Effingham City Council Hears Results of Visitor Profile Analysis

03/03/15 09:43 PM
The City of Effingham recently partnered with customer analysis industry leader Buxton Co. to develop an in-depth profile of the city’s visitors. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Effingham Tourism Director Jodi Thoele presented the results of Buxton’s findings.

Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education Approves Additional Improvement Project

03/03/15 08:42 PM
In early February the Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education approved four improvement projects that will be completed. The Board met for a special meeting Monday, where they approved a fifth project. This fifth project will make improvements to the District office. 

Attorney General's Office Releases Top Complaints in Illinois for 2014

03/03/15 04:06 PM
Consumer debt continues to be the top complaint reported to the Illinois' attorney general's office. Attorney General Lisa Madigan released the top ten complaints made in 2014 and consumer debt was at the top for the seventh year in a row.

Lawmakers Push Bill To Battle Growing Heroin Problem

03/03/15 11:26 AM
A plan was laid out yesterday that if approved, would take preventative measures in the fight against heroin abuse including the use of specialized courts for drug offenders and making the drug NARCAN more available. 

Statewide Tornado Drill Tuesday at 10AM

03/02/15 07:08 PM
For the drill, an actual Tornado Warning, with “TEST” wording throughout the message, will be issued for every county in Illinois. The National Weather Service encourages using this time to practice your tornado safety plan at home, work, in schools, or anywhere people gather

Eastern Illinois University Names Next President

03/02/15 05:19 PM
Eastern Illinois University has officially named its next President. The announcement came Monday, when David M. Glassman was named the University's 12th president following a vote EIU's Board of Trustees

Mattoon Police Arrest Indiana Man Fleeing Warrant from Terre Haute

03/02/15 11:41 AM
The Mattoon Police Department arrested a man from Terre Haute, Indiana last week. 28-year-old Kyle S. Jackson was arrested Thursday afternoon and was charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Effingham Getting Charging Stations For Tesla Electric Cars

03/02/15 10:31 AM
Effingham will soon become more compatible for motorists who drive certain electric cars. Electric car manufacturer Tesla has announced that six charging stations will be installed at the Jack Flash gas station located at 1200 N Keller Drive.

Effingham County Fair Kicks Off Fundraising to Restore 1906 Pin Barn

03/01/15 07:33 PM
Officials with the Effingham County Fair have begun a fundraising effort to assist with the restoration of the 1906 Pin Barn located on the fair grounds. The goal is to raise $60,000 for the restoration of the barn, which is known as Floral Hall.  

USDA Gives Extension to Update Base Acres & Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

02/27/15 04:56 PM
The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month.

Kevin Parker Takes Oath of Office for Fourth Judicial Circuit Associate Judge

02/27/15 01:17 PM
Parker’s oath was administered in Newton Thursday afternoon by his sister, Effingham County Resident Circuit Judge Kimberly Koester.

Altamont Man Indicted by Sangamon County Grand Jury on Sex Crimes

02/27/15 12:50 PM
An Altamont man has been indicted by a Sangamon County Grand Jury on two counts of Indecent Solicitation of a Child and one count of Traveling to Meet a Minor and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.

Severe Weather Spotter Training Course in Effingham

02/27/15 12:47 PM
The National Weather Service will be offering their annual severe weather spotter training in Effingham on March‭ ‬19,‭ ‬2015,‭ ‬at‭ ‬6:30pm.‭ ‬The class will be held at Effingham County Emergency Operations Center,‭ ‬311‭ ‬Miracle Ave.

Shumway Man Wanted on Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault Arrested in Decatur

02/27/15 01:49 AM
The Shumway man wanted in Effingham County for Criminal Sexual Assault was arrested Thursday evening in Decatur. 32-year-old Mickey L. Johnson had been sought by police since last week after an Effingham Grand Jury indicted him on the Assault charge. 

Newton High School Teacher's Aid Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct

02/26/15 06:29 PM
The teacher's aid from Newton High School facing the charge of Sexual Exploitation of a Child has pleaded guilty to Disorderly Conduct.

Jasper County School Bus Involved in Accident

02/26/15 03:39 PM
The school bus was traveling east when it came to a stop at the intersection of Route 130. The school bus then proceeded on 1750 North across Route 130, driving into the path of a northbound vehicle.

