03-07-2014




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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

It’s already time to spring forward. Daylight savings time begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Before you go to bed Saturday night, be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour.

The Bond County Firemen’s Association also reminds you, when you change your clocks, also change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to keep them working properly.


WARMER WEATHER IS UPON US...FOR TODAY

A warm south or southwest wind and high level clouds will allow temperatures to climb above normal today, ahead of an approaching cold front. Highs are expected to be in the lower 50s to lower 60s. This front will bring a chance of rain to the area tonight or Saturday along with cooler, below normal high temperatures on Saturday.

Graphic & forecast courtesy of the National Weather Service


COMETS IN SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TONIGHT

Your Regional Champion Greenville Comets are in Sectional Championship action tonight.  The Comets will face the Wooden Shoes from T-Town tonight at 7:00 p.m.  You can hear all the live play-by-play action right here on WGEL or streaming on our website, www.wgel.com.

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NWS OFFERS TIPS FOR ILLINOIS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK

As part of Illinois Severe Weather Awareness Week, Meteorologist Jim Kramper with the National Weather Service is offering tips for our listeners on how to handle severe weather. Today’s tip: better safe than sorry.

“Always take shelter,” Kramper told WGEL. “Even…if there’s no warning or anything out, if you see some clouds out there that don’t look right and you think it’s threatening, always take shelter beforehand. Again, that’s where advance preparation comes into play. Check the National Weather Service so you kind of have an idea of what we expect to happen and you don’t have so many questions.”

Kramper said it’s crucial to create a plan for severe weather response in advance.

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TAX REFERENDUM MEETING AT SORENTO FIREHOUSE

The Shoal Creek Fire Protection District is hosting a tax referendum meeting Sunday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m., at the Sorento Firehouse. The purpose of the meeting is to answer questions about the proposed tax referendum before the March 18 election. The firehouse is at 101 N. Main Street in Sorento and all interested people are encouraged to attend.

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FEBRUARY PRECIPITATION TOTALS

February 2014 precipitation totals in Greenville show 95 hundredths of an inch of rain and 6.65 inches of snow. The rainfall is considerably below the 47-year average of 2.38 inches and the snow total is above the average of 4.44 inches. The most rain fell in February 1990 when 5.9 inches were measured in Greenville. The least rainfall was zero in 1978. The most February snow was 17.25 inches in 1993. There are five years with no snow recorded in February in Greenville. They are 1967, 1973, 1987, 1991, and 1994.

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GHS STUDENTS RAISE FUNDS FOR FOSTER HOPE

Greenville High School students and teachers recently raised a total of $1,366 to benefit Bond County’s Foster Hope organization. The school conducted the fundraising effort as a competition during the month of February.

The winning class was Mr. Swarm’s 1st hour Spanish II class, which raised an average of $14.43 per student. Second and third place winners are Mr. Burn’s class and Mrs. Miller’s class. 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PUT CHRISTMAS TREES IN CARLYLE LAKE

The US Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is asking for volunteers to help with the annual Christmas tree recycling project. More than 1500 trees have been collected and Saturday, March 8, they will be placed in Carlyle Lake to provide fish breeding and protection areas. Volunteers should come to the Carlyle Sailing Association Boat Ramp at Eldon Hazlet State Park at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call the Lake Project Office at 594-2484.

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OBITUARIES

Gladys L. Grotefendt

Gladys L. Grotefendt, age 90, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, March 5, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Grantfork United Church of Christ.  Burial will be in Marine Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Grantfork United Church of Christ or Hoyleton Children’s Home. 

She was born November 15, 1923, in Edwardsville, IL, the daughter of John E. and Emma Minnie (nee Wiehe) Speckmann.

On June 14, 1945, she married Earl Edward Grotefendt who survives.

She was a member of Grantfork United Church of Christ. She was also a member of Grantfork United Church of Christ Women's Guild, Leef Township Senior Citizens (Founder); Madison County Farm Bureau Seniors (Prime Timers).

Mrs. Grotefendt was born on a farm near Hamel. She was a graduate of Columbia Grade School (6/12/1937) and Edwardsville High School (6/10/1941). She worked for Madison Service, Marine Garment, and Granite City Army Depot. In 1956, she and her husband moved to Grantfork, and they started farming in Marine. In 1976, she and her husband established "Golden Grain Farms" west of Grantfork, along with her daughter and son-in-law. She and her husband enjoyed traveling all over the world. They moved to Highland Home in November of 2011. She enjoyed crocheting and large flower gardens.

Survivors include :
Husband - Earl E. Grotefendt, Highland, IL
Daughter - Audrey F. (David) Steiner, Alhambra, IL
Grandchild - Karla F. (Quinton) Lee, Indianapolis, IN
Grandchild - Wendy J. (Dennis) Tipton, St. Jacob, IL
Grandchild - Brian A. Steiner, Glen Carbon, IL
Great Grandchild - Krystlyn G. Lee, Indianapolis, IN
Great Grandchild - Victoria H. Lee, Indianapolis, IN
Great Grandchild - Nickolas A. Tipton, St. Jacob, IL
Great Grandchild - Matthew A. Tipton, St. Jacob, IL
Sister - Edna M.A. Suessen, Edwardsville, IL

She was preceded in death by :
Father - John E. Speckmann (died 6/23/1968)
Mother - Emma Minnie Speckmann, nee Wiehe (died 11/27/1967)
Brother - Elmer G. Speckmann (died 3/22/1980)
Sister - Marie D.H. Kock (died 2/28/1965)


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Coming up on this Sunday’s Public Affairs Program, we’ll be joined by Greenville Chamber of Commerce Director John Goldsmith, Carlisle Construction Materials Human Resources Manager Jan Woker, and United Stationers Human Resources Manager Katrina Liss.  We’ll talk with John, Jan, and Katrina about the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Work Fair, a new event coming up Tuesday.  Be sure to tune in to Public Affairs this Sunday, immediately following our Bond County Area News at 12:05

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