaf burning. Mayor Alan Gaffner told us the issue was brought up in 2007, again in 2010, and recently in 2013.

“Late in the fall of 2013, the Greenville City Council received a petition,” said Gaffner.  “The petition contained approximately 200 names who were requesting that the City Council totally ban the burning of leaves within the city limits.  As the fall season was approaching, leaves were falling, and the disposal of those leaves was underway, the council believed that any change at that time would not provide an opportunity for residents of the community to make plans and handle their leaves in other ways.  The council, through their consensus, made a decision to hold a special council meeting for the purpose of hearing from the community.”

The mayor said anyone who is interested in this topic is welcome to attend and voice their opinion. Under the current program, leaf burning is permitted on private property on Mondays, Thursdays, and the first and third weekends of the month from November 1 through December 31 and from March 15 through April 15.

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This Monday marks the beginning of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Illinois. Meteorologist Jim Kramper with the National Weather Service told us this week is used to spread awareness and encourage preparation for severe weather.

“The Illinois Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual campaign to try to remind everybody and get everybody’s attention that springtime is almost here and spring and early summer is the most active time in terms of severe weather from thunderstorms,” Kramper said.  “So we want to get people thinking about it, start making preparations if necessary, start planning ahead, have a good source of information, and be ready in case it does happen.”

Kramper will share tips on how to prepare for severe weather throughout the week on WGEL.




Valentine’s Day may be over, but Anna Oestreich, Director of the Bond County Senior Center, says the folks at the center are still puzzled by a Valentine’s mystery.

“About two weeks before Valentine’s Day we started receiving cards coming from all over the country,” said Oestreich.  “They were addressed to the Bond County Senior Center at our new address and some of them had my name on it and my name was spelled correctly, so we know they were getting information from somewhere.”

Eventually, one of the cards mentioned the organization www.DoSomething.org, which encourages teens and young adults to get involved in community efforts that don’t require much money or adult supervision.  The submission of valentines to the Senior Center appears to have been part of a scholarship contest sponsored by the group.

Some of the DoSomething.org valentines received

by the Bond County Senior Center

Oestreich said whatever the reason, the project made a positive impact at the Center.

“It was pretty exciting for us,” she told us.  “We were able to distribute valentines to all of the individuals that get home-delivered meals and all of the people who came in for lunch.  It was really a very fun and gratifying experience.  I still don’t know how they picked Bond County Senior Center, but I’m honored that they did.”

In total the Senior Center received nearly 300 Valentine’s Day cards from all over the nation. 

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce



The Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District Annual meeting and election will be held today at noon at the Bradford Room in Greenville. Coordinator Emily Hartmann told us what to expect at the meeting.

“We will share information regarding activities we’ve been involved with as far as education outreach through our Ag in the Classroom program as well as conservation practices and programs that we have available through the county and our equipment rental and soil sampling service program,” Hartmann said. “We’re open to the public and everyone is welcome to stop in and learn a little bit more about what we have to offer.”

A meal will be served at noon with the meeting scheduled to begin at 12:20 p.m. The 69th annual meeting will also include the presentation of the Dr. Harold Gehrig Memorial Scholarship.



Robert J. Brinker

Robert J. Brinker, age 75, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, February 25, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be today at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.  Friends may call from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the Robert J. Brinker Memorial Fund.

Bob was born March 4, 1938, to Lester and Marie (Nee Chagala) Brinker, in Centreville, IL.  On June 16, 1960, he married Nancy J. Nager at Holy Angels Catholic Church in E. St. Louis, IL. 

Bob was a computer programmer for the government, specifically for the U. S. Army.  He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL.  He was a former member of Highland Jaycee’s and a former Webelos Scout Leader in Highland for the Boy Scouts.  He liked to fish and loved to bowl.  He was a devoted family man and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.  In his retirement, he enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy J. Brinker, Highland, IL; 4 sons, David (Darla) Brinker, Pocahontas, IL, Donald Brinker, Highland, IL, Joseph (Connie) Brinker, Kansas City, MO, Mark Brinker, Highland, IL; 13 grandchildren, Dawn (Special Friend Jon Rinderer) Brinker, Julie (Steve) Schonhardt, Jared (Special Friend Devan Roberts) Brinker, Kristi (Special Friend Alan Butler) Brinker, Matthew (Special Friend Olivia Baldwin) Brinker, April (Brock) Stephenson, Daniel Brinker, Luke Brinker, Samantha Brinker, Benjamyn Brinker, Hillary Brinker, Jacob Brinker, Derek Brinker; 12 great-grandchildren, Sierra Rinderer, Brock Rinderer, Alex Rinderer, Logan Rinderer, Andrew Schonhardt, Ava Schonhardt, Michael Schonhardt, Addilynn Brinker, Dalton Roberts, Lily Butler, Ali Butler, Lane Butler; 2 brothers, Lawrence (Dee) Brinker, Michael Brinker; 1 sister, Mary Ann (Fred) Black; 1 aunt, Emily Embrich; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Marie Brinker.

Carole Sue Yates

Carole Sue Yates (nee Bradley), age 77, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, February 25 at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra.  Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Southern Baptist Church in Highland.  Burial will be held at a later date.  Friends may call today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Hitz Memorial Home.

Sue was born January 24, 1937, to Fred and Frieda (nee Evans) Bradley.  In 1954, she married James Franklin in Fairview Heights, IL, who preceded her in death.   In November 1984, she married Robert Yates in Belleville, IL, who preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Southern Baptist Church, Highland, IL.  She worked as a commercial insurance underwriter for several companies, and retired from Schickedanz Insurance Agency in Belleville, IL.  Sue enjoyed reading, playing cards, and working with crafts.

She is survived by 1 Son, Dale Franklin, Ramsey, IL; 2 Daughters, Sue (Alan) Wooters, Plattsmouth NE, and Diana Walls, Pierron, IL; 1 Daughter-in-Law, Betty Franklin; 6 Grandchildren, Melissa (Paul) Fredrickson, Tammy Walls, James (Leslie) Franklin, Brandy Franklin, Matthew (Katie) Franklin, Tina (Brian) Harvey; 8 Great Grandchildren; 2 Brothers, Dan (Kim) Bradley, Richmond, VA, Steve (Debbie) Bradley, Lockwood, MI; 1 Sister, Dixie LePes, Millstadt, IL; 1 Sister-in-Law, Mary Bradley, Marquette, MI; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by 1 Son, James Franklin; 1 Son-in-Law, Tom Walls; an Infant Great Grandchild; her Parents, Fred and Frieda Bradley; 2 Brothers, Richard Bradley, Michael Bradley; 1 Sister-in-Law, Alma Bradley.

Denise M. Kirchhoefer

Denise M. Kirchhoefer, age 61, of Steeleville, IL, and formerly of Greenville, passed away Monday, February 24 at her home.  A private family service will be held at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Joseph M. Fernandez

Joseph M. Fernandez, age 88, of Alhambra, passed away Thursday, February 27 at Alhambra Care Center.  Funeral arrangements are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Marion R. Uecker

Marion R. Uecker, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, February 26 at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.



Coming up on WGEL’s Public Affairs Program this Sunday, Ryan Mifflin will visit with Ron Marshel, the recently retired manager of the Bond & Fayette County Farm Bureau, and with Stephanie Kraus, the new manager of the Bureau. They ’ll highlight several topics, including some of the key issues that ag producers are currently facing and the benefits of Farm Bureau membership to farmers and non-farmers alike. Tune in to Public Affairs this Sunday afternoon, immediately following the 12:05 Bond County Area News on WGEL.

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