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Effingham Police Investigating Residential Burglary on Calico Road


04/28/15 10:51 AM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a residential burglary that occurred on Monday between 8:00am and 3:20pm in the 700 block of Calico Road.

Samaritan's Purse Assisting Nepal Earthquake Victims


04/28/15 10:39 AM
Samaritan’s Purse is attempting to help the families affected by the 7.8 Magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25. The extremely powerful quake destroyed homes, businesses, and ancient landmarks.

Effingham Unit 40 School Board Reorganizes


04/27/15 08:43 PM
The Effingham Unit 40 School Board Monday reorganized following the results of the election held earlier this month. With that reorganization, the Board said goodbye to one longtime member and welcomed a new one. Board President and 24 year school board

Effingham County Clerk's Office Issues "Statement of Economic Interest" Reminder


04/27/15 06:25 PM
The deadline for filing a Statement of Economic Interest in the office of the County Clerk is May 1, 2015. Failure to file on or before that date will result in a fine of $15.

Altamont High School Student Receives Governor's Volunteer Service Award


04/27/15 06:12 PM
16-year-old junior Allison Schmidt was the recipient of the honor. Besides volunteering, Allison is very active in 4-H, and has won numerous honors and distinctions.

Heartland Human Services Ratifies AFSCME Contract


04/27/15 01:41 PM
 will be the second labor contract implemented at Heartland, with the first in August of 2009. 

Area Unemployment Figures Improve From February to March


04/27/15 12:05 PM
Unemployment figures for area counties in March have been announced with Effingham County's unemployment rate at 5.1%. This is an improvement from February’s 5.4%.

Preliminary Hearing Set for Wisconsin Man Arrested for Heroin and LSD Possession


04/24/15 04:27 PM
A preliminary hearing for the Madison, Wisconsin man arrested on drug charges after an early morning traffic stop earlier this month has been set for May 14. 

Cavaletto Bill to Help Vocational Teachers Passes House


04/24/15 04:05 PM
State Representative John Cavaletto has announced that his bill to address the re-certification of vocational teachers who bring a wealth of practical experience to the classroom in areas such as auto mechanics and welding to teach a new generation of workers passed overwhelmingly in the Illinois House.

Emergency Management Officials Launch Weather Alert Radio Contest


04/24/15 03:46 PM
To increase awareness and use of an important severe weather alerting tool, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA) today launched an online quiz for a chance to win a weather alert radio.

McHaney Reelected as Fourth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge


04/24/15 12:53 PM
At a meeting of the judges of the fourth judicial circuit earlier this month, Circuit Judge Michael McHaney was re-elected Chief Judge for the fourth circuit for a two year term.

Teutopolis Baseball Time Change (4/24)


04/24/15 12:38 PM
The Teutopolis Varsity Baseball game at Mt. Zion scheduled for today (Friday, April 24) will now start at 5:00pm instead of 4:30pm.

Effingham Police Investigating Vehicle Theft and Jewelry Theft


04/24/15 12:29 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating the theft of a motor vehicle owned by Sarah Morales of Altamont. Morales’ vehicle was stolen while parked at St. Anthony High School at 304 East Roadway Avenue. The vehicle was stolen sometime between 6:00pm on Tuesday, April 21 and 5:39pm on Thursday, April 23.

Effingham Sunrise Rotary Club Raising Funding for Police Monument


04/23/15 06:29 PM
The Effingham Sunrise Rotary Club is raising funds to create a monument to honor the fallen State Police Troopers from District 12 that were killed in the line of duty.

North Clay Packing Co. in Louisville Recalls 500 Pounds of Bratwurst


04/23/15 04:35 PM
North Clay Packing Co., an Illinois licensed establishment located in Louisville, IL, is recalling approximately 500 pounds of Bratwurst due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Effingham County Public Safety Committee Holds Quarterly Meeting


04/23/15 04:27 PM
The Effingham County Public Safety Committee met Thursday for their quarterly meeting. The committee met to receive reports from various department heads regarding safety issues and statistics from the first quarter of 2015, which was from January through March. 

Larson Trial Confirmed for Next Month


04/23/15 01:07 PM
The trial has been confirmed for the Altamont resident charged in both Illinois and Missouri in the alleged kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl. 60-year-old Steven Larson was in court Thursday for a pretrial hearing, where the previously scheduled May 4 trial date was confirmed.

