Greenville fire fighters responded to a trailer fire at 2:22 a.m. Saturday morning near the Route 40 and 4th street intersection, on the south side of 40. According to Fire Chief Bill Johnston, the roof of the trailer had collapsed by the time fire fighters could respond. The fire was seen by a pair of people driving by that called 911. The trailer was unoccupied and no one was hurt. The cause of the fire is undetermined, and the trailer was a complete loss. Firefighters were on the scene for three hours, and Smithboro was called for mutual aid.

Greenville firefighters battle a trailer fire early Saturday morning.

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Fire Protection District


Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston says the burn ban that had been in place for Bond County this last week has been lifted. Johnston also asked if you plan on burning please call your local police or sheriff's department to let them know.  This will keep firefighters from responding to your controlled burn. 



The Greenville Tourism Committee met Thursday night at City Hall. The committee discussed the budget and the addition of some larger advertising commitments. The board will recommended to the city council that $25,000 of tourism funds be used to help promote the Bicentennial in 2015 and that $5,000 be used to help the Independence Day celebration at Patriot’s Park. 

Three tourism fund requests that have been approved in the past were not requested this year, freeing up some of the funds needed for the Bicentennial and Independence Day celebrations. These recommendations will go into the tourism budget for approval by the Greenville City Council. 


Each year, Bond County replaces between 75 and 100 road signs. Sign costs vary, depending on the size of the sign, from about $20 to $40 each plus the cost of posts and labor, making a significant impact on the county budget. Alan Davis at Bond County 911 said while some signs need replaced because of accidental damages, theft is also a major factor.

“We have people that just actually go out and steal road signs - sometimes just the signs, sometimes the whole post. You know, they think that’s fun or that’s neat to have a road sign hanging in their room somewhere,” Davis told WGEL. "What they don’t realize is then that creates a problem for fire departments, for ambulance services when they’re trying to get somebody’s house sometimes. They need those road signs on roads that they’re not on very often, especially, to be able to get where they’re going. It does create a problem and a hazard for the county when signs are missing.”

Davis said these pranks may seem harmless but can have a big impact on emergency response and on spending.



Mike Zohn, co-star of the Science Channel show "Oddities" and DeMoulin artifact enthusiast, visited Greenville Saturday for a program at the Globe Theatre, sponsored by the DeMoulin Museum. Prior to his program, Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner presented Zohn with a key to the city.

Photo courtesy of the DeMoulin Museum



Mulberry Grove High School’s student-led organization, Students Against Destructive Decisions, is gearing up for a special event to illustrate the consequences of impaired driving.

Secretary Caleigh Steiner told WGEL, “On Friday, April 4, Mulberry SADD is holding a mock wreck and mock funeral to show the kids what would happen if you were to be distracted while driving, just to make it more real for them. And we’re also going to have a slide show to show the psychological effects of losing a close friend or loved one.”

President Alexia White told us SADD is dedicated to providing students with prevention tools to deal with the issues of underage drinking and drug use, risky and impaired driving and other destructive decisions. For more information, you can follow MGSADD on Twitter or find them on Facebook by searching for Mulberry Grove High School SADD.



Greenville Regional Hospital recently announced their 2014 Health Fair brought more than 1200 attendees, 100 volunteers and 35 vendors. Hospital President and CEO Brian Nall extended his thanks to everyone who participated. This year’s health fair featured two new free tests, pulse oximetry and blood typing. The CICBC blood mobile was also on site for the first time for those who wished to donate blood.


The student council of Greenville High School sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, March 25 in the school gym. One hundred individuals registered, with 77 units of whole blood and 6 units of red blood cells being collected. The Red Cross had set a goal for the council of 57 units. Zack Eckols, Dalton Kuhn, and Anthony Lombard each donated two units of red blood cells. There were 39 first-time donors. The drive set a record for Greenville High School.

The Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter also sponsored a blood drive March 25 in the Mulberry Grove High School Industrial Arts Room. Fifty-five prospective donors registered, with 46 productive units collected. Collecting 34 units was the goal set by the Red Cross. Jim Blankenship was awarded a nine-gallon pin and Tracy Smith was presented a three-gallon pin. Blood-drop pins were presented to Chandler Mosley, Jack Criner, Brandon Niepert, Les Jernigan, Shelby Edwards, Zach Weaver, Dalton Crisman, and Brandon Atkinson as first-time donors.



