Greenville’s Will Schaufelberger is the state three point champion. The Greenville High School junior sank 11 of 15 three-pointers during the showdown in Peoria Friday night to take the 2A title. Will returns to Peoria later this week for the King of the Hill competition.

A big congratulations to Will Schaufelberger of the Greenville Comets!



Firemen throughout Bond County have responded to an increasing number of grass and field fires recently, including five over the weekend.

Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston told WGEL spring can be a dangerous time to burn and “controlled burns” can get out of your control very quickly.

"We've still got a lot of dead vegetation out there," Johnston said. "Grass hasn't greened up, the weeds haven't started yet. All that might not seem like an awful lot, but it slows the fires down. I don't know how many times we've been to fires and people said, 'I sure didn't know it would go that fast'. Well, it does."

He also noted that if you’re burning in high winds and the fire gets away from you and causes damage to someone else’s property, you could be legally liable.

Images from a field fire the Greenville Fire Department responded to Saturday on Dry Creek Road.

Chief Johnston said if you are conducting a controlled burn and you think it may be getting away from you, don’t hesitate to call for help.

"If you think it's getting away from you, please don't hesitate to call. I'm sure I'm talking for all the fire departments here in Bond County. We'd just as soon be there when its a small one as when its a large one."

Johnston also said it’s always a good idea to call your local police department or fire dispatcher to let them know you’re conducting a burn. That will cut down on false alarm calls, should a passerby notice smoke and report a fire.

Photos courtesy of the Greenville Fire Protection District



Tuesday is election day. WGEL Radio will have live coverage of the election starting at 7PM Tuesday.

The Republican candidates for Regional Superintendent of Schools for Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties are Ron Daniels and Jacob Purcell.

Incumbents County Clerk Randy Reitz, County Treasurer Katie Weiss, and Sheriff Jeff Brown will seek re-election. Brown is a Republican and Reitz and Weiss are Democrats.

For county board seats, incumbent Democrats Gerald “Spanky” McCray, Wes Pourchot, and Howard Elmore are running for re-election. A Republican, Vance Daniken, will run against Spanky McCray in the November election for the County Board Number 2 seat.

Those seeking election or re-election as Precinct Committee positions include Republicans Edwin Glen Bowen for Pleasant Mound 1, Douglas Marti for Central 1, Barb Kirkman for Central 2, Carol Lingley for Central 5, Thomas Qualls for Central 6, Colleen Camp for Central 7, and Carl Gaffner for LaGrange 1.

Democrats running for Precinct Committee positions include Frank Lucco in Burgess 1, Steven Weiss in Burgess 2, and Dan Sidwell in Old Ripley.



Bond County citizens will vote on five referendums this Tuesday, including whether the county and townships should have the authority to arrange for electrical supply for residential and small commercial retail customers who do not reside in an incorporated municipality.

Those who live in the Shoal Creek Fire Protection District will vote on increasing the maximum allowable tax rate within the district and citizens in Breese School District will weigh in on raising the maximum annual tax rate for education.



Firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders from throughout the region gathered Thursday to pay tribute to a fallen comrade. 50-year-old Bruce Bowen, of Greenville, a flight medic for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Transport Team, passed away March 7 and was laid to rest Thursday. A large collection of ambulances, fire trucks, and other emergency vehicles, including a helicopter, participated in a procession to pay their respects.

Photos courtesy of the Greenville Fire Protection District



Greenville College recently began using predictive analytics based on historical and current learning data to help identify which students are potentially at risk and help them stay on the path to graduation. The Student Success System tool is a finalist for the Learning Impact Award provided by the IMS Global Learning Consortium which recognizes outstanding applications of technology that address the most significant challenges facing global education and the learning industry.

The predictive analytics technology has received positive feedback from faculty and has been especially recognized for its value to instructors with fifty or more students in their class. The college is still in its early days with this pioneering technology, but looks forward to new opportunities for the faculty to understand the performance and engagements of their students.

For more information on the new technology, visit www.greenville.edu.



Congratulations to Greenville FFA members on their District Proficiency Awards. 

Grant Suess took first place in Ag Communication; Haley Pierce placed first in Small Animal Care; Kaeden Mollett was first place in Oil Crop Production; Cara Thiems placed second in Ag Education; Josh Laesch was second in Dairy Production; Will Funderburk took second in Food Service; and Megan Hediger received the third place award in Swine Production. 

Grant Suess, Haley Pierce, and Kaeden Mollett will compete at the state level in April



Geneva Stroud

Geneva Stroud, age 76, of Carlyle, passed away Friday, March 14 at her home. A graveside service will be held today at noon at Greenwood Cemetery in Nashville, IL. Friends may call from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials are suggested to Kaskaskia Workshop.

