The First National Bank held their sixth annual Hometown Support Breakfast at the First Christian Church Thursday morning. Over 30 community organizations were awarded checks from the bank.

Representatives from over 30 local organizations

attended the FNB Hometown Support Breakfast

Bank President Ernie Chappel said the bank appreciates the work that each organization does on behalf of the causes they are passionate about.



A special Unit 2 School Board meeting was held Wednesday night to fill a board position vacated by Scott Workman, who moved into a different township that was already represented on the board. Former School Board member Vance Daniken was appointed in a 4-2 vote.  Jay Young, Mike Timmerman, James Jackson, and Scott Gaffner voted in favor and Edmar Schreiber and Nate Prater voted against. There were a total of six applicants applying for the position, one of whom withdrew.  The five seeking to fill the position were Vance Daniken, Matthew Dooly, Bruce Unterbrink, Laura Wall, and Greg Zyken.

Daniken will be sworn in at the April 28th board meeting, to be held at Sorento Elementary School at 7:00 p.m.


Greenville High School senior and member of the GHS 1,000 Point Club Maria Reinhard signed a letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon, committing to play basketball for Trinity Christian College in Chicago.  Maria is the daughter of Brian and Carla Reinhard of Greenville.

Seated: Maria Reinhard (center) and her parents Brian and Carla.

Standing: Coaches Kolin Dothager (left) and Paul Thies.

Reinhard averaged over 12 points per game in each of her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She led the Lady Comets in assists and steals in both her junior and senior years. In her senior year, she also was first on her team in field goal and three-point percentage in which she shot 43 percent. She finished her career with a total of 1,082 points and ranks third in all-time scoring at GHS.

Congrats to Maria on a tremendous high school basketball career and best wishes at Trinity Christian!



In their meeting this week, the Bond County Board of Health passed an administrative fee increase and sliding fee on all immunizations, raising the fee from $10 in-county and $12 out-of-county to $20 in-county and $23 out-of-county. The sliding fee would allow some of that fee to be discounted based on insurance coverage and family size.

Public Health Administrator Mark Ayers presented the possibility of purchasing a group of vehicles for health department use as an option to save money on mileage reimbursement. Right now the department reimburses 55 cents per mile driven by employees. Mileage reimbursement costs for 2012 was $52,320.99 and increased to $58,541.07 in 2013. The board advised Ayers to continue researching the possibility and to return with more information.



A Central Conference Bass Fishing Tournament is scheduled at Carlyle Lake Saturday, April 26, at the Dam West Boat Ramp.  Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. and weigh-in starts at 2:30 p.m.  The Dam West Boat Ramp will be closed from 10:00 a.m. today to 4:00 p.m. Saturday.  For more information, call the lake office at 594-2484.


The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that beginning April 28 at 7:00 a.m., the IL Route 127 structure over the Kaskaskia River will be closed 2.5 miles south of Carlyle. 

The road closure is required to replace the structure over the Kaskaskia River.  This work is expected to be completed and Rt. 127 reopened by October.

A marked detour route utilizing Slant Road and IL Route 161 will be in place. 





The Greenville Bicentennial is now selling the second in its series of Historic Greenville baskets.  The first, which featured the Bond County Courthouse, sold out less than a week after debuting last December.  The new basket has the late Robert Horsfall’s drawing of Hogue Hall on its lid.  The original artwork had been commissioned several years ago by Bradford National Bank.  Hogue Hall, also known as “Old Main”, served many purposes on the Greenville College campus from the late 1850s until its demolition in 2008. 

John Coleman, Bicentennial fundraising committee chairman, said, “We are anticipating a lot of interest in the basket among current and former Greenville College faculty and students.”

Karen Kessinger, a member of the fundraising committee added, “Response to the first basket was overwhelming.  Everyone raved about the quality and we began receiving inquiries about doing another one.  We think the new Hogue Hall basket will also be a hit.”

American Traditions of Canal Fulton, Ohio manufactured the “friendship” baskets, which are hand-woven of hard maple.  They may be purchased for $60 each at Watson’s Drug Store, Bond County Realtors, and Bradford National Bank.  One hundred baskets will be available in the initial run.

Greenville Bicentennial commemorative t-shirts, sporting the event’s logo, are available at Watson’s Drug Store for $15 each.

Greenville will mark its 200th birthday in 2015 with a series of observations; the main celebration is slated for Labor Day weekend that year.  For more information, visit www.greenville200.com.