As The Simple Room gears up for their summer reading program, Project 24, they are seeking the community’s support in volunteering and financial donations. Director Jamie Harling said Project 24, is designed to reduce academic achievement gaps and insure that every child has a chance to engage in learning and reading throughout the summer months. Harling said there are plenty of ways to help.

“During our six-week program, the day’s broken up into a reading program, independent reading, math, art, Bible, recreation—there’s tons of activities that people can get plugged in at, so whatever their strengths are, wherever they feel they could be the most help,” Harling told WGEL. “We could use them as just general volunteers with our students. They could even cook food if they don’t feel able to help.”

The Simple Room is also looking for financial supporters to help fund Project 24. A gift of $65 will cover the cost of books, supplies, healthy lunches, field trips and transportation. To volunteer or donate, call The Simple Room at 664-2894 or visit www.simpleroom.org.




The Lady Comets Softball team lost to Altamont 4-3. Jackie Hoffmeier had 2 hits and scored twice. The JV lost 7-3. Jayla Jack had a homerun.

Lady Comets Soccer lost in double overtime to Roxana 3-2. The Comets outshot the Shells 14-11 for the match, but could only net two goals, which were scored by Meghan Thies and Brianna Wade. Emily Gaffner recorded 5 saves in goal.

Greenville boys’ tennis was victorious in their first meet Thursday against Metro East Lutheran. The Comets took all 6 singles and lost only at #3 doubles. JV boys also were victorious in every matchup. The final team score was Greenville 8, Metro East Lutheran 1.

 #1 Singles:     Grant Suess defeated Tyler Clover 8-2
 #2 Singles:      Mitch Cole defeated Josh Eberhart 8-2
 #3 Singles:     Silas Groves defeated Jacob Roggow 8-4
 #4 Singles:     Jeremiah Brannon defeated Rajesh Aggrawal 9-7
 #5 Singles:     Tristan Canady defeated Joel Eberhart 8-5
 #6 Singles:     Austin Zumwalt defeated Chad Costes 8-2

 #1 Doubles:     Suess/Cole defeated Clover/Josh Eberhart 8-5
 #2 Doubles:     Groves/Brannon defeated Joel Eberhart/Aggrawal 8-2
 #3 Doubles:     Canady/Zumwalt lost to Carter/Roggow 2-8


Thomas G. “Hoggie” Hogg

Thomas G. “Hoggie” Hogg, age 63 of Carlyle, passed away Thursday, March 27 at his residence. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Mr. Hogg was born August 11, 1950 in Highland, IL to Georgia (Fohne) Hogg and the late Alois Hogg; his mother survives in Breese.

He married Judy McPherson on June 6, 1976 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Highland; she survives in Carlyle.

In addition to his mother and wife, he is also survived by his children, Tiffany (Jay) Meyer of Breese, Brandon (Jessica) Hogg of Breese, Zachary (Britni) Hogg of Carlyle, Patrick (special friend Kristen Davis) Hogg of Albers, and Garrett (fiancée Laura Gilomen) Hogg of Trenton; 5 grandchildren, Riley and Falynn Meyer, Michael and Daniel Hogg, and Natylie Hogg; siblings, Edna Grapperhaus of St. Rose, Rose (Don) Thole of Riverview, FL, Patricia Riegel of Trenton, Stan Hogg of Highland, Rick Hogg of Highland; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David (Jeanna) McPherson of Highland and Steven (Joanne) McPherson of Alexandria, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Paul Grapperhaus and Darrell Riegel; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Neil McPherson and Betty (Flear) McPherson-Baxter.

Hoggie retired from Gateway FS as a Certified Crop Specialist, and he had a true love for Grain and Livestock farming. Tom enjoyed cooking and made the absolute best chocolate chip cookies.

He was a member of the Clinton County Farm Bureau, Central Community High School Ag Board, and was a former School Board Member and Basketball Coach at Breese District 12 Grade School.


