Category: Local News

Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Lucas M. Kulesza, 27, of Effingham, was booked on aggravated battery,...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Angela M. Olinger, 36, of Effingham, was booked on an Effingham County warrant...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Kristine Ann Hodge, 32, Effingham, was booked on violation of a protection...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Owen J. Byrne, 42, of Edgewood, was booked for possession of stolen motor...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Miguel A. Escamilla, 25, Madera, California, was booked for possession of a...

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Traffic count could change city’s future landscape

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Despite what you might have heard, that tall strange-looking device attached to a stop sign at Raney Street and Jaycee Avenue is not Big Brother checking on your driving vices. Actually, it is...

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June rainfall tops 8 inches

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Yes, it’s been a wet June. But how wet? The rainfall for the Effingham County weather observer totaled 8.26 inches through June 27, based on figures confirmed by National Weather Service...

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First breakfast offers a blessed day in Shumway

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Tammy Leslie was stirring the mix for scrambled eggs in a huge kettle for the big morning meal Saturday in Shumway. Enduring Freedom Ministries was ready to serve up its first hot meal prepared...

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Wilkins named city’s Employee of the Year

The City of Effingham would like to congratulate Michelle Wilkins on being awarded Employee of the Year, as a part of the City’s Employee Recognition Program. Three other employees were nominated for the award – Amy Beckman,...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. Kimberly Dawn Clark, 19, of Effingham, was booked for illegal consumption...

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Effingham Police Report

Effingham Police Department Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 12:43 p.m. on June 25, a vehicle,...

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Sherrod excited and ready for West Point Academy

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Patrick Sherrod was very happy. He had just checked online and discovered he was going to receive an ROTC Scholarship that would pay for either tuition or room and board at the college of his...

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Treasurer’s retirement issue produces debate

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Replacing a retired County Treasurer might not happen with the current officeholder planning to hold the position, even though he is working full-time at another job. On Monday, Effingham County...

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Leaks delay opening of pool

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Leaks in the Effingham Kluthe Pool could sink most of the summer season for the popular recreation facility. Effingham Park District Director Jeff Althoff said last week extensive repair work on...

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Lock interim city administrator

A familiar face in Effingham city government will be named interim administrator with Jim Arndt leaving for a new job next month in Kentucky. City Clerk Kelsey Lock is expected to be appointed interim City Administrator during...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. DaJuan A. Stansberry, 34, of St. Louis, was booked for theft on June 11....

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Agnes Brummers turns 100 years old

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Agnes Brummer can’t remember the names of all her great-grandchildren. But that’s understandable. She has 155 of them. Plus, she has 12 kids, 60 grandkids, and, oh yes, one...

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News Report wins 5 awards in IPA Contest

The Illinois Press Association gave five awards to the Effingham & Teutopolis News Report during the 2018 IPA Convention last Friday in Springfield. News Report Owner/Publisher Steve Raymond earned a first-place award for...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. Shana R. Spicer, 42, of Effingham, was booked on an Effingham County...

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Effingham Police Report

Effingham Police Department Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 12:48 p.m. on May 24, a vehicle,...

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Local mayors to compete in goat milking contest

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Mayors across Effingham County will let their fingers do the talking during next week’s Effingham County Farm Bureau Goat Milking Contest. Elected officials from several communities will compete...

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Medical history of Abe Lincoln revealed

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 provides only part of the tragedy of his life. The sixteenth president’s medical history, plagued by recurring bouts with malaria and depression, was not...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Aaron D. Shaw, 30, of Alton, was booked on a Madison County probation violation...

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Mock crash demonstration set for Tuesday in Dieterich

If you hear a lot of emergency sirens after 10 a.m. on Tuesday in Dieterich, there is no reason to push the panic button. All those sirens that morning will signal the start of a mock crash demonstration at the Dieterich schools...

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Changes on grading might be ahead in Unit 40 schools

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham Unit 40 School Board on Monday heard proposals for changing the student grading scale and the need for security changes at local schools. Effingham Schools Director of Curriculum and...

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Teutopolis board approves pay raises

Teutopolis village government employees received pay increases for the next fiscal year starting May 1. On April 18, the Village Board approved a 3 percent increase to the pay for eight village employees. The village fiscal year...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Kristen Doedtman, 33, of Effingham, was booked for Driving Under the Influence...

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Effingham City Police Report

Effingham Police Department Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes involving injures or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 2:57 p.m. on April 14, a...

