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Solicitation of Murder Charge Dropped in Fulk Case, Guilty of Disorderly Conduct


04/23/14 11:26 AM
The Farina man facing Solicitation of Murder for Hire charges has had his charge dropped. 36-year old Mark Fulk was found guilty of a different felony charge during a pretrial hearing in Fayette County Court Tuesday though. 

Effingham Zoning Board Approves Parking Variance For Austin Mansion


04/22/14 09:15 PM
The Effingham Zoning Board has approved a parking variance for the Austin Mansion, at 1007 South 4th Street, which is owned by Billi Jansen and Walnut Street Weddings. The facility was approved for a temporary special use permit earlier this year which allows it to operate as a bed and breakfast and an events venue. 

Jasper County School District Awarded Grants


04/22/14 05:33 PM
The Jasper County School District has been awarded a pair of grants. The Jasper County Board of Education announced the grants at their monthly meeting held Monday night.

Four Inducted into Lake Land College's 2014 Distinguished Alumni Association


04/22/14 05:20 PM
The Lake Land College Alumni Association recently inducted the Distinguished Alumni Society (DAS) Class of 2014. The inductees were Tony Aghaei (class of 1978) of Mattoon; Brett Henschen (class of 1984) of Pana; Patty Montgomery (class of 1996) of Mattoon; and Mike Sullivan (class of 1970) of Mattoon.

Heartland Dental Expands Effingham Offices


04/22/14 04:37 PM
Heartland Dental, which is the largest dental support organization in the United States, recently procured additional Home Office space in Effingham to support the company’s continued growth in employment.

 

Devoe and Sparks Plead Not Guilty to Meth Charges


04/22/14 04:21 PM
Two of the four area residents facing methamphetamine charges from the execution of an April 5 warrant appeared in court Tuesday, where they each pled not guilty.

 
 

Ground Breaking Date Set for Roy Schmidt Honda in Effingham


04/22/14 11:55 AM
A date for the ground breaking of the Roy Schmidt Honda facility in Effingham has been set.
Earth work has started at the facility, and construction is ready to begin at the Roy Schmidt Honda location, which is opening on Effingham’s west end on 1703 West Fayette Avenue 

Effingham County Board Receives Results of Audit of Sheriff's Department


04/21/14 06:33 PM
The Effingham County Board has received the audit of the County Sheriff’s Department. The audit, which was conducted by West‭ & ‬Company, regards property valued at over‭ ‬$500,‭ ‬and weapons that were acquired and their disposition,‭ ‬over the previous three years.‭

Effingham Resident Sentenced to Five Years for Meth Lab Charges


04/21/14 06:14 PM
An Effingham man appeared in Effingham County Circuit Court Monday, where he was sentenced to five years in prison for Participation in Methamphetamine Manufacturing. 41-year-old Terry L. Mays entered a guilty plea, which was accepted by Judge Allan Lolie. 

Wheeler Man Airlifted to Hospital Following Weekend ATV Crash


04/21/14 03:15 PM
A Wheeler man was airlifted to the hospital Saturday after an ATV accident. 37-year-old Steven Everett was driving westbound on County Road 1300 North in Jasper County at 4:59pm Saturday when he lost control of the ATV and struck a gas main, causing the vehicle to overturn. 

Sen. Righter & Rep. Reis Meet with Students at IL Electric & Telephone Co-Op Day


04/21/14 02:27 PM

Fayette County Coroner Investigating Two Weekend Deaths


04/21/14 11:11 AM
The Fayette County Coroner's office is investigating two weekend deaths. Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen says that 47-year-old Matthew Austin was found dead in his truck by a family member Saturday evening at approximately 9:30pm.

Illinois Veterans Service Offices Closed Tuesday-Friday This Week


04/21/14 10:57 AM
All of the State’s Veterans Service Offices will be closed for annual training and certification from Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25 as all of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veteran Service Officers will be attending mandatory annual training and certification in Springfield.

Adopt-A-Highway Spring Cleanup Begins


04/20/14 10:22 PM
Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider has announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation has begun its annual Adopt-A-Highway spring cleanup along state highways, with the cleanup running through April 27. 

Two Area Residents Sent to Hospital After Crashing During Attempt to Flee Police


04/18/14 01:06 PM
Two area residents were sent to the hospital Thursday following an accident that occurred while attempting to flee St. Elmo Police.
 

Department of Agriculture Still Accepting Proposals for Specialty Crop Grants


04/18/14 12:00 PM
The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is still accepting proposals for federal specialty crop grants. 

