Following an executive session, the Bond County Board voted Tuesday morning to hire Jeremy Pestle, of Macomb, IL, as the new Bond County Highway Engineer.

Board Chairman Howard Elmore told WGEL the county received applications from many qualified candidates, but board members are confident they selected the right one for Bond County.  Pestle began his career working under Dan Ratterman in McDonough County.  Ratterman is a former Bond County Highway Engineer.

Pestle will replace former Bond County Highway Engineer Doug DeLong, who resigned in February.

The decision was unanimous at 5-0, with board member Eldon Young participating by telephone.  The hiring is pending IDOT approval.

A special county board meeting has been set for Friday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. in the Bond County Board Room at the courthouse.  The meeting will consist of a meet and greet to welcome Pestle to Bond County.


Electricity was uninstalled from the gazebo on the northeast corner of the Greenville square Monday and disassembly of the structure began Tuesday. The plan is to completely remove the gazebo, weather permitting, over the next few days. The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to replace the gazebo this year.

Howard and Katy Wise volunteered to remove the gazebo.

City Councilman John Gillard (right) helped with the dismantling of the gazebo roof.

Photos courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce


The Greenville Chamber of Commerce recently named Cathie Wiedenhoeft the 2014 Turley Award Winner. Cathie was nominated by Larry Deiters, owner of NACO Printing, who said the award was well deserved.

“She’s worked with us for so many years, and she’s been an asset to Naco, but she’s also a good friend of mine,” Deiters told WGEL. “Over the years, I’ve watched her volunteer a lot of her time. She always works real hard just to find ways to improve the Greenville community, and to me, that’s pretty much what the Turley Award is all about, you know, those leaders that work toward improving Greenville.”

Cathie will receive the honor later this spring at a ceremony hosted by the Chamber.



When you receive your Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair test results in the mail, you may notice something different about this year’s delivery.

“This year, participants of the health fair will receive one copy of their lab results, which differs from previous years,” Charles Skorzewski, Director of Physician Practices and the Laboratory told WGEL. “The one copy that they do receive—if they have any questions or concerns, they can schedule an appointment with their primary care physician to have them review them with them.”

Participants may bring their copy of the test results with them to their doctor, where they will be copied or scanned into their medical file.


This year’s Bond County Historical Society Quilt Show will feature more than 100 quilts, contests, workshops and a free live demonstration.

“We also will have a demonstration at noon by Lynn Mears of Woodlawn, Illinois.” Jan Eyman of the Quilter’s Club told WGEL. “She formerly owned the Cotton Patch, and most of the quilters around here are familiar with her. She’s going to demonstrate an appliqué method called ‘Leaves Galore’.”

The 12th Annual Quilt Show will be held Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Greenville Free Methodist Church. Cost for admission is $3. For more information, call Jan at 326-7343


The Lady Comets soccer team was defeated Monday, 3-0, in the opening round of the Litchfield Tournament.  The Litchfield Purple Panthers outshot the Lady Comets 7-2 in the match with Emily Gaffner recording 5 saves in goal.

The Lady Comets softball team defeated Raymond-Lincolnwood 8 to 4 on Monday.  April Stich, Emma Richardson, Megan Hediger, and Kylee Marshall all had 2 hits apiece.  Erin Smith got the win, striking out 4 along the way.



Donna B. White

Donna B. White, age 64, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Monday, March 31 at her home.  Funeral services will be Thursday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in McInturff Cemetery in Vandalia.  Friends may call Thursday after 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

She was born in Poplar Bluff, MO to Aaron and Mary (Tippen) James.  She married Robert J. Ward on September 18, 1966 in St. Louis, MO.  They later divorced.  She then married Terry L. White on July 25, 1994 in Brownstown, IL.  He survives.  She is survived by her husband, Jerry L. White, her son Jerry (Janette) Ward, her step-sons Terry White, Jr., Tom (Carla) White, Scott White, and Tony White.  She is also survived by her sister Patsy Loretta VanHoose, three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren.  She grew up in Fisk, MO and moved to St. Louis when she was 14.  She moved to Mulberry Grove in 1972 and had worked at Crane Packing and Pizza Works in Vandalia.

Dorothy J. “Dot” Zelke

Dorothy J. “Dot” Zelke, age 86, of Highland, passed away Monday, March 31 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Friday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association.

She was born on Wednesday, June 8, 1927, in Oshkosh, WI, the daughter of Raymond A. and Agnes Julia (nee Griedel) Holtz.

On Thursday, December 26, 1946, she married William Raymond "Bill" Zelke who survives.

Mrs. Zelke was born and reared in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She worked as a waitress for 30 years; working at the Pioneer Restaurant, the Bungalow Restaurant, and others in the area. In February of 2013, she and her husband moved to Highland and lived with their daughter for 10 months. They moved to Highland Home in December of the same year. She enjoyed her bowling leagues, playing cards, snowmobiling, boating, and traveling. They vacationed to Las Vegas and throughout the United States, visiting their daughter and grandchildren.

Survivors include:
Husband - William R. "Bill" Zelke, Highland, IL
Daughter - Sherrie A. Barkhaus, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Scott K. (Erika) Barkhaus, Mascoutah, IL
Grandchild - Staci M. (Joseph) LaPorta, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Tami L. (Lt. Col. Rob, USAF Retired) Gilchrest, Fairfax Station, VA
Great Grandchild - Tyler (Constance) Barkhaus, Valdosta, GA
Great Grandchild - Megan (Chris) Bray, Pensacola, FL
Great Grandchild - Olivia LaPorta, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Alexander LaPorta, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Samuel LaPorta, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Isabella LaPorta, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Jarrett Gilchrest, Fairfax Station, VA
Great Grandchild - Quintin Gilchrest, Fairfax Station, VA
Great Grandchild - Spencer Gilchrest, Fairfax Station, VA
Great Grandchild - Jaylin Gilchrest, Fairfax Station, VA
Great Great Grandchild - Luke Barkhaus, Valdosta, GA
Great Great Grandchild - Peyton Bray, Pensacola, FL
Great Great Grandchild - Ali-McKenzie Bray, Pensacola, FL
Great Great Grandchild - Anna Bell Bray, Pensacola, FL
Great Great Grandchild - Cody Bray, Pensacola, FL

She was preceded in death by:
Father - Raymond A. Holtz
Mother - Agnes Julia Holtz nee Griedel
Sister - Bernice Carver
Sister - Elaine Kentop
Son In-law - CMSGT Robert H. "Bob" Barkhaus, USAF, Retired (died 11/11/2008)

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 services for 63 year-old Steven Cash Devall will be Friday, April 4, at 11:00 a.m., at the New Life Christian Center in Newton.  Burial will be in South Bend Cemetery in rural St. Marie, IL.  Friends may call Thursday, April 3, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the New Life Christian Center.  The Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton is in charge of arrangements.

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