Salem Man Found Dead in Home Tuesday


04/23/15 12:05 PM
The Marion County Coroner’s Office was called to a residence in Salem Tuesday afternoon after a 27-year-old Salem resident was found dead. 27-year-old Justin Davis, who is believed to have been dead for several hours, was discovered by his roommate. 

St. Anthony High School WYSE Team Finishes 5th At State


04/23/15 09:15 AM
The St. Anthony High School WYSE team earned 5th place at the State WYSE competition held at the University of Illinois at the I-Hotel and Conference Center on Thursday, April 16th...

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Congressman Shimkus Signs on as Co-Sponsors Local Radio Freedom Act


04/22/15 05:10 PM
Four Members of House of Representatives have been added to the list of co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act, a resolution that opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations.

Secretary of State Honors Lake Land College for Organ Donor Drive


04/22/15 04:59 PM
Lake Land College has been recognized by Secretary of State Jesse White for holding an organ/tissue donor drive on campus. White presented awards to organizers of the drive

Future Library Location Receives Positive Engineer Report


04/22/15 03:49 PM
Construction continues to move forward at the Helen Matthes Library’s future site, which upon relocation will be known as the Effingham Public Libary. The Library Board met earlier this week, with Library Director Amanda McKay providing an update on the progress at the new site.

Street Closure (4/23/2015)


04/22/15 02:58 PM
The City of Effingham has announced the closing of Holly Drive and the East lane of Wenthe Street beginning tomorrow, Thursday April 23rd at 6 a.m. until Friday April 24th at 6 a.m.

Salem Woman Pleads Not Guilty to First Degree Murder in Death of Infant Daughter


04/22/15 12:33 PM
23-year-old Christina Thomason was arrested on the charge in late March. She admitted to authorities during an interview that she couldn’t get the child to stop crying, so she covered the baby with multiple blankets and left to take a shower.

House Passes Bill to Extend Medical Marijuana Program


04/22/15 10:42 AM
The bill is sponsored by Skokie Democratic Representative Lou Lang. He sponsored the original legislation establishing the pilot program which is scheduled for automatic repeal on January 1, 2018.

Effingham City Council Approves Budget in Current Administration's Final Meeting


04/21/15 10:07 PM
City Administrator Jim Arndt. “We’ve been blessed here in the city," he continued. “We’ve took control of our expenditures over the last several years, conservatively watching our revenues, projecting those out, and building up a good reserve fund balance for all our major funds.”

AUDIO: Mayor Gillenwater Gives Effingham State of the City Address


04/21/15 08:50 PM
The Effingham City Council met Tuesday for what was a notable meeting for two reasons. Effingham Mayor Merv Gillenwater gave the yearly State of the City address, and it was the final meeting for the current administration.

Six Arrested in Charleston After Lengthy Standoff with Police


04/21/15 05:11 PM
A six hour standoff in Charleston Tuesday morning ended with the arrest of six people. The standoff began at approximately 5:00am when probation officers conducted a check on the occupants of a house on West Pierce Avenue. 

Adams Pleads Guilty to Reckless Homicide for 2014 Fatal Crash


04/21/15 01:36 PM
61-year-old Bluffs, Illinois resident John H. Adams has pleaded guilty to Reckless Homicide. The charge came after Adams caused an accident on Interstate 57 last October, leading to the death of 23-year-old Effingham resident Brianne Martin.

Effingham County Sheriff Warns of Phone Scam


04/21/15 01:12 PM
Sheriff Mahon said that several residents are receiving a phone message from an automated machine directing them to call the IRS at a 415 or 424 area code.

Kaskaskia College Announces Next President


04/21/15 01:11 PM
Kaskaskia College in Vandalia has announced that Dr. Penny Quinn of Pawnee Rock, Kansas has been named the College’s next President. Dr. Quinn will replace current president Dr. Jim Underwood, who will be retiring this year on June 30.

Phone Lines Down Briefly at Effingham County Building; 911 Not Affected


04/21/15 11:24 AM
Phone lines were down briefly Tuesday morning at the Effingham County Office Building and the Government Center, which is the Effingham County Court House. 

