A St. Louis Cardinals slugger from the 1980s, who hit one of the most famous homeruns in team history, is this year’s featured guest at the Cardinals Baseball Luncheon, hosted by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.  Jack Clark’s dramatic 3-run homerun in game six of the National League Champion Series propelled the Cardinals into the 1985 World Series.  Clark, nicknamed “The Ripper” for his homerun prowess, played for the Cardinals for three seasons - 1985 through 1987 - and provided the power in a lineup full of speedy base runners.

Clark will discuss his career, analyze the 2014 Cardinals team, and sign autographs at the luncheon, Tuesday, April 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the Donnewald Distributing meeting room, 2100 Samuel Andrews Drive in Greenville.  Tickets are $15.00 each and include a barbecue lunch, complimentary color photo of Clark’s NLCS homerun, and one autograph.  Only 100 tickets will be sold.  This event is open to the public.

The Cardinals Baseball Luncheon is a community outreach program for the Chamber, according to John Goldsmith, executive director of the organization.  “While our focus is supporting our business members, we also see great value in offering opportunities like this to the community.  We’ve been joined in the past by attendees from surrounding towns, too.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at 664-9272.


It’s been a wet second part of this work week.  Rain totals for Greenville for the last two days are 4.89 inches at the sewer plan, 3.73 at 6th street and 3.39 at Idler and Route 140.  Flash flood watches and warnings, Thunderstorm and Tornado warnings have all been a part of the last few days.  While tree limbs were reported downed, no other damage had been reported to local police.  Colder weather will reign over the weekend but it should be dry. 



The Bond County Board made several appointments in their meeting this week.

Larry Bingham was approved to fill a vacancy on the Zoning Board by a 3-to-1 vote.  Howard Elmore cast the “no” vote.  Board member Eldon Young was absent.

Larry Suess and Ben Kettlekamp were appointed to three-year terms on the Greenville Airport Authority. 

Claude Peper and Matthew Roadman were appointed to three-year terms on the Greenville Fire Protection District. Kendall Brink was approved to a three-year term on the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District.

The board approved use of the courthouse lawn for the National Day of Prayer on May 1.



Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s most recent book, “Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests,” chronicles the experiences of Jonathan and his wife as they opened their door to people in Walltown, a historically poor and crime-ridden neighborhood in Durham, N.C. On April 11, Wilson-Hartgrove will speak about race and reconciliation in Christian community during Greenville College’s chapel service at 9:30 a.m. in the Whitlock Music Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a native of North Carolina, and a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School. In 2003, he and his wife Leah founded Rutba House, where formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, which grew out of the community at Rutba House. He is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church. Jonathan is a celebrated author and leader of the New Monasticism movement, working alongside Shane Claiborne.

Contact Vernon Gee at 593-2405 for more information about Wilson-Hartgrove’s April 11 presentation at Greenville College.

Photo courtesy of Greenville College


If submitting a completed quilt is a little too ambitious for you, the Bond County Historical Society’s 12th Annual Quilt Show is now accepting submissions for a smaller project contest.

“We also have a block contest that is open to children and adults,” Jan Eyman of the Quilter’s Club told WGEL.” The theme this year is red and white, and those entries need to be in by April 12th.”

The block contest will be split into age divisions, with one contest for adults, one for children ages 5 through 8, one for ages 9 through 12 and another for ages 13 to 18. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners in each division. The Quilt Show will be held Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Greenville Free Methodist Church.

For more information or to submit a block entry, call Jan at 326-7343.




St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese is offering health screenings in April.  Screenings are from 6:00 – 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Germantown American Legion; Tuesday, April 15, at the Carlyle Knights of Columbus; and Thursday, April 24 at the Trenton First United Methodist Church.

Friday, May 2 is the Health Fair at the hospital HealthPlex.  Available blood tests include a comprehensive blood screening, requiring a 10-hour fast, for $35.00 and a men’s Prostate Specific Antigen or PSA screening for $10.00.  Other tests offered include a Hemoglobin A1C for $10.00, a Vitamin D check for $15.00, and a heel bone density check for $5.00.  At-home colorectal screening kits in packets of three will be available while supplies last for $5.00. 

Pre-registration forms are available at the hospital, HealthPlex, Priority Care in Carlyle, physician offices, and community locations.  You may also register on-site.  For more information, call 526-5698.



Smoking could soon be banned on all state college and university campuses.  State reps cleared the bill Wednesday.  It would include campuses like Western, Northern, Illinois State, Eastern, and community colleges that receive state monies.  People would still be able to chew tobacco and use E-cigarettes on campus because they don’t actually emit any smoke.  Opponents argue that the bill is walking the line of impeding on a person’s right to smoke.  Supporters say it’s not about a person’s right to smoke, it’s about impeding on someone else’s right breathing clean air.  The bill is headed to the Senate.   


