Washington Savings Bank and First Federal Savings and Loans to Consolidate

01/27/15 11:21 AM
David Doedtman, President and CEO of Washington Savings Bank in Effingham and Jon Spitz, President and CEO of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Mattoon have announced the upcoming merger of the member-owned banks.

ARC Community Support Systems Presents Annual Awards

01/27/15 11:16 AM
ARC Community Support Systems wishes to thank their staff, the community at large and each and every award winner for another successful year of providing quality services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Effingham Unit 40 School Board Continues Talk of District Advertisements

01/26/15 10:24 PM
Effingham High School Athletic Director ‬David Woltman spoke to the Board, saying that if they approved a plan to seek advertisements there would be a general set of guidelines.

US Route 50 Four Lane Coalition Meets

01/26/15 05:58 PM
The US Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition met recently in Clay City, with members representing each of the six counties along the corridor in attendance.

Shumway Fire Protection District Holds Awards Ceremony

01/26/15 05:53 PM
The Shumway Fire Protection District held its awards banquet Saturday, naming Engineer Lloyd Tarrant the department’s 2014 Firefighter of the Year. 

Neoga Community Alliance Hosting Tax Referendum Community Meeting

01/26/15 05:41 PM
The public is invited to attend the meeting to ask‭ ‬questions.

Dr. Kohli Trial Enters Fourth Week

01/26/15 06:09 AM
Dr. Naeem Kohli’s trial began on January 5th in Benton, IL and now enters its fourth week. Dr. Kohli, the owner of Kohli Neurology and Sleep Center in Effingham

Jasper County State's Attorney Named Associate Judge of Fourth Judicial Circuit

01/24/15 05:01 PM
Jasper County State’s Attorney Kevin S. Parker has been named an Associate Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Parker was voted into the role last week by judges of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. 

State's Unemployment Rate Drops in December

01/23/15 02:21 PM
Illinois' unemployment rate continues to improve. The rate is now down to 6.2. That's a slight improvement from November's 6.4% rate.

Congressman Shimkus Seeking "Valentines for Heroes"

01/23/15 12:45 PM
The Congressman’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.

Mattoon Man Arrested for Unlawful Use of Weapon and Resisting an Officer

01/22/15 05:25 PM
A Mattoon man is in custody on gun charges and for resisting arrest. 37-year-old Steven L. Wilson Jr. was arrested on the charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Aggravated Battery, and Resisting a Peace Office.

Effingham County Sheriff's Office Announces Active Shooter Response Course

01/22/15 03:14 PM
The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office has announced a training course aimed at educating law enforcement, school staff, private sector managers, hospital employees and religious organizations in the dangers and the proper responses to active shooter situations.

South Central School Board Transfers Money to Transportation Fund

01/22/15 12:17 PM
The South Central Unit 401 Board of Education handled financial matters at their monthly meeting held Wednesday. The Board approved the transfer of $75,000 from the working cash fund to the transportation fund. Working cash is set up to allow the budget to be flexible, so that money may be moved to other funds if needed. 

Police Investigating Machinery Damage at Effingham Asphalt

01/22/15 10:53 AM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating an incident of criminal damage that occurred at Effingham Asphalt at 1601 West Wabash Avenue. Machinery at the site was damaged sometime between 5:00pm on January 13 and 8:00am on Monday, January 19.

Governor Rauner in Car Accident; Not Injured

01/21/15 06:14 PM
Governor Bruce Rauner was involved in a car accident on Michigan Avenue in Chicago today. Officials say the accident actually happened in front of Rauner's motorcade while they were sitting at a red light, but one of the cars spun out of control and hit the vehicle he was riding in.The vehicle was damaged, but neither the Governor‭ ‬nor‭ ‬any‭ ‬State Police officers were injured

Yocum Now Facing Felony DUI Charge in Fatal Accident

01/21/15 05:55 PM
The Effingham resident that fatally struck a pedestrian with his vehicle during the evening of December 26th has been indicted on the charge of Aggravated DUI. 56-year-old Gregory Yocum was traveling northbound on US Route 45 when fatally struck 41-year-old Effingham resident Edward W. Blumer.

Koester Charged in Accidental Shooting

01/21/15 04:59 PM
The Effingham resident who accidently shot himself in December has been indicted on three felony charges. 21-year-old David Koester initially told police that he was shot in the leg on December 19th while running with his dog in the Little Wabash River bottoms area near the TREC Trail. 