Effingham County Genealogical & Historical Society to Move with New Library

02/26/15 12:27 PM
Members of the Effingham County Genealogical and Historical Society(ECGHS) have confirmed that their materials and volunteer assistance will be available in the new library.

Officials Report 15th Measles Case In Illinois

02/26/15 12:23 PM
The number of measles cases confirmed in Illinois this year has now reached 15. Health officials say the latest is an adult in Suburban Cook County.

Altamont Resident Guilty in Marion County of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault

02/25/15 05:25 PM
An Altamont man has been found guilty by a Marion County jury of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault. The incident involved a girl who was three-years-old at the time.

Helen Matthes Library Receives Donation From St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital

02/25/15 03:33 PM
HSHS St Anthony’s Memorial Hospital recently donated $10,000 to Helen Matthes Library’s fundraising campaign.

Carle Foundation Hospital Recognized as One of America's Top 100 Hospitals

02/25/15 11:27 AM
Carle Foundation Hospital has been recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation for patient outcomes after receiving the 2015 America ’s 100 Best Hospitals™ award from Healthgrades.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Warn of Possible Data Breach

02/25/15 10:11 AM
 The data breached was disclosed by Anthem Inc., a large health insurer that manages Blue Cross Blue Shield in a number of states.

United Way of Effingham County Accepting Funding Requests

02/24/15 07:49 PM
Agencies requesting funds must be non-profit organizations with a 501(c) 3 certificate and have been in business for at least one year. Applications will be electronically sent to agencies previously funded by the United Way of Effingham County.

Adams Trial Delayed Until April

02/24/15 07:30 PM
The trial date in the case of John H. Adams has been delayed until April 6. Adam’s is the 60-year-old Bluffs, Illinois man charged with two counts of Aggravated DUI Causing a Death in the fatal auto accident on I-57 that claimed the life of 23-year-old Effingham resident Brianne Martin. 

Vandalia Man to Appear in Fayette County Court Wednesday on Child Pornography Ch

02/24/15 12:17 PM
A 34-year old Vandalia resident charged with 9 counts of possession of child pornography will be in Fayette County Court on Wednesday. Ryan J. Koontz is set to appear in court for a pre-trial motion hearing at 11:00am.

Effingham Unit 40 Approves Plan for Advertisements in the District

02/24/15 11:29 AM
The Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education has approved a plan to allow advertisements in the District. This will begin with the 2015-2016 school year, and at first the advertisements will only be at home football games.

New Life Men's Center Temporary Homeless Shelter to Open March 1

02/23/15 10:17 PM
A temporary homeless shelter for men in Effingham County is set to open on March 1st. The shelter, called New Life Men’s Center, is located on the corner of 950th Ave and Loy Chapel Road, right as you come in to Heartville.

Proposed Bill Would Tighten Rules On State College Grants

02/23/15 04:57 PM
The measure comes from Republican State Senator Chapin Rose. It would apply to the 140,000 lower income students who get grants from the state's Monetary Award Program.

Construction Set to Begin Next Week on I-70 Near Vandalia

02/23/15 02:38 PM
A road construction project will begin next week on Interstate 70 in Vandalia. The Illinois Department of Transportation says the project will be from mile marker 62 to 64, which is one mile east of the city's west interchange to one mile east of the Route 51 exit.

Illinois Doctors Announce Comprehensive Proposal to Prevent Narcotic Misuse

02/23/15 12:54 PM
The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) has released a comprehensive plan to address the misuse and abuse of powerful opioid prescription medications. Due to their high potential for addiction, opioids are classified as Schedule II drugs.

Shed North of Teutopolis Destroyed by Fire

02/23/15 12:19 PM
A shed was destroyed by a fire over the weekend. The fire was north of Teutopolis, at 17181 East 1700th Avenue. The shed fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived on the scene.

Traffic Stop Leads to Heroin Arrest

02/22/15 07:07 PM
A Shumway resident was arrested on for heroin possesion Friday after a traffic stop.

