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posted on 2016-12-29 @ 10:04 AM
One-year-old Annaka Robison will be headed to Pittsburgh for a much-needed liver transplant. Nancy Ervin, a close friend of the family, was determined to be a perfect match and will donate a portion of her liver.

Annaka Robison -- what is means more

posted on 2016-12-29 @ 09:49 AM
St. Anthony High School has nine students that were selected as Illinois State Scholars. 

St. Anthony High School has 9 state scholars

St. Anthony High School Principal Greg Fearday is pleased to announce that nine St. Anthony High more

posted on 2016-12-29 @ 09:46 AM
Teutopolis High School has 11 students that were selected as Illinois State Scholars. 

Teutopolis High School has 11 state scholars

Teutopolis High School Principal Greg Beck is pleased to announce that 11 Teutopolis High School more

posted on 2016-12-29 @ 09:42 AM

Hollywood’s Game Shows coming to Effingham

By Danielle TadlockNews Report Staff Game shows are fun to watch on TV. But can you imagine participating in one? Well, you just might get your chance. The fundraiser starts at 7 p.m. more

posted on 2016-12-29 @ 09:41 AM

Lionel Richie Experience at EPC New Year's Eve

This New Year’s Eve at the Effingham Performance Center, join the Lionel Richie Experience featuring the number one Lionel Richie tribute singer in America, David Graham. This more

posted on 2016-12-29 @ 09:39 AM

Community Support Systems awarded certification

December Student of the Month recipients are Zachery Verdeyen and Maria Vonderheide with Teutopolis Education Foundation member Wendy Kreke. CARF International announced that Community more

posted on 2016-12-29 @ 09:37 AM
Abby Buenker

Buenker selected to all-state band

St. Anthony High School Principal Greg Fearday is excited to announce that high school student, Abby Buenker, was selected for the prestigious honor of performing at the Illinois Music more

posted on 2016-12-26 @ 09:56 AM
A pair of Shop With A Deputy shoppers look over their gifts before checking out with an adult volunteer.

Deputies keep up with dedicated shoppers

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Omar was shopping and talking last week in the Effingham more

posted on 2016-12-26 @ 09:54 AM

City ready to pick up unwanted advertising signs

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff How did that old song go? Oh yes, it sounded something like this. Signs, Signs Everywhere there’s a sign Messing up the more

posted on 2016-12-26 @ 09:51 AM
Alana Jackson hangs one of great-grandma June's bell ornaments on the Christmas tree, while little brother Aaron looks on.

Bell ornaments special to Hubbard family

Submitted by Maria Hubbard My mother always more

posted on 2016-12-26 @ 09:50 AM

EPC trying to reschedule Scott Wattles concert

The Effingham Performance Center was advised by the management of Scott Wattles and Blue Suede Crew that the performance scheduled for December 17 had to be canceled due to unforeseen more

posted on 2016-12-26 @ 09:48 AM
Cletus and Betty Koester won the Reason for the Season Category in the Holiday Lights & Festive Sights Contest in Effingham.

Koester's win Reason for the Season Category

By Danielle AkersNews Report Staff Christmas is a time to bring more

posted on 2016-12-26 @ 09:43 AM
Richard and Pauline Worman won the Clark Griswold Category in the Holiday Lights & Festive Sights Contest in Effingham.

Worman's win Clark Griswold Category

By Danielle AkersNews Report Staff Filling the yard with as many Christmas more

posted on 2016-12-24 @ 12:28 PM

Blessing Bags bring joy to cancer patients

By Danielle Akers Fear Nothing, Bras for a Cause and other volunteers helped put "blessing bags" together for cancer patients this holiday season. Helping were (left to right) Barb Starwalt, more

posted on 2016-12-24 @ 12:26 PM

Teutopolis Christmas lights winners announced

The Teutopolis Lions Club has named the winners in the Christmas Lights contest. The overall winner was Steve Hille, at 503 W. Northern Row. Honorable mention went to Norbert Lohman, 300 E. more

posted on 2016-12-24 @ 12:24 PM
The Orchard Inn won the Business Category in the Holiday Lights & Festive Sights Contest in Effingham.

