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Hofer Pleads Guilty to Aggravated DUI Causing a Death


07/30/14 12:24 PM
The Effingham woman facing charges in the crash that led to the death of a Watson teenager appeared for a final pretrial Wednesday where she entered a plea of guilty. 35-year-old Melly Hofer pleaded guilty to the charge of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Causing a Death. She had also been charged with Reckless Homicide. 

Favorable Weather Has Crops Progressing Well


07/29/14 09:32 PM
Below normal temperatures are helping push along crop progress as we hear in the weekly crop report. It has also been fair dry this past week, leaving six suitable days for fieldwork.

Home Damaged in Kitchen Fire


07/29/14 09:22 PM
A kitchen fire Tuesday afternoon caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to an Effingham home. The fire occurred at a home located at 507 Park Hills Drive. The residents of the home were not at the house when the fire started, which started in the kitchen in the area of the stove. The Effingham Fire Department responded to the scene at 1:15pm after a 911 call and remained at the residence

Effingham City Council to Vote on Contribution to Sports Complex on August 19


07/29/14 08:08 PM
The Effingham City Council met Tuesday for a special meeting to discuss a request for funding to support the completion of the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Center. At the Council’s previous meeting Effingham Park District President Dave McDevitt requested a $1-million contribution to the complex.

Pana Man Fatally Shot After Shooting Pana Police Officer


07/29/14 07:24 PM
Illinois State Police‭ (‬ISP‭) ‬and the Christian County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting that occurred on Tuesday,‭ ‬July‭ ‬29,‭ ‬2014,‭ ‬in‭ ‬rural Christian County that involved ISP SWAT,‭ ‬a Pana Police Officer,‭ ‬and an armed offender.

 
 

Effingham Unit 40 Adopts Student Social Media Policy


07/28/14 10:00 PM
The Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education has adopted a social media policy within the district that can allow administrators to obtain a students social media password if there is an imminent threat of harm to a student or staff member. 

 

Police Investigating Criminal Damage, Burglary, and Theft at Area Businesses


07/28/14 09:08 PM
The Effingham Police Department is investigating three recent incidents that occurred at local businesses. 

Two Mattoon Resident Arrested on Aggravated Assault Charges Involving Vehicle


07/28/14 05:52 PM
Two Mattoon residents were arrested Sunday in an incident in which a man was struck by their vehicle and threatened with a hatchet. 
 

IDOT Seeks Public Input to Ensure Needs of Individuals with Disabilities are Met


07/28/14 11:36 AM
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is seeking input on its draft 2014 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan to ensure the department meets the needs of individuals with disabilities. 

 

 

Senator McCarter Reacts to June Unemployment Rate


07/27/14 08:56 PM
During the month of June Illinois saw the biggest drop in the nation in unemployment. The state improved from 7.5% in May to 7.1% in June. This was also an improvement of 2.1% from the same time a year ago

New Class of State Police Troopers Sworn In


07/25/14 05:22 PM
Illinois is welcoming 38 new state troopers. The troopers were sworn in Friday morning and will be in the field beginning Monday. 
 

Siemer Named to State Bar Association Leadership Position


07/25/14 01:03 PM
Local Attorney Martin W. Siemer of Resch Siemer Law Office, LLC, with offices in Effingham and Casey, has been appointed as Secretary of the Elder Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) for 2014-2015. 

Democrat State Treasurer Candidate Mike Frerichs Stops in Effingham


07/24/14 06:28 PM
Democrat candidate for State Treasurer Mike Frerichs was in Effingham Thursday for a meet & greet campaign event. Frerichs was at the Two 21 Restaraunt where he spoke with local constituents. Prior to speaking to the group as a whole, Frerichs spoke individually with those in

Cement Truck Crashes into Home Day Care in Newton


07/24/14 03:36 PM
A cement truck crashed into a home in Newton Thursday morning. The home, located at 8090‭ ‬East‭ ‬600‭ ‬Avenue, was a home daycare building. Police say that children were not present in the room into which the cement truck crashed and there were no injuries.
 

Bank Robbery in Lawrenceville


07/24/14 12:18 PM

American Red Cross Issues Call for Blood and Platelet Donors


07/24/14 11:12 AM
Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
 
 

New Polling Places Set in Effingham County


07/24/14 10:55 AM
Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel announces polling place changes for the Precincts of Douglas 8, Douglas 9, Watson 1 and Watson 3. 

