St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital Named a Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change

05/28/15 04:27 PM
HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital was awarded the 2015 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth.

House Approves Measure that Aims to Prevent Heroin Abuse

05/28/15 04:21 PM
A new measure aimed at preventing heroin abuse is working it way through the state general assembly.

Two Flora Residents Sentenced In Federal Court On Methamphetamine Charges

05/28/15 02:06 PM
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Flora Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force.

Effingham County United Way Announces 22 Partner Agencies

05/28/15 12:45 PM
The United Way of Effingham County Grants Committee, which is comprised of 16 members, selected agencies to receive funding.

Illinois Department of Public Health Urges Precautions Against West Nile Virus

05/28/15 12:13 PM
As the weather warms up, we will start to see mosquitoes, and that means West Nile virus. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began accepting birds for West Nile virus testing on May 1, 2015. 

Reminder About Police Training at Teutopolis High School Thursday

05/27/15 06:45 PM
Teutopolis High School will be used tomorrow (Thursday, May 28) for the first of three upcoming law enforcement training exercises. The school will again be used for this purpose on June 6th and June 9th. 

Lake Land College Takes Steps to Ensure Student and Employee Safety

05/27/15 06:32 PM
According to Chief of Police Randy Ervin, the college has a strong track record for providing a safe environment. In fact, twice the college has been named the safest campus in Illinois by

Effingham Unit 40 Jr High and High School Athletic Physicals June 1

05/27/15 05:39 PM
The Effingham Unit 40 school district will offer athletic physicals for its Junior High and High School athletes next week. The physicals will be offered on Monday, June 1st in the Effingham High School gym lobby.

Vandalia Police Investigating ATM Theft

05/27/15 04:12 PM
The Vandalia Police Department is investigating the theft of an ATM machine that occurred Tuesday. The ATM machine was stolen from the Vandalia County market at approximately 4:00am. 

Local Organizations Invited to Participate in Effingham 4th of July Parade

05/27/15 04:03 PM
The City of Effingham Emergency Management Agency is inviting all Public Safety, Community Organizations, School groups, Bands, Clubs and anyone else interested in participating in the 2015 4th of July Parade.

Family Care Associates of Effingham Earns National Recognition

05/27/15 12:30 PM
Family Care Associates of Effingham has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

Teutopolis Woman Killed in Crash on Route 130 in Albion Sunday

05/27/15 10:59 AM
The accident occurred around 11:30am in front of Albion Equipment Company when a vehicle driven by 57-year-old Leah Koester of Teutopolis and a vehicle driven by 65-year-old George Thomas Jr. of Noble collided.

Lieutenant Governor Visits Lake Land College

05/27/15 10:42 AM
Lake Land College officials shared information about the college’s leading sustainability program.

Trial Date Rescheduled for Salem Woman Charged in Death of Infant Daughter

05/26/15 04:18 PM
23-year-old Christina Thomason was arrested on the charge in late March. 

St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital's Wound Healing Center Again Honored for Service

05/26/15 04:08 PM
The awards were received from Healogics, the nation’s leading wound care management company.

Effingham Police Investigating Theft of Vehicle Owned by McDevitt Landscaping

05/26/15 01:20 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle theft that occurred sometime between Friday, May 22 at 11:00pm and Saturday, May 23 at 6:00am.

AUDIO: Commander Harris Gives Keynote Address at Effingham Memorial Day Ceremony

05/26/15 12:04 PM
In his speech, Commander Harris warned people not to lose focuse of the true meaning of Memorial Day. Click the above link to hear an audio excerpt from Commander Harris' speech.

Effingham Woman Injured Monday in Accident Near Funkhouser

05/26/15 11:42 AM
An Effingham woman was injured in a single vehicle accident Monday afternoon. 48-year-old April Bannick was traveling on 1900th Street at 3:18pm when her vehicle went off the east side of the road. Bannick’s vehicle overturned and landed on the passenger side.

Reminder About New Boating Laws in Illinois

05/26/15 11:14 AM
With the summer months approaching, state law enforcement officials are reminding residents of new boating laws in Illinois.

Proposed Bill To Help Wounded Illinois Vets with Home Costs

05/26/15 10:28 AM
A proposed bill designed to help wounded vets is on its way to Governor Rauner. If he signs the legislation, veterans with war injuries would get a break on their property taxes.

Hydrant Flushing in Effingham (5/26/2015)

05/26/15 10:23 AM
Flushing of fire hydrants begins today in the south half of Effingham (i.e., being south of Fayette Ave.) The hydrant flushing will continue until it is complete for the entire City, and notice will be given when starting the north half of town. Customers are advised to check water before doing laundry, and are advised to run water for a short period until it clears if discoloration

Road Work in Illinois to Resume Tuesday

05/25/15 07:58 PM
With road work resuming, motorists are urged to use caution and to slow down in construction zones.

Teutopolis High School to be Used for Law Enforcement Training May 28

05/22/15 04:48 PM
The school will again be used for this purpose on June 6th and June 9th. 


Ameren Illinois Customers Could Pay to Keep Exelon Plant Open

05/22/15 04:19 PM
Ameren Illinois customers could end up paying an extra $2 each month to keep Exelon's nuclear plants in operation, even though they receive none of their power from those plants.

Effingham Regional Incubator Network Hosting Tech Exchange Event

05/22/15 01:19 PM
The event is designed for anyone who has an idea for a mobile app, website, or device.

Loans Available to Illinois Farmers Through Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

05/22/15 12:23 PM
The Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA)  has announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest loans through the FSA direct farm ownership program. 

Heroin Bill Moves Forward In House Committee

05/21/15 05:02 PM
The proposed bill calls for providing first responder nurses with the drug Narcan to counter overdoses.