Marie S. Jenkins

Marie S. Jenkins, age 93 of Greenville, passed away Thursday, March 27 at Imboden Creek Living Center in Decatur, Illinois. Funeral services will be today at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Library at the Greenville Free Methodist Church. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

Nora Marie Shank, the daughter of Ernest Ray Shank and Dessie Marie Rigall Shank, was born on July 4, 1920, in Lawrenceville. She began public school in Sumner, Illinois, moving to Greenville in 1928 where she attended the Greenville schools and graduated from Greenville High School. Marie attended Illinois State Normal Teacher's College for 2 years, then attended Greenville College. Marie began her teaching at one room schools in Bond County including Elm Point in 1941, Barker School, and Shawnee School for 3 years. Marie graduated from Greenville College in 1953 and taught in Sorento for thirty years, retiring in 1985. Marie was a cashier for Shank Auction Company for many years. She has made her home in Decatur for the past several years to be close to her son, Leonard.

Marie and Hiram LeRoy Jenkins were united in marriage on July 1, 1943, and enjoyed over 60 years together before his death on November 21, 2003. They are survived by their two children: Victoria L. Cox of Lebanon, MO, and Leonard (Debra) Jenkins of Mt. Zion, IL, three grandchildren: Nathan (Wendy) Cox of Chicago, Lizabeth Cox of Bloomington, IL, Katie Marie (Tom) Biggs of O'Fallon, IL, her great-granddaughter Isabel Wilson, Marie's brothers: Chet (Marjorie) Shank of Greenville, and William A. (Janice) Shank of Springfield, IL.

Marie is preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers: Robert R. Shank and Karl in an auto accident when he was age 17.

Marie is a member of the Bond County Retired Teachers, Illinois Retired Teachers, American Legion Axillary of Sorento, Utlaut Hospital Axillary, Women's Missionary Fellowship International, and her church, the Greenville Free Methodist Church.


Eugene E. Kohlbrecher

Eugene E. Kohlbrecher, age 70 of Trenton, passed away Friday, March 28 at Carlyle Healthcare Center. Memorial mass will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Trenton. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to Western Clinton County Senior Services. The Moss Funeral Home in Trenton is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Kohlbrecher was born February 17, 1944 in Trenton to Alphonse and Irene (Peters) Kohlbrecher; they preceded him in death.

He is survived by brothers, Jerry (Sandy) Kohlbrecher and Charles (Samaleen) Kohlbrecher all of Trenton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gene retired from purchasing at Lane Bryant Woman's Clothing Stores, was a member of St. Mary's Church in Trenton, Trenton Knights of Columbus Council 2932, and a veteran of the US Army.


Raymond E. Rasler

Raymond E. Rasler, age 92 of Greenville, passed away at Helia Health Care Thursday, March 27, 2014. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the United Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m.   A reception and visitation with the family will follow.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Bond County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 496, Greenville, IL  62246

Ray was born June 9, 1921, in Pana, Illinois to Ralph and Vera (Allen) Rasler. He was the oldest of five children and grew up in Pana, IL until he was 13 years old when the family moved to Greenville while his father opened Rasler's Plumbing. Ray graduated from Greenville High School in 1939 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in August of 1942. He was honorably discharged on November 27, 1945 having received the American Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Metal and the World War II Victory Metal. He married Vina Mayo on July 16, 1944, and was especially happy to come back to his beloved Bond County where he and his wife settled in and raised the family.

Ray spent his vocation as a farmer; a heating and air conditioning contractor, as well as a propane distributor in the area. He enjoyed flying privately as a young man and farming for him was not only a vocation but a passion.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 50 years and a beloved husband and father.

He is survived by his two children; son, Thomas E. Rasler and his wife Susan Hughey-Rasler of Greenville; daughter, Cathy A. McCormick of Richmond, Virginia; and a brother, Richard R. Rasler and his wife Jean of Greenville; two grandsons Bryce and Kyle McCormick of Richmond, VA, and one great granddaughter, Sage Rosemary McCormick.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Vina Rasler; parents, Ralph and Vera Rasler; sister, Norma  Kious; and two brothers, Everett and John Rasler.

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