Effingham Man Shot While Running Near TREC Trail

12/19/14 03:17 PM
ffingham County Sheriff Dave Mahon said that 21-year-old David Koester was shot in the incident, which occurred around 12:30pm at the river bottoms off Evergreen Avenue near the TREC Trail.
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Attorney Brought on to Represent County in Altamont Ambulance Litigation

12/18/14 11:36 PM
The Effingham County Board and the County's Ambulance Oversight Committee met Thursday for a special meeting. For the Board's part, they approved the assignment of attorney Chris Koester to represent them in the pending litigation brought forward by Altamont Ambulance Service and its operator, Terry White.

United Way of Effingham County 65% to $300,000 Donation Goal

12/18/14 10:28 PM
HSHS‭ ‬St.‭ ‬Anthony‭’‬s Memorial Hospital recently made a donation to the United Way of Effingham County in the amount of‭ ‬$22,412.‭ ‬This donation came from the hospital‭’‬s‭ ‬2014-2015‭ ‬employee campaign,‭ ‬and represented a‭ ‬20%‭ ‬increase over the previous campaign.

State's Unemployment Continues to Improve

12/18/14 06:11 PM
The rate sits at 6.4%, the lowest its been since June 2008. Department of Employment Security officials says the November jobless rate reflects a state economy that continues to move forward. 


Eleventh Annual "Settings for St. Anthony's" Raises $51,000 for Hospital

12/18/14 01:56 PM
The 2014 Settings for St. Anthony’s People’s Choice Award was a tie this year, won by “Puzzled by Santa” by John Flach Builders and “Winter in the Hundred-Acre Wood” by Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham.

Trial Date Set for Adams in Aggravated DUI Causing a Death Case

12/18/14 12:49 PM
An Effingham county grand jury has indicted 60-year old John H. Adams of Bluff, Illinois on two counts of Aggravated DUI Causing a Death in connection with the fatal auto accident on I-57 that claimed the life of 23-year old Brianne Martin of Effingham. 

Teutopolis High School Announces Illinois State Scholars

12/18/14 12:10 PM
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families.

Toledo Man Charged in Econolodge Robbery Appears in Court

12/17/14 01:59 PM
The charge alleges that 24-year-old Nicholas Jackson entered the Econolodge hotel during the early morning hours of August 12 and threatened a front desk employee with a handgun, then stealing cash from the hotel’s cash register.

Effingham City Council Holds Quick Meeting

12/17/14 11:51 AM
Among the items on the agenda, the Council approved a release settlement with Ameren Illinois. The settlement places $17,000 in the Utility Tax Fund.

Jasper County School Board Places Bond Question on Election and Approves Tax Lev

12/16/14 11:13 PM
The Jasper County Board of Education has approved a resolution to propose the issuing of funding bonds to the county’s voters during the April 7 consolidated election.

Effingham Police Investigating Vehicle Theft

12/16/14 12:18 PM
The vehicle, owned by Larry Niebrugge of Effingham was stolen while parked outside of Joe Sippers Cafe at 114 South 4th Street between 8:00pm and 11:30pm

Teutopolis School Board Sets Meeting to Fill Vacancy

12/16/14 12:05 PM
The Teutopolis Unit 50 Board of Education has scheduled a special board meeting for next week. During the meeting, which will be on Monday, December 29 at 5:30pm, the Board is expected to fill an open seat. 

Vehicle Strikes Three Pedestrians in Effingham

12/16/14 11:45 AM
The incident occurred at the intersection of Keller and Evergreen at 7:28pm when a vehicle driven by 50-year-old Timothy E. Brown of Effingham struck three pedestrians who were in the cross walk. 

Effingham Co. Ambulance Oversight Committee to Host Public Information Meeting

12/15/14 11:38 PM
The Effingham County Ambulance Oversight Committee will be hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, December 18 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be in the Effingham County Board room.

Teutopolis Unit 50 School Board Approves Tax Levy

12/15/14 10:07 PM
The Teutopolis Unit 50 Board of Education has set its tax levy. The levy was set with a 6.43% increase over last year. Because the increase was more than 5% state law required the District to hold a Truth in Taxation Hearing prior to voting on the levy.

Effingham Unit 40 School District Joins Enterprise Zone Agreement

12/15/14 09:51 PM
The Effingham Unit 40 Board of education has voted in favor of joining the agreement between the city and the county for the creation of a new Enterprise Zone. 