Orchard Inn wins Business Category

By Danielle AkersNews Report Staff Many businesses put up a tree and some Christmas lights to more

posted on 2016-12-24 @ 12:23 PM

Unit 40 ponders build new or update existing buildings

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff The clock is ticking for Effingham Unit 40 School Board for deciding how to address its building issues next year. A majority of board members agreed more

posted on 2016-12-24 @ 12:21 PM

It's official! Fuesting new Effingham Police Chief

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff New Effingham Police Chief Jeff Fuesting is proud to be coming home again. Fuesting was sworn in as Police Chief during Tuesday’s Effingham City more

posted on 2016-12-24 @ 12:20 PM

County board approves tax levy increase

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Effingham County Board on Monday approved a tax levy increase of 1.8 percent with a total of $4,196,350, which amounts to a 3.1 percent decrease from the first more

posted on 2016-12-24 @ 12:17 PM
Darlene and Larry Logue won the Classic Christmas Category in the Holiday Lights & Festive Sights Contest in Effingham.

Logue's voted Classic Christmas winner

By Danielle Akers News Report Staff Decorations can be fun to look at and more

posted on 2016-12-22 @ 07:52 AM
Dick and Janice Dust

Janice Dust stays strong during battled with cancer

By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff It was a late fall day in 2011. Janice Dust and her husband, Dick, had been out deer hunting and were headed home. The phone more

posted on 2016-12-22 @ 07:46 AM
Tuscan Hills Winery has received a Business Appreciation Award from the City of Effingham. Pictured (left to right) are Erin Hartke, general manager; Wanda Pitcher, owner; and Mayor Jeff Bloemker.

City honors Tuscan Hills

The City of more

posted on 2016-12-22 @ 07:42 AM

Schuette receives education scholarship

The Eastern Illinois University Business and Education Scholarship Award has been presented to Kristen Schuette, of Effingham. This award, established by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maskey, is administered more

posted on 2016-12-22 @ 07:37 AM
Noah Probst and Elizabeth Waldhoff have been selected as the Teutopolis High School Rookies of the Month for November.

THS selects Probst, Waldhoff as Rookies of the Month

Noah Probst and Elizabeth Waldhoff have been named Students of the more

posted on 2016-12-22 @ 07:32 AM
Audra Breer and Tyler Broom have been selected as the Teutopolis High School Students of the Month for November.

THS names Breer, Broom as Students of the Month

Audra Breer and Tyler Broom were selected as the November Students of the more

posted on 2016-12-22 @ 07:29 AM
Donnie Wilson Cheryl Mitchell

Midland Institute makes two appointments

The Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship is proud to announce additions to the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship team. The Midland Institute for more

posted on 2016-12-22 @ 07:28 AM

Master Gardener training begins in January

University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications for the 2017 Master Gardener training session. The Illinois Master Gardener program educates people about environmentally sound more

posted on 2016-12-20 @ 09:32 AM
Craig & Beth Lindvahl

Craig Lindvahl -- "I just try to enjoy every day"

By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff Craig Lindvahl has changed. He’s walking slower and talking softer. He wears out easily and just looks like he doesn& more

posted on 2016-12-20 @ 09:31 AM

Ministerial Association to host Christmas Dinner

The Effingham Ministerial Association will hold its annual Christmas Dinner at the Sacred Heart Church Parish Center. Serving will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25. If you will be more

posted on 2016-12-20 @ 09:28 AM
Melvin Higgs reads one of his poems.

Melvin Higgs -- a 92-year-old craftsman

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Melvin Higgs has worked with wood most of his life. His house on the south end of Effingham is filled with clocks, furniture, a more

posted on 2016-12-20 @ 09:27 AM

Lake Land College receives gift from Heartland Dental

A gift from Heartland Dental will allow Lake Land College to upgrade equipment and tools in the Dental Hygiene Clinic where students learn to provide patient care and prepare to enter more

posted on 2016-12-20 @ 09:25 AM
Alessandero Boca, a foreign exchange student from Italy, celebrates his 17th birthday. Alessandero is attending Effingham High School and staying with the Wayne and Carol Donsbach family.

