During Tuesday night’s Bond County Board meeting, Kim Taylor from FAYCO provided an update on the county’s recycling program.  6.9 tons of recyclable material has been donated at the facility, which opened in December.

Taylor noted she’s pleased with the usage the facility has seen and expects it to double as the weather improves.

A light has been installed at the recycling center, which is located east of McDonald’s behind the Greenville Veterinary Clinic, allowing for drop-offs after dark.  Additional signage will be placed soon.

Taylor reminded residents that the facility does not accept plastic grocery bags or plastic sheeting and requested that those who leave cardboard boxes break them down when possible.



An abduction attempt was reported in Alton Wednesday, bringing the total number of such claims in the St. Louis and Metro East area to four since the beginning of March.

Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton shared with WGEL some common-sense safety tips that parents should talk about with their children.

“If they’re walking to and from school, hopefully they’re walking with a group of more than one,” said Lorton.  “If they are approached by someone who they do not know, run away.  If they’re followed or pursued, knock on the nearest door.  Go to a trusting adult.  Talk with them.  Talk with parents.  Our community, we believe, is a safe one, and we want to keep it that way.”

Be sure to report any suspicious activity to your local police department or law enforcement agency.



At their meeting this week, the Mulberry Grove Board of Education decided to buy a new school van. After considering the cost of repairing the current van which has many miles and comparing used and new vans, the board voted to purchase a new 2014 Dodge Caravan from Hosick Motors for $21,234 at 0% interest for 60 months.

Superintendent Mike Gauch reported general state aid payments are coming in regularly but the district has received only one categorical state aid payment for transportation. The education fund is nearing the area where about one month of salary payments remain and Gauch recommended the board approve the sale of bonds to finance the district until fall when county tax money starts coming in. The board approved the issuance of $370,000 in working cash fund bonds.  Details will be finalized at the April board meeting.

High School math teacher Laura Wesselmann presented a program called “Flipping the Classroom.” The new concept allows students to work on assignments and worksheets in class and view lectures at home using the internet with tablets and smart phones.

All certified and non-certified employees were re-hired for the 2014-2015 school year.

The board approved Dave Clark and Trevor Suess as volunteer assistant coaches for the spring 2013-2014 baseball season.



It's National Flood Safety Week and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is warning people about the risks of driving through standing water. Spokesperson Patti Thompson says that's what causes most of the deaths associated with flooding in Illinois. She says drivers often underestimate how deep or how fast the water is moving. But, Thompson says drivers can be swept away in as little as two feet of water. She says drivers should always remember to "Turn Around, Don't Drown" when they see a flooded roadway.


Greenville High School has announced their Character Education Students of the Month for the months of January and February. 

Front (L-R): Grace Wilson, Senior; Katherine Timmermann, Junior; Paige House, Sophomore; Noelle Beans, Freshman. Back (L-R): Justin Simmonds, Senior; Craig Faulkner, Junior; Nicholas Watterson, Sophomore; Robert Powers, Freshman.

Photo courtesy of Greenville High School




At Greenville High School’s winter sports banquet, basketball varsity letters were awarded to sophomore Brianna Wade, senior Hollyn Beans, and senior Ally Thies.

Varsity chevrons were presented to seniors Kassidy Alderman, Sheena Gatson and Maria Reinhard; juniors Taylor Gerdes, Afton Nelson, and Katie Schreiber; and sophomore Madi Funneman.

Kassidy Alderman was presented awards for being named to the IBCA 4th team All State and 1st team All Conference selection. Maria Reinhard was recognized for the IBCA honorable mention for All State and 2nd team All Conference selection. Reinhard was named the assist leader, with 101 assists, and steals leader with 58 steals this season.

Alderman shot with 73 percent accuracy from the free throw line, making her the team’s free throw leader. She was also named leading scorer with 416 points scored this year. Rebound leader was Sheena Gatson, leading the team with 162 rebounds.

For the boys’ basketball team, Will Schaufelberger won the free throw award with 79.5 percent. Schaufelberger was also recognized for being named to All Conference 3rd team.

The rebound award went to Austin Lawrence with 159 rebounds this season. Lawrence also received the offense award and was recognized for being named to the IBCA All State 3rd team and the All Conference 1st team.

