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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. The campaign supports the creation of a comprehensive Sports & Wellness

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.
 

Representative Reis Addresses Illinois House Honoring Army Sgt. Timothy Owens


04/07/14 03:35 PM
State Representative David Reis of the local 108th District addressed his colleagues on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives Monday honoring Effingham-born Army Sergeant Timothy Owens, who was killed during a mass shooting at Ford Hood last week.

Police Investigating Stolen Motorcycles in Effingham


04/07/14 02:12 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a pair of recent motor vehicle thefts.Police are investigating the theft of a vehicle owned by Kelly McWhorter of Effingham that occurred from a residential back yard in the 800 block of West Jefferson Avenue

Candlelight Vigil To Be Held Friday for Sgt. Timothy Owens


04/07/14 01:34 PM
A candlelight vigil will be held this Friday in Effingham for Army Sergeant Timothy Owens. The vigil will be Friday at 7:00pm on the Old Courthouse lawn in Downtown

Miller Charged With Drug Induced Homicide


04/07/14 12:21 PM
Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler has filed a Class X Felony Homicide charge against one of the individuals held in connection with the February death of 29-year-old Jessica James of Effingham. 

Charleston Police Make Murder Arrest


04/07/14 11:41 AM
The Charleston Police Department and Coles County State’s Attorney, Brian Bower have announced that a Charleston resident has been arrested and charged for the murder of Gina Giberson, which occurred earlier today. 

ECIDC Announces 2014 Awards, Norma Lansing Given Lifetime Achievement Award


04/07/14 11:32 AM

Effingham Native Sgt. Timothy Owens One of Three Victims in Fort Hood Shooting


04/07/14 10:17 AM
An Effingham native was one of three people killed last week in a shooting at the Fort Hood military post in Killeen, Texas. Army Sergeant Timothy Owens, who was born in Effingham, was a ten-year army veteran and counselor at Fort Hood. 

Captain Kelly Hodge Named District 12 and 19 State Police Commander


04/03/14 12:10 PM
Illinois State Police District 12 announce the promotion of Captain Kelly Hodge from Interim Commander of Zone 7 Investigations to the position of Commander over Districts 12 (Effingham) and 19 (Carmi) Patrol. 
 

United Way of Effingham County Accepting Grant Applications for 2014-15 Campaign


04/03/14 10:23 AM
The United Way of Effingham County is accepting requests for Grant Applications for funding support for the 2014 - 2015 Campaign.  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 out to agencies previously funded by the United Way of Effingham

Effingham City Council to Vote on Approval of FY15 Budget at Next Meeting


04/01/14 08:09 PM
The Effingham City Council discussed a resolution that would adopt the operating budget for the City for Fiscal Year‭ ‬2015,‭ ‬which begins May‭ ‬1,‭ ‬2014‭ ‬and ends April‭ ‬30,‭ ‬2015.‭ ‬The total proposed budget is‭ ‬$71,089,525.‭ ‬

Helen Matthes Library to Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19


04/01/14 05:24 PM
Helen Matthes Library will celebrate National Library Week April 13-19.  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.

House Passes Cavaletto Bill Giving Schools Flexibility in Paying for Inspections


04/01/14 04:52 PM
State Representative John Cavaletto of the local 107th District has sponsored a piece of legislation which will give school districts some small relief and flexibility in paying for state required safety inspections. 

Additional Pretrial Hearing Set for Miller in Heroin Overdose Case


04/01/14 01:59 PM
An Altamont man facing Felony Drug charges in connection with the February 4 death of Jessica James appeared in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday. 22-year-old Jay Miller is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance. 

Mathis and Houser Appear for Pretrial Hearings


04/01/14 12:34 PM
The two Effingham residents facing charges of Concealment of a Homicidal Death in the 2011 murder of Joseph Delaney appeared in court Tuesday for pretrial hearings. 

Stewardson-Strasburg Alumni Association Seeking Award Nominations


03/31/14 07:03 PM
The Stewardson-Strasburg Alumni Association is seeking nominations for two annual awards: Outstanding Alumnus Award and Distinguished Service Award.

State Fire Marshal Arson Investigator Awarded for Work in Greenup Arson Case


03/31/14 05:57 PM
Illinois State Fire Marshal Arson Investigator Jeff Pride has been honored for his work in Cumberland County which led to two arrests stemming from multiple cases of arson. Pride was selected by the International Association of Arson Investigators as “Investigator of the year.” 

IDOT Participating in "Gear Up - Ride Smart" Motorcycle Safety Advocacy


03/31/14 05:55 PM
In an effort to reduce motorcycle fatalities and injuries, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association (IMDA) joined forces to kick off the 2014 riding season’s “Gear Up-Ride Smart” motorcycle safety campaign. 

Effingham Man Scheduled for Trial in June for Attempted Murder


03/31/14 05:52 PM
David Wyckoff, in addition to the attempted murder charge, is facing charges of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Attempted Aggravated Criminal Assault, and Aggravated Domestic Battery

St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital Convenient Care Diagnostic Center Now Open


03/31/14 12:32 PM
St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital Convenient Care Diagnostic Center is now open.

Congressman Shimkus Supports Anti Spoofing Bill


03/30/14 08:54 PM
Congressman John Shimkus of the local 15th Congressional District is a cosponsor of a piece of legislation that would expand the prohibition on inaccurate caller identification.This practice is called “spoofing” and used in an effort to trick recipients.
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