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Fiber optic Internet could come to Teutopolis

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff A Louisville-based communications company might offer a solution for some of the Internet problems plaguing many Teutopolis households. During last week’s Teutopolis Village Board meeting, Wabash...

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Unit 40 moves ahead with planning EJHS project

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Crunching the numbers will continue on the proposed Effingham Junior High School renovation project. The Effingham Unit 40 School Board on Monday voted 5-1 for continuing work on determining...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Abigail Montgomery, 36, of Beecher City, was booked for possession of...

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Effingham Police Report

Effingham Police Department Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 8:11 p.m. on March 28, a vehicle, driven by...

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Unit 40 contract dispute draws crowd to meeting

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham Unit 40 School Board meetings rarely draw more than 120 teachers, coaches, parents and students. But with teacher contract negotiations at a stalemate for months, the huge crowd in the...

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Teutopolis looks west for more business expansion

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Teutopolis Village Board members approved a plat plan on March 21 for the west side Commercial Subdivision and also a change for saving costs on village employee health coverage. The Commercial...

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Effingham City Police Report

Effingham Police Department Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 2:01 p.m. on March 19, a vehicle, driven by...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charles M. Gochenour, 55, of Shelbyville, was booked on an Effingham County...

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Zumwalt celebrates 40 years of teaching at ALIS

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Mary Zumwalt, of Altamont, has seen a lot of changes during her 40 years of teaching. When she first began, she remembers making copies on a Ditto machine. But now the school office has a machine...

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World happiness! Is it possible?

By Nash Naam Guest Columnist What is happiness? This is a frequently asked question with no single, all agreed upon, answer. If you would ask 100 people to define happiness, you may get 100 different answers. For many, there is...

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Chief Fuesting discusses SRO program with council

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Effingham Police Chief Jeff Fuesting talked about the importance of having a School Resource Officer in Unit 40 and found a receptive group of city council members at Tuesday night’s council...

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County has new safety handbook for its employees

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham County government has a new safety handbook to ensure uniform procedures for all county employees. The safety handbook covers training requirements and procedures, and establishes the...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Rachel N. Bell, 32, of Beecher City, was booked for Driving Under the Influence...

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City Police Report

Effingham Police Department Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 8:53 p.m. on March 17, a vehicle,...

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EHS students designing new foot for Aflac

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff When students walked into Effingham High School’s CAD II class a couple weeks ago, they were expecting to design chess pieces. But they didn’t know Val Soltwedel had contacted their teacher, Ty...

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Miller wins primary race for county treasurer

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff The Effingham County Treasurer’s race was a true nail biter Tuesday night. As the precinct votes were counted in the Effingham County Clerk’s office, Republican candidates Paula Miller and Sheila...

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Red Chilli Pipers coming to EPC

Bagpipes with attitude. Drums with a Scottish accent. A blazing rock band and show so hot, it carries its own health warning. It is The Red Hot Chilli Pipers – a 9-piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards and...

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“Cram the Car” project raises 900 pounds of food

In recognition of February being National Canned Food Month, HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois recently teamed up with HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital and other local organizations to “Cram the Car” with...

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Fields enjoys repairing gravestones

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff When Paul Field runs into a fork in the road, he simply picks a direction and sees where it takes him. All the twists and turns over his 68 years of life have brought him right back to where he...

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FACE comedy will be performed six times

The hauntingly funny comedy – “Blithe Spirit” – will be performed six times by the FACE Players at the Ron Diehl Center in Effingham. Dates are March 15, 16, 17 and March 22, 23 and 24. Theater-only shows will be March 15, 16...

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City council offers money for July 4 fireworks show

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham City Council invested again in lighting up the skies on the Fourth of July. City Commissioners voted unanimously to donate $15,000 to the Effingham Noon Rotary fireworks display fund....

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More local recycling efforts needed

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff A recycling study group believes a recent community survey shows many residents believe Effingham County could do better on reducing the waste stream. “The community as a whole says we need to do...

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Candidates for governor speak at Lincoln Day Luncheon

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff They were the speakers everyone in the room wanted to hear during Sunday’s Effingham County Republican Lincoln Day Luncheon. But the two leading Republican candidates for governor in the March 20...

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City Police Report

At 4:09 p.m. on Feb. 26, a vehicle driven by Adam S. Goldstein, 30, of Altamont, rear-ended a vehicle, driven by Tarah J. Tarin, 29, Effingham, at Fayette Avenue and Oak Street, based on a report from Effingham Police Department...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Richard L. Dutton, 56, of Altamont, was booked for driving while license...