Cumberland, Fayette, & Richland Among 20 Counties Out Late Season Deer-Hunting


07/23/14 05:05 PM
The state is getting rid of the late-winter hunting season in 20-counties. Officials say counties that are keeping their population numbers at bay won't be included in the January hunting season. The DNR is also reducing the number of firearm permits that will be available in some areas. Statewide, there will be 11-thousand-300 fewer firearm permits available in the January

Man Charged For Hitting Flagger with Vehicle Chooses to Represent Self


07/23/14 01:48 PM
The Strasburg resident charged in a hit and run incident involving a construction worker appeared in court Wednesday for an arraignment hearing where he chose to represent himself.  
 

Governor Signs Capital Construction Bill, Includes Work in Area Counties


07/23/14 12:18 PM
Governor Quinn has signed a new state capital construction bill that invests $1.1 billion in road and bridge projects across the state. The bill is part of the  Governor’s six-year, $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, which intends to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
 

Murray Center Parents Ready To Appeal


07/23/14 12:06 PM
The Murray Parent's Association is planning to appeal a recent ruling that allows Governor Quinn to shut down the Murray Developmental Center. Rita Winkeler of the Murray Parent's Association says the group is disappointed in the ruling. She says her son, like many other residents at Murray, have severe disabilities and they would not survive in any other setting. In

Midland States Bank Pledges $1 Million to Workman Sports Complex


07/22/14 01:40 PM
Midland States Bank President and CEO Leon J. Holschbach has announced a $1 million gift to support the community fundraising effort for the sports complex. 

 

Final Pretrial Set in Hofer Case with Deal A Possibility


07/22/14 12:34 PM
A final pretrial has been set in the case of Melly Hofer. The 35-year-old Hofer has been charged with Reckless Homicide and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Causing a Death. 

 
 

Representative Cavaletto Comments on Announcement that Murray Center Will Close


07/22/14 11:49 AM
A federal judge has ruled that the state can proceed with the closing of the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.
 

Effingham County Property Tax Bills to be Mailed Out End of Month


07/22/14 11:29 AM
Effingham County residents can expect to receive their real estate bills in the next few weeks. Effingham County Treasurer Steve Dasenbrock has announced that the 2013 payable 2014 property tax bills are in the process of being printed and he expects them to be in the mail by the end of July. 
 

Teutopolis School Board Talks Technology


07/21/14 10:06 PM
The Teutopolis Unit 50 Board of Education continued to talk technology in the District’s schools at Monday’s meeting. Superintendent Bill Fritcher provided the Board with an update on discussions with the technology committee. This included a potential plan to purchase Google Chromebook’s for classroom use. 

Effingham County Board Approves Two Loans From Revolving Loan Fund Program


07/21/14 05:17 PM
The Effingham County Board met Monday for their monthly meeting. The board approved loans of $21,000 loan for JLS Technology Consultants and an $18,200 loan for CW Motorsports from the County’s revolving loan fund program.

Five Guns Stolen From Residence in Effingham


07/21/14 12:12 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a residential burglary that occurred Friday in which a number of firearms were stolen. 

 

Man Convicted of Drug Induced Homicide Involved in Weekend Incident in Jail


07/21/14 01:05 AM
The Altamont man who in June was found guilty by a jury of Drug Induced Homicide is now facing more charges following an incident in the Effingham County Jail over the weekend. 23-year-old Jay Miller has been charged with Aggravated Intimidation and Battery after allegedly attacking another man in prison on Saturday. 

Local FSA Committee Nominations Due August 1


07/18/14 04:02 PM
County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S.‭ ‬Department of Agriculture.‭ ‬Farmers and ranchers elected to local committees‭ ‬share‭ ‬their opinions and ideas‭ ‬on federal farm programs.

 
 

Lieutenant Governor Candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti Makes Stop in Effingham


07/18/14 03:46 PM
Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Evelyn Sanguinetti was in Effingham Friday for a meet and greet. Sanguinetti's campaign tour made a stop at Effingham where she spoke with local constituents. She talked about the need to get Illinois back in fiscal order

UPDATE: Police Make Arrest in Jasper County Incident


07/17/14 05:58 PM
The Newton Police Department and Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a subject who stole a car. 

 

Effingham Alliance Requests Membership From Effingham County


07/17/14 05:26 PM
The Effingham County Tax and Finance Committee heard from the Alliance Thursday, requesting the county’s membership in the group.

Heaven Davis Gets Three Year Sentence for Endangering the Life of a Child


07/17/14 04:56 PM
The St. Elmo woman who in May pleaded guilty to the charge of Endangering the Life of a Child in connection with the death of her daughter has been sentenced to three years in prison. 
 