Effingham County Board Approves Budget

12/15/14 05:06 PM
The Effingham County Board has approved the county’s budget for Fiscal Year 2015. The approved budget is balanced, with expenditures at $9,316,894 and revenue at $9,317,369, good for a surplus of $475. The budget also includes an increase to the tax levy of 4.95%.

Vacant House Fire Being Investigated as Arson

12/15/14 05:05 PM
The fire occurred at the residence at 1000 South Fourth Street at 7:32pm. Along with the Effingham Fire Department, fire engines from Watson and Teutopolis were on the scene.

UPDATE: Amber Alert Cancelled; Both Girls Safe

12/15/14 12:58 PM
An Amber Alert had been issued for two missing girls in Williamson County in southern Illinois. Authorities are searching for 9-year-old Corbyn E. Erwyn and 7-year-old Celsie E. Erwin. 

Lake Land College Seeks Public Comments in Preparation for Accreditation Review

12/15/14 12:40 PM
Lake Land College is seeking the public's assistance as the school is preparing for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The college is hoping to receive comments and input from the area communities to present during the evaluation. 

Vacant Home Catches Fire Sunday Evening

12/15/14 02:32 AM
The fire occurred at the residence at 1000 South Fourth Street at 7:32pm. Along with the Effingham Fire Department, fire engines from Watson and Teutopolis were on the scene.

State Police Release November Enforcement Totals in District 12

12/12/14 05:34 PM
District 12 of the Illinois State Police have‭ ‬announced activity‭ ‬and‭ ‬enforcement figures for the month of‭ ‬November.‭ District‭ ‬12 includes Clark,‭ ‬Clay,‭ ‬Crawford,‭ ‬Cumberland,‭ ‬Effingham,‭ ‬Fayette,‭ ‬Jasper,‭ ‬Lawrence,‭ ‬Marion,‭ ‬and Richland Counties.

Effingham Scholarship Preschool Program Receives Grant

12/12/14 12:48 PM
The grant is from the‭ ‬Effingham County Community Foundation CommunityWorks Fund‭ ‬for pilot program funding.

Lockhart Family Wins Christmas Light Competition

12/12/14 12:23 PM
The City of Effingham and the Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau are excited to announce that a winner has been named in the first annual holiday light competition, “Holiday Lights & Festive Sights.” Over 700 votes were received in the past week for the five finalists.

Local Businesses Donate to Friends of St. Anthony's for Breast Cancer Awareness

12/12/14 12:04 PM
The Friends of St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital recently received a number of donations from area businesses in honor of breast cancer awareness. The donations will benefit HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Wellness Center to enhance the experience for their patients.

Mattoon Woman Arrested on Obstruction Charges

12/11/14 07:02 PM
34-year-old Shannon E. Buxton was arrest by the Mattoon Police Department at 1:54am on the charges of Obstructing Justice, Aggravated Battery, and Resisting Arrest.


Tax and Finance Committee Recommends Approval of FY15 Budget

12/11/14 06:57 PM
The Effingham County Tax and Finance Committee has recommended to the full county board the approval of the budget for Fiscal Year 2015. The recommended budget is balanced, with expenditures at $9,316,894 and revenue at $9,317,369, good for a surplus of $475. The budget also includes an increase to the tax levy of 4.95%. 

Ameren Illinois Customers To See Rate Hike

12/11/14 03:17 PM
Customers of Ameren Illinois will see a jump in their bills next month, thanks to a $137 million rate increase approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission. It means the average customer bill will rise between $4 and $6 a month.

Effingham Park District Joins Enterprise Zone Agreement

12/11/14 03:12 PM
The Effingham Park Board met Thursday to approve the park districts participation in the intergovernmental agreement between the County and City for an Enterprise Zone.

Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association Honored by First Lady

12/10/14 06:03 PM
First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama has signed designation letters for three new Preserve America Stewards, with one of the three being the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association which helped save the local historic county courthouse and repurpose it as a museum.  

Deer Season Preliminary Totals for State and Local Counties Released

12/10/14 05:18 PM
Illinois deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 76,547 deer during the seven-day traditional firearm deer hunting season that closed Sunday, December 7. That figure compares to 74,318 deer harvested during the 2013 firearm season. 

