Over the weekend 2 inches of a Snow/Sleet mix feel in Greenville, causing traveling headaches and lots of closures.  Unit 1 and Unit 2 Schools are both closed on Monday.  Also closed at news time were Bond County Transit, Food Pantry, Senior Center and the Greenville Public Library.  DeMoulin’s Brothers opened at 9:30AM on Monday.  Highland Area Meals on Wheels is closed Monday and Fayco is not running routes.  The Teen Mops meeting for Monday night has been cancelled.  The Boy Scouts Chili Supper has been rescheduled for Monday March the 10th.  Tune to WGEL Radio 101.7FM for a continuing and updated list of cancellations and closures.    


A few weeks ago one of the main computer systems at the Bond County Clerk and Recorder’s office went down, delaying abstract work, loan applications, and land purchases. County Clerk Randy Reitz told WGEL the system is now back up and running.

“I would like to take an opportunity to apologize for the inconvenience of what has been going on for the last couple of weeks,” Reitz told WGEL. “Our hardware for the recording system went down, but by working with some very good people with a forensic program, the documents were brought back up. Now the abstractors can search records, copy records, and finish their job so that sales can go through, loans can be made. We’re back up to normal and I want to thank everybody for taking the time and working with us also.”

Reitz said he has been looking into some options for a more updated and user friendly computer program and is hopeful the county will be in good enough financial shape to upgrade the system in the near future.



Congratulations to the Lady Comets’ Afton Nelson, who placed third in the state in the three-point finals Friday in Normal, IL.

Afton sank 9 out of 15 three-pointers.


The Greenville Comets are regional champions. The Comets defeated the Roxana Shells Friday night, 59-38, to win the Wood River Regional. The Comets were led by Will Schaufelberger with 11 points and Craig Faulkner who scored 16 points. It was the third time in three meetings that the Comets defeated Roxana.

The Comets will play Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Vandalia Sectionals against the Carlinville Cavaliers. Carlinville defeated Hillsboro to win the Carlinville Regional.


In their recent meeting, the Bond County Board of Health discussed an increased amount of cancellations and no-shows for appointments throughout the department in January due to inclement weather at their meeting Monday night.

Despite 70 late cancellations and 54 no-shows, the dental clinic performed 929 procedures in January.  Health Department Administrator Mark Ayers said the dental clinic is still operating with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but if the large number of midday cancellations continues, the extended hours will be difficult to sustain.

The board also discussed the hire of new full-time staff therapist Todd Holsapple for Prairie Counseling Center. Holsapple previously worked for Greenville Family Wellness Center before their recent closing.

In the board’s flu update, they reported 40 remaining flu vaccine doses available but came to a general consensus to hold off on returning those doses for credit until flu season has passed. 

The board will meet next on March 17.



The Bond County Humane Society is seeking foster homes for their animals. Humane Society Representative Rachel Hunsdorfer said right now the center is at maximum capacity for dogs, which is a problem because two more dogs are in need of homes with Animal Control or they will soon be euthanized. She told us what is involved in fostering an animal.

“You let the dog or the cat live in your home with you. We take care of the vet expenses, we can provide food, we provide a crate, we can provide whatever,” Hunsdorfer told WGEL. “The dog or cat, they would have to be pretty much inside animals in order to be considered for being a foster, but we take care of the expenses, and then the foster has to be willing to make the animal available for adoption.”

Hunsdorfer said the center does not have any foster homes available for their animals at this time. She said with the help of fostering, the Humane Society could help many more animals and not have to turn away animals when they’ve reached capacity. For more information on animal fostering, call the Humane Society at 664-4068.



The National Weather Service has confirmed yet another tornado from the severe weather our listening area saw on Thursday, February 20th. 

The newly-confirmed tornado took place in Montgomery County, four miles southeast of Nokomis, and traveled to about 7.7 miles east of Nokomis.  The tornado was ranked an EF1 containing winds of 100 miles per hour. It primarily caused intermittent damage to farm outbuildings and trees and destroyed a high-voltage electrical transmission tower about 4.5 miles southeast of Nokomis.

Graphic and photo courtesy of the National Weather Service


As the region emerges from a tough economic period, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce invites area job seekers to attend a Work Fair Tuesday, March 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at the Kaskaskia College Greenville Education Center. Local employers, state and federal agencies, and colleges will participate. Some participants will be accepting applications. Free workshops will be offered including Resume Writing, Successful Job Searching, Interviewing Tips, Applying for Federal Jobs, and Workplace Etiquette/Dress for Success. To reserve your workshop seat, call the chamber beginning Tuesday, March 4 at 664-9272. There is no charge to attend the Work Fair. 



It won't be long before people who applied for concealed carry licenses will get them. The Illinois State Police say 5,000 applications have been approved and the licenses are ready to be printed and mailed.

An example of Illinois' concealed carry licenses, to be mailed starting this week

Since the application process started, the State Police have received more than 50,000 applications. Only 800 have been objected to and so far, no objection has been appealed. The State Police say that they will continue to issue the licenses as they are approved. They plan to print and mail licenses on a daily basis.

