PRECIOUS BANE OPENS AT FACTORY THEATRE
“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.
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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