Mrs. Stroud was born on October 31, 1937, in East St. Louis, Illinois, a daughter of Louis and Della Cox. She married Donald Stroud, Sr. on May 5, 1957, in Gary, Indiana and he survives in Carlyle.

Also surviving are her children – Mary Ann Nolte and husband Jerry of Shattuc; Jason Stroud of Mill Creek, Illinois and Donna Stroud and friend Joe Cole of Centralia; her grandchildren – Jordan Stroud and fiancé Courtney Bequette, Quinton Zapp, Jacob Nolte and friend Stephanie Henry, Tristan Nolte and wife Valerie, Sue Ann Rivera and husband Doug, Brandi Gehrs and husband Nick, Brittany Lundgreen and husband John and Julie Nolte; her grandchildren – Dominick, Chase, Connor, Heidi, Zoe, Raynor and Gage; and a special niece – Sharon Zimmermann.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 sons – Floyd Stroud and Donald Stroud, Jr.

Mrs. Stroud had lived in Belleville and Nashville before settling in Carlyle. She loved Cardinals baseball, fishing and the outdoors, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Sandra J. Gilomen

Sandra J. Gilomen, age 72, of Highland, passed away Thursday, March 13, at St. Louis University Hospital. Funeral services will be held today at 10:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:00 a.m. to service time at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Shriner’s Hospital or St. Judes Children’s Hospital.

She was born October 24, 1941, in East St. Louis, IL, the daughter of Lester Eugene and Hazel Irene (nee Cruse) Beard.

On August 10, 1957, she married Harold Paul Gilomen who survives.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church Pocahontas.

Sandy was a homemaker and operated a beauty shop in her home. She operated Sandy & Harry's Strawberry Patch south of Highland. She also worked for Rural King in Highland since 1990. She enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and great grandson.

Survivors include :
Husband - Harold P. Gilomen, Highland, IL
Son - Ronnie G. (Diane) Gilomen, Highland, IL
Son - Gary G. (Kris) Gilomen, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Jessica M. (Tim) Warnecke, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Eric J. Gilomen, Tamalco, IL
Grandchild - Briana M. Gilomen, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Brett G. Gilomen, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Trevor M. Warnecke, Highland, IL
Sister - Jeannie (Dave) Fenton, Highland, IL
Sister - Debbie (Frank) Lucco, Pocahontas, IL
Brother - Butch Beard, Pocahontas, IL
Brother - Danny (Lisa) Beard, Port Saint Lucie, FL
Sister In-law - Josie Beard, Highland, IL
She was preceded in death by :
Father - Lester Eugene Beard
Mother - Hazel Irene Beard nee Cruse
Brother - Dennis Beard
Sister - Susie Ehrle
Niece - Christine Ehrle
Niece - Nichole Beard
Nephew - James Ehrle

Marian M. Marcoot

Marian M. Marcoot, age 90, of south of Greenville, passed away Friday, March 14 at her home. Funeral services will be today at 11:00 a.m. at the Greenville First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

Marian Marie Britt, the daughter of Oscar Earl Britt and Lucy Vera Callison Britt, was born on November 13, 1923 in Pocahontas, Illinois. She was raised in Greenville where she attended the public schools and graduated from Greenville High School. She attended Greenville College for a year then worked for Bond County Farm Bureau before her marriage.

Marian and Forrest John Marcoot were united in marriage on August 27, 1947 at the United Methodist Church in Greenville and enjoyed over 47 years together before his death on April 3, 1995. Marian helped Forrest on the farm, raised their children and enjoyed quilting, gardening, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Marian is survived by their three children: Roger E. (Anita) Marcoot of Greenville, John E. (Linda) Marcoot of Greenville, and Marla J. (Brian) Britnell of Washington, Illinois, eight grandchildren: Bryan (Dana) Marcoot, Amy Marcoot, Lyndsey(Chris) Walls, Beth (Matthew) Marcoot Young, Brittany (Joshua) Wheeler, Brooke (Tony) Segrest, Clayton Britnell, Sarah Britnell, 8 great-grandchildren: Noelle Wheeler, Matthew Marcoot, Trenton Segrest, Derek Segrest, Adelyn Wheeler, Ethan Marcoot, Ella Marcoot, Corinne Walls, and her brother Oscar(Marjorie) Britt of Greenville.

Marian is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Forrest, their daughter Nancy Elaine Marcoot at birth, her two sisters: Margaret Brown and Dorothy Gillespie, and twin sisters at birth Vera Lucy Britt and Lucy Vera Britt.

Marian and Forrest were leaders of the Dudleyville 4 H Club for over 25 years, and were active in the Illinois Jersey Cattle Club. Marian was an active member of her church, the Greenville First United Methodist Church.