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Bicentennial



Greenville College Associate Professor of Philosophy Kent Dunnington was awarded two fellowships of national renown for the 2014-15 academic year, totaling $85,000. Dunnington will participate in a yearlong research fellowship at Saint Louis University as part of its Templeton-funded "Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility" project. He also received a semester-long research fellowship from Biola University as part of its Templeton-funded "Intellectual Virtue and Civil Discourse" project.

President Ivan Filby granted Dunnington a sabbatical leave from Greenville College to participate in the fellowships and to continue work on a new book. In the fall of 2014, Dunnington will serve as a visiting fellow at Saint Louis University. In the spring of 2015, he will be a visiting fellow at the Center for Christian Thought at Biola University in La Mirada, California as he concurrently completes his fellowship with Saint Louis University.

GC Associate Professor Kent Dunnington

Dunnington’s fellowships develop his work on intellectual humility, a topic on which he has recently been invited to speak. In February, Dunnington presented a paper entitled "Eristic, Misology, Dialectic: on Wisdom in Higher Education" at Texas A&M University, where he was named Distinguished Alumnus by the Department of Philosophy. In March, Dunnington gave a paper entitled "Intellectual Humility, the Imposter Phenomenon and Educating for Wisdom" at the Wesleyan Theological Society in Nampa, Idaho.

Dunnington’s research at Saint Louis University and Biola University this coming year is directed toward the production of another book, tentatively titled, “From Virtuosity to Virtue: Educating for Wisdom.” Dunnington’s first book, “Addiction and Virtue,” was published by InterVarsity Academic in 2011, and he is currently completing an edited volume entitled “The Uncertain Center: An Arthur McGill Reader,” which will be published by Wipf and Stock.

Photo courtesy of Greenville College


The Lady Comets softball team beat Vandalia, 10 to 0, Wednesday night.  Jackie Hoffmeier was 5 for 5 and Emma Richardson had 4 RBI's.  Whitney Gray had a homerun and got the pitching victory, allowing 4 hits and striking out 5.  The JV won 15 to 2.  Kayla Dannaman got the win.

Greenville Comets boys tennis defeated Mt. Vernon   8-1 with several close matches.  The only loss came in three sets at #6 singles.

#1 Singles:     Grant Suess defeated Jared Hutton, 6-4, 6-1
#2 Singles:     Mitch Cole defeated Dalton McGowen, 7-5, 6-4
#3 Singles:     Silas Groves defeated Dalton Barnes, 6-3, 6-1
#4 Singles:     Michael Intud defeated Austin Martin, 7-6, 6-2
#5 Singles:     Jeremiah Brannon defeated Jeremiah Frank, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-7
#6 Singles:     Austin Zumwalt lost Dylan DalSanto, 6-2, 4-6, 2-10

#1 Doubles:     Suess/Cole defeated Hutton/Barnes, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
#2 Doubles:     Groves/Brannon defeated McGowen/Martin, 5-7, 6-3, 10-8
#3 Doubles:     Zumwalt/Intud defeated Frank/DalSanto, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8


Dorothy E. Schaeffer

Dorothy E. Schaeffer, age 91, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, April 22 at Carlyle Healthcare Center.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at St. Mary Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday and from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Memorials are suggested to the Carlyle Healthcare Center Activities Fund or St. Mary Church.

She was born on the McCabe farm north of Carlyle on Christmas Day, 1922 to George and Frances (Kellermann) Schiermann Jr. She grew up in the Carlyle area, attended the Wesselmann country grade school north of Carlyle, and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Carlyle in 1940. She went to work at the Moran shoe factory in Carlyle in 1940 and that is where she met her future husband, Raymond Schaeffer. She and Ray were married at St. Mary Church in Carlyle on July 11, 1944 and they spent their entire married lives in the Carlyle area. She worked at the Super Valu stores in Carlyle and Breese for 21 years before retiring in 1984. She was a life member of the women’s auxiliary of the VFW in Carlyle and the Catholic War Veterans auxiliary.

She is survived by her six children and spouses, Kay (Ed) Agustin of Naperville, Barb (Dan) Haselhorst of Trenton, Marilyn (Gary) Setser of Granite City, Dan (Maureen) Schaeffer of Batavia, Pat (Rich) Boien of Trenton, and Dave (Kathy) Schaeffer of Carlyle, and by 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 67 years, and one brother.

