Just a reminder...as part of Illinois Severe Weather Awareness Week, warning sirens throughout Bond County will sound at 10:00 a.m. this morning. This is a regularly scheduled test, held annually on the first Tuesday in March to make sure the emergency alert distribution system is working correctly.



Monday marked the beginning of Illinois Severe Weather Awareness Week. Meteorologist Jim Kramper with the National Weather Service will be sharing tips with us throughout the week on how to deal with severe weather.

“The first part of this whole situation is to have a good source for getting weather information,” Kramper told WGEL. “Have a source, not just one, maybe a couple handy that you can rely on to get your weather forecast and warnings so you can check that and find out what’s going on. Then once you have that information, you have to know what to do, so you have to think of that ahead of time. Wherever you’re at, try to think, what do I need to do?”

Kramper said being prepared is the best way to deal with severe weather.


WGEL continues to receive reports of damage from the tornadoes that tore through our listening area on February 20th. These photos were submitted by WGEL listeners in Pocahontas.

Photos courtesy of Jan & Ken Haller



Early voting for the March 18th primary started Monday and will be available through Saturday, March 15th. Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz said there are some advantages to getting your vote in early.

“It’s kind of hard to believe how quickly the election has come about, but one of the options that has become more popular throughout our past elections is early voting,” Reitz told WGEL. “This is a form of absentee voting, but you don’t have to have a reason. For example, what’s the weather going to be like March 18? As it’s gone, we have no idea, but if today looks good, and you have some free time, you can come into my office and vote and have it done with.”

Reitz said he hopes to see more people taking advantage of the early voting option.


"With another round of winter weather last night, I shot this picture of the lake, our raw water source, this morning from the water plant."

- Photo courtesy of Mike Waugh



After winning the regional championship Friday night, the Greenville Comets basketball team is preparing for Wednesday’s sectional game against the Carlinville Cavaliers. Coach Todd Cantrill told us Monday how the team is preparing for the upcoming game.

“We were able to defeat them earlier in the year, got away with a 2-point win up at their place,” Cantrill said. “I feel like we’re playing well right now, we’ve got a good chance. We’re going to practice the next two days. We’ve got practice Monday and Tuesday both and we’re going to watch film on each day and then practice. There’s not a whole lot of secrets this time of year, especially with conference games so it’s just who prepares and who ultimately just goes out and plays the best on Wednesday night.”

Cantrill said he hopes to see a big crowd of local fans at the game. The Comets will play Carlinville Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in Vandalia. You can hear the game Wednesday night on WGEL 101.7 FM or streaming on our website, www.wgel.com.


Illinois Basketball Coaches Association recognized two Lady Comets this weekend. Coach Paul Thies told us more about the honor of being named to the all state team.

“Over the weekend, up at the state tournament, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, they meet and get together and nominate and vote players for various levels of all tournament team,” Thies told WGEL. “Kassidy Alderman came in as a fourth team all state selection, as she did last year. Maria Reinhardt also came in and got some recognition as honorable mention all-stater. So it was a good weekend for those two girls.”

Thies said both girls worked hard this season and the recognition was well deserved.


Prairie Farms


The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has made 12 $500 scholarships available for low income residents looking to further their education in Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington counties. The scholarships may be used for tuition and special fees, textbooks and supplies, room and board, child care and transportation costs.

Scholarships criteria include income, most current grade point average, a 100-200 word career goals statement, three letters of recommendation and an interview with the scholarship committee. The application deadline is Monday, March 24 at the BCMW office in Centralia. For more information, call Sue Castleman at 532-7388, extension 115.



Greenville High School was among 16 district high schools competing recently in the Annual Academic Challenge at Kaskaskia College. Competition was in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Graphics, English, Math, and Physics. Whitney Gray placed third in Biology, Kellsey Hediger second in Chemistry, and Alexis Little tied for third in Chemistry.


Laura M. Kapp

Laura M. Kapp, age 92 of Highland, passed away Sunday, March 2 at Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville. Funeral mass will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Masses.

She was born September 08, 1921, in Aviston, IL, the daughter of Joseph Frank and Bertha Johanna (nee Poettker) Litteken.

On November 05, 1946, she married Edgar Ben Kapp who passed away on April 16, 2009.

She was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church. She was also a member of Helvetia Sharpshooters Society, KC Ladies, VFW and American Legion Auxiliary.