Effingham Used as Blueprint in Illinois Bike Transportation Plan (AUDIO)


04/18/14 11:44 AM
Governor Pat Quinn has announced the release of the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan – the first statewide bicycle plan in Illinois’ history. The bike plan provides the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) with policies, best practices and strategic direction for implementing a sustainable, multi-modal transportation system across Illinois. 
 

Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Issues Job Vacancy Survey


04/17/14 08:46 PM
The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce is issuing a job vacancy survey. 

North American Lighting Receives Lake Land College's Business Partnership Award


04/17/14 08:41 PM
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees awarded the 15th annual Business Partnership Award to North American Lighting (NAL) in recognition of its ongoing exceptional partnership with the college.

Lieutenant Colonel Hodge Speaks on Leading Boy Scout Troops in Afghanistan


04/17/14 01:45 PM
The 2014 Effingham Leadership Breakfast was held Thursday morning at the Effingham Elks Lodge. Timothy Hodge, Retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army and Retired Officer with the Illinois State Police, was the featured speaker at the event.

Laue and Beccue Appear for Meth Charges


04/16/14 06:35 PM
Two of the four area residents facing methamphetamine charges from the execution of an April 5 warrant appeared in court Wednesday. 20-year-old Cody Laue of Beecher City and 28-year-old Stacey Beccue of Altamont made their initial appearances following their arrest.

New Donations Made to Richard E. Workman Sports & Wellness Complex


04/16/14 03:37 PM
The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation in February began the public phase of the‭ ‬$3 million fundraising campaign to build the Richard E. Workman Sports & Wellness Complex.

Mattoon Police Make Arrests For Prostitution


04/16/14 01:07 PM
The Mattoon Police Department arrested a Rantoul man Monday for promoting prostitution.
Police arrested 41-year-old James E. Staine at 2:00am near the 100 block of Dettro Drive.

Effingham City Council Discusses Expansion Agreement With Pinnacle Foods


04/15/14 09:03 PM
The Effingham City Council Tuesday discussed a request from Pinnacle Foods to lease a space in the Dial and Dial Properties Complex for the expansion of their facilities. The request would be to lease a space of 88,300 square feet. 

Treasurer Rutherford's I-Cash Program has Strong First Quarter


04/15/14 05:12 PM
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has released the results of a strong first quarter for the I-Cash program with $29,944,349 being returned to 15,063 people during the first three months of 2014.

Altamont Named Tree City USA


04/15/14 04:45 PM
The City of Altamont has been named Tree City USA, the 28th time that the city has received this national recognition.
 

Teutopolis School Board Talks Activity Reductions, No Cuts Planned At This Time


04/14/14 09:10 PM
The Teutopolis Unit 50 School Board Monday discussed the potential need to make further reductions to the available extra-curricular activities in the District.

Governor Quinn Announces $52.7 Million for Transportation Projects


04/14/14 07:10 PM
Governor Pat Quinn has announced a $52.7 million investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois. The investment will support more than 400 jobs through 71 projects, including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification projects in communities across the state. The funding is through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program

Special Olympics Illinois Names New East Central/Area 9 Director


04/14/14 06:46 PM
Special Olympics Illinois has named Vanessa Duncan of Mattoon as East Central/Area 9 Director at the Area office in Charleston. Duncan will be responsible for managing Special Olympics activities including training, competition, fundraising and administration for the area.

Effingham County Alliance Talks Local Economy


04/14/14 06:11 PM
A Private-Public partnership enhances the local economy.‭ ‬That was the message in Effingham County at the recent reception hosted by The Alliance for its members and guests.‭ ‬The reception was held to mark the first year for the new county-wide economic development organization.‭ ‬

National Library Week Schedule at Helen Matthes Library


04/14/14 04:43 PM
The Helen Matthes Library is now celebrating National Library Week. The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Lives Change @ Your Library”. The Library has planned a week full of programs and events.

Mulberry Grove Man Killed in Farming Accident


04/14/14 10:51 AM
A Mulberry Grove man was killed Saturday in a farming accident involving a tractor. 65-year-old Kenneth Zarecki died Saturday afternoon when his tractor flipped and landed on him. Zarecki was attempting to remove a tree that he had been cutting down when the accident occurred.

Candlelight Vigil Memorial Service Held in Effingham for Sergeant Timothy Owens


04/12/14 01:28 PM
A candlelight vigil memorial service was held Friday in Effingham for Army Sergeant Timothy Owens. The 37-year-old Owens, who grew up in Effingham and attended South Side School before his family moved to Rolla, Missouri, was one of three killed in a shooting at Fort Hood military post in Texas. 