An American Red Cross blood drive was held Tuesday at Greenville Elementary School.  41 productive units were collected.  45 people registered.

Tabatha Cook and Teresa McClain each earned a one-gallon pin.  Steve Ronat, Elizabeth Russ, Jennifer Baldwin, and Michael Hoy each received a blood-drop pin as first-time donors.

The classroom that recruited the most prospective donors was Kristy Schaefer’s class.  The class will enjoy a pizza party for their work.

Junior high students Danielle Brand, Kayla Brand, Christian Earth, Cody Finley, and Mara Caldieraro also assisted with recruiting donors.


Greenville Lady Comets track placed first over Litchfield, Staunton, Metro-East Lutheran, and Marquette Tuesday night.


Lawrence B. Kalmer

Lawrence B. Kalmer, age 85, of Damiansville, passed away Wednesday, April 2.  Funeral mass will be Saturday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Damian Catholic Church in Damiansville.  Burial will be in St. Damian Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Mater Dei High School, the American Heart Association, or for masses.

He was born February 24, 1929 in rural New Baden, son of Joseph H. and Catherine A. (Rensing) Kalmer.  He married Virginia R.M. Deiters in Beckemeyer, IL on April 20, 1955 and she preceded him in death on October 15, 2005.

He is survived by his children, Stan (special friend, Donna Emig) Kalmer of Damiansville, IL, Marilyn (Mike) Becker of Bartelso, IL, Joe (Renee) Kalmer of Damiansville, IL, Linda (Rich) Buss of Aviston, IL and Bernice (Doug) Vonder Haar of Breese, IL; 12 grandchildren, Scott Becker, Sarah (Kyle) Albers, Brent Kalmer, Alison Kalmer, Alicia Buss, David Buss, Lynn Buss, Daniel Buss, Amanda Buss, Justin Vonder Haar, Jason Vonder Haar, and Jordan Vonder Haar;  brothers-in-law Leo Varel of Carlyle, IL, Jerome Koerkenmeier of Damiansville, IL, Hugo Wilke of St. Rose, IL, Ralph Thole of St. Rose, IL, Bill & Nancy Deiters of Jensen Beach, FL, Joe & Rita Deiters of Beckemeyer, IL and Rosie Hemann of Germantown, IL.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Verena A. Rensing, Marcella Varel, Rita Koerkenmeier, Ruth Wilke and Margaret Thole; brothers-in-law, Emil A. Rensing and Robert Hemann; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Rose Deiters.

Mr. Kalmer was a retired grain & dairy farmer.  He was a member of St. Damian Parish and Holy Name Society in Damiansville, IL and the Clinton County Farm Bureau.  He attended and graduated from the Kalmer School in Damiansville, IL and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and riding around his farm on a four wheeler with his grandchildren.

Janelle K. Ruth

Janelle K. Ruth, age 63, of Summerfield, passed away Thursday, April 3 at her home.  There will be no services.  Friends may call Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ms. Ruth was born June 3, 1950 in Belleville to LeRoy and Mabel (Ranz) Ruth; they preceded her in death.

She married Alvin Schmitt on August 19, 1983 in Trenton; he preceded her in death on April 22, 2007.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herbert and Elvera (Holtman) Schmitt; and sisters-in-law, Marlene “Sis” Schmitt and Connie Schmitt.

Surviving are her children, Cheryn (fiancé Ryan Veath) Schmitt of Breese and Roy (Katie Parker) Schmitt of Summerfield; a granddaughter, Brooke Parker; her fiancé, Wally Cychner of Summerfield; sisters, Dolores (Elton) Leppke of Carrington, ND, Gwen (Bernard) Feldt of Trenton, and Gail Ruth of Breese; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Floyd Schmitt of Trenton, Juanita (Dean) Zurliene of Summerfield, Laura Litteken of Trenton, Dee (Jim) Emig of Bartelso, and Bernard (Charity) Schmitt of Highland.

Janelle retired from AT&T as a communications dispatcher.




Coming up on WGEL’s Public Affairs Program this Sunday, Joselynn McKenna welcomes Karen File and Betsy Mueller from the Bond County Hospice.  Bond County Hospice is currently seeking volunteers and Karen and Betsy will talk about how you can get involved and help out, what goes into volunteering, and the positive benefits of being involved in hospice.  That’s Public Affairs, this Sunday, right after the 12:05 Bond County Area News on WGEL.

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