Effingham Police Investigating Pair of Residential Burglaries

01/21/15 11:35 AM
The incidents occurred in the 1000th block of Pelican Avenue and the 1000th block of Gordon Avenue.

Effingham County Board Approves Health Dept. Budget w/Creation of Line Items

01/20/15 05:39 PM
The Effingham County Board has approved the county health department’s budget. The move came Tuesday at the Board’s monthly meeting. The approved budget is balanced, with expenditures and revenue each at just under $1.24 million.

Jasper County School Board Approves Waiver from Summer Food Service Program

01/20/15 05:18 PM
During the Jasper County School Board meeting held earlier this week, the Board approved the submission of a waiver from the Childhood Hunger Relief Act. 

Effingham Police Respond to Report of Vehicle Fire

01/20/15 11:45 AM
The Effingham Police Department is investigating a vehicle fire involving a stolen vehicle. Police responded to a report of a vehicle fire at 1:43am Tuesday.

Vandalia Correctional Center Escapee Now Held in Fayette County Jail

01/19/15 04:48 PM
Marcus Battice was captured about 3.5 miles from the Vandalia prison, roughly 17 hours escaping. 

Car Stolen Sunday from El Rancherito Parking Lot in Effingham

01/19/15 04:26 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle theft that occurred on Sunday. A 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer belonging to Alexander Evans of Beecher City was stolen from the El Rancherito parking lot in Effingham some time between 1:30pm and 1:48pm

Chamber of Commerce Honors Excellence in Business Award Recipients

01/19/15 03:07 PM
The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce recognized the 2015 recipients of the Excellence in Business Awards at the Annual Business Recognition Gala on Saturday, January 17th. The business recipients were Martin’s IGA and Dan Hecht Chevrolet-Toyota.

Lavanda Joergens Named 2015 Effingham County Volunteer of the Year

01/19/15 01:20 PM
Lavanda Joergens of Dieterich was recognized as the 2015 Effingham County Volunteer of the Year at the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Business Recognition Gala Saturday night.

Effingham County CEO Program Adds Second Class

01/19/15 11:09 AM
The Effingham County CEO‭ (‬Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities‭) ‬Board has announced a second CEO class is going to be added for the coming school year. The second class is being added to accommodate growing interest among students.

91,651 Active Concealed Carry Licenses in Illinois; 327 in Effingham County

01/18/15 09:59 PM
State Police records show than more than 91,000 people in Illinois applied a concealed carry permit last year. 

Congressman Shimkus Stops in Effingham to Talk Immigration Vote

01/18/15 08:19 PM
Congressman John Shimkus of the local 15th congressional district was in Effingham Friday where he spoke on his recent votes in the House to defund President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

Effingham City Police Investigating Criminal Damage at Evergreen Park

01/16/15 12:34 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating an incident of criminal damage that occurred at 1110 Pelican Street, which is part of Evergreen Park. 

State Police Announce Enforcement Totals for District 12 in 2014

01/15/15 04:57 PM
The Illinois State Police have announced the activity‭ ‬and‭ ‬enforcement figures for District 12 in‭ ‬2014.‭ ‬Troopers in District‭ ‬12,‭ ‬which includes Effingham and nine surrounding counties,‭ ‬answered‭ ‬4,031‭ ‬calls for service and initiated‭ ‬19,535‭ ‬incidents in the field‭ ‬during the year.‭  

Effingham County Tax & Finance Committee Recommends Approval of Health Dept. Bud

01/15/15 04:26 PM
The Health Department has approved its budget, but it must still be approved by the Effingham County Board. 

Pretrial Date Set for Newton Teacher's Aid Charged with Sexual Exploitation

01/15/15 11:57 AM
The Newton High School teacher’s aid charged with Sexual Exploitation was in court Thursday, where a further pretrial was scheduled. The charge against 63-year-old Stephen F. Ochs stem from an incident that took place on November 5, while on the job in a classroom

Reggie Phillips Takes Oath as New 110th District Representative

01/15/15 11:39 AM
The 110th District has a new State Representative. Before family and friends, Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) took the oath of office to represent the district in the new 99th General Assembly.

Three Richland County Residents Charged With Illegal Taking of Deer

01/14/15 08:40 PM
Three Richland County men have been charged with illegally taking deer at night. A total of 13 deer, 11 of which were antlered bucks, were taken by three subjects. The case was investigated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police. 