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Stephanie Shaffer discovering her biological family

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff There has always been one wish on Stephanie Shaffer’s list. Find her birth parents! And this year, her Christmas and birthday wish came true when her husband surprised her with a DNA kit that led...

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Penguins, Vikings, others brave Polar Plunge

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff It was a beautiful day for a plunge into Lake Sara, even if the weather wasn’t all that polar for penguins or Vikings. The annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics on Saturday was blessed with an...

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Effingham Police Report

Effingham Police Department Bureau of Patrol reported two traffic crashes with either an injury or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 12:15 a.m. on Feb. 24, a vehicle,...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Richard L. Dutton, 56, of Altamont, was booked for driving while license...

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Teutopolis reduces burning to three days

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Open burning in Teutopolis has been reduced to three days per week for helping some residents with breathing problems. Burning of yard waste, including leaves, will be restricted from 6 a.m. to 6...

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Moccasin Creek Festival expanding to four days

Moccasin Creek Festival Promoter Bill Poss has announced that the Moccasin Creek Festival will be a four-day event this year. “I realized that Thursday, June 21, is the Summer Solstice, so I thought, let’s have a party!” Poss...

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Changes ahead in school resource officer program

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff A change in the School Resource Officer program for Effingham schools is in the works. On Monday, Unit 40 School District Superintendent Mark Doan told school board members that the Sheriff’s...

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Theirs is a life-saving friendship

By Vicki Macklin Marketing Specialist HSHS Southern Illinois Division “She’s my angel.” That’s what Cinda Hulskotter says of her friend and co-worker Lisa Paholke. While that may be a common expression when co-workers help each...

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“Tied Up In Knotts” comedy coming to EPC

Actress Karen Knotts, the daughter of the legendary actor Don Knotts, will present Tied Up in Knotts on Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Effingham Performance Center. Karen Knotts brings you a one-woman show about growing up...

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CEO students prepare for annual Experience

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff When it comes to an Effingham County CEO event, the high school students in the room do much more than pass out brochures or pour the coffee. The CEO students truly make it happen. That was the...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. Michael R. Clarkson, 22, Altamont, was booked for Driving Under the...

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St. Anthony seniors will leave a legacy of friendship

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It was March 2014. The St. Anthony Bulldogs had just lost to Dieterich in the finals of the sectionals. Cade Walsh was an eighth grader, but already confident in what he and his teammates could...

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Governor candidates to speak at Lincoln Day Luncheon

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham County Republicans will welcome Gov. Bruce Rauner and gubernatorial challenger State Rep. Jeanne Ives to the Lincoln Day luncheon, scheduled for Sunday, March 4, at Altamont’s Carriage...

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6 String Summit to perform at EPC

The 6 String Summit returns to the Effingham Performance Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. The event features six of the area’s best guitar players, backed by a stellar band and includes a number of special guests, including John...

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“Nothing more than a miracle”

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff The Durbin curse is what family members refer to it as. And they know it all too well! Effingham residents Dave and Clara Ann Durbin have lost several family members to massive heart attacks,...

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United Way surpasses 2017 goal

United Way of Effingham County raised $331,665 during its 2017 campaign. This was announced at the annual meeting for the United Way of Effingham on February 5 at the Effingham Events Center in Effingham. The campaign officially...

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County Coroner Duane Guffey passes away

It is with great sadness the Effingham County Board announces the passing of Effingham County Coroner Duane Guffey. Duane was taken ill while at home on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 15. Emergency responders arrived at his...

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Lottery ticket worth $50,000 to 11 employees

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Oh so close. If only the fifth number had been a 48 instead of a 54. That one little number was the difference between a really good winning ticket and a life-changing ticket. Eleven employees...

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Learning more about Washington, Lincoln

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff A group of Teutopolis Grade School students know a lot about the reason why their school will be closed this coming Monday. They know the federal holiday called Presidents’ Day is linked to the...

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TJHS 8th graders to perform “Abracadabra Aladdin”

Pack your bags and come along because we’re going on a magic carpet ride! The Teutopolis Junior High eighth graders will perform “Abracadabra Aladdin” on Thursday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and Feb. 24. Both performances will be held...

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St. Anthony wins WYSE Regional

What happens when you take some of the most brilliant minds from area high schools and put them under one roof? Nothing other than an academic face off, where teams are pitted against each other in eight subject areas in order...