Italian exchange student gets in Christmas Spirit more

posted on 2016-12-20 @ 09:23 AM

County Fair introduces new Endowment Fund

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff It was snowing outside Tuesday, but Phil Hartke had his mind on horse races, tractor pulls, 4-H shows and other Effingham County Fair events next August. Hartke, more

posted on 2016-12-20 @ 09:17 AM
Craig Nielson

Alliance CEO likes being part of country’s crossroad

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Craig A. Nielson is finding Effingham County the right fit after just three months on the job with the Effingham Regional Growth more

posted on 2016-12-17 @ 11:09 AM

Kilo the police dog passes away

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Last week, Effingham Police officer Danny Lake was accepting condolences for a partner who was also a member of his family. Kilo, the silver and black German Shepherd more

posted on 2016-12-17 @ 11:08 AM

Council prepared to hire new city police chief

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Effingham City Council is expected to vote on hiring a new police chief on Tuesday night. Last week, the commissioners gave the tentative nod to Jeff Fuesting, more

posted on 2016-12-17 @ 11:00 AM
This is one of the nativity sets that were on display during the Cross Open House.

Nativities a natural each Christmas at the Cross

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Each year, the nativities on display keep increasing for the Christmas at more

posted on 2016-12-17 @ 10:57 AM

Recalling the tortures of medicine in the old days

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Some medicine from 150 years ago helped you as much as drilling holes in your head. Or downing large doses of mercury, opium or radium to cure simple more

posted on 2016-12-17 @ 10:54 AM
Bill Price has 12,000 lights plus several other Christmas displays in his yard in Watson.

One decoration and Bill Price was hooked

By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff Remember when decorating outside for Christmas meant stringing a few more

posted on 2016-12-15 @ 09:56 AM
Larry Lappin received the Habitat Hero Award for his work with Effingham County Habitat for Humanity.

Lappin wins Habitat Hero Award

By Danielle TadlockNews Report Staff Almost every year Habitat for Humanity builds a new home for a more

posted on 2016-12-15 @ 09:55 AM

News Report accepting nominations for Volunteer of the Year

The Effingham & Teutopolis News Report will once again sponsor of the Effingham County Volunteer of the Year Award. Communities are defined by many things – more

posted on 2016-12-15 @ 09:51 AM
Dan Woods was the speaker at the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce First Friday Luncheon. He introduced the Business Outreach Center, a new program being offered by the chamber.

Chamber introduces new business center

By Herb MeekerNews more

posted on 2016-12-10 @ 12:11 PM
Childhood dreams and memories were on display at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Dieterich, one of the stops on the St. Isidore Christmas Walk. One of the displays was a gingerbread train filled with goodies.

St. Isidore Christmas Walk more

posted on 2016-12-10 @ 11:59 AM
Cheri Stanton, Illinois American Legion Commander, addresses the crowd at the 70th annual Teutopolis Pearl Harbor Breakfast.

Remembering Pearl Harbor, America’s great comeback

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Illinois American more

posted on 2016-12-08 @ 12:36 PM

Bulldogs top seed in Vandalia Holiday Tournament

Effingham St. Anthony will enter the Vandalia Holiday Tournament as the top seed. The eight-team field will include Flora, Patoka, Vandalia, Pana, Shelbyville, Ramsey and Fr. McGivney. more

posted on 2016-12-08 @ 10:33 AM
Bill Lobb, crossing guard for South Side School, waves at people driving on Fourth Street. He loves waving, hoping it brightens their day.

Crossing guard brings joy by waving at drivers

By Danielle TadlockNews Report Staff Nothing says more

posted on 2016-12-08 @ 10:02 AM
The Kull family is looking forward to Simon joining them. Pictured (left to right) are Emma, Caroline, Andrew (holding a picture of Simon), Becky, Steve, Meredith and Lydia.

Kull family close to being able to bring Simon home

By Danielle more

posted on 2016-12-08 @ 09:48 AM
Megan Bloemer

Bloemer accepted into vet school

Megan Bloemer, the daughter of Paul and Sandy Bloemer, has been accepted to the University of Illinois - College of Veterinary Medicine. Admission to the college – one of only 30 more

posted on 2016-12-03 @ 09:15 AM
Two-year-old Emily Matteson gave Santa her Christmas list at the grand opening of the new Santa House in downtown Effingham.

Santa given keys to the new house

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Rain did not put a damper on the grand opening more

posted on 2016-12-03 @ 09:09 AM
Lighting the Christmas tree near the courthouse was just one of many activities at the annual Hometown Christmas event in downtown Effingham.