Gerald “Jerry” D. Wenzel

Gerald “Jerry” D. Wenzel, age 86, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, April 23, at his home.  Funeral services will be Monday, April 28, at 10:00 a.m., at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Monday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Heartland Hospice, or the donor’s choice.

He was born July 02, 1927, in Brunswick, MO, the son of Percy George and Clara Rose (nee Elson) Wenzel.

On February 20, 1994, he married Maria Luise "Marlies" Wind who survives in Highland, IL.

He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ. He was also a member of City Treasurer of Highland (12 years); Optimist Club (President in 1967)-Highland; Ainad Temple, A.A.O.N.O.M.S (Shriners)-East St. Louis, IL; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Southern Illinois-Belleville; MaCliBo Circus Unit-Past President; Silver Lake Shrine Club-Highland; Masonic Lodge #583, A.F. & A.M.-Highland; Helvetia Sharpshooters Society-Highland; Highland Historical Society; VFW Post #5694-Highland; Lee Iten Post 439-American Legion-Highland; Highland Sportsman's Club..

Mr. Wenzel grew up in Brunswick, Missouri. He graduated from Keytesville, Missouri High School in 1945. In that same year, he joined the US Navy, where he served on the Samuel Chase APA25, a troop transport ship in the Pacific until 1948. He lived in St. Louis, MO and Collinsville, IL, and worked for Boatmen's National Bank in St. Louis from 1948-1950. In 1950, he moved to Highland and a year later was called back to the Navy, serving one year on the USS Arcadia during the Korean War. He worked for The First National Bank in Highland and retired after 40 years of service in 1990 as an Executive VP and Senior Loan Officer. During his banking career, he had attended Washington University and the American Institute of Banking. He loved to travel and visited all 50 states and Europe, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. He enjoyed camping, co-owning the Indian Grove Campground in Coffeen, IL and he and his wife would winter in Arizona and Texas. He led a very active life, coaching Khoury League baseball and Weinheimer basketball for years, bowled, card playing with friends, and was an award winning ballroom and squaredancer. He was also a collector of antique cars, clocks, and Ford memorabilia. Most importantly, he loved his family and always kept them number one in his life.

Survivors include;
Wife - Maria L. "Marlies" Bruens Wenzel, nee Wind, Highland, IL
Daughter - Kathleen L. (John) Peffley, Greenville, IL
Daughter - Pamela S. (Sig. Other: Larry O'Dell) Pelot, Edwardsville, IL
Son - Thomas D. (Robbie) Wenzel, Northville, MI
Daughter - Janet M. (Bob) Bellm, Florissant, MO
Daughter - Terri L. (Denis) Munie, Pocahontas, IL
Step Daughter - Diane M. (Charles) Gettle, Fairgrove, MO
Grandchild - Michael P. Gray, Jr., Norfolk, VA
Grandchild - Jody R. Gray, St. Louis, MO
Grandchild - Jennifer A. (John) Mitchell, St. Jacob, IL
Grandchild - Derek Wenzel, Livonia, MI
Grandchild - Hannah (John) Krieger, Arvada, CO
Grandchild - Gwen (Ken) Garthe, St. Charles, MO
Grandchild - Amy Bellm, St. Louis, MO
Grandchild - J. Bellm, St. Louis, MO
Grandchild - Christina (Ryan) Hopkins, Chester, IL
Grandchild - Barbara (Fiance Judson "Jud" Corby) Munie, Piasa, IL
Grandchild - Gerald D. Munie, Pocahontas, IL
Great Grandchildren - 13
Step Grandchild - Ryan (Debby) Gettle, Fairgrove, MO
Step Grandchild - Brandon (Tia) Gettle, Springfield, MO
Sister - Clarene (Hollie) Seger Willmann, Greenville, IL

He was preceded in death by :
Father - Percy George Wenzel
Mother - Clara Rose Wenzel, nee Elson
First Wife - Marilyn A. Wenzel, nee Seifried (married 1/15/1949; died 4/25/1993)
Brother - Clarence Wenzel
Sister In-law - Mary Wenzel



This Sunday on WGEL's Public Affairs program, we'll share part two of Joselynn McKenna's interview with Anna Oestreich, Executive Director of the Bond County Senior Center and Bond County Transit. Anna will talk about Bond County Transit, including an overview of the service and the many ways it benefits residents of Bond County. You can hear Public Affairs this Sunday, right after the 12:05 Bond County Area News on WGEL 101.7 FM.

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