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Jasper County School Board Issues $2.2 Million in Bonds


09/19/14 02:14 PM
The Jasper County School Board has voted in favor of $2.2 Million in bonds. The sale of the bonds is for the purpose of paying claims against the district.

Third Marschke Attorney Files to Withdraw from Case


09/18/14 06:53 PM
Vandalia resident Richard Marschke has been appointed three attorneys in his case. He appeared for the first time Thursday with his most recently appointed counsel, Aaron Jones. Jones though, like attorneys Richard Runde and Ed Deters, has filed a motion to withdraw from the case.

Jay Miller Pretrial Rescheduled as Paperwork for Appearance Not Filed


09/18/14 06:02 PM
Altamont resident Jay Miller was scheduled to be in court Thursday for a pretrial hearing, however a misunderstanding involving paperwork prevented Miller from making his appearance. The 23-year-old Miller received a 17 year sentence for Drug Induced Homicide in July.

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in Effingham


09/18/14 05:09 PM
Midwest Veterans, history buffs and military enthusiasts will have the opportunity to pay tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War when The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall® visits Effingham, Ill. September 18- 21.

Mattoon Police Seeking Assistance in Locating Fugitive


09/18/14 01:56 PM
The Mattoon Police Department and Coles County Crimestoppers are seeking public’s assistance in the apprehension of a fugitive. 45-year-old Charles G. Kelly of Mattoon and St. Louis is wanted on a Coles County warrant of arrest for failing to appear in court on Domestic Battery and Disorderly Conduct charges.

Special Packing Event Held for Blessings in a Backpack Day


09/17/14 11:50 PM
With today being declared Blessings in a Backpack Day by Effingham Mayor Merv Gillenwater a special packing event was held Wednesday at Total Quality Warehouse in Effingham. Along with the mayor, area school administrators, and community and business leaders were on hand to

Closing Date Coming for Crop Insurance in Illinois


09/17/14 05:00 PM
The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Illinois producers of wheat and winter barley that they have until sales closing on September 30 to purchase crop insurance or make a change to their existing policy. 

Verdict in Albert Church Case Coming Monday


09/17/14 04:47 PM
The 23-year-old Church is charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance by Accountability, which alleges that he connected the late Jessica James with a source to purchase heroin. 

 

Four Guilty Pleas in Star Spa Case


09/17/14 04:09 PM
Four guilty pleas have been entered in the Star Spa case in Effingham, including one to the charge of prostitution. 54-year-old Suncha K. Kim and charged with prostitution in June. The arrest occurred after an undercover operation stemming from Effingham Police receiving a complaint of prostitution occurring at the Star Spa. 

ADM Makes a Donation to Helen Matthes Library for New Facility


09/17/14 12:29 PM
The donation will go towards the cost of remodeling the former Fifth Third Bank building into the new Effingham Library. Work is planned to start in December of this year. The donation was given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a

Effingham County Coroner Says No Foul Play Suspected in Infant Death


09/17/14 12:23 PM
Effingham County 911 received a call of an unresponsive 10 month old child at 2:59pm on Tuesday, September 16 at a residence in rural Altamont. EMS was dispatched and the child was transported to St. Anthony Hospital emergency room. 

Corvette Welcome Fest Downtown Party Thursday


09/17/14 09:23 AM
The City of Effingham’s Tourism Office will be hosting the Corvette Welcome Fest downtown party on Thursday, September 18 from 5 to 8 pm to kick-off Mid America Motorworks’ 21st Annual Corvette Funfest, “Vets with Vettes,” and residents are invited to join in welcoming Corvette enthusiasts to Effingham.

Effingham City Council Holds Quick Meeting


09/16/14 08:16 PM
Tuesday’s Effingham City Council meeting was the Council’s shortest meeting in recent months, lasting less than 30 minutes. 

 

Lake Land College Completes Successful FY14 Grant Cycle


09/16/14 05:33 PM
The Lake Land College Grant Office has completed another successful year of grant projects, bringing in more than $1.1 million in grant funding for the college.
 

Dieterich School Board Approves Budget


09/16/14 12:41 PM
The Dieterich Unit 30 School Board has approved its budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget comes in at a deficit of approximately $390,000. The majority of the deficit spending is anticipated in the Education Fund, where an expected shortfall of just over $237,000 occurs. 