More Winter Weather On The Way

02/20/15 05:37 PM
A storm system taking shape today in the Southern Plains will move quickly northeast into the Ohio Valley overnight. Snow will spread over the region this evening and may become locally heavy at times across

Effingham Police Investigating Attempted Burglary

02/20/15 04:35 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating an attempted burglary at a business that occurred Thursday evening. The attempted burglary took place at approximately 8:39pm at Vantage Outsourcing, which is located at 1901 South Fourth Street Suite 18.

INTERVIEW:Effingham County Public Transportation Mobility Manager Jennifer Moore

02/20/15 12:29 PM
Jennifer Moore, the Mobility Manager for Effingham County Public Transportation, stopped by the studio to talk with News Director Tom Jamison about the services offered by the County’s Public Transportation department.

City Police Approved for Subscription to Policy Database

02/19/15 07:00 PM
The Effingham City Police Department has been approved by the City to subscribe to Lexipol’s Law Enforcement Policy Manual & Daily Training Bulletins.

South Central School Board Approves Moving of Funds

02/19/15 06:08 PM
With this move a portion of taxes levied are abated to be used to pay debt service on general obligation school bonds. 

Rauner Allies Say Budget Cuts Negotiable

02/19/15 05:43 PM
The day after Governor Bruce Rauner unveiled his "turnaround budget," the magnitude of the proposed cuts is becoming apparent and even his legislative allies are speaking cautiously about its chances.

Red Cross Offering Disaster Relief Training in Effingham

02/19/15 03:52 PM
The Red Cross will be offering‭ ‬disaster relief volunteer training in Effingham next week for any interested members of the area communities. An additional training course will also be held in March.

Senator Righter Pushes to Fully Fund Foundation Levels for Schools

02/19/15 12:08 PM
Righter filed legislation that would help all school districts in the state and end the practice of only giving 89% of what each district is supposed to receive in state aid, otherwise known as “proration,” by fully funding the state’s “Foundation Level.” 

Congressman Shimkus Holding Office Hours in Effingham Friday

02/18/15 07:13 PM
Congressman Shimkus will be available to meet with local constituents for one-on-on meetings from 2:00 till 3:30pm at his local office in the Effingham County Office Building, 101 North 4th Street

Get Covered Illinois Announces Sign Up Totals

02/18/15 05:43 PM
Get Covered Illinois has announced that more than 347,300 people have enrolled or re-enrolled in a health care plan during open enrollment for the second year of Get Covered Illinois (GCI). 

Effingham County Health Department and EMA Urge Caution with Cold

02/18/15 12:55 PM
The Effingham County Health Department and the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to take precautions over the next couple of days due to the forecast, which includes extreme cold and dangerous wind chills.

Governor Rauner Gives Budget Address

02/18/15 12:43 PM
Governor Bruce Rauner gave his budget address Wednesday. It was the first time Rauner had outlined his plan for the state's budget since being sworn in as Governor is January. Governor Rauner called the budget the "last, best chance to get our house in order." 

Larson Now Facing Charges from Missouri

02/18/15 12:39 PM
60-year-old Steven Larson was previously charged in Effingham County with two counts of Kidnapping, Indecent Solicitation of a Child, Unlawful Restraint, and Obstruction of Justice. He now faces three additional charges from Missouri.

Effingham Coroner's Office Says No Foul Play in Death Near Lake Sara

02/17/15 11:28 PM
Effingham City and County Police responded to a 911 call at 10:01am in regards to an unresponsive male on North 1600th near Lake Sara. Effingham City County Ambulance was also on the scene, with County Coroner Duane Guffey being notified at 10:15am.

Effingham City Council Hears Results of Business District Study

02/17/15 11:19 PM
The study found the potential business district to be eligible for a "blighted area" designation, which is required for business district. Under that designation, the area was found to have numerous

Effingham County Board Approves Monument to Honor Fallen State Troopers

02/17/15 10:45 PM
The monument, which will be placed on the Courthouse lawn in downtown Effingham, comes at the request of the Effingham Sunrise Rotary.

Lake Land College Board Honors Shimkus for Outstanding Leadership

02/17/15 12:41 PM
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees last night approved a resolution to honor Congressman John Shimkus for his outstanding leadership representing the 15th District of Illinois.

Some State Troopers Owed Thousands In Back Pay

02/17/15 11:10 AM
Some troopers are owed as much as $10,000 in back pay, as well as in unpaid raises and allowances.