Craig Faulkner won the assist award with 59 assists this season. Faulkner was also named to the All Conference 2nd team.

Comet hustle chart awards went to Jacob Hall for Varsity and Colton Rainey for JV. Daulton Young won the defensive award.

Cheerleaders were among the student athletes recognized.

Senior cheerleaders Lynzi Karnowski and Cortney Lurkins were named recipients of the Comet Spirit Award for outstanding leadership and dedication.  Both also received fourth year chevrons.

Maddie Tebbe, Autumn Weiss, Jordyn Ackerman, Callie Gan, and Cierra Oestreich, were given first year letters.

Sarah Bruno and Jayla Jack were given second year chevrons.

Third year chevrons were given to Marissa Maples, Kendal Mesnard, Tessa Cantrill, and Connor Stich.



The Pocahontas Center hosted an American Red Cross blood drive Monday in the school gym. Thirty-two people registered with twenty-seven units collected. Tina Tompkins received an eight-gallon pin and Jack Stewart, Sr. a seven-gallon pin.


The jury trial scheduled for Monday, March 24th in Bond County Circuit Court has been cancelled. Jurors do not need to report for duty.


Friday Schedule:

Varsity Soccer - Greenville vs Bloomington Central Catholic at Blackburn College at 4:45.

Saturday Schedule:

Girls Soccer(Varsity) at Carlinville Spring Cup at Blackburn College. Time TBA.

Boys Track (Varsity) at Indoor Meet - TBA.


Patricia Ann “Pat” Green

Patricia Ann “Pat” Green, age 81, of Highland, passed away Sunday, February 23 in Austin, TX.  Funeral services will be today at 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul Educational Foundation. The Meridith Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

Pat was born May 14, 1932, to William and Isabel (Koebel) Stack, in Granite City, IL.

She graduated from St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse and worked for 30 years in the field of nursing.  She worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Granite City, IL; Granite City Steel Foundry, Granite City, IL; for Dr. Melvin J. Freedman, Granite City, IL; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland, IL; Oliver C. Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL.  During that time, she touched the lives of countless patients with her compassionate, kind, and caring demeanor.  She worked in various departments, including the Emergency Room, Surgery, Geriatrics and Special Treatment Room.  She was a nurse of the highest caliber who had truly found her life’s calling.

A devout Catholic, Pat was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL; a past member of St. Paul Church Choir; a dedicated member of the St. Paul’s Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.  She was a loving and generous soul who enjoyed music, singing, old movies, swimming and collecting seashells along the beach in Sarasota, FL.  She loved her God, her Church, and her family.  She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend.  Her smile, style and song will be missed.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Greg, Don, James, and Robert Stack, June Riggins and Rosemary Perkins.

She is survived by her daughter Julie (Scott) Barttelbort, San Diego, CA; her son, Kelly Patrick (Joy) Green, Austin, TX; a granddaughter, Brooke Barttelbort, San Francisco, CA; a grandson, Ethan Patrick Green; a brother, Paul Stack.

Charles H. Walker

Charles H. Walker, age 89, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, March 19 at his home.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday after 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Foster Hope.

He was born in Mason, Illinois to William and Florence (Cornwell) Walker.  He married Georgia Hargis on December 22, 1958 in Flora, Illinois.  She died January 22, 2006.  He is survived by his daughter Candy (Jim) Curl and his son Charles E. (Carol) Walker, five grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

He grew up in the Mason, IL area.  He served in The U.S. Army during WWII.  After he returned from the military he worked at various jobs.  He moved to Lockport, IL and worked for 26 years as a guard at Statesville Prison.  In retirement he and his wife wintered in Mission, TX and moved to Greenville in 2005.  He was a member of the Greenville First Christian Church and the Loyal U & I Sunday School Class at the church.



Coming up this Sunday on WGEL’s Public Affairs program, Ryan Mifflin will speak with Pat Paine, of the Bond County Health Department.  An anti-smoking organization recently said Illinois is spending far too little on what’s needed to prevent kids from smoking.  Ryan and Pat will talk about what the Bond County Health Department does to prevent smoking and what they can do to help you if you’d like to quit smoking.  Join us for Public Affairs, right after the 12:05 Bond County Area News this Sunday, on WGEL 101.7 FM.

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