 

Effingham County Board Makes Changes to Liquor and No Smoking Ordinances


09/15/14 10:13 PM
The Effingham County Board has approved changes to both the county's liquor ordinance and no smoking ordinance. The changes will allow the county's liquor commissioner to better enforce the no smoking ordinance in establishments that have a liquor license.

Teutopolis School Board Approves Budget


09/15/14 09:49 PM
The budget has a total revenue of $8,965,372 with expenditures coming in at $9,013,550. 

State Police Proclaim Railroad Safety Week


09/15/14 05:17 PM
The State of Illinois, with support from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Operation Lifesaver, and Illinois Truck Enforcement Association, has declared September 14th to September 20th Illinois Rail Safety Week in order to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains. 

Effingham Police Investigating Theft from Goeckner Brothers


09/15/14 12:39 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a theft from Goeckner Brothers which occurred sometime last week. Police say a motorcycle was stolen from a shed on the facility at 600 Fayette Avenue between September 5 and September 11.

EIU Moves Up in U.S. News & World Report's Annual Rankings


09/15/14 11:56 AM
Eastern Illinois University has advanced in its placement in the annual U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings to No. 4 among the Midwest’s top public regional universities

Petitions for 2015 Consolidated Election Announced


09/14/14 10:37 PM
Petitions for the April 7, 2015 Consolidated Election in Effingham County can be circulated by candidates as of September 23. Petition packets for School Board Candidates may be picked up in the Effingham County Clerk’s office or the respective School Board offices beginning on Tuesday, September 23. 

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation Elects Corporate Officers


09/12/14 03:15 PM
The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation Board of Directors has elected and officially seated officers for the current fiscal year

Mattoon Police Make Arrest in Thursday Shooting


09/12/14 11:56 AM
Mattoon Police have made an arrest after a shooting occurred during a drug deal Thursday evening. Police responded to reports of shots being fired at approximately 8:42pm Thursday at 3225 Marshall Avenue in Mattoon.

Congressman Shimkus Accepting Academy Applications


09/11/14 07:45 PM
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies.  High school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for summer 2015 admission.

Effingham County Tax & Finance Committee Hears Presentation on Courthouse Museum


09/11/14 07:14 PM
Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association President Delaine Donaldson spoke before the County Tax and Finance Committee Thursday, giving them an update on the Courthouse Museum. 
 

Effingham County Board of Health Seeking Two New Members


09/11/14 07:10 PM
The Effingham County Board of Health is looking to fill two openings with new members. One of the spots does have the requirement of needing to be filled by a dentist, as by law certain medical professions need to be represented on the board. 

Effingham Chamber of Commerce Still has Seats Available for Trip to Germany


09/11/14 06:30 PM
The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce has two seats available for the Germany and Austria trip from September 22 to 30. 

Jasper County Schools Briefly on Soft Lockdown Thursday


09/11/14 06:23 PM
Jasper County Schools briefly went under a soft lockdown Thursday morning because of an incident at the high school. The lockdown went into effect around 10:00am and was lifted a short time later. The incident occurred when an 18-year-old male gained unauthorized entry to the school.
 

Area Fire Departments Participate in 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb


09/11/14 12:16 PM
A 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb was held in Effingham this morning. The memorial event took place at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, and saw a number of fire fighters from area fire departments participate.

Industry Group Wants Changes in Fracking Rules


09/10/14 08:53 PM
Supporters of the oil and gas drilling practice called fracking say they want dozens of changes in the rules proposed by the state. The declaration by a coalition of industry groups seems to mean the end of a compromise with environmentalists that led to the set of rules proposed by the state. 

Levi Mahon Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to


09/10/14 08:52 PM
St. Elmo resident Levi Mahon has pleaded guilty to the charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. The 27-year-old Mahon was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with the plea. The charge carries a sentences ranging from three to seven years.

Judge Denies Motion to Reconsider Jay Miller's Sentence


09/10/14 11:32 AM
Altamont resident Jay Miller earlier this year was found guilty of Drug Induced Homicide and was then sentenced to 17 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. A motion was heard Wednesday by Judge Kimberly Koester to reconsider this sentence.

Richard Marschke Appointed Another Attorney in Drug Induced Homicide Case


09/10/14 11:12 AM
Richard Marschke has again been appointed new counsel in his Drug Induced Homicide case. The 32-year-old Vandalia resident will now be represented by local attorney Aaron Jones. 

Effingham Health Department Submits Application to Start Medical Reserve Core


09/09/14 10:08 PM
The Effingham County Health Department has submitted an application to be a leader of a medical reserve core. The purpose of a medical reserve core is to improve the ability of the health department and community to respond to safety and public health emergencies.

