State Police Release September Enforcement Figures for September in District 12

10/22/14 10:06 PM
The Illinois State Police have released the enforcement figures for District 12 during the month of September. 

Lake Land College Ethics Students Exceed Donation Goal for World Food Day

10/22/14 09:25 PM
Lake Land College Ethics students were able to meet and exceed their fundraising goal to raise enough funds to provide 25,000 meals for the FEED Foundation in support of World Food Day, which was on October 16.

Farina Woman Indicted for Bringing Heroin into Jail Appears in Court

10/22/14 08:47 PM
A Farina woman who was indicted by an Effingham County Grand Jury last week for attempting to bring heroin into the Effingham County Jail made her first appearance in court Wednesday.

Public Invited to Casey State Bank Grand Re-opening Friday

10/22/14 07:35 PM
Casey State Bank is hosting an all-day party Friday to celebrate its 108th birthday and the grand re-opening of its main banking center at 305 N. Central Ave.

Vehicle Stolen from Auto Mall of Effingham

10/22/14 12:49 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating the theft of a vehicle owned by Effingham’s Auto Mall of America. The theft occurred while the vehicle was parked in the Auto Mall’s parking lot in late September. The stolen vehicle is valued at $20,000.

INTERVIEW: Crime Victims' Bill of Rights Amendment on November 4 Election

10/22/14 12:24 PM
The first item that Illinois voters will see on the ballot for the November 4th election is a proposed amendment to the constitution that would create a Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, formally known as Marsy's Law for Illinois. 

Effingham Police Investigating Theft from Performance Center

10/21/14 10:02 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a theft that occurred from the Effingham Performance Center. A stage prop was stolen in the incident.

City Council Votes Against Rezoning for Medical Marijuana Cultivation Center

10/21/14 08:31 PM
The Effingham City Council has voted against a rezoning ordinance that would have allowed for the creation of a medical marijuana cultivation center within the city limits. The measure fell in a 3-2 vote.

Congressman Shimkus Receives Small Business Award

10/21/14 06:08 PM
Area Congressman John Shimkus, of the 15th Congressional District, has been named the recipient of the National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award. Shimkus received the award because of his votes for which the NFIB gave him a voting record of 100 percent.

Red Cross Disaster Relief Volunteer Training in Effingham

10/21/14 05:57 PM
The Red Cross is offering‭ ‬disaster‭ ‬relief volunteer training in Effingham for any interested members of the area communities.‭ The class is next week,‭ ‬on Thursday,‭ ‬October‭ ‬30‭ ‬at the Effingham Fire Station‭ ‬on‭ ‬505‭ ‬West Fayette from‭ ‬6:00-9:30pm.


City of Effingham Launches Employee Recognition Program

10/21/14 12:18 PM
The City of Effingham has begun an Employee Recognition Program this fall as a way to recognize City employees who display exceptional customer service and go beyond the expected in their job performance.

Teutopolis School Board Hears About Enterprise Zone

10/20/14 10:33 PM
Effingham City Administrator Jim Arndt and Economic Development Director Todd Hull continue to speak before city and county governmenting bodies, asking for their partnership in applying for an enterprise zone.

Effingham County Board Approves FY15 Budget for Review

10/20/14 10:31 PM
The Effingham County Board has approved the county’s tentative budget for fiscal year 2015. With the approval, the tentative budget will now be made available for public review at the county board office and online at the county’s website, 

Representative Cavaletto Announces Residential Fire Prevention Grants

10/20/14 06:36 PM
Area State Representative John Cavaletto, who is a member of the Public Safety – Police & Fire Committee in the Illinois House, has announced that the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is accepting Small Business Innovation Research grant applications.

Hofer Sentencing Delayed Again

10/20/14 03:32 PM
There has been another sentencing delay for the Effingham woman who pleaded guilty to Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Causing a Death. 35-year-old Melly Hofer was charged last December when she caused a fatal accident by crossing the center line on Route 45 near County Road 1000.

St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Residential Burglary in Effingham

10/20/14 02:30 PM
A St. Louis resident was sentenced Monday to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for a residential burglary in Effingham. 28-year-old Aaron P. Broadnax received the sentence in exchange for a guilty plea.