Mattoon Man Arrested For Incident Involving a Machete


04/21/15 11:20 AM
A Mattoon man was arrested Sunday on the charge of Domestic Battery. 33-year-old Robert G. Veach was arrested at the Mattoon Police Department after he allegedly struck a woman with the flat side of a machete.
 

Questions Remain Regarding Funding For Town Hit By Tornado


04/21/15 11:11 AM
A state senator says it's not clear yet what kind of financial assistance will be provided by the government to Fairdale, the DeKalb County Township that was devastated by a tornado on April 9.

St. Louis Man Gets 10 Years for 2013 Altamont Bank Robbery


04/20/15 08:21 PM
39-year-old Altonio Graves was sentenced for the robbery last week on two counts of bank robbery and one count each of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and being a felon with a firearm. 

Effingham County Board Tables Fireworks Ordinance Until Next Month


04/20/15 07:48 PM

The Effingham County Board will revisit an ordinance next month to legalize the sale and possession of certain fireworks in Effingham County.

Effingham Police Investigating Residential Burglary


04/20/15 06:04 PM
A garage in the 1000th block of North Merchant Street was broken into sometime between 9:00pm Wednesday and 7:11pm Friday.

State Police Release District 12 Enforcement Figures for March


04/20/15 12:56 PM
Troopers in District 12, which includes Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, and Richland Counties, answered 1,394 calls for service and initiated 1,609 incidents in the field. 
 

Effingham Co. Chamber of Commerce Awarded by Lake Land College


04/20/15 12:06 PM
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees awarded the 16th annual Business Partnership Award to the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce in recognition of its partnership with the college.
 

Tobacco Quitline Shutdown Indefinitely


04/20/15 11:55 AM
The Quitline is still active, but callers will hear a recorded message saying the service has been suspended until further notice because of budget cuts.

Early Morning Traffic Stop Leads to Major Drug Arrest


04/19/15 05:45 PM
At 3:48am Illinois State Police Trooper Ron Will clocked a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Ian Snow of Madison, Wisconsin at 78 miles-per-hour in a 55 mile per hour construction zone on I-57 Southbound just north of Effingham.

NWS Report Says Eleven Tornadoes Hit Illinois


04/19/15 05:14 PM
Weather officials say the EF-4 that ripped through Fairdale and Rochelle on Thursday, April 9 produced winds of 200 miles per hour.

Sunday Morning Fire Damages Garage in Flamingo Court


04/19/15 05:04 PM
Emergency crews who first arrived on the scene reported heavy smoke showing from the attached garage. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Fatal Two Vehicle Collision on Route 32/33


04/16/15 06:31 PM
An Effingham man was killed Friday when two vehicles collided on Keller Drive in Effingham Thursday afternoon in the area where the road becomes Illinois Route 32/33. The crash occurred at approximately 4:45pm

Ammunition Found in Student's Backpack at Teutopolis Jr. High


04/16/15 05:09 PM
A teacher found .22 ammunition, a pocket knife, rope, and a lighter in a student’s backpack at Teutopolis Junior High School Wednesday. After the items were found, the teacher took possession of the backpack and notified the school’s principal.

Representative Reis Holding Traveling Office Hours in Teutopolis Next Week


04/16/15 03:17 PM
The visit is part of Reis’ traveling office hours, which will take place on Wednesday, April 22. The local State Representative will start the traveling office hours at the Teutopolis Village Hall, where he will be from 9:00am to 10:00am.

Farmers Reminded to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1


04/16/15 02:36 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form

Effingham County K9 Search and Rescue Hosts Training Exercise


04/16/15 11:56 AM
The training consisted of a classroom portion conducted at the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency, followed by a field training exercise at Lake Sara.

State Board Of Education Approves New Superintendent


04/16/15 10:58 AM
The Illinois State Board of Education will soon have a new superintendent. The board approved a contract for Tony Smith who will take over for Christopher Koch on May 1st.

Vandalia Man Charged with Attempted Murder Waives Preliminary Hearing


04/15/15 06:19 PM
The Vandalia man charged with Attempted Murder after an incident earlier this month has waived the need for a preliminary hearing. 38-year-old Travis Stewart was in court Wednesday afternoon for had been scheduled as a preliminary hearing.
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