Mattoon Man Arrested on Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child Charge


07/17/14 10:46 AM
A Mattoon man was arrested Wednesday on the charge of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child. Mattoon Police arrested 34-year-old Robert E. Price on Wednesday, July 16th at 5:35pm in the 3000 block of Shelby Avenue. 

Red Cross Hosting Blood Drives in Area Counties


07/16/14 04:50 PM
The Red Cross continues to see fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients. Donors are urged to make an appointment to give blood with the Red Cross to help prevent a summer shortage.
 

Friends of St. Anthony's Welcome New Leadership Council Members


07/16/14 03:28 PM
St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital has announced the recent appointment of three new members to the Friends of St. Anthony's Leadership Council. The new members of the Council are Wells Fargo Financial Advisor Joe Fearday, Midland States Bank Corporate Treasurer Michael P. Karibian, and Effingham County Board member Karen Luchtefeld. 

Republican State Treasurer Candidate Tom Cross Stops by Studio to Talk Finances


07/16/14 03:26 PM
Illinois State Representative and Republican candidate for State Treasurer Tom Cross stopped by the studio today to talk with News Director Tom Jamison. 
 

Rejected Concealed Carry Applicants Will Now Be Told Reason For Rejection


07/16/14 11:06 AM
Changes have been made to the concealed carry permitting process that will provide applicants with additional information as it requires more transparency from state officials. 

Effingham City Council Hears Numerous Requests for Funding at Lengthy Meeting


07/16/14 12:22 AM
A number of organizations spoke before the Effingham City Council Tuesday to request funding during a nearly three-and-a-half hour long meeting. 
 

Dieterich High School Considering Hosting Brownstown Students For Spanish Class


07/15/14 05:49 PM
Dieterich Unit 30 Superintendent Cary Jackson has spoke to the Dieterich Board of Education about a request from Brownstown High School to be included in the school’s Spanish program. Dieterich currently hosts students from Beecher City in a long distance lab.

McDonalds Awards $10,000 to Helen Matthes Library


07/15/14 04:56 PM
The Helen Matthes Library has received a $10,000 contribution. Blake and Laura Linders, local McDonald’s owners, presented the Helen Matthes Library on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois.
 
 

Altamont School District End of Year Numbers Show Slight Attendance Improvement


07/15/14 02:30 PM
The Altamont Unit 10 Board of Education discussed end of the year numbers at its recent meeting. The end of the year report reflected an overall attendance rate of 95.9%, which is an improvement from the 2012-2013 school year rate of 95.6%.

 

State Police Release Enforcement Figures for Area Counties in June


07/15/14 01:34 PM
Illinois State Police District 12 Commander Captain Kelly Hodge has announced activity and enforcement figures for the month of June. Troopers in District 12, which includes Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, and Richland Counties

Continental Mills Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


07/15/14 01:22 PM
A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday at the new Continental Mills plant in Effingham to honor the opening of their location in Effingham. Continental Mills in late 2013 acquired the facility previously owned by Harlan Bakeries at 1200 Stevens Avenue in the city business park.

 
 

Senator McCarter Named to Workers Comp Advisory Board


07/14/14 06:02 PM
Area State Senator Kyle McCarter has been named to Illinois Workers Compensation Program Advisory Board. The Board's goal is to review, assess and provide recommendations to improve the workers' compensation program and to ensure that the State manages the program in the interests of injured workers and taxpayers.
 

Effingham Art Guild Announces 14th Annual Juried Art Show Winners


07/14/14 04:23 PM
Members of the Effingham Art Guild (EAG) recently celebrated their 14th annual Juried Art Show with a special event hosted by Bonutti Clinic to announce the winners. The EAG Juried Art Show is unique to the Effingham area, as juried shows require the artist’s work to compete against other entries to be accepted into the display. 

Lake Land College Accepting Student Ambassador Applications


07/14/14 01:27 PM
Lake Land College is now accepting Student Ambassador applications for the upcoming school year. As an Ambassador, students are selected to serve as official college representatives at events such as college fairs and high school visits. 

2014 Crop Reporting Deadline Tomorrow


07/14/14 10:49 AM
Producers must annually provide their local county office with a report of all cropland acres in order to be eligible to participate in certain programs and receive benefits. The deadline for area farmers to file their crop reports is just a day away, with spring-seeded crops, crop acreages, shares, and plant dates needing to be reported by July 15th. 

Police Investigating Burglary at Effingham Performance Tuning


07/14/14 10:31 AM
The Effingham Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at Effingham Performance Tuning on 1700 West Fayette Avenue between 11:00pm on Thursday July 10 and 8:55am on Friday, July 11. Police say the total loss from items stolen was over $10,000. 
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