Laura and her husband farmed Northeast of Highland, raising livestock and grain. They enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include:
Daughter - Margaret A. (Eugene) Feldmann, Worden, IL
Son - Thomas E. (Deb) Kapp, Edwardsville, IL
Son - Alan C. (Pat) Kapp, Marine, IL
Daughter - Diann M. Washburn, Bunker Hill, IL
Grandchild - Terry L. (Michele) Feldmann, Metamora, IL
Grandchild - Scott A. (Julie) Feldmann, Staunton, IL
Grandchild - Mark J. (Cindy) Feldmann, Worden, IL
Grandchild - Danny G. (Ashleigh) Feldmann, Staunton, IL
Grandchild - Kendall K. Kendrick, Troy, IL
Grandchild - Kasey K. (Wendy) Kapp, Maryville, IL
Grandchild - Kylee D. (Kory) Kuba, Edwardsville, IL
Grandchild - Todd R. (Ashley) Kapp, St. Jacob, IL
Grandchild - Heather M. Washburn, Staunton, IL
Grandchild - Tyler L. (Danielle) Washburn, Staunton, IL
Great Grandchildren - Nineteen .
Sister - Ruth (Clarence) Kapp, Highland, IL
Sister - Jane (Joseph) Gephart, Aviston, IL
Sister - Judy (Jim) Boehler, Aviston, IL
Brother - Leo (Pat) Litteken, Albers, IL
Brother - Maurice "Matt" (Bonny) Litteken, Highland, IL
Brother In-law - Nelson H. (Marilyn) Kapp
Sister In-law - Lorene M. Hollenkamp

She was preceded in death :
Father - Joseph Frank Litteken
Mother - Bertha Johanna Litteken nee Poettker
Husband - Edgar Ben Kapp died 4/16/2009
Sister - Esther Trame
Sister - Irene Holtgrave
Sister - Bertha Thole
Brother - Chester Litteken
Brother - Leonard Litteken
Brother - Joseph Litteken
Brother - Stanley Litteken
Brother - Jerome Litteken
Sister In-law - Mary Ann Brown
Sister In-law - Delores "Sis" Litteken
Sister In-law - Frances E. Mersinger
Sister In-law - Alvera Kapp
Sister In-law - Margaret J. Werner
Sister In-law - Bernice M. Hollenkamp
Sister In-law - Mildred Kapp
Brother In-law - George J. Kapp
Brother In-law - Edwin Kapp
Brother In-law - John E. Kapp
Brother In-law - Andrew Thole
Brother In-law - Eugene Trame
Brother In-law - Steve Holtgrave
Brother In-law - Ralph Hollenkamp
Brother In-law - Bernard Brown
Brother In-law - Urban Mersinger
Brother In-law - Gary Werner
Brother In-law - Joe Hollenkamp

Dennis H. Tebbe

Dennis H. Tebbe, age 58 of Waxahachie, Texas and formerly of St. Rose, passed away Thursday, February 27 in Waxahachie, Texas. Funeral mass will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to the family.

He was born September 25, 1955 in Highland, IL to Gladys (Knebel) Tebbe and the late Walter Tebbe; his mother survives in St. Rose.

He was preceded in death by his father; a nephew, Jeremy Tebbe; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Priscilla (Thole) Voss; and brothers-in-law, Kevin Alberternst, Al Voss, and Leonard Alwardt.

He married Norma Voss on November 23, 1979 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese and she survives in Waxahachie, TX.

Also surviving are his children, Ryan (Kelly) Tebbe of Bardwell, TX and Jessica (Daniel) Price of Waxahachie, TX; brothers and sisters, Jim Tebbe, Joe (Jan) Tebbe, Rich (Chrysa) Tebbe, Kathy (Ken) Jansen, Carolyn Alberternst, and Joan (Doug) Willis all of St. Rose; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Joseph (Dorothy) Voss of Breese, Margaret (Carl) Jakel of Breese, Ralph (Elaine) Voss of St. Rose, Jim (Peggy) Voss of Bethpage, TN, and Paul (friend Judy) Voss of Breese.

Dennis was a Correctional Officer with the Ellis County Sheriff's Department in Texas and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Knight of Columbus in Waxahachie, TX.