United Way of Effingham County Receives Contributions from Area Businesses

01/14/15 08:20 PM
Last week was a big success for the United Way of Effingham County, receiving over $63,000 from area businesses and organizations. The United Way has since announced that additional contributions have come in, totaling $40,332. 

Hitachi Metals Donates to Unit 40 Mentoring Program

01/14/15 06:44 PM
Employees of Hitachi Metals Automotive Components USA, LCC recently presented a check to Kim Varner, School Counselor at Effingham Unit #40 at the Advocate Level. 

Representatives Cavaletto and Reis Take Oath of Office

01/14/15 06:29 PM
Illinois lawmakers took their oath of office yesterday. While there were dozens of new faces being sworn in, two area state representatives that were reelected last November were among those to take the oath. 


Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Furlough Denied in Messina Case

01/14/15 11:54 AM
The Windsor resident who pleaded guilty last week to First Degree Murder has been denied a request for a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Furlough.

Rural King Co-Founder Passes Away

01/14/15 10:18 AM
The co-founder of Rural King has died. Kermit Speer passed away Tuesday at the age of 91. His visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00pm this Friday at Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon. 

4th Annual Taste of T-Town Coming Up

01/14/15 10:04 AM
The 4th Annual Taste of T-Town event sponsored by The First National Bank of Dieterich will be held Saturday, January 24th at the Teutopolis Knights of Columbus Hall. Families will enjoy “specialty” food tastings from over 20 local restaurants and area residents from 5:00pm to 8:00pm with live entertainment from 5:30pm to 10:00pm. 

Beecher City School Board Supports Vision 20/20 Initiative

01/14/15 12:18 AM
The Beecher City School Board has passed a resolution in support of the educational initiative Illinois Vision 20/20. The move came Monday night at their monthly meeting. 

Registration for Fracking Permits Off to a Slow Start

01/13/15 05:08 PM
Fracking was looked at as potentially big economic opportunity for parts of southern Illinois. However, it has been two months since the state put rules in place for the high-pressure process of extracting oil and natural gas, and there still haven’t been any applications from companies for a state permit to participate.

911 Board Elects Chairman

01/13/15 05:02 PM
The Effingham County 911 Board met Tuesday. Prior to their monthly meeting, the Board met to elect its chairman for the ongoing term. Nick Althoff, who was already serving in the role of Chairman, was elected to remain in that position. 

Arocla Man Shot After Confronting Police With Firearms

01/13/15 04:46 PM
An Arcola man was shot and killed after confronting police Sunday night. 39-year-old Tommy E. Smith was shot when he confronted officers with an assault rifle and a handgun. Officers arrived had initially arrive at an Arcola residence at about 5:40pm in response to a domestic disturbance involving a man with a handgun. 

Effingham's Designer Consigner Destroyed Monday in Fire

01/12/15 11:57 PM
Effingham business Designer Consigner was destroyed in a fire Monday evening. The consignment shop is located at 806 North Third Street next door to the Orchard Inn Tavern and near St. Anthony High School.

Teutopolis Board of Education Reviews Budget at Mid-Year

01/12/15 11:18 PM
The Teutopolis Unit 50 Board of Education took a look at its budget at the mid-way point of the current school year at its Monday meeting. Unit 50 Superintendent Bill Fritcher prefaced that at this time it is difficult to truly review the budget because more revenues are in than expenditures dispersed. 

Two Mattoon Residents Arrested on Meth Charges and Child Endangerment

01/12/15 11:17 PM
Two Mattoon residents were arrested Friday on Meth charges. 41-year-old Kevin M. Fletcher and 27-year-old Ashley D. Overstreet were arrested at 3:15pm by the Mattoon Police Department. 

Bruce Rauner Officially Takes Over As Governor

01/12/15 01:37 PM
Bruce Rauner is officially the governor of Illinois. He was sworn in during a ceremony in Springfield earlier today and he's sticking to his plan to bring Illinois out of a financial slump.

Effingham City Police Sworn in as Deputies of County Sheriff's Office

01/12/15 09:16 AM
Members of the Effingham City Police Department were sworn in today as deputies of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office. The move is being done to provide additional police resources to the residents of Effingham County. 

Effingham Woman Facing Felony Drug Charge After Outstanding Warrant Arrest

01/11/15 07:03 PM
An Effingham woman was arrested Friday on an outstanding warrant for missing a recent court appearance in a DUI matter. Following Friday’s arrest she is now facing felony drug charges as well.