Illinois Health Department Ends Ebola Hotline

11/25/14 11:19 PM
After receiving hundreds of calls during its first week of operation in mid-October, the number of calls to the 24/7 hotline has dropped off sharply since then. 

Martin Siemer Sworn in as 4th Judicial Circuit Judge

11/25/14 11:17 PM
Teutopolis resident Martin Siemer was sworn in Tuesday as Judge of the 4th Judicial Circuit. He was elected earlier this month and will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Sherri Tungate. 

Big Brother/Big Sister Program Receives Operational Funding Grant

11/25/14 04:07 PM
The Mid-Illinois Big Brother/Big Sister Program has received a grant from the Siemer Milling Company Endowment Fund to assist in supporting operations and expansion.‭ 

Record Collection of Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes in Effingham

11/25/14 12:12 PM
Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week concluded on Monday, and it was a record collection for the Effingham area. Cornerstone Christian Church served as the collection center for the area, with a total of 21,135 shoe boxes being collected. 

The Alliance Supports Helen Matthes Library with Donation

11/25/14 12:12 AM
The Alliance’s donation of $25,000 will support the New Books Area of the new Library. The Alliance Board chose this because new books represent growth, anticipation and excitement, and often give birth to new ideas and innovation whether through fiction or science. 

Mattoon Man Arrested for Possession of a Weapon by a Felon

11/24/14 10:52 PM
37-year-old Ryan C. Warren  was charged with Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, and Armed Violence.

Judge Denies Bid To Delay Fracking

11/24/14 10:58 AM
A judge in Madison County is giving the state the green light to go ahead and get the fracking process underway. Judge Barbara Crowder shot down a lawsuit filed by southern Illinois landowners which aimed to put the new fracking rules on hold.

Second Distribution of Effingham County Property Taxes Made

11/24/14 10:49 AM
The Effingham County Treasurer’s Office has made the second distribution of 2013 payable 2014 property taxes. With this second distribution, $17,439,765.98 was distributed to 86 taxing bodies. 95.8% of the total tax extended has now been distributed.

Charleston Murder Suspect Has Trial Vacated for Status Hearing

11/22/14 05:18 PM
The Charleston man charged with First Degree Murder in the shooting of 47-year-old Gina Giberson at her Charleston residence in April has had his scheduled jury trial date of December 8 vacated. In place of the trial will be a status hearing on that same day. 


District 12 Troopers Conducting Nightime Enforcement Patrols in Effingham County

11/22/14 04:54 PM
District 12 troopers from the Illinois State Police will be conducting Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) in Effingham County for the remainder of the month. These patrols aim to ensure safety on the roads through the holiday season. 


Red Cross Hosting Numerous Blood Drives in Area Counties Dec. 1-15

11/21/14 05:39 PM
During the winter months the Red Cross often sees a decline in blood donations. This is due to donors having busy schedule with the holiday season, and the travel that is associated with it. 

Judge Shoots Down Pension Reform Law

11/21/14 03:47 PM
A Springfield judge has struck down the state pension reform law, ruling that it violates the state constitution by reducing benefits for existing state retirees. 


Revolving Loan Fund Program Accepting Applications

11/21/14 03:22 PM
The loans are a source of locally controlled financing that can be used to assist existing and start up businesses in Effingham County. The loan proceeds can be used for both fixed asset and working capital purchases, with the idea being that the loans

Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week Continues

11/20/14 04:54 PM
There a still a few days left of the Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, which will continue through the weekend and conclude on Monday. Effingham and the Cornerstone Christian Church have teamed up for the week, with the church serving as a collection center. 

Vandalia Resident Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

11/20/14 03:28 PM
A Vandalia resident has been arrested on child pornography charges. 34-year-old Ryan J. Koontz was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Vandalia Police Department. 

Effingham Police Investigating Theft from Storage Sheds

11/20/14 12:22 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred sometime between midnight last Friday and 9:08am Tuesday at the storage shed facility at 608 South Maple Street. In the incident locks were removed from three storage sheds

Mike Frerichs Wins Race for State Treasurer

11/19/14 10:14 PM
We have a winner in the state treasurer’s race. The latest vote count puts Democrat Mike Frerichs up by more than 95-hundred-votes over Republican Tom Cross. Cross held a slight lead on election night. 