Hometown Christmas kicks off holiday season

By Danielle TadlockNews Report Staff The smell of more

posted on 2016-12-03 @ 08:54 AM

County board looks to reduce deficit

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff How does a county board whittle down a $416,776 budget deficit? On Monday night, Effingham County Board members showed how it is not easy to slice into a budget that more

posted on 2016-12-01 @ 05:34 PM

Juggling Jeff teaches kids the importance of books

By Danielle TadlockNews Report Staff Juggling Jeff, or Jeff Koziatek, juggled for all ages at Effingham High school on Thursday. The Effingham Public Library hosted the event and had more

posted on 2016-12-01 @ 05:29 PM
Sheryl Baker-Herboth (right) and her son Matthew, went on a two-week trip with their dogs in their Mini Cooper as part of the Feeding America program.

Feeding America one Mini Cooper at a time

By Danielle TadlockNews Report Staff Imagine more

posted on 2016-12-01 @ 04:02 PM
Tom and Marissa Palmer are celebrating this Thanksgiving with their two adopted children -- Aidan and Amelia.

Palmers' hearts are full again

By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff “A child will make love stronger, days shorter, nights more

posted on 2016-11-28 @ 02:58 PM
This large, walk-through ornament will be part of the Hometown Christmas celebration Saturday in downtown Effingham.

Walk-through ornament visits Effingham

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff A Christmas ornament has come to town that’ more

posted on 2016-11-28 @ 02:49 PM
This Jack-In-The-Box is just one of many lighted displays visitors will see when driving through the Wonderland of Lights in Community Park.

Wonderland in Lights will turn on Thanksgiving Night

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff They throw more

posted on 2016-11-28 @ 02:45 PM
Matt Poss Band

Matt Poss Band to perform holiday concert

By Danielle TadlockNews Report Staff Bringing the community together one time a year for a good cause is what the Matt Poss Band strives to do. They will perform their annual more

posted on 2016-11-28 @ 02:38 PM

All aboard the Polar Express

By Danielle TadlockNews Report Staff Seeing is believing. That’s true for everyone that is attending the Monticello Train Museum for the Polar Express event. The museum does this every year as a more

posted on 2016-11-23 @ 07:40 AM

Sports complex scholarship applications now available

As our society becomes more aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, it is more important than ever for everyone to have access to a health and recreational facility with a more

posted on 2016-11-23 @ 07:25 AM
Dianne Miller

Miller new postmaster in Effingham

By Danielle TadlockNews Report Staff Getting a new job can always be stressful and worrisome. But when it’s the same job, it might come naturally. This is true for Dianne Miller, more

posted on 2016-11-23 @ 07:20 AM
The City of Effingham was named a Progressive City by Ameren Illinois.

Effingham named a Progressive City by Ameren

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff The City of Effingham earned an award that will help light up the community for visitors. more

posted on 2016-11-14 @ 10:50 AM
Sgt. Craig Mosher in the turret of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle during an Army exercise in Germany, shortly before being deployed to the Gulf War.

Veteran Craig Mosher -- part of the ground war

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Craig Mosher more

posted on 2016-11-14 @ 10:46 AM
Harold Frailey (right) as he prepares to leave on a plane out of Saudi Arabia at the end of the Gulf War.

Veteran Harold Frailey -- going to Gulf War in an SUV

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Not every American soldier had a chance to more

posted on 2016-11-14 @ 10:38 AM
Brad Traub

Veteran Brad Traub -- getting into the enemy's head

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Brad Traub’s job during the Gulf War was getting into the enemy’s head. That Army veteran from Dieterich worked with the 4th more

posted on 2016-11-14 @ 10:34 AM
Tom Caldwell

Veteran Tom Caldwell -- among first guard units to go

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff In 1989, Tom Caldwell was assigned to an Illinois National Guard unit after serving in different Army detachments. He preferred the more

posted on 2016-11-12 @ 09:46 AM
Dave Pruemer

Dave Pruemer says "Teutopolis helped prepare me"

By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff Dave Pruemer just figured he would grow up and work on the family farm. He was a decent student in school, but nothing extraordinary. He more

posted on 2016-11-12 @ 09:42 AM
Joedy Hightower (left) and Rick Siemer (center) present Jack Schultz with the Richard C. Siemer Outstanding Philanthropist Award.

Jack Schultz receives Philanthropist Award

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff Jack Schultz last week noted more

posted on 2016-11-04 @ 04:28 PM
Bernice and Norbert Lohman have enjoyed 55 years of marriage, despite living in "A House Divided." Bernice is a die-hard Cubs fan, while Norbert bleeds Cardinal red.