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Bloemker’s adopt little boy from Bulgaria

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Andrew Bloemker had a plan. But his wife, Mandi, had a different plan. And God was on Mandi’s side. “We were saving money, thinking we wanted to buy land and build a house,” Mandi explained....

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ELC Kindergartners learn about Beneficial Beasts

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Kindergarten students tried to hold back their giggles, as presenter Bob Tarter told them his favorite part of his job was putting snakes on teachers. And while he was telling about his favorite...

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Jim Borrelli gets second chance at college degree

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Teutopolis resident Jim Borrelli’s life took a left turn, as he says. As the father of five grown daughters and with his wife, Laurie, recently retired, the 59-year-old Borrelli had forged a path...

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Grand jury might decide charges on mall burglary

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff The suspect in the Zales Jewelers crash-in burglary on Jan. 25 in Village Square Mall could be indicted by an Effingham County Grand Jury this month. Jordan J. A. Johnston, 23, of Shelbyville,...

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Effingham police officers promoted

Two recent Effingham Police Department promotions demonstrate how command structure changes have affected the city police force. Jason Caraway has been promoted from the rank of Police Sergeant to EPD Lieutenant. Caraway is a...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. Andrew K. Funneman, 39, of Watson, was booked for driving while license...

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Effingham Police Report

Effingham Police Department Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proved guilty through a court of law. At 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 28, a vehicle,...

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Gobzcynski family turning tragedy into saving lives

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff After losing their son, Andrew, to an undetected heart condition three years ago, Leon and Becky Gobzcynski wanted to do something to prevent other parents facing a similar tragedy. They and...

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January b-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-ought the chilling weather

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff If you’re glad January has passed into history, you’re definitely not alone in Effingham County. From the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day and through the first three weeks of January, the...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Derek A. Britz, 34, of Effingham, was booked for driving while license...

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Betty Hinterscher named Volunteer of the Year

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Four mornings every week, Dieterich resident Betty Hinterscher fires up her Chevrolet Sonic and drives to the Catholic Charities building on U.S. Route 40 between Effingham and Teutopolis. Being...

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Martin’s say ‘thank you’ to the community

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Tuesday, Jan. 9, was an odd day for Newlin Martin. It was both routine and totally different. He was up early like always and headed to work – a drive he has made thousands of times during the...

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Troy Bierman donates bone marrow

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Teutopolis High School teacher and coach, Troy Bierman, had never really thought much about the bone marrow donor registry. Although he is an organ donor, he admits that when it comes to things...

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Effingham’s first microbrewery to open soon

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff A new business is coming to Downtown Effingham — and it isn’t like any other business in town! In fact, you would have to travel an hour away to find anything similar to what Aric Cornell,...

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Effingham man killed at railroad crossing

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff An Effingham man with strong ties to Altamont was killed when he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train early Sunday morning at the Jefferson Avenue rail crossing, based on a preliminary...

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Effingham Police Report

Effingham Police Department Bureau of Patrol reported that at 11:44 a.m. on Jan. 16 a vehicle, driven by William E. Brant, 58, Effingham, failed to yield while exiting a private drive at 101 Hendelmeyer, and struck a vehicle,...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Chandler Wade Durbin, 20, of Clay City, was booked for disorderly conduct on...

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Teutopolis boards discuss TIF funding

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Teutopolis School Board members and Village Board trustees sat down together last week to come to an understanding on the sharing of Tax Increment Financing money in the future. A TIF sets aside...

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Update: Vehicle recovered from mall burglary

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham Police officers have recovered the vehicle connected to the Thursday morning burglary at Village Square Mall. Effingham Police Chief Jeff Fuesting said a charcoal gray Cadillac...

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Jansen family donates $100,000 to CSS

Community Support Systems has received a significant contribution from the family of Shelia Jansen that will assist them in their current expansion effort. The Jansen family donated $100,000 to the Teutopolis-based human service...

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When Dieterich entered the battlefields of WWI

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff A century ago, the village of Dieterich was about to make history as the United States ramped up its role in World War I. Machine Gun Company G of the Fourth Illinois National Guard Regiment was...

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Bee school set for February 3

The Crossroads Beekeepers will hold their sixth annual Bee School on Saturday, Feb. 3. The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at the Stewardson Community Building, located at 105 South Pine in Stewardson....

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Catholic Charities “Arabian Night” scheduled

Catholic Charities invites you to an “Arabian Night” at the Catholic Charities Annual Benefit to be held at the Teutopolis Banquet Hall on Saturday, Jan. 27. The evening will begin with a Cocktail Social at 5:30 p.m., followed...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. David K. Gray Jr., 41, of Wheeler, was booked for possession of Methamphetamine...

