After the recent death of Bond County Board of Review member Kraig Hudson, age 64 of Pocahontas, the Democratic Central Committee is working to submit a recommendation of a person to fill the vacancy. Committee chairman Dan Sidwell will submit the name of an individual to the Bond County Board for consideration. Once approved, that person will serve on the Board of Review for the remaining year of Hudson’s term. 



Previously on WGEL, Bond and Fayette County Farm Bureau Manager Stephanie Kraus shared safety tips for motorists to keep in mind during the spring planting season, when farm machinery is present on roadways.

Kraus also reminds farmers that motorists aren’t the only ones who need to keep safety top of mind:

“The main thing is to know your tractor, its implements, and how they work,” said Kraus. “It’s also important to be alert when you’re operating this equipment. Make sure you get plenty of rest. Take a break if you need to.

“It’s important to follow any kind of warning decals that have been put on the tractor -- they’re there for a reason. Equip the tractor with a rollover protective structure and wear your seatbelt. Inspect the tractor and equipment for any potential hazards and make sure they’re corrected before operating it.

“If something would break down while you’re out in the field, make sure you shut down the equipment and turn off your engine and wait for all moving parts to stop before you start working on it. It’s also important to follow the ‘one seat, one rider’ rule.”

Kraus reminds farmers to make sure all implements that travel on roadways are marked with a reflective slow-moving vehicle emblem.

For more information on farm safety, contact the Bond County Farm Bureau Office at 664-3100.



The Greenville Women’s Club is celebrating their 40th year serving the community with a celebration on Saturday, May 10. The event will be held at the VFW in Greenville at 6:00 p.m. and will include a buffet meal, live music from the Greenville College Swing band and dancing. Club president Gayle Wise told us more about how the women’s club has served Greenville in the past 40 years.

“We have decorated the courthouse with lights twice, we have put banners up, we have established the single candle in the window Christmas lighting theme, there’s been tulips all along Harris [Avenue] that we’ve done. So, many, many things that we have accomplished and we are still wanting to accomplish." Wise told WGEL.

“What our goal is in the future is not only to beautify Greenville, but to give back to the community, and that’s why the proceeds for our 40th will go to the Bond County Foster Hope. We hope to see a lot of people and we know they’re going to have a good time.”

Tickets for the celebration are $15 and can be purchased at Watson’s, Bradford Bank, Sweetest Things and from club members. Everyone is welcome to attend the event. For more information, contact Gayle Wise at 664-2149.



The Bond County Senior Center is now offering a walking program called “Wait Walkers.” Executive Director Anna Oestreich said the group was named for Wait Park.

“We walk every Tuesday and Thursday morning, starting at 8 o’clock." Oestreich told WGEL. "We walk from the Senior Center on the paths at Wait Park. It takes about 20-25 minutes and there are places to sit down if you want to do kind of a half-walk. But, it’s a pretty easy walk. It’s flat and not too difficult, so it’s great for beginners or for people who have gotten out of the habit of walking as exercise and want to start again.”

Oestreich said anyone is welcome to join the walking group. For more information, call the Senior Center at 664-1465.




The Habitat for Humanity Annual Gospel Concert fundraiser will be held Sunday, April 27 at the First Christian Church in Greenville. Eric Watterson, with the Bond County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, told us the event will feature several local performers.

“We have kids from the kindergarten here in town, we’ve got the junior high band and choir, we’re going have the jazz band from the high school and part of the choir from the high school, and some other musical groups from local churches will also come out and put on a nice concert," Watterson told WGEL. "We talk about the mission of Habitat and we try to raise a little money and have a nice night.”

Watterson said admission to the concert is free and an offering will be taken up for Habitat for Humanity. More details will be released on as the date draws closer.


The Greenville Comets boys’ tennis team lost a tough battle to a solid Hillsboro team Tuesday, by a final team score of 2-7.  5 of the 9 matches went to a third set tie-breaker. 