Early Voting Starts Today

10/20/14 02:13 PM
Today opens early voting for the November 4th election. Registered voters can cast a ballot by going to their county clerk's office during regular business hours. The clerk will hold on to the ballot, and the vote will not be counted until after the polls close on election day. 

State Unemployment Rate Falls Again

10/19/14 11:27 PM
The statewide unemployment rate for Illinois has fallen again, and was down to 6.6% at the end of September. Employment Security Spokesman Greg Rivara says the state has seen improvement on the jobs front for seven months in a row now. 

St. Elmo Man Sentenced to Four Years on Drug Charges

10/19/14 11:01 PM
St. Elmo resident Matthew Koberlein has been sentenced to four years in prison on drug charges. The 24-year-old Koberlein received the sentence after pleading guilty to Possession with Intent to Deliver, with ecstasy being the involved substance. 

Effingham Woman Killed in Accident on I-57 Friday

10/19/14 09:56 PM
The accident occurred at 3:35pm, when a tractor-trailer driven in the left lane of I-57 north slowed down, and came to a stop to turn to the center median. 

Altamont Native Arrested for Extortion Charges

10/18/14 12:24 PM
An Altamont native has been charged with Extortion for blackmailing a woman online. 23-year-old Stephen B. Mislich, now of Bowling Green, Ohio, allegedly obtained sexually suggestive photos of women by hacking into their online accounts. 

Illinois Activates Ebola Hotline

10/17/14 04:56 PM
Illinois Department of Public Health Director (IDPH) Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today announced the activation of an Ebola hotline to answer residents’ questions about Ebola 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline number is 800-889-3931.

Intergovernmental Agreement for Enterprise Zone Application Likely Next Month

10/16/14 06:51 PM
An intergovernmental agreement between the city of Effingham and the county will likely be made in November for their joint application for an enterprise zone. There was some thought that the agreement would be finalized this month.

Hiring of Part Time Deputy to Patrol Montrose and Dieterich Put on Hold

10/16/14 06:44 PM
A decision on hiring a part time deputy to patrol Montrose and Dieterich will be on hold at least until next month. 

CASA Receives Training Grant from Youth Fund

10/16/14 06:28 PM
CASA of Effingham County has received a grant to assist with the funding for training classes for the organization’s volunteers. 

State Setting Up Ebola Hotline

10/15/14 06:19 PM
The state is in the process of setting up an Ebola hotline. Officials say the hotline will provide answers to some of the questions that people might have about the virus, such as how it is spread and how to avoid it. 

Wet Weather Slowing Down Harvest

10/15/14 06:15 PM
Illinois farmers have a record corn crop on their hands, but rain and wet weather is hampering their efforts to get it out of the fields this week. 

Adult Welding Class Improves Job Prospects; Creates Qualified Workers in County

10/15/14 06:11 PM
Effingham area manufacturers have identified a need for more skilled welders to fill open positions in their businesses. 

Dieterich School Board Gets Audit Update

10/15/14 06:09 PM
The Dieterich Unit 30 School Board received an update on the recent district audit for fiscal year 2014 at its meeting this week. Superintendent Cary Jackson said the audit reflected no instances of noncompliance on behalf of the district. 

Effingham Police Investigating Thefts

10/15/14 12:35 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a retail theft from Walmart and the theft of a motorcycle from a driveway.

Red Ribbon Week to be Observed in Effingham County Oct 23-31

10/15/14 12:11 PM
October 23rd through 31st will be Red Ribbon Week in Effingham County. The national Red Ribbon campaign began in 1985 after U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Kiki Camarena gave his life while working undercover in Mexico. Effingham County’s Drug Alert Council has sponsored the week locally for the

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill Thursday

10/15/14 09:51 AM
State officials are encouraging Families, schools, and businesses are encouraged to participate.

Fracking Rules Vote Delayed till November

10/14/14 09:08 PM
Illinois lawmakers were expected to make a decision on whether or not to accept the state’s fracking laws yesterday. That vote though has been delayed until November.

Plan Commission Recommends Rezoning for Medical Marijuana Cultivation Site

10/14/14 08:32 PM
The Effingham Plan Commission has voted in favor of recommending the rezoning of an area of land in south Effingham to allow for the creation of a medical marijuana cultivation center. The facility would be built on a rural area of land containing 19.3 acres. 