Police Encouraging Safe and Smart Driving Over Memorial Day Weekend

05/21/15 03:05 PM
The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police (ISP) and more than 350 local law enforcement agencies remind motorists that they will be out in force, working around the clock to keep Illinois roads safe through Memorial Day.

Jacob Seaton Trial Reset for August

05/21/15 02:49 PM
The Effingham man charged last year with Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault will not face trial until at least August. 32-year-old Jacob Seaton is facing the charge, which involves a victim under the age of 13.

Congressman Shimkus Supports Bills to Assist Veterans

05/21/15 01:27 PM
There were six bills in total, all passing the House this week with bipartisan support.


Larson Trial Date Vacated; Preparation Underway for Transport to Missouri

05/21/15 12:44 PM
The Altamont man charged in both Missouri and Illinois for the January kidnapping of a 13-year-old Effingham girl won’t stand trial for at least a few more months. 60-year-old Steven Larson’s June 1st trial date was vacated Thursday in a joint motion by the State and the Defense.

Two Centralia Residents Plead Guilty to Federal Meth Charges

05/21/15 09:47 AM
51-year-old Daniel L. Gazdik and 34-year-old Sara Rose Davis pleaded guilty earlier this week to the charges of Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine. 

Dr. Kohli Sentencing Postponed to August 5th

05/20/15 05:28 PM
Kohli is the Effingham doctor who operated Kohli Neurology and Sleep Center. He was found guilty in January of 7 counts of Illegal Dispensation of a Schedule II Controlled Substance after a 17-day trial.

Homegrown Heroes Program to Assist Veterans with Finding Agricultural Jobs

05/20/15 03:30 PM
The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) and Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will host a first-statewide gathering next week for organizations that wish to serve military veterans desiring to pursue food, farming and agricultural careers.

Steven Larson Back in Court Thursday

05/20/15 03:13 PM
Thursday’s appearance will serve as both a pretrial hearing and a hearing to determine whether extradition can occur between Illinois and Missouri as both cases are completed.

IDOT to Conduct Study to Address Mattoon's Rail and Traffic Congestion

05/20/15 02:55 PM
Senator Dale Righter of the local 55th District spoke in February with Transportation officials, requesting a long term solution to address rail and traffic congestion issues in the Mattoon area.

Helen Matthes Library Finishes Successful Fiscal Year

05/20/15 12:45 PM
Effingham’s Helen Matthes Library recently completed its fiscal year. During the past year, the library was able to meet its circulation goal, with 190,000 items circulated. This was a 7% increase over the previous year.

Effingham Police Investigating Burglary From Boat

05/20/15 11:10 AM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a burglary from a boat that occurred sometime between May 5th and May 19th while parked at Shoe Sensation on 1910 South Banker Street.

Effingham City Council Approves Rezoning for Hendelmeyer Residences

05/19/15 09:57 PM
The Effingham City Council voted 3-2 in favor of a zoning ordinance to allow for the development of residences on Hendelmeyer Avenue across from Hendelmeyer Park.

Final Pretrial Set for Mickey Johnson

05/19/15 09:23 PM
The Effingham man charged with Criminal Sexual Assualt will be in court one final time prior to his scheduled June 1st trial date. 32-year-old Mickey Johnson will be back in court for a final pretrial on May 29. 

State Police Release April Stats for Local District 12

05/19/15 05:05 PM
Troopers in District 12, which includes the counties of Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, and Richland answered 206 calls for service and initiated 1,503 incidents in the field. 

5th Annual E.A.R.S. Benefit Tea Party Raises Over $4,300

05/19/15 04:18 PM
The Effingham County Animal Rescue Sanctuary, known as E.A.R.S., recently had a successful benefit with their 5th annual Tea Party.

St. Louis Woman Sentenced for Involvement in Altamont Bank Robbery

05/19/15 12:39 PM
28-year-old Annalise McGhee was the get away driver in the robberies, which occurred in February of 2013 at the People’s Bank and Trust in Altamont and the Laclede Community Credit Union in Alton.

South Central School Board Fills Opening

05/19/15 12:30 PM
The South Central School Board has filled an open seat. The Board appointed Chris Blomberg to the vacant seat, and he will serve on the Board until the next election.

C.E.F.S. Recognizes Family of Distinction

05/19/15 11:44 AM
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently honored a local family for their personal achievements demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives.

Effingham Unit 40 School Board Approves Start of FY16 Budget Process

05/18/15 08:32 PM
The Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education has authorized Assistant Superintendent Rem Woodruff to begin preparations for the FY16 budget. With budget work set to begin, a tentative budget will likely be presented and passed in August.

Effingham County Board Approves School Resource Officer Contracts

05/18/15 06:06 PM
School Resource Officers are sworn-in Sheriff’s Deputies who primary assignment is to work at school’s in the county.

Effingham Police Find Stolen Vehicle Abandoned After Accident

05/18/15 02:03 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a vehicle theft that occurred over the weekend. The vehicle, which is owned by Seth McElroy of Effingham, was stolen from a parking lot in the 1700 Block of Ford Avenue between the 1:00am and 2:00pm Saturday.

Olney Man Stuck by Vehicle While on ATV Saturday Passes Away; DUI Charges Filed

05/18/15 12:17 PM
The Olney man who was airlifted to an Evansville, Indiana hospital Saturday after being struck by a car while riding his ATV has died as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident.

Illinois Hunters See Increase in Turkeys Taken in Spring Season

05/18/15 11:29 AM
According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, preliminary numbers show hunters just missed totaling 15,000 turkeys, with 14,999 were harvested this season.