Shoal Creek firefighters responded at 4:13 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a structure fire on Hilton Road in southern Montgomery County. 

According to firefighter Julie Leneave, the fire was an unoccupied old farm house owned by Robert Coleman of Panama.  Leneave said the house had collapsed by the time firefighters arrived and they extinguished the blaze.  The cause is believed to be electrical and the house is a total loss.  Taylor Springs firefighters provided mutual aid. 

No injuries were reported and fire department personnel were on the scene for about three hours.



Leaf burning in the City of Greenville has been a topic at city council meetings for months and the council has spent many hours discussing the matter and hearing from the public. 

At Tuesday night’s meeting another discussion was held followed by a change made to the city ordinance.  Councilman Roger Sanders proposed these changes to the current ordinance.  First, residents that want to burn their leaves will need to get a free permit from city hall; second, the city manager is authorized to expand the leaf pick up program as he sees fit; and third, that a $25 fine be issued to anyone burning outside of authorized burn times. 

Councilman Mike Heath seconded the motion and it passed in a 3-2 vote with Sanders, Heath and Mayor Alan Gaffner voting yes, and Kenny Hampton and John Gillard voting no.  Gillard had made a motion to completely ban leaf burning in Greenville, but it failed to get a second and no vote was taken on Gillard’s motion. 

City Manager Dave Willey said the leaf vacuum program costs the city around $50,000 per year; if it’s enlarged that cost will go up.  The changes will take effect with the fall leaf burning season.  Anyone with questions regarding the leaf burning changes, or how to obtain a permit, is encouraged to call Greenville City Hall at 664-1644. 



Temperatures will warm into the 70s across much of the region today ahead of a cold front with breezy conditions and increasing clouds. The front will settle south of the area on Friday with slightly cooler temperatures and a chance of showers. A spectacular Saturday is on tap with highs in the 70s and mostly sunny skies, but the second half of the weekend looks unsettled with increasing chances of showers and thunderstorms.



Bond County 911 has seen a significant decrease in funding as people move away from landline telephones. Bond County 911 Coordinator Alan Davis told us the county receives $1.45 per landline telephone and only 58 cents per cell phone.

“911 funding in the state of Illinois for all 911 centers is getting less and less every year, due to the fact that wireline phones are going away," Davis told WGEL. "People are taking their home phones out and going to cell phones. We don’t get as much money for cell phones as we do for wireline phones, so we have to have two or three phones in every house to make up for the $1.45 that we get for the wireline charge.

“We were in Springfield Wednesday [April 2] and met with legislators who have some legislation that we’re trying to move forward to come up with some more money to help fund the 911 centers in the state of Illinois.”

Davis said 911 fees for pre-paid cell phones go to the county where the phone was purchased, not necessarily where the buyer lives.



The Hill’s Fort Society is planning a special event to commemorate an attack at Hill’s Fort that took place 200 years ago. Bill Johnson, with the Hill’s Fort Society, told us the event will take place Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14 at the American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville, where they are reconstructing the fort.

“In the early 1800s, there was an actual fort that stood about six miles south of Greenville, just off the Millersburg Road, and in September of 1814, a party of Indians ambushed a group of our rangers and civilians about a quarter of a mile from the fort as they left on patrol,” Johnson told WGEL. “Four were killed that morning and others wounded. We intend to commemorate that event this coming September.”

The Hill’s Fort Society is now looking for period vendors and crafters of the 1812 era to participate in the living history event. For more information or to participate, call Bill at 664-0958.



Author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove will speak at Greenville College’s chapel service Friday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m. His presentation will focus on race and reconciliation in Christian community and his most recent book, “Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests.”

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about his presentation, contact Vernon Gee at 593-2405

Photo courtesy of Greenville College



Kids having trouble with their math homework can get help at the press of a few buttons. There’s a new homework hotline at SIU Edwardsville. It’s designed to help 6th through 8th graders in Illinois and in Missouri get a grasp on math concepts. The hotline is open from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Just call (618) 650-3072.



