Tornado warnings were issued in Madison and Clinton Counties in Illinois and St. Louis County in Missouri Thursday morning.  Starting just after 5AM a line of storms quickly intensified and brought multiple tornado warnings until 7AM.  WGEL spoke with the Clinton County Sherriff’s department and no damage had been reported yet in Clinton County.  In University City in Missouri large trees had damaged multiple homes according to the National Weather Service.  More storms are likely today as the cold front moves through our area.  These storms in the afternoon have the potential to bring more intense rain, lightening, high winds, hail and tornadoes.  Tune to WGEL Radio for the latest on the severe weather threat.    

Wednesday’s storms dropped a tremendous amount of rain on the area.  Officially here in Greenville, as of 6:00 a.m. Thursday, 3.25 inches of rain were recorded at the Sewer Plant.  At the station on Sixth Street they measured 1.86 inches and 1.85 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.





In their meeting this week the Bond County Board approved an amendment to an earlier agreement with H.M. & G. Engineering in the amount of $21,500. This amendment was made necessary due to increased use of H.M. & G.’s services regarding a Highway Department project on Dudleyville Road.

A portion of Dudleyville Road, on either side of a bridge, is beginning to rut, according to H.M. & G. and has been worn down to dirt. The engineers believe the issue was caused by improper use of organic material as filler and a lack of compaction testing. Representatives of H.M. & G. said there were up to five feet of this type of fill in some places.

The engineers recommended hiring a geotechnical consultant to do core studies to find out how deep the problem runs. H.M. & G. said they will be on site when the county requests their help and the department of transportation will also help sort out the issue.



Scott Lurkins, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Greenville, has accepted a new position and will be relocating to Louisville, KY to assume his new role.

This change is effective April 14, 2014. Scott joined the City as an intern over three years ago and was promoted to his current position. Scott completed the MBA program at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis since joining the City. During his time with the City he has been involved with many important projects. The designation of Greenville as a CSX Select Site, the expansion of Carlisle Syntec's manufacturing operations, the location of the Fast-Rite International distribution center, the expansion and relocation of the Bond County Senior Center are among many other projects worked on or currently in the pipeline. City Manager Willey said he is very proud of Scott's achievements and many other projects that are under way.

All of the economic development responsibilities and activities will temporarily transition to the City Manager over the coming weeks. Any current projects will receive immediate attention provided by Lurkins, Willey and other City staff.  



Wednesday wasn't the prettiest day to take a picture, but as you can see, the gazebo on the northeast corner of the courthouse square came down very quickly. Howard and Katy Wise and John Gillard began removal on Tuesday and this is all that was left by Wednesday.

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to replace the gazebo this year.


The Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department has a new fire chief; Dennis Lindley is a lifelong resident of the Pocahontas area. Lindley told WGEL about his years of service to the department.

“I’ve been on the fire department for about 18 years. I started as a junior firefighter at age 14. I worked my way up from a junior firefighter up to a lieutenant, up to a captain, to assistant chief, and now I’m taking over as fire chief for Kendall Brink.”

Retiring Fire Chief Brink was appointed Tuesday by the Bond County Board to a three year term on the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District Board.




“Precious Bane”, a drama with music based on the 1924 novel by Mary Webb, will open Wednesday, April 9 at the Factory Theatre, with additional performances through Saturday, April 12. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

“Precious Bane” is the story of a young woman, Prue Sarn, in rural England during the early 19th century who was born with a cleft lip and is subject to the cruel words and superstitions of the people in her community. Despite these setbacks, Prue becomes one of the few literate members of her community.

Prue meets the weaver, a kind and gentle man, and falls in love. Ashamed of her face, she hides from him but watches him carefully, recording her love for him in a book she keeps hidden in her attic.

Unfortunately, when tragedy strikes and Gideon is found dead, the community turns the blame on Prue and a mob forms seeking justice. Will the weaver be able to see through Prue’s physical appearance and recognize her true beauty?
Directed by Rachel Foulks, “Precious Bane” will run for four performances at the Greenville College Factory Theatre in the Kelsey Building on Harris Avenue in Greenville, Ill.

“Precious Bane” portrays a journey toward love and acceptance, in spite of hardship and tragedy. Beautifully underscored by a solo cellist, this is a story of pain and redemption that will pull you into a world you will not soon forget. Join us as we tell this story, April 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and are available at Jo's Java and Watson's Drug Store.

Photos courtesy of Greenville College


The Lady Comets softball team was defeated by Carlyle Tuesday, 8 to 2. The JV lost 6 to 2.


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 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.

Steven Cash Devall was born on January 12, 1951 in Pleasant Mound Township in Bond County, Illinois the son of Roscoe and Florence Genevieve (Cole) Devall. Steven graduated from Mulberry Grove High School in 1969. He attended Greenville College and later graduated from the University of Illinois in 1974.

Steven married Karen Lea Harrison on March 8, 1975 and she survives. Steven started his career with FS in 1978 and recently retired from South Central FS. He was well known over the region by livestock farmers through his work at FS. He was a member of the New Life Christian Center serving as a board member. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading and tinkering around the house. Steven’s greatest joy was his family and he loved being a Grandpa.

Steven is survived by- Wife of 39 years- Karen Devall of Newton, IL 4 Children - Jason (fiancé Christy Beckham) of Springfield, MO Katrina (Logan) Marshall of Olney, IL Rachel (Buck) Brown of Dieterich, IL Melissa Devall of Newton, IL 2 Grandchildren - Micah and Elijah Marshall of Olney, IL 4 Siblings - Janice (Robert) Tompkins of Smithboro, IL Jim (Donna) Devall of Collinsville, IL Nick (Pat) Devall of Greenville, IL Deb (Charles) Miller of Vandalia, IL Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Ruth Ann Messina.

Genevieve H. “Jenny” Frey Koelz

Genevieve H. “Jenny” Frey Koelz, age 93 of Highland, passed away Wednesday April 2 at Faith Care Center in Highland. Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Grantfork. Burial will be in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to the Grantfork Fire Department, St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Faith Countryside Homes, or in the form of Masses.

She was born May 22, 1920, in Grantfork, IL, the daughter of John and Edna (nee Raeber) Frey.

On April 27, 1940, she married Calvin Edgar "Cally" Koelz who passed away October 25, 2006.

She was a member of St. Gertrude Catholic Church. She was also a member of St. Gertrude Altar Sodality; Leef Township Senior Citizens.

Mrs. Koelz was born in Grantfork, Illinois and attended Purcell County School. She was a 1938 graduate of St. Paul High School and briefly worked at Moulton Bartley Shoe Factory. After her marriage, she stayed at home and helped her husband on the family farm. After his death, she moved to Highland. She enjoyed playing pinochle, gardening, embroidery, and birdwatching. She was also a wonderful cook and baker.

Survivors include:
Daughter - Lynn M. (Thomas "Tom") Koch, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Lori L. (Bill) Martin-Twin, O Fallon, MO
Grandchild - Kyle L. (Melissa) Koch-Twin, Austin, AR
Great Grandchild - Alyssa Lynn Martin, O Fallon, MO
Great Grandchild - Alexis Ann Martin, O Fallon, MO
Great Grandchild - Emory B. Koch, Austin, AR
Great Grandchild - Callie M. Koch, Austin, AR

She was preceded in death :
Father - John Pius Frey (died 8/15/1988)
Mother - Edna R. Frey, nee Raeber
Husband - Calvin Edgar "Cally" Koelz (died 10/25/2006)
Son - John Koelz (died at birth 8/3/1947)

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