A tractor accident claimed the life of a rural Mulberry Grove man on Saturday afternoon around 1:00 p.m. According to the Fayette County Coroner’s office, 65-year-old Kenneth Zarecki was attempting to pull a tree over he had been sawing when the tractor flipped and he was pinned underneath. Mulberry Grove fire responded to the scene for extrication. Zarecki was pronounced dead at the scene by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, and the accident remains under investigation by the coroner’s office. 


A new beekeepers club is being formed in Carlyle to serve beekeepers in the surrounding areas. The club will have its first meeting on Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the US Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Center at Carlyle Lake. Club co-founder Andy Brethorst of Carlyle told us what to expect at the club’s first meeting.

“It’s going to be an organizational meeting, discussing the club itself, the model that we’re going to run with as well as presentations by Eleanor Schumacher on queen cells and a presentation on swarms by myself.

“New beekeepers are very welcome to attend the meeting, to meet other experienced beekeepers and ask questions into the topics they’re interested in learning about--as far as starting a hive, managing a hive, and also making the contacts necessary to be successful.”

Other items on the agenda including voting on a club name and collecting dues. Annual club dues will be $15 per person



The Bond County Senior Center will offer a special program on Tuesday, April 15 on dealing with scams.

“The presenter is Karen Kessinger from Midland State’s Bank," Executive Director Anna Oestreich told WGEL. "She’s going to be talking about the latest issues in regard to fraud and scams. That’s going to be at 11:30 [a.m.], so we really want to encourage people to come out to that.”

For more information on the event, call the Bond County Senior Center at 664-1465.


The newest Habitat for Humanity house in Sorento is finally getting back on track after winter weather delays. Eric Watterson, with the Bond County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, told us the team is now making great progress with the house’s interior.

Volunteers put up drywall in the new Habitat for Humanity home in Sorento.

“We have been working on drywall the last several weeks and we are making really, really good progress," Watterson told WGEL. "We’ve had a number of students from Greenville College come out. We’ve had people from churches in the area. First Christian Church in Greenville has been out, providing work, providing lunch. So we’re making good progress and my hope would be to get all the drywall up by Easter so that we can move on to having the drywall finished, getting it painted, and then keep moving forward with getting all the interior details worked out.”

Watterson said he hopes to have the house completely finished this summer. If you’re interested in making a donation or volunteering, call Eric at 322-0080.

Photos courtesy of Bond County Habitat for Humanity



February marked 40 years of employment with the United States Postal Service for Joyce Adesanya. She told WGEL she has enjoyed seeing the technological advancements throughout the years but her favorite part of the job is working with customers.

“I’ve enjoyed the work at the Postal Service," Adesanya told WGEL. "Particularly, my favorite part is the customers. I would say Greenville has been a great experience. I’ve been here almost half of my career, out of my 40. With the customers and community here in Bond County, that keeps me going. I hope I can continue on and who knows how long I’ll still go?”

Tom Marchello & Joyce Adesanya

Tom Marchello is also celebrating a service milestone this year in his 35th year with the postal service. Marchello said he worked most of his career as a mail carrier in rural Smithboro and was transferred to Greenville in 2011. He agreed that people are the best part of working with the postal service.

“I think the best part is on the route, meeting people and seeing faces and the countryside," Marchello said. "I’ve seen families grow up and start their own families. One thing I’ve seen, besides the automated mail, was the boxes it seems like have gotten bigger. I don’t remember the boxes being so big 10 years ago as they are today. Other than that, it’s still ‘get your mail and go out there and put it in the boxes’.”

Tom and Joyce were both recognized by the postal service with certificates and pins for their service milestones.