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Effingham Police Report

Effingham Police Department Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries reported or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 6 p.m. on Jan. 8, a...

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Park board considers funding for upcoming projects

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff The Effingham Park District oversees several parks, ball fields and facilities, so it is no surprise that each year the district’s board of directors has decisions to make on how to best maintain...

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Teutopolis board updates policy again harassment

Teutopolis Village Board last week approved an ordinance amending the village government policy prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace. Other municipalities across the state have adopted similar changes in accordance...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Oscar Escobar-Garcia, 23, of Bingham, was booked for Driving Under the...

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Robison family learning a new normal

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff The past two years has brought many challenges and changes for the Robison family. But in 2018, they are finding their new normal. Josh and JaLana Robison, both teachers for the Effingham Unit 40...

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These little piggies just want to stay home

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Some might call it a Tale of Two Pigs. But there’s no wolf huffing and puffing them out of their home. Actually, some claim the villain in this story is a city ordinance banning pigs as pets in...

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Wonderland in Lights rings up record year

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff It might have been bitterly cold outside during Tuesday’s Effingham City Council meeting, but some figures on Wonderland in Lights warmed some hearts in the council chambers. Tourism Director...

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NRA banquet set for January 27

Friends of NRA have scheduled a regional fundraising event for Saturday, Jan. 27. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham. There will be fun, food, live auctions, games and raffles,...

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FACE auditions for “Blithe Spirit” scheduled

Auditions for the FACE winter production “Blithe Spirit” have been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 10-11. Auditions will begin at 7 p.m. both nights in the Fine Arts Room in the Ron Diehl Center at Hendelmeyer Park....

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Wyckoffs celebrate 65th anniversary where they began

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Throughout their 65 years of marriage, Gerald Wyckoff has surprised his wife, Doris, on several occasions. Whether it is a big surprise or a small surprise, Gerald has kept Doris on her feet and...

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Jim & Doris Rhodes take down booth for last time

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Jim and Doris Rhodes have many memories of the Village Square Mall in Effingham, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering they have set up a holiday gift booth every year at the mall since it...

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Nikki Grace-Strader: “Losing my leg saved my life”

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Nikki Grace-Strader is living proof of that. But sometimes it takes awhile. “What doesn’t kill you can also make you angry, scared, frustrated, sad or...

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Santas, Santas everywhere — 900 in the Mislan home

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Santa Claus reminds us each year of the magic the Christmas season brings. Whether he goes by Santa, Kris Kringle or Father Christmas, no one knows for sure. But one thing is for sure. Santa Claus...

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Teutopolis Banquet Hall receives facelift

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff The 40-year-old building has been a place where community members come together to celebrate, cheer on local teams, gather with family and friends and spend time with neighbors. The Teutopolis...

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New laws in Illinois might empower or frustrate

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff From bans on elephant traveling shows to accommodating breastfeeding in high schools, the list of new state laws for 2018 offers some commonsense and a few head scratching moments. The Illinois...

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Annual Children’s Art Show scheduled

The Effingham Art Guild is making plans for its 19th annual Children’s Art Show. The show will be held March 15-17 at the Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library. The Children’s Art Show is open to all students, not...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Jeremy S. McBride, 33, of Effingham, was booked for resisting a peace officer...

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Effingham Police Report

Effingham Police Department reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 2:19 p.m. on Dec. 24, a vehicle, driven by Ryan J. Boldt,...

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Father Thinh: “Traditions here very similar”

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff When the Rev. Thinh Tran thinks of a Christmas meal, he remembers eating bowls of spicy pho soup. In Vietnam, Father Thinh recalls how his family ate the soup at Christmas. They savored the...

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Costs offered on renovation for Effingham Junior High

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff The potential price tag for renovating Effingham Junior High School could range from $17.9 to $20.68 million, based on a facility student with contractors and architects. Effingham Unit 40 School...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Daniel W. Arther, 27, of Effingham, driving while license suspended, operation...

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Effingham City Police Report

Effingham City Police Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries reported or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 4:17 p.m. on Dec. 13. A vehicle,...

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New luxury seating installed at RMC Theater

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff The audience for a showing of the movie “Wonder” received a surprise last Thursday night at the RMC movie theater in Village Square Mall. They were the first to enjoy the new luxury seating...