#1 Singles:     Grant Suess lost to Chandler Talley - 2-6, 6-7 (2-7)
#2 Singles:     Mitch Cole lost to Ben Leible - 2-6, 6-1, 5-10
#3 Singles:     Silas Groves lost to Luke Mackey - 0-6, 1-6
#4 Singles:     Michael Intud lost to B. Noreuil - 4-6, 4-6
#5 Singles:     Jeremiah Brannon lost to C. Caulk - 2-6, 6-1, 8-10
#6 Singles:     Austin Zumwalt lost to A. Grabow - 5-7, 5-7

#1 Doubles:     Suess/Cole defeated Leible/Mackey - 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
#2 Doubles:     Groves/Intud lost to Talley Noreuil - 6-2, 2-6, 8-10
#3 Doubles:     Canady/Zumwalt defeated Caulk/Grabow - 6-1, 4-6, 10-8


Harry H. “Bud” Steinmann

Harry H. “Bud” Steinmann, age 79 of Hamel, passed away Wednesday, April 16 at his residence. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Saint Paul Lutheran School Gym in Hamel. Burial will be in Saint Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the school. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Church or St. Paul Lutheran School.

He was born on Thursday, July 26, 1934, in Worden, IL, the son of Walter and Bertha (nee Reising) Steinmann.

On Sunday, June 09, 1968, he married Judy A. Steinmann nee Schroeder who survives.

He was a member of Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Hamel, IL; a member of the Church Choir for 60 + Years; Church Trustee/Finance Committees.

Harry was born and reared in Worden, IL. Harry joined the US Navy in 1955, with duties overseas aboard the USS Boxer. Harry worked for Suhre Gas Company and Cassen Transport as a truck driver. He worked for Steinmann trucking for many years as a truck driver, retiring in 2002; but he still worked part time until 2010 in the spring and summer helping his nephew. He enjoyed gardening, cutting grass, reading, and music. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include:
Wife - Judy A. Steinmann nee Schroeder , Hamel, IL
Son - Craig A. (Jenny) Steinmann, Hamel, IL
Grandchild - Brynn Steinmann, Hamel, IL
Grandchild - Caleb Steinmann, Hamel, IL
Sister - Helen Hesterberg, Litchfield, IL
Sister - Frieda (Leo) Maack, Collinsville, IL
Sister - Wilma Renken, Bethalto, IL
Sister - Ruth Sievers, Staunton, IL
Sister - Norma "Toots" Stienmann, Hamel, IL
Sister - Verna (LeRoy) Langendorf`, Hamel, IL
Mother In-law - Erna Schroeder nee Gieselman, Sweet Springs, MO
Brother In-law - Darold (Janet) Schroeder, Sycamore, IL
Brother In-law - Harlan (Shirley) Schroeder, Sweet Springs, MO
Brother In-law - Kent (Lois) Schroeder, Sweet Springs, MO
Sister In-law - Joyce Childers, Sweet Springs, MO
Nieces and Nephews - Several.

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Walter Steinmann
Mother - Bertha Steinmann nee Reising
Brother - Paul Steinmann died 11/26/2007
Father In-law - Clifford Schroeder died 7/2009.

Marjorie Ellen Weiss

Marjorie Ellen Weiss, age 90 of Clinton, Illinois and formerly of the Greenville and Brownstown, passed away 7:43 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Clinton, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 Noon Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until service time Monday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Golden Years in Brownstown.

Marjorie Ellen, the daughter of Roy F. Smith and Mabel (Stocker) Smith was born January 2, 1924 in Greenville.  She grew up in Greenville, attended the local schools and graduated from Greenville High School.  In 1946 Marjorie was united in marriage to Harold L. Weiss in Greenville.  They moved to Brownstown in the late 1940's.  Marjorie and Harold enjoyed 55 years of marriage before his passing in 2001.

Mrs. Weiss worked as a book keeper for Dycus Oil Company and for the past 40 years worked at the Brownstown First National Bank.  Marjorie worked at the bank up until a few years ago.  She was active in the Golden Years senior's center in Brownstown and was a member of the Methodist Church.
Surviving is her son, Lloyd Weiss and his wife Kathy of Clinton, daughter-in-Law Linda Weiss and her husband James Gagne of Edwardsville, 5 grandchildren: Stephanie (Brian) Reeser of Clinton, Josh (Brooke) Weiss of Clinton, Dr. Amanda Weiss of Jupitor, FL, Kelly Weiss of Connecticut and Tiffany (Shane) Seiler of Godfrey.  She was the loving great-grandmother of 7: Nadia, Mackenzie, Kole, Kolby, Kloe, Lillian and Landon.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold and theirs son James Roy Weiss in 2004.  She was also preceded in death by her sister Frances Huff.   

Donald L. Clingenpeel

Donald L. Clingenpeel, age 70 of Highland, passed away Wednesday, April 16 at his residence. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Joseph R. Vander Pluym

Joseph R. Vander Pluym, age 62, of O’Fallon, IL, passed away Wednesday, April 16 at his home. Funeral arrangements are pending at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.

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