Police and local firefighters found a dead body inside a car on fire early Thursday morning.  According to a news release from the Bond County Coroner’s Office, Thursday, April 10, at 1:07 a.m., a 911 call was received of a vehicle on fire on Hookdale Avenue, approximately one mile west of the Keyesport Road.  Bond County Sheriff’s Deputies and Smithboro Firefighters responded. 

Upon arrival, deputies found a vehicle partially in a ditch on the north side of Hookdale Avenue fully engulfed in flames.  After firefighters extinguished the fire, a body was found lying inside the Chevrolet minivan.  Bond County Coroner Tony Brooks pronounced the victim dead at 2:07 a.m. 

Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services Officers and the Illinois Fire Marshal responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.  The case is under investigation by the Bond County Sheriff’s Department and the Bond County Coroner’s Office.  Identification of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of family members.  No other information has been released. 


Law enforcement agencies conducted two significant drug busts recently.

A quarter-million dollars worth of heroin is off the street thanks to a routine traffic stop in Edwardsville. Illinois State troopers pulled over an SUV on I-55 last Friday for a problem with the license plate. Noticing the driver, 46 year old Rodolfo Hernandez-Flores, of Tijuana, Mexico, was unusually nervous, they called for a K-9 unit, which sniffed out 11 pounds of heroin in vacuum-sealed bags. State police say Flores admitted he was driving 5.5 kilos of heroin in a hidden engine compartment to Ohio from Tijuana. He was charged with alleged Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin and issued a warning for his license plate infraction. He was transported to the Madison County Jail.

Rodolfo Hernandez-Flores

5.5 kilos of heroin seized by the Illinois State Police

Scott A. Hassebrock of Mascoutah, was arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Southern Illinois Drug Task Force on April 9th following a covert purchase of cannabis in the Witt area. During the covert purchase, Hassebrock allegedly delivered a quarter pound of suspected cannabis to officers. Hassebrock was taken to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges and a bail amount and additional evidence from the investigation led to a search warrant being executed at his Mascoutah home, where another 5 pounds of cannabis was allegedly found. 

5 pounds of cannabis seized by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force

Montgomery County Undersheriff Rick Robbins says in addition to charges in Montgomery County, Hassebrock is facing multiple charges in St. Clair County.



The Bond County Unit #2 Board of Education now has a vacancy on the board. Scott Workman, a resident of Burgess Township, was elected to the board in 2013, but has relocated to Central Township. The board currently seats three other members from Central Township, making Workman ineligible to continue serving on the board. 

Workman has resigned and the school district will accept applications for a replacement.

The vacancy can be filled by anyone 18 and older residing in the Unit #2 School District in Tamalco, Pleasant Mound, Mulberry Grove, Mills, LaGrange, Burgess, Old Ripley, Shoal Creek, Grisham, or Walshville Townships. Interested candidates must have lived in the Unit #2 School District for at least a year and must be a registered voter.

Candidates need to provide a letter of interest to Superintendent Jeff Strieker at 1008 North Hena, Greenville, IL 62246 or via email at jstrieker@bccu2.org. Applications should be submitted no later than Thursday, April 17.


At Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting the council voted 5-0 to apply for a USDA Rural Development low interest loan in the amount of $4,852,000 to expand the waste water system. The expansion would bring sewer services to areas of the city that currently do not have sewer, and if the loan is approved by both the USDA and the Greenville City Council, it could mean a large sewer rate increase. According to the report given to council members, the increase could be as much as 38 percent or around $8.63 more per month. The final increase would depend on how many new users, both inside the city and outside the city, tap onto the sewer. If more users tap onto the new sewer pipes, the final cost could be lower. The loan application will now go to the USDA for approval, then back to city council. 

The City Council will also likely discuss the idea of a Business Tax District at the May meeting. Last year the council had been considering creating a Business Tax District to collect an addition 1 percent sales tax to be used for infrastructure improvements inside the district. The idea was met with opposition from business owners inside the district and from residents who came to the public hearings. The council will likely revisit the idea of a tax district at the May meeting. 



The JI Case Collectors’ Association held their annual spring convention at the American Farm Heritage Museum this weekend. Museum representative Sherry Schaefer told WGEL the convention brought collectors from throughout the country.

“They have a spring get-together every year and this year they had it in Greenville," Schaefer told WGEL. "I don’t know exactly how many states were here, but I drove through the parking lot and I counted at least seven states. A few people brought tractors in, there were a lot of vendors set up there, and they had an action. I even ended up buying a few Case memorabilia pieces for myself.

“It was a great weekend, everybody had a good time, and they’re all looking forward to coming back to the summer show at the museum, since we’re featuring Case then.”

