The four republican candidates for Effingham County Sheriff participated in a candidate forum on Friday, March 7. The four candidates, Darren Feldkamp, John Gardner, Dave Mahon, and Mike Schutzbach, answered questions from the media panel. The topics from the panel included Management, Substance Abuse, Interagency Cooperation, and New Laws.
Governor Pat Quinn has announced that a new report has found Illinois leads the nation in the number of communities using renewable electricity. The report shows 91 Illinois communities have achieved 100 percent renewable electricity, far more than any other state.
Students at Central Grade School in the Effingham Unit 40 District recently took part in the third annual “Read the Most Coast to Coast” event. Central Grade School students joined Renaissance Learning’s challenge to break the record set last school year for the number of Accelerated Reader Quizzes taken in one day. The new one day record was set with 4,987,949
With the time change this Sunday, the Effingham Fire Department wants to remind residents to make another change, and one they say could save lives — changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Illinois State Police in Effingham advise that access ramp to Interstate 70 westbound from I-57 northbound is temporarily closed (at tri-level south of Effingham) because of an accident. Traffic is still able to pass through on I-57 northbound.
Effingham resident Zebadiah Houser will have his trial date delayed at least until April. Houser is facing one count of Concealment of Homicidal Death. The charge stems from the summer 2011 death of Joseph Delaney, and the disposing of his body.
Filling the gap created by FEMA's denial of tornado aid, Governor Quinn has announced a 45-million-dollar relief package to help central Illinois towns and cities recover their costs from the November tornadoes.
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital has been part of the Effingham community for over 138 years. Now, the hospital is extending its support for the community and its youngest residents by contributing a $49,400 donation to Effingham Community Unit School District #40
The Effingham City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance to amend the city’s municipal code, creating a Special Use designation within a residential area for the operation of a Bed-and-Breakfast Establishment/Hotel and Events Venue.
The American Red Cross is reminding community members that March is Red Cross Month, the perfect time to get involved. Whether donating blood, volunteering or taking a lifesaving class, members of our community help the Red Cross continue its lifesaving mission.
District 12 Troopers from the Illinois State Police are conducting Roadside Safety Checks in Effingham and Fayette Counties throughout the month of March. Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers
The Windsor man facing First Degree Murder Charges in the death of a Casey man made his first appearance with counsel Monday. 19-year-old Thomas Messina has been charged with the death of Gregory Scott Collins.
The Effingham man facing felony drug charges in connection with the February 4 death of Jessica James has been appointed new representation in his case. 23-year-old Albert Church of Effingham has been charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance by Accountability
Two people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries following an accident on the interstate in Effingham County early Sunday morning. 24-year-old Brianna Haag, Effingham, was traveling southbound on Interstate 57 at Mile Post 163 on Sunday, March 3 at 3:00am. Illinois State Police say that Haag came around a curve and saw a semi in a ditch on the side of the interstate.
The American Red Cross of Southwest Illinois will be hosting a Disaster Relief Volunteer Training course in Effingham. The course, called "Disaster Services: An Overview," will be held on Thursday, March 20 6:00-9:30pm at the Effingham Fire Station.
Illinois State Police have announced that 5,000 Concealed Carry License (CCL) applications have been approved and are ready to be printed and mailed. The department has begun mailing the licenses and will continue to issue licenses as they are approved.
A bipartisan Senate and House panel has begun its work to address a growing problem with heroin use and addiction in Illinois. State Senator Kyle McCarter is one of seven senators on the Young Adult Heroin Task Force
~~Our friend Bill Burry has spent many years on WCRC playing music His health has been an issue lately and today Bill has decided to Retire We wish him the very best and our thoughts and prayers are with Bill andhis famil. Thank you Bill from our Cromwell WCRC family to yours for the Many Years of memories
Effingham resident Zebadiah Houser appeared in court Thursday with new representation in attorney Lance Freezeland. Houser was initially represented by Conflicts Public Defender Richard Runde, however Houser requested new counsel due to the illness of Runde.
The United Way of Effingham County has begun accepting requests for Grant Applications for funding support for the 2014-2015 Campaign. Agencies requesting funds must be non-profit organizations with a 501(c) 3
Lake Land College, in coordination with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), is hosting FAFSA Frenzy on Thursday, March 6 from 2:00-6:00pm in Webb Hall, room 109 on the Lake Land College campus in Mattoon.
Local farmer Joseph Deters has directed $2,500 to Teutopolis Unit 50 School District. Funded by America ’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will be used to provide upgrades and maintenance to Agriculture Education shop and Industrial Technology shop equipment.
Federal, State, County, and City law enforcement officers, along with State’s Attorneys and state social service providers will converge in Effingham for a two day criminal justice summit on February 26-27, 2014.
Two area men appeared in court Monday on Felony Drug charges in connection with the February 4 death of Jessica James. 22-year-old Jay Miller of Altamont has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, which is a Class 4 Felony.
The National Weather Service confirms several tornadoes touched down in Illinois in the latest round of storms. Effingham County is among the five counties in which a tornado has been confirmed. The other counties with confirmed tornadoes are Sangamon, Christian, Morgan
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation has announced that Barbara Waymire of Shelbyville was promoted to the position of Outreach Director. According to Chief Executive Officer Paul White, “C.E.F.S. is truly excited to promote Barbara Waymire to lead and direct the agency outreach programs.”
Judge Douglas Jarman found probable cause in Fayette Court today in the case of the death of 1-year old Addison Scott of St. Elmo. Scott's mother, Heaven Davis, is charged with endangering the life of a child, which is a Class 3 Felony.
A 25-year old Altamont man was sentenced in Fayette County Court to serve time in the Department of Corrections for sexual assault. Christopher L. Gordon entered a plea of guilty on a charge of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class X Felony
The jury trial for Christine Burr has been pushed back until April 14. The 57-year-old Burr is facing three charges of 1st Degree Murder and one count of Concealment of a homicidal death in the 2011 death of 54-year-old Joseph Delaney.
His Holiness, Pope Francis, has named Msgr. Carl A. Kemme, vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, to be the 11th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kansas.
67 people attended a drug and alcohol presentation in Altamont earlier this week. The event, the first of a series called Connect & Protect, was held Tuesday night at Altamont’s Immanuel Lutheran Church to raise
At Tuesday’s Effingham City Council meeting the Council discussed a previously denied proposal under which the Austin Mansion at the corner of Wabash Avenue and 4th Street would be opened as both a bed and breakfast establishment and hotel and events venue.
A Shumway man was found unresponsive by a family member at their residence Tuesday. 23-year-old Mark Heth was found unresponsive mid-morning. Emergency medical services were notified and shortly thereafter Effingham County Duane Guffey was called to the scene.