04-28-2014

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MAIL CARRIER FINDS DEAD MAN IN FAYETTE COUNTY

A Fayette County mail carrier found a dead man along Fayette County Road 750E two miles south of Route 51, Friday around 1:00 p.m.  The Fayette County Coroner identified the man as 64 year-old Stephen Case of Rural Route Shobonier.  Case was pronounced dead at the scene.  The death remains under investigation and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.  No other information has been released. 


ADDITIONAL DETAILS RELEASED ON CAPTURE OF INMATE

Bond County sheriff Jeff Brown has released more details on the capture of 30-year-old Andrew J. Walker, of Pierron, who allegedly escaped the Bond County Jail last week. 

After receiving reports from several citizens, three Bond County deputies were searching for Walker in Pierron Monday morning, April 21, when he was spotted driving an allegedly stolen vehicle. Sheriff Brown told WGEL Walker attempted to disguise himself in women’s clothing and makeup, which he allegedly stole from a home he burglarized. Brown said Walker ultimately drew more attention to himself with his disguise.

Deputies said as soon as they turned on their emergency lights, Walker led them on a vehicle chase north out of Pierron. Brown said Walker’s speed throughout the chase ranged from 80 to 100 miles per hour. After six miles, Walker jumped out of his vehicle and was pursued by deputies on foot until he reached a steep bank creek where he was apprehended. 

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HEAVY RAIN SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING AND MORE ON THE WAY

Thunderstorms moved through the area Sunday night bringing heavy rain.  Officially here in Greenville, 1.12 inches of rain were recorded at the Sewer Plant, 1.24 inches at the station on Sixth Street, and 1.2 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140. More storms are possible this afternoon and again tonight. The main severe weather threat will be during the afternoon hours Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is also in the forecast Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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CITY PASSES BUDGET WITH A SURPLUS IN GENERAL FUND

The Greenville City Council met in special session Thursday night to consider next year’s budget. The council had met earlier this week in an effort to go through the budget in detail. The budget passed Thursday night showed a $57,180 surplus in the general fund. The city’s fiscal year starts on May 1. 

One of the items that had a big impact on the budget was employee health insurance. City Clerk and Finance Director Sue Ann Nelson presented the board with health insurance options. The board voted to stay with their current provider, Coventry, at an increase of 7.3 percent, which is less than the anticipated increase of 15 to 20 percent. Nelson also said that Coventry originally had proposed a 16 percent increase but during negotiations the increase dropped to 7.3. Nelson told the council that 4 percent of that increase was due to taxes from the Affordable Care Act. Coventry has also provided the least expensive health insurance option. 

Councilman Roger Sanders moved to approve the budget, which was seconded by Kenny Hampton. Hampton, Sanders, and Mike Heath voted "yes" while Mayor Alan Gaffner voted "no". 

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GRH WALK-IN HEALTH CLINIC CHANGES NAME TO “CONVENIENT CARE”

Greenville Regional Hospital recently changed the name of their walk-in health clinic, which opened its doors earlier this year, to “Convenient Care.”

Hospital President and CEO Brian Nall said the change was made in response to community feedback in order to better communicate the facility’s purpose of no-appointment-necessary medical treatment. The clinic will continue to treat common illnesses and minor injuries without an appointment.

For more information about “Convenient Care,” call 664-9390.

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BCHS QUILT SHOW THIS SATURDAY

The 12th Annual Bond County Historical Society Quilt Show will be held this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Greenville Free Methodist Church on State Route 140. Over 100 hand-quilted, machine-quilted, wall quilts and antique quilts will be on display.

Oleta Schaufelberger of rural Greenville is this year’s celebrated quilter. Oleta began quilting at the encouragement of her mother and had completed six quilts by the time she was married. Oleta counts the quilts she made for her seven grandchildren as one of her greatest accomplishments. She will have 12 of her quilts on display at the show.

Also spotlighted this year are DeMoulin quilts, made either with scrap material from the company or quilted by factory employees. As part of the show, a “red and white” quilt block contest will showcase 15 blocks. Admission to the quilt show is $3. For more information, contact Wanda McCracken, quilt show chair, at 326-8451.

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BCIDFA SETS SCHEDULE FOR FOURTH FEST

The Bond County Independence Day Festival Association has announced the schedule of events for their upcoming Fourth Fest, which will be held July 4th at Patriot’s Park, west of Greenville.

Association President Scott Crothers filled us in on the details.