Greenville High School Senior Kassidy Alderman signed Tuesday morning to play basketball for two years at Parkland College in Champaign.

During her two and a half years on the Lady Comets varsity squad, Kassidy joined the 1,000 Point Club and tied or broke several school records, including for career three-pointers for boys and girls. She also advanced to the state three point shootout twice, was named to the IBCA All State team twice, and was named all-conference twice.

With Kassidy at the signing were coaches Kolin Dothager and Paul Thies,

Parkland assistant coach Bill Dobrik (back row L to R), and her parents Amy and Randy Alderman.


Fred H. Baumberger

Fred H. Baumberger, age 93, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, April 8 at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be Saturday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Reno Bethel Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post #1377.  Friends are invited to pay their respects Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home, although the family will not be present.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Bond County Senior Citizens Center, the Gideons, or the Bond County Unit #2 Academic Foundation.

He was born in Bond County to Nathaniel and Lula (Weber) Baumberger.  He married Della Fern Durr on May 19, 1946 in Mulberry Grove, IL.  She died in September of 1976.  He later married Bessie Mae Young Zobrist on December 30, 1978  in Reno, IL.  She died February 3, 2014.

He is survived by his daughters Sue (Everett) Freeberg and Jane (Gary) Netzler, his son Craig Baumberger, his step-daughter Betty (Delbert) Quick, his step-son William Zobrist, two grandchildren, two great grandchildren along with numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by both wives, two brothers Keith Baumberger and Ed Baumberger, and two sisters Helen Paine and Jean Reelitz.

Fred was a lifelong Bond County resident. He graduated from Blackburn College with an Associate Degree in Agriculture.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 serving in the 658 Amphibian Tractor Battalion.  He attained the rank of Major.  After returning home he farmed north of town and was also the farm reporter for WGEL.  He raised and raced harness horses for for 20 years until 1990.  He was named Prairie Farmer Master Farmer in1969.  He served on the Reno School Board, Bond County Soil Conservation District Board, Utlaut Hospital Board, Bond County Community Unit #2 School Board, Bond County Service Company Board, Bond County Community Unit #2 Academic Foundation Board, Bond County 911 Committee, Reno Bethel Cemetery Trustee, American Legion, V.F.W, Amvets, Bond County Senior Citizens Center Council, Greenville Kiwanis Club, Montgomery & Bond County Gideon Camp, and Reno Bethel Presbyterian Church.

Kraig S. Hudson

Kraig S. Hudson, age 64, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday, April 8 at his residence.  There will be no funeral services.  Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.  The Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of arrangements.

He was born October 20, 1949 in Dixon, to James and Eleanor (Lyons) Hudson: they preceded him in death.

Also preceded in death by a ½ brother Kelly Kappler and a ½ sister Charlee Ruhe

He married Wanda Elling January 4, 1980 in Edwardsville and she survives in Pocahontas.

Also surviving are his sons Nicholas Hudson of Glen Carbon, Tyler Hudson of Pocahontas

Brothers and sisters Kirk Hudson of Dixon, Keane (Sally) Hudson of Dixon, Kandys (Harold) Queisser of Coronado, CA Krystal Pennington of Warrenville

Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Tom Elling of Centralia, Lloyd Elling of Sidney BC, Canada, Lois (George) Zollner of Breese, Lyle (Janet) Elling of Trenton, Ellen (Rick) Isert of Highland, Bob Elling of Breese Walter Francis Elling of Philadelphia, PA

Kraig was retired Laborer and member of the Laborers Local 397 Edwardsville and was a member of the Bond County Board of Review.

All stories in the WGEL Daily are copyright protected and are NOT for use without the permission of WGEL Radio.

Do you subscribe to the WGEL Daily? If not sign up now for free daily News!

For Email Marketing you can trust

Wgel.com | Community Calendar | Daily Archive