Illinois State Police District 12 Releases March Enforcement Activity


04/11/14 04:26 PM
Illinois State Police District‭ ‬12‭ ‬Commander,‭ ‬Captain‭ ‬Kelly Hodge has‭ ‬announced the activity‭ ‬and‭ ‬enforcement figures for the month of‭ ‬March in the district.‭ ‬Troopers in District‭ ‬12,‭ ‬which includes Clark,‭ ‬Clay,‭ ‬Crawford,‭ ‬Cumberland,‭ ‬Effingham...

Lake Land College's Daugherty Receives EIBEA Teacher of the Year Award


04/11/14 12:18 PM
Kathleen Daugherty, instructor and coordinator of the Office Technology and Medical Coding Programs at Lake Land College has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Eastern Illinois Business Education Association (EIBEA) Teacher of the Year Award.
 

Jasper County Grand Jury Hears Hands Out Drug Charges


04/10/14 04:29 PM
The Jasper County State’s Attorney’s Office has announced that the Jasper County Grand Jury, after hearing the cases Thursday, has returned three indictments for drug-related charges.

St. Anthony's Women's Wellness Center Offering Breast Cancer Support


04/10/14 04:02 PM
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Wellness Center is beginning a bi-monthly Breast Cancer Support Group

Lake Land College Names Jean Anne Grunloh Executive Assistant to President


04/10/14 02:43 PM
Lake Land College has announced Jean Anne Grunloh of Effingham as the executive assistant to the president at Lake Land College.

 

Miller Trial Moved to May with Filing of Additional Charges


04/10/14 12:53 PM
23-year-old Jay Miller, the Altamont man facing Drug Induced Homicide charges appeared in court Thursday for a pretrial hearing. The charges stem from the February 4, 2014 death of 29-year-old Effingham resident Jessica James. 

US Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition Visits Springfield


04/09/14 05:40 PM
The US Route‭ ‬50‭ ‬Four-Lane Coalition visited legislators in Springfield earlier this month.‭ ‬The Coalition was represented by members of different counties across the state. The Coalition’s Co-Presidents,‭ Clay City ‬Mayor Trevor Bissey represented Clay County and Carlyle Mayor Mike Burton represented Clinton County. Additionally, Salem Mayor John Raymer represented

Area Projects Included in Governor's $8.6 Billion Transportation Program


04/09/14 05:14 PM
Governor Pat Quinn has unveiled a six-year, $8.6 billion construction program that will improve roads and bridges throughout Illinois while making major investments in public transportation. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.
 

New Police Chief Hired in St. Elmo


04/09/14 01:12 PM
The City of St. Elmo has hired a new Chief of Police. The hire comes after the position was left vacant following the departure of former Chief Trent Seiler. The St. Elmo City Council, at their monthly board meeting Monday night, approved the hire of Michael Riley to fill the position.

Fort Hood Memorial Ceremony Held in Texas


04/09/14 11:06 AM
A memorial service was held this afternoon at Fort Hood military post in Texas to remember and honor the three soldiers who were killed in an on-base shooting last week. Effingham native Army Sergeant Timothy Owens was one of three people killed in the shooting. 

Representative Cavaletto Presents Bill Strengthening Synthetic Drug Laws (AUDIO)


04/08/14 05:11 PM
State Representative John Cavaletto of the local 107th district says the area that he represents has seen a recent increase in the number of arrests of users of synthetic cannabis and other synthetic drug products, as well as an associated increase in hospitalization of users and peripheral crimes

District 12 of State Police Encouraging Use of Child Safety Seats


04/08/14 04:44 PM
District 12 of the Illinois State Police has announced that it has been awarded 42 child safety to help increase the use of booster seats in the District 12 counties of Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, and Richland. 

Lake Land College to Host Mobile Veterans Center Wednesday


04/08/14 02:11 PM
Lake Land College will host a Mobile Veterans Center this Wednesday (April 9,2014) from 8:00am-4:00pm on the Lake Land College campus in Mattoon. College students who are veterans as well as community members who are veterans are encouraged to come participate in the activities the center offers.

 

USDA Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs


04/08/14 11:12 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Effingham Police Execute Search Warrant Regarding Possible Weapons & Explosives


04/08/14 10:30 AM
The Effingham Police Department last week obtained information regarding possible weapons, explosives, and gun violations at a residence in the 600th block of South 4th Street in Effingham. Police then sought a search warrant for the residence.

Flora Man On The Run Following Traffic Stop


04/07/14 06:42 PM
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Robinson Police Department are searching for a Flora man that fled the scene of a traffic stop after being pulled over Monday morning. 
 

Weekend Search Warrant Results in Felony Meth Charges


04/07/14 03:48 PM
Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler has announced the charging of four individuals in connection with a continuing and ongoing methamphetamine investigation in the region.
 
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