Barbara J. Guentensberger

Barbara J. Guentensberger, age 68 of Highland, passed away Friday, March 14 at Saint Elizabeth’s hospital in Belleville. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 AM at First Congregational Church in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00- 8:00 PM at Spengel-Boulanger funeral home in Highland and again on Wednesday from 9:00 AM until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Highland Food Pantry or First Congregational Church.

She was born June 06, 1945, in Gulfport, MS, the daughter of Wilbert Johanntosettel and Velma D. Johanntosettel Hayden (nee Shermer).

On June 13, 1964, she married Larry G. Guentensberger who survives in Highland, IL .

She was a member of First Congregational Church in Highland.

Barbara was born at Gulfport, Mississippi. At age 3 she and her family moved to New Douglas, IL, where she attended grade school. She graduated Highland High School in 1963. She married her high school sweetheart in 1964. She was employed by Journal Printing since 1976 as a bookkeeper. She was very active in all her children's activities, and very active in the community and her church. She volunteered for many church activities and also at the Highland Food Pantry. She was an avid reader, enjoyed cross stitching, sewing, and travel with her husband. "She lived her life in service of the Lord, and for others"!

Survivors include :
Husband - Larry G. Guentensberger, Highland, IL
Son - Jeffrey W. (Susan) Guentensberger, Cleveland, TN
Daughter - Shelby L. (Doug) Cummins, Casey, IL
Grandchild - Andrew G. Guentensberger, Cleveland, TN
Grandchild - Jakob W. Guentensberger, Cleveland, TN
Grandchild - Robin M. Cummins, Casey, IL
Grandchild - Noah J. Cummins, Casey, IL

She was preceded in death by :
Father - Wilbert Johanntosettel
Mother - Velma D. Johanntosettel Hayden nee Shermer

Al F. Brueggemann

Al F. Brueggemann, age 77 of Breese, passed away Saturday, March 14 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle. Burial will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery in Bartelso. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and again on Wednesday from 8:00 to 9:30 at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials are suggested to Hannah’s Playground, All Saints Academy, or Mater Dei High School.

Mr. Brueggemann was born on January 3, 1937, in Bartelso, Illinois, a son of Bernard and Louise (Wegman) Brueggemann. He married Elizabeth Wiegman in 1960 at St. Cecilia Church in Bartelso and she survives in Breese.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Brueggemann is also survived by his children – Cathleen Mulina and husband David of Fishers, Indiana, Brian Brueggemann and wife Cori of Breese, Barry Brueggemann and wife Melinda of Carmel, Indiana and Kyle Brueggemann of Breese; his grandchildren – Caitlyn James, Robby James, Will Mulina, Maggie Brueggemann, Anna Brueggemann, Bennett Brueggemann, Evan Brueggemann, Elana Brueggemann, Grant Toennies, Mason Toennies and Zander Brueggemann; a brother – Bernard C. Brueggemann and wife Georgetta of Bartelso; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Bernard and Louise Brueggemann; his mother and father-in-law – Al and Eleanor Wiegman; a grandson – Andrew James; and his siblings – Clara Athmer, Mary Rita Hilmes, Joseph Brueggemann, and Mary Lou Bowman.

Mr. Brueggemann graduated from Aviston High School and studied finance at Kaskaskia College. He proudly served in the 3rd Infantry of the United States Army. Al enjoyed several years working with his father-in-law and brothers-in-law at Wiegman Ford. He then worked at First National Bank and Trust in Centralia, and retired as Vice President of First National Bank in Carlyle. He was appointed as treasurer of the City of Carlyle, and held that position for 15 years. Mr. Brueggemann was a member, Past Grand Knight and Past Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus in Carlyle and was a school board member and president of the Bartelso Grade School. In 1999, he was appointed to the Board of Review of Clinton County, and had served as chairman of the board until this year. Al was also a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Beckemeyer American Legion, and a member and past president of Mater Dei Fathers and Friends.

Richard L. Sellers

Richard L. Sellers, age 70 of Breese, passed away Friday, March 14 at his residence. A memorial service was held Sunday. Memorials are suggested to PSP Research. The Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Sellers was born August 14, 1943 in Breese to Ralph and Dorothy (Merians) Sellers; they preceded him in death.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a grandson, Brenden Richard Sellers; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur and Margaret (Almasy) Lappe.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann (nee Lappe) whom he married April 17, 1970 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese; sons, Chad (Denise) Sellers and Casey (Jessica) Sellers, all of Breese; 5 grandchildren, Cole and Blake Sellers, and Caitlyn, Logan, and Allyson Sellers; legal guardian of and raised, Terry Lappe of Breese and Maribeth (William) Bolk of Bridgeton, MO; special nephews, Christopher, Kyle, and Connor Bolk; a brother, Ron (Mary) Sellers of Breese; a sister, Donna (Ken) Eversgerd of Breese; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard was a veteran of the United States Army. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business from SIU-Edwardsville, and later retired as the Regional Manager of Unemployment Insurances for the State of Illinois. In 1984, he founded Equity Fifty Five, Inc. in Breese and was a Real Estate Developer.

