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Greenville Firefighters responded to a report of an unknown smell in the laundry room at Greenville College at 11:31 a.m. on Saturday. After checking the building with a thermal camera, no irregularities were found. Firefighters were on the scene for 39 minutes.

Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters responded Sunday, at 3:55 p.m., to a report of a field fire on Hugg Cemetery Road. According to Fire Chief Kendall Brink, maintenance people at Hugg Cemetery were burning brush and the fire got out of control. Firefighters extinguished the fire without damage to buildings or other property.

Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters were called again Sunday, at 8:50 p.m., to a report of a timber fire on East Johnson Street in Pocahontas. Fire Chief Brink said the cause of the fire is unknown and might have been started by sparks from a train as the fire was near the railroad tracks. Once again there was no damage. Firefighters were on the scene about 45 minutes.

Greenville Firefighters were dispatched Sunday, at 10:23 p.m., to a reported fire on Cooper Street. According to the fire report, a small pile of trash in the yard was burning. Firefighters extinguished the fire. There was no damage to buildings or other property and they were on the scene about 20 minutes.

Mulberry Grove Firefighters responded Sunday, at 4:21 p.m., to a structure fire on Persimmon Avenue north of Mulberry Grove. According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, the fire was in a home and the cause is believed to be electrical starting in the ceiling fan of a bedroom. No one was at home at the time and a farmer in a nearby field noticed the fire and called the fire department. Damage was confined to the bedroom and hallway with smoke damage throughout the home. Damage is estimated at approximately $20,000.00. Keyesport Firefighters provided automatic mutual aid. There were no injuries and fire department personnel were on the scene about one and a half hours.




At their recent meeting, the Highland Community School District No. 5 issued a notice to remedy to a teacher accused of allegedly helping students cheat on last year’s standardized testing. The letter stated that while the teacher denied the allegations, no logical explanation was given as to why 11 students accused the teacher of the same conduct. The board directed the teacher to review and follow all district policies and to participate in training on implementing standardized tests.

Superintendent Michael Sutton told WGEL he was informed on Tuesday, March 4 that several students had made comments which led him to believe there may have been some irregularities in last year’s standardized testing. The district immediately launched an investigation, which is now complete and has been sent to the Illinois Board of Education for review as the school board and the teacher in question await any further action.


Greenville residents can begin cleaning out their attics and garages in preparation for the second annual City Wide Yard Sale. The sale will be held Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4 and is open to all city residents. The City of Greenville is coordinating the event and will provide maps showing the location, hours, and some of the items available at participating residences. There is no cost to participate or to be included on the map.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Greenville Municipal Building, the Chamber of Commerce office, the Greenville Public Library, or downloaded at greenvilleillinois.com. Forms must be returned to the Municipal Building by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28 to be included on the map.

WGEL will have additional details as the event draws nearer.


Prairie Farms


A big crowd, consisting of all ages, came out for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce

ribbon cutting at Sweetest Things, located on the Greenville Square, last week.

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce


The Greenville Pilots Association, a chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, will sponsor Young Eagles Day on Saturday, May 10 at the Greenville Airport. Craig Baumberger, president of the pilots association, told us more about the event.

“This is actually an EAA program—it’s a national program—designed to get young people a chance to take a ride in an airplane and get exposed to different aviation careers,” Baumberger told WGEL. “Anybody 8 to 17 years old is entitled to register and get a ride at our Young Eagles Day at the Greenville Airport.”

Activities for the day include a plane ride, aviation mini-seminars, and opportunities to learn about planes, talk to a pilot and get your picture taken with a plane. The event is free of charge. Plane rides are limited to the first 40 applicants. Applications are available at the airport office. For more information, call 664-0926.



Projecting a possible need for a 70 percent increase in food production over the next 40 years, the National 4-H Council and Monsanto collaborated on a 4-H Ag Innovators Experience challenge. The challenge is proposed to stimulate interest of youth, ages 12-24, in agriculture. Challenge participants will engineer a food-distribution system to evenly dispense soy-based fish food over a 3’ x 3’ vinyl mat. The design may then be transferred to an aquaculture tank on a tilapia farm ensuring farm-raised fish have equal access to food. For more information on the challenge, call Emily at 314-236-6955.


The Greenville Comets track teams participated in the Litchfield Invitational Relays Friday.  The Comets boys’ team placed fourth overall, behind Pana, Roxana, and Litchfield. The girls came in second, edged out by Gillespie.


The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has named several Greenville College athletes as players of the week.
Tiffany Samsoe, a freshman infielder from Norco, California was named Softball Hitter of the Week after helping the Panthers to a perfect 4-0 record in conference play last week. Among several other accomplishments she was 8-for-11 on the week with eight runs scored. 

Hannah Burger, a junior from New Berlin, IL is this week's Softball Pitcher of the Week after winning both of her outings last week. She went six innings, striking out four and followed with a complete game win in which she allowed just one run.

Alex Dowley, a junior from Spring Arbor, Michigan was named Men’s Tennis Player of the Week.  Dowley went 4-0 on the week, won at #3 and #2 singles and added a pair of wins at #1 doubles.


Raymond E. Rasler

Raymond E. Rasler, age 92, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, March 27, at Helia Healthcare. Memorial services will be Sunday, April 6, at 3:00 p.m., at the Greenville First United Methodist Church. Burial services will be private.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Habitat for Humanity. The Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

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 Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. 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.

Steven Cash Devall  

Steven Cash Devall, age 63, of Newton, formerly of rural Mulberry Grove, passed away Monday, March 31, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.  Funeral arrangements for 63 year-old Steven Cash Devall are incomplete at the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton.


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