Photo courtesy of the Illinois State Police




Denise M. Kirchhoefer

Denise M. Kirchhoefer, age 61, of Steeleville, IL, formerly of Greenville, passed away Monday, February 24 at her home. Memorial services will be Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sparta, IL. Memorials are suggested to the Randolph County Humane Society or the family. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

Denise, the daughter of Frances (Doss) Glenn, was born April 29, 1952 in Jefferson, Indiana. She grew up in Sparta, Illinois and graduated from Sparta High School with the class of 1970.  Denise attended Rend Lake College and became an LPN.  She worked at Menard Correctional Institute and later at Randolph County Nursing Home retiring in 1989. 

Denise is survived by her daughter, Angela Kirchhoefer of Ballwin, Illinois and a son Robert Kirchhoefer and wife Therese of Myrtle, Missouri.  Also surviving is a special friend Gary Crays, sister Debbie Glenn of Missouri and her foster siblings: John, JoAnn and Gary Zweigart.  Denise was the loving grandmother of 2; Alexandria and Ashlyn.

Marion R. Uecker

Marion R. Uecker, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, February 26 at Helia Healthcare. A private memorial service will be held. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice.

Marion Rose, the daughter of Andrew and Rose (Ertmer) Roach, was born January 26, 1924 in Shellsburg, Wisconsin. Marion grew up in Shellsburg, attended the local schools and moved with her family to Freeport, Illinois. She attended and graduated from high school in Freeport. 

Marion and William Uecker were united in marriage in February of 1943. After their marriage they lived in Lena, Illinois and William went to serve our country in the United States Army during WWII. They moved after the war and made their home in Arizona. William passed away in Greenvalley, Arizona on December 2, 1999. Marion moved to be with her daughter 4 years ago in Greenville.

She is survived by her daughter Kristine Hickerson of Greenville.  She is also survived by her brother Charles Roach and wife Jan of Lufkin, Texas.

Marion is preceded in death by her parents, husband William, and 5 siblings; John Roach, Jim Roach, Beatrice Flemming, Alice Park and Margaret Campbell.

Joseph M. Fernandez

Joseph M. Fernandez, age 88 of Alhambra, passed away Thursday, February 27 at Alhambra Care Center. There will be no services held. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born on Tuesday, April 28, 1925, in Cherryvale, KS, the son of Vidal and Mary (nee Yglesias) Fernandez, Sr.

Joseph was born in Cherryvale, KS; lived in St. Louis; Beckemeyer, IL; East Saint Louis, IL. He attended East Saint Louis Senior High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy on July 29, 1943, with duties aboard the USS Giansar in the South Pacific. He worked 51 years in the Livestock sales business at National Stockyards in East St. Louis. He moved to Pierron, after retirement; then to the nursing home 12 years ago.

Survivors include:
Brother - Conrad (Mary) Fernandez, Granite City, IL
Sister - Geraldine Genetti, Farimont City, IL
Brother - Angel (Louise) Fernandez, Collinsville, IL
Many Nieces & Nephews
Many Great Nieces & Nephews

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Vidal Fernandez, Sr.
Mother - Mary Fernandez nee Yglesias
Brother - Vidal Fernandez, Jr.

Raymond M. Bircher

Raymond M. Bircher, age 60 of Highland, passed away Friday, February 28th at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger funeral home in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Highland Animal Shelter.

He was born August 28, 1953, in Highland, IL, the son of Milton Louis "Pete" and Bernice Margaret (nee Riegel) Bircher.

Ray was born in Highland and grew up on a farm Southeast of town. He graduated Highland High School in 1971, where he was an outstanding football player. After school he help operate the family Dairy Farm. The family gave up the Dairy in 1993 and raised grain and livestock. He also started working for Helvetia Township that same year, and was still active at both jobs. Rays work was his hobby. He loved farming and loved dogs.

Survivors include :
Brother - Robert L. (Janet) Bircher, Highland, IL
Sister - Jean M. "Jeanne'' (Darrell) Dankenbring, Edwardsville, IL
Nephew - Brett R. (Lisa) Bircher, Maryville, IL
Nephew - Todd R. (Nikki) Bircher, Maplewood, MO
Nephew - Chad R. (Denise) Rapien, Pocahontas, IL
Great Nephew - Ryan A. Rapien, Pocahontas, IL
Great Nephew - Brent A. Rapein, Pocahontas, IL
Great Niece - Megan M. Rapien, Pocahontas, IL
Great Nephew - Jack M. Bircher, Maryville, IL
Great Nephew - Cole R. Bircher, Maplewood, MO
Great Nephew - Caleb R. Bircher, Maplewood, MO

He was preceded in death by :
Father - Milton Louis "Pete" Bircher died 10/15/2001
Mother - Bernice Margaret Bircher nee Riegel died 2/12/2010
Brother - (Infant) Mark Allen Bircher died 6/11/1960 @ age 10 days

Lenore L. Frey

Lenore L. Frey, age 92 of Highland, passed away Thursday, February 27 at Gardens of Statesville in North Carolina. Funeral arrangements are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Laura M. Kapp

Laura M. Kapp, age 92, of Highland, passed away Sunday, March 2 at Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville.  Funeral arrangements are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Marie H. Luber                  

Marie H. Luber, age 94, of Highland, passed away Sunday, March 2, at Faith Countryside Homes in Highland.  Funeral arrangements for 94 year-old Marie H. Luber are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

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