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Nativities create many memories

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff They came in all sizes and colors. They were formed from glass, wood, metal, porcelain, plastic, cardboard, cloth and paper. And they all offered blessings to people coming to the Cross of the...

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Indonesian Consul General pays visit to Effingham

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Indonesian Consul General Rosmalawati Chalid repeatedly expressed her appreciation for a chance to come to Effingham County last week. Hers was the second visit by an Asian country’s consul...

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Keitel finishes 17th in Bulgaria

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Things didn’t go exactly like Kelly Keitel had hoped, but it didn’t dampen her spirit at all. Keitel finished 17th on the double mini in the 17-21 age group at the World Age Group competition,...

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Our Elf on the Shelf is a bit square

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff She is back! She comes back every year. It all started when my son, Nicholas, was 5 years old, and my daughter, Nora, was 6 months old. I guess she came because Santa felt like two children were...

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State’s Bicentennial Flag raised

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Some Effingham High School crooners had the chance Monday to participate in an event that happens only every other century. On Monday, Effingham County and City officials conducted flag-raising...

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City approves South Banker Business District

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham City Council on Tuesday approved a new business district for the south side of town and learned the construction schedule has been pushed back for a new north side grocery. The South...

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Store owner fears future with new business district

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Danny Sheffield fears the new South Banker Street Business District could shut down his home improvement business someday. Sheffield, owner of Bob’s Discount on South Banker Street, expressed...

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Effingham County Sheriff Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Daniel L. Saidon, 54, Momence, was booked for delivery or possession with...

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Memories made at Breakfast with Santa

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham High School seniors Madison Blacker and Emily Kelly were getting their elbows sticky Saturday morning during Breakfast With Santa. No, the two teenagers weren’t getting sloppy with the...

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T-Town Witches Walk raises $8,000

The 2nd annual Teutopolis Witches Walk was held on October 20. The event attracted 511 witches. The committee’s main goal for the walk was to provide a fun night for the ladies of the community, and yet, $8,000 was raised for...

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Santa is in the house

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Christmas spirit filled the air, as hundreds of residents celebrated the start of the holiday season at the annual Hometown Christmas Saturday evening. Long lines wound around the Historic...

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December is here; now we can kick off Christmas

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff I’m a bit old school. Maybe a lot at times. But I’m OK with that. When I do interviews for the paper, I still use a pencil and write out my notes. I’ve never felt comfortable putting a tape...

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Humane Society seeks volunteers

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff You might be a cat person … or you might be a dog person! Either way, the Effingham County Humane Society is in need of volunteers to care for cats and dogs at the no-kill animal shelter. Over the...

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Whoopi Goldberg promotes cutting board from Boos

What is one of Whoopi Goldberg’s “favorite holiday things?” The Ultimate Carving Board, made by John Boos & Co., of course. On the November 13 airing of The View, on ABC, one of the segments was called “Whoopi’s Favorite...

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Kingery Printing plans to acquire United Graphics

Kingery Printing Company, of Effingham, has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire United Graphics, LLC, of Mattoon. Under the agreement, United Graphics and its Mattoon facility will become part of the Kingery Printing Company...

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Corey Blair — “I knew this was my last chance”

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Last year, Corey Blair enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. In fact, he helped prepare some of it. But the meal was the only traditional part of...

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Santa arrives Saturday during Hometown Christmas

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Santa is coming to town this weekend on the Caledonia fire truck, as the Effingham community marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Each year, Santa arrives in Downtown Effingham and makes...

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Martins have legacy of giving back

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff For the Effingham community, Clyde and Newlin Martin were known as more than just successful grocers. Over the years, they gave back to the community in many ways through donations, cookout...

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Central School 5th graders are scattering kindness

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Central School teacher Kristyn Bowman is on a mission — to teach her students the power of kindness. Sure, the fifth-grade teacher makes certain her students are working hard on the core...

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Effingham School Board approves tax levy

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham Unit 40 School Board on Monday night approved a tax levy totaling $15,712,129 from property taxes collected in 2018. The tax levy fund totals are $8,145,664 for Education; $2,213,495...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Megan R. Steele, 33, of Effingham, was booked for driving while license...

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Effingham City Police Report

Effingham Police Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 4:35 p.m. on Nov. 9, a vehicle, driven by Damon...

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Family ready for start of deer season

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Janice and Sara Dust were sitting in the deer stand when a buck approached. “Mom had never got a buck before, so I told her to go ahead and shoot it,” Sara recalled. But Janice insisted her...