Greenville Tourism coordinated bus tours during the group's visit, highlighting various local attractions:

Marcoot Jersey Creamery

The One Room School Museum

The DeMoulin Museum

The Bock Sculpture Museum

The Bond County Historical Society's Hoiles-Davis Museum

Photos courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce & Greenville Tourism



At their regular meeting Monday, the Mulberry Grove Village Board approved the purchase of a meter and water line locator for approximately $1200. The new piece of equipment assists in locating water lines in the event of a leak or when other maintenance is needed. The board also approved the purchase of a new weed eater for approximately $400.

Mulberry Grove Teachers and Junior Class Sponsors Karen Clark and Bobby Koonce asked the board for support of the class’s 5-K run/walk through town. The run/walk is Saturday, April 26, with race-day registration at 7:15 a.m. and the race at 8:30. The board sanctioned the event and several board members signed up to participate. 

Police Officer Robert Sutton reported the new spotlight was installed on the police car. 

Board members discussed wording of the Doty Sanitation contract. They scheduled a special meeting for Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m., to finalize the contract and work on the AGE agreement.




The Greenville Board of Police Commissioners met in regular session Wednesday morning.  During their meeting, the board recognized Kim Langel, secretary for the board and administrative assistant at the Greenville Police Department, for her over 25 years of service.

LEFT TO RIGHT: board member Jim Stever, board member Bob Wiedenhoeft, Langel,

Greenville Police Officer Scott Workman, board member Tony Koonce,

and Officers Deb Keserauskis and Chris Ade.

“We’re going to recognize Kim for having been our secretary for over 25 years.” Bob Wiedenhoeft, a member of the board, told WGEL prior to the meeting. “We have a plaque we’re going to present to her. She’s been fantastic--she’s had to put up with three of us guys for the last over 25 years. She’s done a wonderful job for us and we just appreciate her.”

Langel resigned from her post with the Board of Police Commissioners in January.



The Mulberry Grove Class of 2017 is sponsoring a free electronics recycling day Sunday, April 13 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the high school parking lot. Drop off your old broken, unwanted appliances and electronic items. Freshman class members will help you unload your refrigerators, TV’s, stoves, toasters, phones, and anything else that used electricity. No car batteries please. There is no charge but donations will be appreciated. For more information, call Caleb at 791-0429.



Lady Comets soccer defeated Carlinville 3-2. The Comets were outshot 17-15, but goals by Maria Reinhard in regulation and Eliza Boyd in the 2nd overtime pushed the game into penalty kicks. Penalty kick goals were scored by Kassidy Alderman, Katie Horton, and Katie Munshaw. Emily Gaffner recorded 11 saves. Katie Munshaw and Maria Reinhard each had an assist.


Steven Blane Strubberg

Steven Blane Strubberg, age 56 of Greenville, passed away Thursday, April 10. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Alfred W. Kesman

Alfred W. Kesman, age 86 of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, April 9 at Highland Health Care Center. Funeral serviceswill be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Meredith Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery in Old Ripley. Friends may call Saturday from 9:00 until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the New Douglas Fire Department or Heartland Hospice.

Alfred was born on March 29, 1928, to Willis and Mildred Katherine (nee Trauernicht) Kesman, in New Douglas, IL.  On February 28, 1992, he married Norma Rose Thompson in Las Vegas, NV.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas, IL.  He was also a member of the New Douglas Fire Department.

He was raised by his grandparents, John and Lizzy Trauernicht, and worked all of his life.  He worked for many years at Rosenthal Feed Mill, then drove a truck for Peterson Trucking.  He then worked for a local farmer, Harold Ernst.

He is survived by 2 half brothers, William Andrew (Janet) Butler, Walter (Viola “Babe”) Butler; nieces and nephews, Alan (Terri) Mettler, Thomas (Vicky) Mettler, Jennifer Butler, Billy Butler, Peter Butler, Waltimer Wrott, June (Charles) Ridens, Cindy Butler, Denise (John) Embry, Clara Adler; 23 great nieces and nephews; and 20 great, great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Mildred Katherine Kesman; wife, Norma Kesman (January 22, 2008); first wife, Christine Kesman (nee Osterman); 1 niece, Diane Donahue; 3 nephews-in-law, Robert Hooker, Harold “Bud” Adler, Dewey Donahue.




Coming up this Sunday on WGEL’s Public Affairs Program, Ryan Mifflin will be joined by Robert “Ish” Smith of the All South Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Ryan and Ish will talk about what the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is and how local student athletes are involved.  The FCA has two events coming up in the next few months; their fundraising dinner featuring former St. Louis Cardinal Andy Benes and a summer camp for students going into 5th through 8th grade.  You can hear all about it on Public Affairs, coming up this Sunday afternoon, after the 12:05 Bond County Area News on WGEL 101.7 FM.

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