Dr. Todd Wood will deliver a presentation at Greenville College on May 1. Wood is president of the Core Academy of Science, and he was the subject of a Christianity Today cover story in 2012. He will present at a colloquium at 4 p.m. in Greenville College Snyder Hall room 104. Wood’s presentation is titled “Is Creationism a Failure?” The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Todd Wood

Wood earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Liberty University in Virginia and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Virginia. After completing his doctorate, Wood served as the director of bioinformatics at the Clemson University Genomics Institute. In 2000, he accepted a research position at the Center for Origins Research at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. where he served as director from 2006-2013. In 2013, the Center became a separate educational ministry called Core Academy of Science, of which he is now president. Wood is a founding member of the Creation Biology Society, an active society and research group that publishes peer-reviewed journal papers and holds annual meetings.

Wood’s lecture is presented by the Greenville Religion and Science Society, a local faith and science initiative of Greenville College intended to serve the college and surrounding community by providing opportunities for engagement with issues related to Christian faith and science through lectures, films, readings and discussion groups. All society events are open to the public with local clergy and laity especially encouraged to attend. For more information on Wood’s presentation or Greenville Religion and Science Society, contact Darrell Iler at 618-664-6540 or darrell.iler@greenville.edu.

Photo courtesy of Greenville College



The Greenville Zoning Board of Appeals has announced their regularly scheduled meeting on April 15 has been canceled due to a lack of business. 



Illinois State Police Districts 11 (Collinsville) and 18 (Litchfield) Patrols are now under the direction of a new commander. 

Joseph Kollins has been promoted to Commander after serving as a Lieutenant.  Kollins began his career with the Illinois State Police in November 1995 and was assigned to District 11 patrol, Collinsville, upon graduation from the ISP training academy.  In 1997 Commander Kollins transitioned to the Illinois State Police Tactical Response Team (SWAT). During the following years he received promotions to the rank of Sergeant, and Master Sergeant overseeing the southern region’s Tactical Response Team.  In 2013 Kollins was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant for the Tactical Response Team statewide.  Most recently he served as Zone 6 Narcotics Commander.

Commander Joseph Kollins

Among many others, Commander Kollins was one of 20 Troopers selected to represent the Illinois State Police during the 2008 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.  Kollins also served on Task Force Illinois to aid in the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Response in Louisiana. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University.  Prior to his appointment to the Illinois State Police, he served as a police officer in Bloomington.  Commander Kollins also served active duty with the Illinois Army National Guard.  During his time with the U.S. Army he was assigned to Operation Desert Storm. 

Photo courtesy of Illinois State Police




Lady Comets soccer fell 4-0 to Litchfield Thursday. The Purple Panthers outshot the Lady Comets 10-8. Emily Gaffner recorded 7 saves in goal and Kassidy Alderman made 2 saves in relief of Gaffner.

Greenville boys’ tennis was victorious over Roxana Thursday, by a total team score of 8 to 1.


Lois L. Steiner 

Lois L. Steiner, age 79 of Pocahontas passed away Friday, April 11 at Carlyle Health Care Center in Carlyle. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Grantfork United Methodist Church of Christ. Burial will be in Grantfork U.C.C. Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Hoyleton Children’s Home, Unity Hospice, or the choir at Grantfork United Church of Christ.

She was born on Saturday, October 20, 1934, in Marine, IL, the daughter of Carl L and Lorraine I (nee Thurnau) Gause, Sr.. 

On Sunday, November 20, 1955, she married Vernon L Steiner who survives . 

She was a member of Grantfork United Church of Christ, Grantfork, IL, Women's Guild of the church; Adam & Eve Club of the church; Madison County Home Extension; Past Member of the Chancel Choir & Ladies Choir of the church. 

Born & reared at Marine, IL. She worked at the Marine Garment Factory; after marriage she and her husband lived on a farm East of Grantfork. After her children were reared she worked six years at Hitz Memorial Home, Alhambra. She was an excellent cook, liked to bowl, attended the local & state fairs and in her younger years she and her husband enjoyed dancing. She enjoyed playing cards with her siblings. She was a St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Fan. 