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Local students learn about veterans

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Some local veterans faced questions last Thursday from an unlikely source: kindergartners. Effingham Early Learning Center students gathered in front of the veterans and listened to their answers...

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On the firing line for Veterans Day

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Rich Niebrugge and Vernon Koester have been on a tour of duty as veterans for 25 years. The two members of Effingham American Legion Post 120 regularly fall in line with the honor guard squads at...

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Book tells incredible story of Dr. Kollinger

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff When Jack Schultz sat down to interview his longtime friend Dr. Peter Kollinger about his 93 years of joy, accomplishment and survival, the project involved writing a newspaper or magazine...

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Sacred Heart to host Glo Bingo on November 18

Sacred Heart School has announced that its Booster Club organization will host a Glo Bingo event on Saturday, Nov. 18. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Effingham Event Center (formerly the Effingham Knights of Columbus),...

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Hobnob Holiday Market will be November 17-18

Shoppers who love shopping small and buying vintage and handmade items can get a jump on their holiday lists at the Hobnob Holiday Market – a unique pop-up shopping event – on November 17-18 at the Thelma Keller Convention...

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Council approves money for Effingham Growth Alliance

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham City Council on Tuesday approved a $50,000 contribution to the Effingham County Regional Growth Alliance with the council chambers full of Alliance supporters. But the vote was still...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. John L. Britton, 24, of Rinard, driving while license suspended on Nov. 6....

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Effingham City Police Report

Effingham Police Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 8:04 a.m. on Nov. 3, a vehicle, driven by...

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Jackson Loy — a hero and a little brother, too

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Many Effingham residents know Jackson “Jack” Keith Loy as a Navy hero from World War II. But Lorean Macklin remembers him as a younger brother who went off to war and lost his life much too soon....

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History museum starts new series of meetings

Ask some Effingham County residents about the history of Ewington and you might get a blank stare. That’s what happens to towns that disappear. But Ewington was a town replaced by Effingham in the 1850s. Parts of the old...

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Effingham firefighters honored

Effingham Fire Department Assistant Chief Matt Kulesza, Captain Jim Charters, Lieutenant Jason Lee and firefighters Lucas Kroening and Danny Klepzig were recently named as Midwest Regional winners of the First Responder Caring...

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Effingham Police Report

The Effingham Police Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 8:38 a.m. on Oct. 25, a vehicle, driven by...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. David E. Martin, 45, of Joplin, Missouri, was booked on an Effingham County...

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Kristen Armstrong making a difference

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff A desire to help others is not limited by age. It simply takes a big heart. And an 11-year-old girl in Effingham has proven that. After watching a news report about the devastation created when...

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Something Haley Wilhour didn’t plan on

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Haley Wilhour is a planner. In fact, she admits to being an extreme planner. Whether its meals for the next week, getting her kids to their school events, attending activities at church,...

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Barr completes Appalachian Trail

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Most people have a bucket list — a list of places and things they hope to do before they die or kick the bucket. But Jeff Barr doesn’t need one. When Barr decides to do something, he simply...

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Former exchange student visits, shares great memories

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Gabriella Maffei had never flown on a plane before. She had never seen snow, been hunting, eaten a chocolate Buckeye, put milk on cereal, walked from class to class or been hit in the face with...

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The things you can find at the library

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff What do fishing poles, snap circuits, exercise equipment, an escape room kit and a ukelele all have in common? Give up yet? They are all items available for checkout at the Suzette Brumleve...

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13th annual free Thanksgiving Day Dinner scheduled

The Effingham County FISH organization will sponsor the 13th annual free Effingham County Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham. This free dinner is open to all Effingham County...

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Lots now available in Teutopolis subdivision

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff If you want a home in Teutopolis, now’s your chance. Village Board Trustees voted last week to sell 30 residential lots in Prairie View Subdivision on the south side of Teutopolis. The price is...

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Effingham School Board hears about music program

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Some of the youngest students in Effingham Unit 40 School District are hitting high notes in music classes this school year. South Side School music teacher Austin Stout presented several videos...

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Body found in bean field; remains identified

The discovery of a body in a local farm field has ended the mystery of an Effingham County man’s disappearance during the summer. At 1:17 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, a farmer discovered human remains and personal effects in a...

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Teutopolis Lions Club to host 48th annual breakfast

The Teutopolis Lions Club will host its 48th annual breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 5. Serving will be from 7 a.m. to noon at the Teutopolis Grade School Auditorium. The all-you-can-eat menu will include ham and cheese omelets,...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Javier Herrera, 19, of Joliet, failure to report an accident, possession of...

