Thunderstorms brought more rain to the area Monday.  There were tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings in the Bond County area especially in the northern portion of the county.  Thankfully no damage has been reported to local police.  At the WGEL studio in downtown Greenville, our gauge showed about six tenths of an inch, Joe Doll measured seven tenths of an inch at his farm south of Pocahontas, a little north of Greenville the totals rose quickly with 1.25 inches reported in one area.  Officially here in Greenville, 84 hundredths of an inch were measured at the Sewer Plant, 98 hundredths at the station on Sixth Street, and 75 hundredths at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.


Around two dozen motorcyclists will be stopping in Greenville on Friday, May 9 as part of a celebration of a similar journey made in 1914. The Cannon Ball Project will retrace the path of Erwin “Cannon Ball” Baker, a pioneering motorcycle enthusiast, who traveled from San Diego, California to New York City in a little over 11 days. Baker’s journey in May 1914 was made on a 7 horsepower Indian motorcycle on mostly dirt roads. The Cannon Ball Project, utilizing Baker’s original written account, will leave San Diego on May 3, 2014, the centennial anniversary of when he departed.

The Cannon Ball Project is led by Don Emde, an American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Famer and winner of the 1972 Daytona 200. Emde has paid two visits to Greenville since 2012 to coordinate the group’s only planned stop in Illinois. According to Emde, Baker also had an overnight stay in Greenville on his way to Columbus, OH. 

Cannon Ball Project riders will have lunch in St. Louis prior to arriving in Greenville around 4:00 p.m. on May 9. A welcoming reception, open to the public, will be held at the Midland States Bank parking lot, 318 W. College Ave.  After their arrival, the riders will visit the Greenville Post Office for a brief ceremony. The Greenville Tourism Office has commissioned art work for a special postmark commemorating the Cannon Ball Baker centennial. The public may request this unique postmark cancellation for up to 30 days after May 9.

The Cannon Ball Baker centennial postmark

John Goldsmith, Greenville Tourism director, said Greenville is fortunate being a stop. “The group is being accompanied by a film production crew and the ride is drawing interest from other journalists. We’ll be part of the story. And it’s a fantastic opportunity for area motorcyclists to come out and welcome the Cannon Ball Project and to meet Don Emde, a legendary racer.”

For more information about the Cannon Ball Project’s stop in Greenville, call Goldsmith at (618) 664-9272.

Graphic courtesy of Greenville Tourism



Ameren Illinois has started work on a $15.4 million energy delivery infrastructure improvement plan for customers served by the Hillsboro Operating Center, including Bond, Fayette, Macoupin and Montgomery counties. Ameren spokesperson Victoria Busch told us more about the changes.

“As we start to build out this next-generation energy delivery system, it simply means that we are improving the reliability of that service for customers,” Busch told WGEL. “We will be upgrading the grid, we will be replacing various technologies and devices on our infrastructure, improving the strength and reliability of the service overall. We’ll also be installing the advance technology, so for instance, we’ll have automated switches, and sensors that will help us to detect and isolate outages sooner, so that we can repair service more promptly. Also, customers will be having upgrades done to the meters that are located at their homes.”

Busch said customers should expect letters in the mail in May as crews prepare to upgrade to advanced electric and natural gas meters. The upgrades are expected to begin in late June. She said the meters provide customers with detailed energy usage information that will make it easier to take an active role in controlling energy usage and costs.



April is the beginning of prom season and a time when celebrations can turn dangerous for high school students. Safety Education Officer Trooper Jeff Yenchko with Illinois State Police District 18 shared some advice on prom safety.

“You know, prom is a big event for many high schoolers,” Yenchko said. “And for some parents as well, because it’s either their kids’ first one or their last one. It is a big milestone for some people. We want you to enjoy your time as much as possible while you’re there, but we also want you to stay safe.

“We’re going to have several troopers working overtime shifts and extra patrol coverages, just to ensure everyone’s safety. That is our primary goal—to keep you safe and let you enjoy the night. We hope the kids who going, and the parents who may be hosting parties, make smart choices and keep everyone safe.”

To ensure a safe night, the Illinois State Police stress that prom-bound students should use their seat belts, pay attention behind the wheel—don’t text and drive and do not drink and drive.


Prairie Farms


Congratulations to Greenville High School Senior Mattie Carter. Mattie set a new school pole vault record Friday during the Comets Relays. The new record of 10 feet, nine inches breaks the previous school record of 10 feet, six inches, which was also set by Mattie, just a few weeks ago.


Drew Logullo of Greenville was crowed prom king at Mater Dei Catholic High School and Emily Abbott was crowned prom queen. They held their safari-themed prom night on Saturday.



The Greenville College Management Department placed first in this year’s St. Louis Collegiate Investment Management Contest and will collect a $10,000 award for its winning entry.