State Police Release October Enforcement Figures for District 12

11/19/14 09:59 PM
District‭ ‬12‭ of State Police have ‬announced the activity‭ ‬and‭ ‬enforcement figures for the month of‭ ‬October.‭ ‬Troopers in District‭ ‬12,‭ ‬which includes Clark,‭ ‬Clay,‭ ‬Crawford,‭ ‬Cumberland,‭ ‬Effingham,‭ ‬Fayette,‭ ‬Jasper,‭ ‬Lawrence,‭ ‬Marion,‭ ‬and Richland Counties,

Dr. Mary Byrne Speaks in Effingham Against Common Core

11/19/14 09:57 PM
Approximately 35 area residents attended a presentation Wednesday by Dr. Mary Byrne, who spoke against the Common Core educational standards. Byrne is from Springfield, Missouri and is a cofounder of the Missouri Coallition Against Common Core. 

Effingham County Emergency Services & Health Officials Talk Ebola Readiness

11/19/14 06:00 PM
Effingham County Emergency Service officials and Health officials met Wednesday to discuss the county’s preparedness for the Ebola virus. 

INTERVIEW: Tourism Director Jodi Jackson Talks Christmas Lights Contest

11/19/14 04:54 PM
Effingham Tourism Director Jodi Jackson stopped by the studio Wednesday to talk about upcoming “Holiday Lights & Festive Sights” Christmas light competition and the Wonderland in Lights display in Community Park.

Loan Approved for Renovation of Helen Matthes Library's Future Location

11/18/14 11:05 PM
The City of Effingham has approved a loan for the Helen Matthes Library in the amount of $2,000,000. The loan is for the renovation of the library’s future location at the former 5th-3rd Bank building in downtown Effingham.

City Council Approves Funding for Construction Trades Program

11/18/14 10:06 PM
The Effingham City Council has voted in favor of providing funding for the proposed Effingham County Construction Trades Program. Funding will be in the amount of $75,000 and will be used to pay for fees and costs associated with hiring an instructor, materials and supplies, and facility costs.

Citizens Use Speaker's Cards to Talk Medicinal Marijuana at City Council Meeting

11/18/14 09:51 PM
It wasn’t on the agenda, but the topic of medicinal marijuana was the major talking point at Tuesday’s City Council meeting thanks to the use of 8 speaker’s cards. This comes weeks after the Council voted 3-2 against a rezoning ordinance that would have allowed for the creation of a medical marijuana cultivation center

INTERVIEW: Senator Dale Righter Talks Veto Session

11/18/14 05:48 PM
There are a number of items that could potentially come up in discussion or for a vote during the veto session. The full interview is available at the above link.

IDOT and Police Encourage Safe Driving During Winter Weather

11/18/14 05:18 PM
The Illinois Department of Transportation and District 12 of the State Police are getting ready for the hazards of winter driving. IDOT interim Operations Engineer Chris Smith and ISP Safety Education Officer Tammy Welborn were in Effingham to launch their 2014-2015 “Ice and Snow-Take it Slow” campaign.

Effingham Police Investigating Residential Burglary

11/18/14 12:09 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a residential burglary that occurred sometime between 6:00pm Sunday and 7:37am Monday in the 500 block of North Main Street.

Infant Death Ruled Accidental

11/17/14 09:19 PM
11 month old Amelia Dawn Shepard was pronounced deceased on September 16 after being found unresponsive at a babysitter’s residence in rural Altamont.

Police Investigate Damage to Bliss Park Building

11/17/14 08:33 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a weekend incident in which a building at Bliss Park was damaged. Police say the incident occurred sometime prior to 11:30am on Sunday.

Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education Passes Tax Levy

11/17/14 08:16 PM
The Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education has set its tax levy for the 2015-2016 school year. After tentatively setting the levy at their October meeting, the board voted Monday to approve the levy with an increase of 6.56%. 

Effingham County Board Sets State Required Sheriff's Department Personnel Cap

11/17/14 05:46 PM
The Effingham County Board has set a personnel cap for the amount of Sheriff’s deputies and court security personnel that can be employed within the County. The state requires county board’s to set this capacity limit. 