Lake Land College Announces Free Tuition for Top 15% of Graduating Classes

12/10/14 12:09 PM
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees have approved a new scholarship that allows students who rank in the top 15 percent of their graduating class or have an ACT composite score of 26 or higher to attend Lake Land College tuition free.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka Passes Away

12/10/14 11:20 AM
State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away early this morning, after suffering a stroke on Tuesday. Topinka served in public office for more than 30-years, starting her political career  in 1980 when she was elected to the state senate.

Dieterich School Board Renews District's Insurance Policy

12/09/14 11:47 PM
The Dieterich Unit 30 Board of Education has approved the renewal of its insurance policy for the upcoming year. The renewal policy showed a 7% increase over last years premium. 


Filing Period for Consolidated Election Begins Next Week

12/09/14 11:46 PM
This election includes all municipalities, school boards, park districts, library districts and fire districts that have elected positions.

911 Board Set to Make Equipment Purchases

12/09/14 11:44 PM
The Effingham 911 Board is set to make equipment purchases that will improve communication between emergency service branches in the county.


Dieterich Teenager Killed in Car Accident Monday

12/09/14 12:37 AM
The accident occurred on Route 33 about a quarter mile east of Bishop Road between Effingham and Dieterich. 


Legislative Committee Moves Agreement for Enterprise Zone to County Board

12/08/14 04:53 PM
The Effingham County Legislative Committee has approved the recommendation to the full board the approval of an intergovernmental agreement between the city and the county for the application for an Enterprise Zone. 

Man Charged with Aggravated DUI Causing a Death Requests Bond Reduction

12/08/14 01:17 PM
60-year-old John H. Adams of Scott County in western Illinois appeared in court Monday on the charge of Aggravated DUI Causing a Death, where a bond reduction was requested. 


Marschke Case Delayed to Allow Review of Transcriptions of Audio Evidence

12/08/14 01:14 PM
The Vandalia man charged with Drug Induced Homicide in the death of an Altamont man appeared in court Monday where the case was delayed until late January.

Fayette County Residents Sentenced on Felony Charges

12/07/14 11:13 PM
A Vandalia resident and a Brownstown resident were sentenced last week on felony charges.


Area Residents Speak Out Against Lack of Indictments in Ferguson and NYC Deaths

12/07/14 10:39 PM
A group of area residents took to the street Sunday afternoon to make known their issues with the recent grand jury decisions from New York City and St. Louis County. 


Police Release Thanksgiving Weekend Enforcement Totals for Effingham County

12/04/14 04:54 PM
The Illinois State Police announced the results of Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) held during the late evening hours on Saturday and Sunday of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The patrols were conducted in Effingham County by District 12 officers. 

Second Weekend of Firearm Deer Hunting Season Underway; First Weekend Totals Out

12/04/14 04:23 PM
The second weekend of firearm deer hunting is underway, beginning on Thursday and running through Sunday. Allowed times for hunting are half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset each day. The first weekend, which was November 21-23, saw numbers down from last year for the state with a split result for local counties. 

Effingham Police Investigating Incident at Honda Dealership Construction Site

12/04/14 11:52 AM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred at the Honda Dealership construction site at 1705 West Fayette Avenue. Police say the incident occurred on Tuesday at approximately 10:48pm. 

Holiday Lights & Festive Sights: Voting Open for Christmas Light Competition

12/03/14 09:49 PM
The City of Effingham and the Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau are excited to announce that they received 26 nominations for their first annual holiday light competition Holiday Lights & Festive Sights.

Effingham Park Board Approves Tax Levy

12/03/14 09:22 PM
The Effingham Park Board has set its tax levy. The board set the levy at an amount for the park district to receive $978,546.73 from 2014 payable 2015 property taxes. T

Mattoon Police Make Arrest for Numerous Car Break-Ins

12/03/14 05:07 PM
The Mattoon Police Department arrested an Arthur resident Tuesday on the charge of Burglary to Motor Vehicles. 21-year-old Tevin L. Trueblood was arrested, along with a 17-year-old who’s name is being withheld because they are a minor. 

Effingham County Health Committee Talks Energy Products

12/03/14 04:58 PM
The Effingham County Health Committee held their monthly meeting Wednesday. The Committee discussed the use of “energy” products containing high contents of caffeine, and the use of these products by minors. 

Scott County Man Makes First Appearance on Aggravated DUI Causing a Death Charge

12/03/14 12:03 PM
60-year-old John H. Adams of Bluffs, which is in western Illinois, has been charged with Aggravated DUI causing a death. He was arrested in late November after lab results found him to have a cocaine metabolite in his system.