Each year, Principia College invites colleges and universities in the St. Louis area to submit hypothetical portfolios comprised of 20 “value” stocks. The portfolio that shows the greatest growth in two and a half years wins. UMB Bank, St. Louis, supervises the contest and assesses the results.

Greenville College’s $1,000,000 investment grew to $1,873,000. The second place winner lagged $275,000 behind. 
Greenville College Professor of Management Larry Sayler reported that seven of the College’s picks more than doubled. Its top performance stock, Avis-Budget, more than quadrupled from $50,000 to $207,000. Other top performers included Alaska Air, BT Group ADR (British Telecomm), Discover Financial, Hawaiian Holdings (Hawaiian Air), Tenneco and Valero Energy.

“Fortunately, only one of our stocks lost money,” said Sayler.

During the 28-month contest period, the winning portfolio was up just over 87 percent. In contrast, the S&P 500 increased 54 percent, and the portfolios of other contestants increased an average of 50 percent.

Sayler said the Management Department will use the prize money to fund faculty and student enrichment opportunities.

The contest is endowed in perpetuity by St. Louis investment firm Towle & Co. Its purpose is to give students experience with portfolio management and value investing. Five to nine institutions generally participate. Greenville College also won the contest in 2007.



The Lady Comet softball team picked up 2 wins over the weekend.  On Friday, the comets defeated Pana, 16 to 3.  Emma Richardson had 4 hits and Whitney Gray got the pitching victory. On Saturday, the comets beat Wesclin, 8 to 3.  Jackie Hoffmeier and April Stich had 3 hits apiece. Emma Richardson added a homerun. The JV lost 9 to 8 in 8 innings.

The Comet Relays were held last week. The boys’ track team finished fourth overall, while the Lady Comets squad took first. The combined results from the event put Greenville in first place overall.

After a disappointing 2-7 loss on April 15th, the Greenville Comets boys’ tennis team came on strong with an 8-1 victory at home Friday. Again there were several close matches with 4 matches settled by a third set 10 point super tie-breaker. This time the Comets won all four tie breakers.

#1 Singles:     Grant Suess defeated Chandler Talley 6-4, 4-6, 10-4
#2 Singles:     Mitch Cole defeated Ben Leible 6-4, 6-0
#3 Singles:     Silas Groves defeated Luke Mackey 2-6, 6-3, 10-4
#4 Singles:     Michael Intud defeated Colton Caulk 7-5, 6-4
#5 Singles:     Jeremiah Brannon defeated Brian Nareuil 6-0, 6-1
#6 Singles:     Austin Zumwalt lost to Seth Watson 2-6, 1-6

#1 Doubles:     Suess/Cole defeated Leible/Mackey 6-4, 6-3
#2 Doubles:     Groves/Intud defeated Talley/Noreuil 1-6, 7-5, 10-6
#3 Doubles:     Canady/Brannon defeated Caulk/Watson 3-6, 6-0, 10-6


Greenville College senior Tyler Mitchell, from Zeigler, IL, has been named the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball pitcher of the week. 

Mitchell joined the GC baseball record book last week by throwing a no-hitter in a win over Blackburn. Mitchell went all seven innings of the game without allowing a hit while striking out seven and walking four. Mitchell is the eighth pitcher in Greenville history to record a no-hitter.



Leveda Elaine Hessenauer

Leveda Elaine Hessenauer, age 87, of Sorento, passed away Saturday, April 19 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City. Memorial funeral services will be Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Friends may call Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Leveda Elaine Miller, the daughter of Alva Watson Miller and Ardie Maude Cook Miller, was born on May 11, 1926 in Greenup, Illinois. She attended the Bond County one room schools and high school. Leveda worked at an egg factory in St. Louis early in life. Leveda and Richard John Hessenauer were united in marriage in St. Louis, MO. Leveda is survived by four of her six children: Linda S. Faith of Greenville, Ronald J. Hessenauer of Alhambra, Robert (Mary) Hessenauer of Alhambra, Rodney G. (Lori) Hessenauer of rural Sorento, 15 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Leveda is preceded in death by her daughter Cheryl Ann Hessenauer, her son Randy D. Hessenauer 2 grandsons, one great granddaughter, and is the last of her generation being preceded in death by 8 siblings: Doris Hiller, Wanda Thomas, Imogene Miller, and brothers Louis, Carroll, Harold, Clyde, and Leonard Miller.

Leveda raised her family, then was a cook at Diamond Mineral Springs, Ammann's in Highland, Michael's in Highland, Rank's Cafe in Pocahontas, Hillview Manor Nursing Home, worked in housekeeping for the Greenville Elementary School for 15 years, then cleaned for many teachers, and cared for Mayrose Nevinger.

Leveda was a member of the Greenville First Christian Church.

Linda L. Neely

Linda L. Neely, age 70 of Greenville, passed away Monday, April 28 at her home. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Greenville First Christian Church. Burial will be in Mulberry Grove Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to Greenville First Christian Church. Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.

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