Effingham County 911 Board Talks Budget and Equipment Purchases

10/14/14 07:39 PM
The Effingham County 911 Board has approved its layover budget for Fiscal Year 2015. The budget comes in balanced, with their revenue projected at $594,000 and expenses at $583,751. This creates a projected surplus of just over $10,000. 

Hundreds Of Thousands of Job Openings in Illinois Posted Online

10/14/14 02:54 PM
Employers are going to the web to find workers. There were more than 21,000 help wanted ads posted on the Internet for jobs in Illinois last month.

Kinmundy Farmer Reappointed as Farmer-Leader on United Soybean Board

10/14/14 02:25 PM
Dwain L. Ford is one of 19 producers from across the United States who will be sworn in as directors in December by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. 

First Liheap Energy Assistance Program Outreach Site in Dieterich Thursday

10/13/14 08:02 PM
The first outreach site for the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation’s energy assistance program will be held later this week.

Fourth Judicial Circuit to Fill Circuit Judge Vacancy in November Election

10/13/14 05:46 PM
The Fourth Judicial Circuit will have a contested election for an at-large circuit judge vacancy in the November 4, 2014, general election. The Fourth Judicial Circuit includes nine Illinois counties. 

Mayor Gillenwater Signs Breast Cancer Awareness Proclamation

10/13/14 05:18 PM
The proclamation states that since October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and approximately 9,230 Illinois women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 according to the American Cancer Society

Effingham to Hold First Annual "Lights & Festive Sights" Competition

10/13/14 12:07 PM
The City of Effingham has announced its first annual holiday light competition Holiday Lights & Festive Sights for the 2014 holiday season. Plan to decorate your residence to help spread holiday cheer and welcome visitors throughout the season. 

Three Arrests Made for Burglary of Mattoon's Burger King Restaurant

10/12/14 08:21 PM
Three Mattoon residents have been arrested on burglary charges for stealing from the Burger King Restaurant in Mattoon.

Effingham Woman Killed in Accident Friday in Fayette County

10/11/14 08:40 AM
An Effingham woman was killed in an accident Friday morning in Fayette County that occurred on Illinois Route 128 at 9:40am Friday morning, near the intersection of County Road 3250 North in Fayette County.

Shelbyville School District Employee Killed in Accident Friday

10/11/14 08:36 AM
A Shelbyville school district employee was fatally injured Friday in an accident that occurred just before noon. 

Dairy Queen Latest Victim of Data Breach, Effingham Location Clear

10/10/14 04:26 PM
At Illinois Dairy Queen location the Greenup, Tuscola, and Fairfield stores were among those where the breach occurred. The breach at these locations occurred between August 5 and August 31. The Effingham Dairy Queen is clear of the breach.   

Effingham Police Investigating Burglary at CCI Redi-Mix

10/10/14 12:42 PM
Effingham Police are investigating a burglary that occurred last weekend at the CCI Redi-Mix facilty in Effingham. The burglary occurred from the concrete producer between October 3rd and the morning of October 6. 

Jeff Bloemker Announces Intention To Run For Mayor

10/10/14 11:49 AM
Heartland Human Services Executive Director Jeff Bloemker has announced his intentions to run for Mayor of the City of Effingham in the April 2015 municipal election.

Lake Land College Hosted Illinois College Exposition and Career Day

10/09/14 05:26 PM
Career Day gives high school students a chance to explore career options by attending various break-out sessions with Lake Land College instructors and volunteers who come to the college to share.

Montrose and Dieterich Request Part Time Deputy to Address Traffic Problems

10/09/14 04:38 PM
The Effingham County Board and Effingham County Sheriff's Office are considering their options for having a part-time deputy patrol the Montrose and Dieterich area. 

Economic Development Director Todd Hull Updates Legislative Committee on Enterpr

10/09/14 04:07 PM
Effingham Economic Development Director Todd Hull talked with the Effingham County Legislative Committee about the City/County application for an enterprise zone. The city and parts of the county are currently under an enterprise zone, which will expire in 2018.