Plan Commission Recommends Renewal of Special Use Permit for Austin Mansion


09/09/14 09:49 PM
The Effingham Plan Commission has voted in favor of recommending the renewal of the Special Use Permit for the Austin Mansion, which is operated by Walnut Street Weddings. The recommendation will include a reduction in restrictions on events held at the facility.
 

September 18 Declared Blessings in a Backpack Day in Effingham


09/09/14 05:12 PM
Effingham Mayor Gillenwater has signed a proclamation declaring September 18th as Blessings in a Backpack Day in Effingham.

Groundbreaking Set for Workman Sports Complex


09/09/14 05:04 PM
The groundbreaking will be held at the future site of the complex at 1301 North Maple on Friday, September 19 at 4:30pm. Parking will be available along North Maple Street an at the Kluthe Memorial Pool. 

Tara Devoe Pleads Guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine


09/09/14 11:55 AM
The 18-year-old Devoe appeared in court Tuesday where the plea was entered. Under the terms of the guilty plea, she was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

Body Found at Sherwin Williams Distribution Center; No Fould Play Suspected


09/09/14 07:01 AM
At approximately 12:00pm, the Effingham Police Department received a call of an unresponsive, male on the ground near a truck-tractor at the facility. Effingham Police and Emergency medical services then responded. 

State Accepting Applications LIHEAP Winter Utility Bill Assistance


09/08/14 06:53 PM
The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is accepting applications from people who might need help with their winter utility bills.

Effingham County Board to Vote on Changes to Smoking and Liquor Ordinances


09/08/14 06:04 PM
Bars and restaurants in Effingham County could see an increase in enforcement of the County’s No Smoking Ordinance. The change was discussed at Monday’s Legislative Committee meeting, and would involve an amendment to the liquor ordinance. 

Marschke's New Attorney Motions to Withdraw Counsel


09/08/14 12:15 PM
Vandalia resident Richard Marschke, who has been charged with Drug Induced Homicide, may yet again be assigned new counsel in his case. Marschke's stems from the heroin overdose and death of Altamont resident Jordan Kull in January.

Effingham Police Arrest Trilla Man Wanted in Four Illinois Counties


09/07/14 09:29 PM
Effingham Police arrested a Trilla man Saturday who had been on the run since early last week. Moultrie County police officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant to 41-year-old Matthew Armer on  Tuesday, at which point Armer fled on foot into a corn field. 

Delinquent Real Estate & Mobile Homes for Bid in Jasper County


09/07/14 08:47 PM
Tax deed proceedings have been completed in Jasper County on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2010 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2011. Tax deed proceedings were also completed for prior real estate taxes.

Illinois Route 161 Improvements Announced in Marion County


09/05/14 01:59 PM
Illinois Route 161 highway improvements have been announced for Marion County. The project will cost $916,350, with the funding coming from the $8.8 million in capital investment money issued by Governor Quinn as part of the "Illinois Jobs Now" initiative.

Southwestern Electric Cooperative's 76th Annual Members Meeting on Saturday


09/05/14 01:35 PM
Southwestern Electric Cooperative members and their families are cordially invited to attend the co-op’s 76th Annual Meeting of Members, Saturday, September 6, at Greenville Junior High School, in Greenville, Ill. Doors will open at 7:00am, and breakfast will be served from until 9:30am.

Bud Walters to Receive National Radio Award


09/05/14 01:25 PM
Bayard H. (Bud) Walters, founder and president of The Cromwell Group, will receive the National Radio Award during the Radio Show Luncheon on September 12.

Sigel Town Board Meeting Cancelled


09/05/14 12:55 PM
The Sigel Town Board meeting that was scheduled for Monday, September 8 at 7:00pm has been cancelled. A reschedule date has not been determined at this time, but the Sigel Board plans to hold the meeting as soon as possible.
 

Effingham County Property Taxes Due Today


09/05/14 12:14 AM
The first installment of Effingham County property tax bills for 2013 payable 2014 are due today.

Jay Miller to Appear on Motion to Reconsider Sentencing


09/04/14 03:10 PM
The Altamont man found guilty of Drug Induced Homicide will be back in court next week on a motion to reconsider his sentencing. 23-year-old Jay Miller was found guilty in June for providing heroin to an Effingham woman who died from a heroin overdose. 
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