Church Gets 3.5 Years on Delivery of Controlled Substance by Accountability

11/17/14 02:32 PM
The Effingham resident found guilty in September of Delivery of a Controlled Substance by Accountability has been sentenced to 3.5 years (42 months) in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

EIU Student Killed in Interstate Crash Sunday

11/17/14 12:06 PM
The accident occurred when a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Jarad Jarmon left the roadway, overturning and coming to a rest in an embankment. 20-year-old Samantha Middendorf of Fayetteville, IL was killed in the crash. 

Second Open Enrollment Period for Get Covered Illinois Begins

11/17/14 11:31 AM
The second year of open healthcare enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has begun. Illinois plans to build on the program’s successful first year in which more than 700,000 people across the state gained access to health coverage.

Wonderland in Lights Display Opens Thanksgiving Night

11/17/14 09:40 AM
Each year, the City of Effingham and the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) turn Community Park into a winter wonderland. Wonderland in Lights, a drive-through light display, features a variety of lighted holiday scenes including reindeer flying, Santa coming down the chimney, and a Nativity scene.

Two Paris Residents Arrested in Death of 2-Year-Old

11/12/14 05:11 PM
On November 5 the State Police Zone 5 Investigations Unit, at the request of the Paris Police Department and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, opened an investigation about a report of a severely injured child at a hospital in Paris. 


HSHS St. Anthony's Home Care Named as a Top Agency for 2014 HomeCare Elite

11/12/14 03:50 PM
HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Home Care has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. 

Effingham County 911 Board Approves Budget

11/12/14 02:31 PM
The Effingham County 911 Board has approved its budget for the 2015 Fiscal Year. The budget comes in balanced with a surplus from income over expenses of $8,249. Expenses equal $585,751 with income at $594.000.

Effingham Participating in Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week

11/12/14 11:18 AM
Effingham will soon become an epicenter for thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes in support of Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind.

State Police Shooting Range in Effingham Open to Shotgun Hunters Saturday

11/12/14 09:58 AM
This Saturday hunters can use the state police shooting range located in Effingham to sharpen up their skills and test out their shotguns before opening day. 

Get Well Bret Michaels

11/12/14 12:07 AM
Say a prayer for our friend Bret Michaels was in the hospital 6 times in the last 2 weeks. In March we last spoke with Bret before he came to Effingham Illinois.

Here is the link to the complete story about his health.


Free Family Farm/Business Succession Planning Seminar Nov. 13 in Effingham

11/11/14 05:38 PM

Dieterich School Board Reviews District Report Card

11/11/14 05:13 PM
The Dieterich Unit 30 Board of Education reviewed the results of the district’s report card at their recent meeting. This included a financial summary of the district with data from the past 10 years. 

Cold Rain Doesn't Keep Crowd From Attending Veterans Day Ceremony

11/11/14 01:26 PM
Near freezing temperatures and rainfall didn’t keep a large crowd of veterans, family, friends, and supporters from gathering on the Effingham County Courthouse lawn at the Veterans Memorial Tuesday morning for the Veterans Day Ceremony.

State Treasurer's Office Looks to Reunite Veterans with War Medals

11/10/14 11:13 PM
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is encouraging veterans and their families to search for unclaimed war medals and military items. 

Mattoon Police Make Arrest After Loaded Handgun Left in Rental Car

11/10/14 10:14 PM
The Mattoon Police Department arrested a man Friday after he left his handgun in a rental car. 22-year-old Walter J. Ray of Chicago was arrested on the charge of Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver and two counts of Unlawful Use of Weapons.

Teutopolis School Board Sets Tentative Tax Levy

11/10/14 09:42 PM
The Teutopolis School Board has approved a tentative tax levy. The levy represents a 7.95% increase over the previous year. 

Hofer Receives 6 Year Sentence For DUI Causing a Death

11/10/14 06:32 PM
Last December, 36-year-old Melly Hofer was driving on Route 45 near County Road 1000 when she crossed the center line, colliding with a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Brittany Baker.

St. Anthony Grade School Hosts Veterans Program

11/10/14 12:34 PM
St. Anthony Grade school hosted a veterans program Monday morning, inviting veterans and their families, as well as anyone who wanted to show their support and appreciation for those who had served in their country.

Charleston Murder Suspect Gets in Altercation with Deputies in Jail

11/09/14 05:46 PM
The Charleston man charged with First Degree Murder after shooting 47-year-old Gina Giberson at her Charleston residence in April is facing more trouble.