Marie H. Luber

Marie H. Luber, age 94 of Highland, passed away Sunday, March 2 at Faith Countryside Homes in Highland. Funeral mass will be Friday, March 7 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Highland. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 until 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

She was born on Monday, April 07, 1919, in St. Rose, IL, the daughter of August "Gus" and Anna (nee Haselhorst) Wessel.

On Thursday, November 25, 1943, she married Herbert A. Luber who passed away on Monday, May 21, 2012.

She was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL; former member of the Daughters of Isabella - Sacred Heart Circle #237, Highland, IL.

Born at St. Rose, Illinois; attended St. Rose School. She worked at St. Joseph Hospital, Highland, IL, as a nurse's aide. Following her marriage she stayed home and reared her boys. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, baking pies and cakes and was very faithful to her church. She and her husband lived in Pierron, IL until 35 years ago when they moved to Highland.

Survivors include:
Son - Denis A. (Silvia) Luber, Marietta, GA
Son - Joseph H. (Jan) Luber, Bloomington, IL
Son - Roy A. (Gloria) Luber, Kirkwood, MO
Son - Mark E. (Beverly) Luber, St. Louis, MO
Son - Ron L. (Diana) Luber, Highland, IL
Son - Lawrence K. (Teresa) Luber, Kingsport, TN
Son - Gary F. (Mary) Luber, Oswego, IL
Sister - Betty (Norbert) Venhaus, St. Peters, MO
Brother - Anthony (LaVerne) Wessel, Montgomery City, MO
Seventeen Grandchildren
Fifteen Great Grandchildren

She was preceded in death by:
Father - August "Gus" Wessel
Mother - Anna Wessel, nee Haselhorst
Husband - Herbert A. Luber (died 05/21/2012)
Brother - Alphonse Wessel
Sister - Veronica Gall

Linda Fisher 

Linda Fisher, age 78 of Carlyle, passed away Monday, March 3 at her residence. Funeral arrangements for 78-year-old Linda Fisher are pending at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.

Lenore L. Frey            

Lenore L. Frey, age 92, of Highland, passed away Thursday, February 27, at Gardens of Statesville in North Carolina.  Funeral services for 92 year-old Lenore L. Frey will be Sunday, April 27, at 2:00 p.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Keystone Cemetery in St. Jacob.  Friends may call Sunday, April 27, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Meals-on-Wheels, or Keystone Cemetery.

She was born February 25, 1922, in Highland, IL, the daughter of Milton Fred and Linda Mary (nee Hug) Matter.  On November 25, 1941, she married Ralph George Frey who passed away on November 18, 2004.  She was also a member of Lee Iten American Legion Post 549 Auxiliary.

Mrs. Frey grew up on the Matter farm Northwest of Highland. She graduated from Highland High School in 1940. She raised her unique family and was a fun-loving lady.She was a member of the Out House Trio and took many trips to New Glarus to play for over 35 years. She wintered in Florida and she enjoyed cooking. She enjoyed travel and had visited every State, along with South America, Europe and Asia. Gathering with friends brought her great joy.

Survivors include :
Son - William "Willie" M. (Patty) Frey, Highland, IL
Son - Jerard "J.R." R. (Vicky) Frey, Lake Worth, FL
Daughter - Linda J. (Louis) Huffman, Statesville, NC
Grandchild - Gayle A. (Kristin) Frey, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Tricia D. (Brad) Rembisz, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Molly K. (Scott) Hemberger, Springfield, IL
Grandchild - Matt D. (Lucy) Frey, Butte, MT
Grandchild - Brian Huffman, Statesville, NC
Grandchild - Anna L. (John) Winger, Statesville, NC
Great Grandchild - Riley E. Frey, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Crue W. Frey, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Lyla M. Rembisz, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Clark W. Rembisz, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Phoebe J. Hemberger, Springfield, IL
Great Grandchild - Briar D. Frey, Butte, MT
Great Grandchild - Shasa K. Frey, Butte, MT
Great Grandchild - Olivia Lyn "Liv" Winger, Statesville, NC
Great Grandchild - Robert Louis Winger, Statesville, NC
Great Grandchild - John Carlyle Winger, Statesville, NC
Beloved Pet Dog - Lizzie .

She was preceded in death :
Father - Milton F. Matter died 1/4/85, Highland, IL
Mother - Linda M. Matter, nee Hug died 4/27/84, Highland, IL
Husband - Ralph G. Frey died 11/18/04, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Hank James Rembisz died 3/27/2007


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