He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ and Consistory in Breese, National Association of Realtors, Realtors Association of Southwestern Illinois, and was the founding member of the National Center on Home Equity Conversion (Reverse Mortgages).

Dick enjoyed racing, antique cars, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Michael A. “Pappy” Leonard

Michael A. “Pappy” Leonard, age 63 of Edwardsville, passed away Thursday, March 13 at his residence. There will be no funeral services. Memorials are suggested to the family. The Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born on Sunday, May 14, 1950, in Augusta, GA, the son of Lloyd and Mary (nee McWilliams) Leonard.

On Saturday, July 26, 1969, he married Verla J. Leonard nee Newman who survives.

He was an over the road truck driver for CFT Trucking, Portland, TN. He enjoyed fishing, watching movies and trucking.

Survivors include:
Wife - Verla J. Leonard (nee Newman), Edwardsville, IL
Mother - Mary Lou Leonard (nee McWilliams), Staunton, IL
Son - Michael A. (Teresa) Leonard, Jr., Madison, TN
Son - Benjamin J. (Derinda Duncan) Leonard, Troy, IL
Son - James A. (Megan) Leonard, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Amy (Cody) Knight
Grandchild - Bobby Leonard
Grandchild - Savana Leonard
Grandchild - Corbin Leonard
Grandchild - Sawyer Leonard
Grandchild - Charley Leonard
Step Mother - Felipa Leonard, Martinez, GA
Brother - Lloyd Charles "Chuck" (Cindy) Leonard, Staunton, IL
Sister - Cynthia (Cesar) Espiritu, TX
Sister - Pamela Rogers, SC
Brother - Donald Leon Leonard, Martinez, GA

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Lloyd Leon Leonard

Germain L. Mayer              

Germain L. Mayer, age 92, of Marine, passed away Saturday, March 15, at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra.  Funeral services for 92 year-old Germain L. Mayer will be Thursday, March 20, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Marine.  Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 – 9:45 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine.  Memorials are suggested to St. Elizabeth Cemetery, St. Elizabeth Church, or in the form of Masses.

She was born on Sunday, September 04, 1921, in Highland, IL, the daughter of John E. and Edna (nee Clayton) Schmitt. On Saturday, October 26, 1940, she married Eldon J. Mayer.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Marine, IL; St. Elizabeth Altar Society and Helvetia Sharpshooters Society.

Germain was born at Highland and grew up East of St. Jacob on a farm. After her marriage she and her husband moved onto the Mayer Farm. They farmed and raised beef and dairy cattle. She lived there the rest of her life. The couple retired from farming in 1985. She enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, dancing, embroidery, sewing, baking, and travelling. She and her husband went to Lindendale Park every Saturday night to dance.

Survivors include:
Daughter - Marlene F. (Delmar) Korsmeyer, Alhambra, IL
Grandchild - Kenneth D. (Janice) Korsmeyer, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Karen M. (Brian) Straube, Alhambra, IL
Great Grandchild - Katrina J. Korsmeyer, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Alissa J. Korsmeyer, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Makayla J. Korsmeyer, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Evonna J. Korsmeyer, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Nathanial B. Straube, Alhambra, IL
Great Grandchild - Nevin J. Straube, Alhambra, IL.

She was preceded in death by:
Father - John E. Schmitt
Mother - Edna Schmitt (nee Clayton)
Husband - Eldon Jerome Mayer (died 03/31/2008)
Sister - Bernice I. Brasel (died 7/19/2007).

Ruby Wideman LeBegue               

Ruby Wideman LeBegue, age 94, of near Bauer’s Bonanza in rural Smithboro, passed away Sunday, March 16, at Montgomery Nursing and Rehab Center in Hillsboro.  Funeral arrangements for 94 year-old Ruby Wideman LeBegue are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Dorothy E. Kroner  

Dorothy E. Kroner, age 83, of Highland, passed away Sunday, March 16, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  Funeral arrangements for 83 year-old Dorothy E. Kroner are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Louellen M. Rochelle      

Louellen M. Rochelle, age 85, of Pocahontas, passed away Monday, March 17, at Belleville Memorial Hospital.  Funeral arrangements for 85 year-old Louellen M. Rochelle are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

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