Lohman's live a "A House Divided"

By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff more

posted on 2016-11-04 @ 07:24 AM
Laughing it up at the Kountry Kitchen are Teutopolis Laughing Ladies, a Tuesday tradition at the restaurant.

Laughing Ladies a Teutopolis tradition

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff They didn’t enter laughing, but soon the Kountry more

posted on 2016-11-04 @ 07:22 AM
Lucia Cerrato, an Effingham High School foreign exchange student from Italy, is shown with her host mom, Myra Oltman, while exploring Chicago.

Lucia Cerrato: 'Everything I expected and more'

By Jenny SchouppeNews Report Staff In August, more

posted on 2016-10-31 @ 09:31 AM
Linda Schaefer and her cousin, Leonard Miller, spend time searching for family genealogy.

Linda Schaefer finds surprises during genealogy research

By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff When Linda Schaefer found the obituary for her more

posted on 2016-10-31 @ 09:28 AM
The back wall of Doug Walk's home in rural Teutopolis displays the deer and elk heads he and his daughters have shot through the years.

Doug Walk a hunter that is giving back

By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff Doug Walk is an avid hunter. more

posted on 2016-10-27 @ 09:41 AM
Andy Verdeyen with the books he has written from information collected about his family's genealogy.

Andy Verdeyen has passion for family's genealogy

By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff In 1874, a ship full of immigrants was pulling into more

posted on 2016-10-27 @ 07:30 AM
Ludvig Landgren

Swedish student enjoying year at Teutopolis

By Jenny SchouppeNews Report Staff Ludvig Landgren grew up listening to stories about his father’s and step-brother’s experiences when they traveled to the United more

posted on 2016-10-22 @ 03:37 PM
Members of the Arnold family have been part of the chain gang at Effingham High School since 1948. Pictured (left to right) are Rob, Jack, Jimbo, Randy, Bob, Chuck, Chad and Vic.

Workin' on the chain gang

By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff more

posted on 2016-10-20 @ 07:15 AM
Luke Jansen

Luke Jansen uses lessons learned in Effingham to make impact

By Jenny SchouppeNews Report Staff Luke Jansen claims to have many passions in life -- student government, public relations and business. But his greatest passion more

posted on 2016-10-20 @ 07:15 AM
Gary Niebrugge recently completed the first year for the Krops4Kids program.

Krops4Kids teaching more than how to grow vegetables

By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff Gary Niebrugge is not a gardener. Just ask him. When he was a kid, he more

posted on 2016-10-17 @ 10:33 AM
Marice Shouse (left) and her granddaughter, Alexandria "Alex" Denoyer, have something in common. They were both Effingham High School Homecoming queens. Alex was crowned last week. Marcie was queen 50 years ago in 1966.

Family Royalty -- Alex more

posted on 2016-10-12 @ 08:42 AM
  Isabella Munoz Isabella Muñoz celebrates Quinceañera  By Steve RaymondNews Report Staff Quinceañera. Translated it means “girl turning 15.” In Latin American and Mexican more

posted on 2016-10-12 @ 08:40 AM
Tammy Flack-Wheeler beams with excitement after receiving her "last quilt" from her aunt as a wedding gift.

The “last quilt" finds its way back home

By Jenny SchouppeNews Report Staff Tammy Flack-Wheeler, of Shumway, grew up more

posted on 2016-10-07 @ 04:39 PM
Tracy Utz-Meyers

Tracy Utz-Myers: 'Experiencing everything I possibly can'

By Jenny SchouppeNews Report Staff Tracy Utz-Myers lives her life with the philosophy that “we get to live a lot of lives.” According to Tracy, a more

posted on 2016-10-05 @ 02:09 PM
Alex Wright proposed to Lindsay Lundquist in Colorado recently. With the help of a local photographer, it was a special moment.

Alex Wright proposal a picture perfect moment

By Jenny SchouppeNews Report Staff Photographs can be physical more

posted on 2016-10-05 @ 06:41 AM
Gary and Durita Bagley now live in Altamont after moving 25 times through the years. Durita was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2015, but is now in remission.

Grandkids made the difference for Durita Bagley

By Steve RaymondNews more

posted on 2016-06-30 @ 02:57 PM

News Report recognized for excellence

By Herb MeekerNews Report Staff The Effingham & Teutopolis News Report received a handful of awards at the annual Illinois Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, held in more

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