“We had a great meeting this month. We finalized a number of food vendors and inflatables,” Crothers told WGEL. “We finalized our bands as well as the schedule. It’s going to be a great event. 

“It looks like the food and inflatables are going to open up about 5:00 p.m. with the Municipal Band then playing at 6:00.  The Jim Miller Band is going to come on and play a set for us 7:00, leading us up to the fireworks at about 9:15. And then we’ll have a great fireworks display and the Jim Miller Band will come back on afterwards and close us out with another set. We’ll be done by about 11:00. It’ll be a really great event and I hope to see a lot of people out there.”

The upcoming Fourth Fest will mark the first time in two years that Greenville has had a 4th of July celebration. You can search for the Bond County Independence Day Festival Association on Facebook to keep up with the latest on the July 4th event.

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SPORTS

Lady Comets Soccer lost 4-0 to Freeburg Thursday.  Emily Gaffner had a solid game in goal, recording 16 saves on the evening.

Boys Tennis defeated East Alton Wood River 7-1 Thursday with #1 Doubles incomplete due to rain.

#1 Singles:     Grant Suess lost to Brett Gaines 7-8 (3-10)
#2 Singles:     Mitch Cole defeated Bradley Gaines 8-2
#3 Singles:     Silas Groves defeated Travis Kugler 8-1
#4 Singles:     Michael Intud defeated Brad Swarringen 8-1
#5 Singles:     Jeremiah Brannon defeated Jim Harbison 8-0
#6 Singles:     Austin Zumwalt defeated Danillo Margues 8-6

#1 Doubles:     Groves/Brannon rained out vs Gaines/Gaines 6-7 (30-30)
#2 Doubles:     Zumwalt/Canady defeated Kugler/Margues 8-2
#3 Doubles:     Lucas Langham/Colton Rainey defeated Harbison Swearingin 8-0


OBITUARIES

Daniel J. Long

Daniel J. Long, age 63 of Nokomis, passed away Tuesday, April 22 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Funeral services will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home in Nokomis. Burial will be in Smith Grove cemetery in rural Greenville. Friends may call Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Long, son of William J. and Ruth (Kiesling) Long, was born November 30, 1950 in Highland, Illinois. He was retired from Hillsboro Glass Company as a maintenance supervisor. He was a graduate of Vatterott College.
Daniel is survived by daughters Laurie .J(Cameron)Fields of Taylor Springs, Kasi J.(Eric)Golden of Bloomington, Shannon B. (Justin)Lankford of Normal, and Ashley D. Long(fiancé Adam Huddleston)of Nokomis.  Grand children Jordan & Shelby, Kelcie, Emma, Sean, Taylor, Preston, Caven, Boston, Alyssa & Aleigha.  Great grandchild Anberlin. Sister Shirley Graves of Panama, brothers Dennis (Kris)Long of Idaho, Marion(Helen)Long of Bunker Hill, and William Long of Nokomis.

 

Elvera Marie Hediger          

Elvera Marie Hediger, age 94, of Greenville, passed away Friday, April 25, at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Memorial services will be at a later date.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville First Christian Church.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

She was born in Tamalco, IL to Louis and Lillie (Woods) Ennen.  She married Harry Hediger in 1942 and they later divorced.  She is survived by her son Harry (Debby) Hediger, three grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by two brothers Lester Ennen and John Ennen.

She grew up in the Tamalco area and moved to Mills Township after her marriage.  She had worked on the family dairy farm and several other jobs.  She had last worked in housekeeping at Greenville Regional Hospital.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Greenville First Christian Church.

Frank J. Zeller                  

Frank J. Zeller, age 74, of Edwardsville, passed away Wednesday, April 23, at Anderson Hospital.  Memorial services will be at a later date and there is no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements. 

Frank J. Zeller, age 74, passed away at Anderson Hospital.  He was born in Hillsboro, IL to George and Pearl (Norris) Zeller.  He married Bonnie E. Shutt Burns on May 25, 1976 in Pleasant Mound, IL.  She died March 25, 2010.  He is survived by his step-daughters Vickie (Lonny) Glenn and Sherry (Bob) Beckler, five step-grandchildren, eight step-great grandchildren, and one step great great grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister Betty Matthews, a brother Edward Zeller, and a half-brother Max Zeller.


He grew up in Hillsboro and served in the U.S. Army as a medical specialist from 1963 to 1965  He and his wife lived in Mulberry Grove for a few years before moving to Edwardsville in 1986.  He worked in the printing industry most of his life and had last worked at NBS in Edwardsville and was a member of the American Legion. 
Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.


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