Survivors include: 
Husband - Vernon L. Steiner, Pocahontas, IL 
Daughter - Lynda M. (Lincoln) Brill, Indianapolis, IN 
Daughter - Brenda J. (Ernie) Priesmeyer, Millersburg, IL 
Daughter - Annette A. (Kent) Ambuehl , Sorento, IL 
Son - Ocie K. (Indira) Steiner, Prairietown, IL 
Grandchild - Emily A. (Solomon) Brown, Streamwood, IL 
Grandchild - Rebecca M. Brill, Indianapolis, IN 
Grandchild - James T. Ambuehl, Greenville, IL 
Grandchild - Adam T. Brill, Indianapolis, IN 
Grandchild - Andrew L. Brill, Indianapolis, IN 
Grandchild - Hope L. Brill, Indianapolis, IN 
Grandchild - Peter R. Brill, Indianapolis, IN 
Grandchild - Ian B. Steiner, Prairietown, IL, 
Grandchild - Orissa G. Steiner, Prairietown, IL 
Sister - Carladine Vulliet, Highland, IL 
Brother - James W. (Stacy) Gause, Sesser, IL 
Sister - Jacqueline (Henry) Potthast, Highland, IL 
Sister - Jane E. Landolt, Highland, IL 
Brother - Fred W. (Leann) Gause, Anclaron, SC 

She was preceded in death by: 
Father - Carl L. Gause, Sr. 
Mother - Lorraine I. Gause nee Thurnau 
Sister - Betty Lou Balke (1997) 
Sister - Norma Gene Gause died 12/24/2004 
Brother - Carl L. Gause, Jr. died 5/23/2009 

Allen L. Warnecke   

Allen L. Warnecke, age 60 of Breese, passed away Friday, April 11 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. A memorial will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the Main Gymnasium at Central Community High School in Breese. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again Friday from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the high school. Memorials are suggested to his grandchildren’s college educational fund. The Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Warnecke was born November 11, 1953 in Highland, IL to Bernell and Yvonne (nee Jenny) Warnecke and they survive in Breese, IL.

He married Diane Markus on June 28, 1975 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston, IL and she survives in Breese, IL.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is also survived by his daughters, Sarah (Jason) Timmermann and Jenny (fiancé Greg Santel) Warnecke all of Breese, IL; 5 grandchildren, Nicholas Warnecke, Jadyn Schulte, Charlotte Santel, Jayce Timmermann, and Jeremy Timmermann; a brother, David (Jan) Warnecke of Caseyville, IL; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cyril and Edna (nee Fuhler) Markus of Glen Carbon, IL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Paul (Sharon) Markus of Loveland, CO, Dan (Betty) Markus of Maryville, IL, Cathy Huelsmann of Highland, IL and John (Kathy) Markus of Mt. Vernon, IL; and the entire Breese Central Community High School Family.

Allen graduated with a B. S. in Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. His career began in January 1976, teaching mathematics at Central Community High School in Breese, IL until his retirement at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. He was also the current Athletic Director since 1986 and was a former baseball and softball coach.

He was a member of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association and the Bent Oak Golf League in Breese, IL.

Allen enjoyed golfing, playing Blackjack, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. His first true love was his family, and his second was Central Community High School.

Selma B. Koch    

Selma “Semmie” Koch, age 93, of Beckemeyer, passed away Friday, April 11, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  Funeral services for 93 year-old Selma “Semmie” Koch will be Wednesday, April 16, at 11:00 a.m., at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Breese.  Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle and Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. John’s United Church of Christ or the America Heart Association.

Alma L. Riepshoff   

Alma L. Riepshoff, age 97 of Highland, passed away Friday, April 11 at Alhambra Care Center. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

William R. “Bill” Zelke    

William R. “Bill” Zelke, age 89 of Highland, passed away Sunday, April 13 at Highland Health Care Center. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Ralph E. Rainey     

Ralph E. Rainey, age 91, of Carlyle, passed away Sunday, April 13, at Carlyle Healthcare Center.  Funeral arrangements for 91 year-old Ralph E. Rainey are incomplete at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.

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