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Effingham Police Report

Effingham Police Department Bureau of Patrol reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 22, a vehicle,...

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Effingham, Teutopolis Halloween parades set

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff In the next three days, Effingham and Teutopolis will host their annual Halloween Parades. The Effingham parade has a multitude of generations joining in the fun Sunday, while Teutopolis has...

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Effingham Junior High to perform Sound of Music

Effingham Junior High will bring the ever-familiar Sound of Music to the stage Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 2-5. General admission tickets are $7 and available in the school office or at the door. Performances on the 2nd...

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Effingham High School to perform play

Come one come all to The Beeblebrox and Bixley Traveling Circus and Sideshow, performing soon at the Effingham High School stage. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26, 27 and 28. Bring the whole family...

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Kelly Keitel will fly high in Bulgaria

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff When Kelly Keitel is in the air doing all kinds of flips and twists and turns, she says it feels like she’s flying. As it turns out, this 20-year-old is quite accomplished at flipping, twisting...

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Sacred Heart Church is celebrating 125 years

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff The history of the church is reflected upon and plans for its future taken to the forefront, as Sacred Heart Church in Effingham celebrates its 125th anniversary. Parishioners will be celebrating...

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Local priest resigns from St. Anthony

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Father Chris Brey, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, submitted his resignation Monday from his priest duties as he prepares to be married next month, church officials confirmed...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Christopher R. Hughes, 38, of Charleston, was booked for possession of...

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Effingham Police Report

Effingham Police Department reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed to innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. At 12:50 p.m. on Oct. 12, a vehicle, driven by Joan J....

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100+ women recognized for philanthrophy

The Effingham County Community Foundation advisory board has named 100+ Women Who Care Effingham County as the recipient of the 2017 Richard C. Siemer Outstanding Philanthropy Award for its charitable contributions to several...

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Nieman converts barn into museum, dance floor

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It’s been standing for well over 100 years. It has been used to milk dairy cows, house livestock, store straw, hay and equipment, plus a myriad of other things that are typical of a barn on a...

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Merz Heating & Air named Chamber Member of the Month

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce has recognized Merz Heating & Air Conditioning as the September Chamber Member of the Month. Cletus Merz founded Merz Sheet Metal in 1935. Clete’s son, Henry, joined the business in...

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Fox fitting in well as assistant superintendent

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff The past three months have been pretty hectic for Jason Fox as the new assistant superintendent for Effingham Unit 40 School District. During the summer, the battle over the state budget between...

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County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until found guilty in a court of law. Kevin M. Eisler, 35, of Bakersfield, California, was booked for driving while...

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Effingham Police Report

Effingham Police Department reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets issued. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. A vehicle, driven by James R. Prather, 48, of Mason,...

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From online poker to U.S. Citizen

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff What started as a social game of online poker with players from across the world, turned into a whirlwind romance for a local man and his, now, wife. Both, Eric and Samantha Casselman, love to...

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EARS, Utz help deliver supplies, care in Houston

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Retired school teacher, Kathy Utz, wanted to lend a helping hand to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which ripped through Texas a month ago leaving thousands without homes. Hurricane Harvey made...

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City recognizes J&R Collission

The City of Effingham named J & R Collision Centers as a recipient of the City of Effingham’s Business Appreciation Award. “J&R Collision has been a welcome addition to the city’s south side,” stated Mayor Jeff Bloemker....

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Local Girl Scout travels to London

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff When Sophia Ballard was in kindergarten, she brought home a flyer she received at school about Girl Scouts. Her mother, Deena, was on the fence about whether or not to sign Sophia up to be a Girl...

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Jay Niebrugge in step with Marching Illini

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Kids coming out of high schools with no marching band have no chance to be a part of a collegiate marching band. Right? Wrong. Just ask Jay Niebrugge. The 2016 graduate of St. Anthony High...

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Civil War Ball set for Oct. 14 at museum

The 1872 Celebration & Civil War Era Grand Ball is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Effingham County Museum. Events are scheduled throughout the day. 10:30-11:30 a.m. – There will be a lecture by Phil Lewis – “Hiram...

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EHS students learn dangers of texting, driving

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff As Effingham High School junior Josh McWhorter approached the stop light, he looked down to text a quick response to a message he had received. A second later, he had caused a crash when he...

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Local residents witness panic in Las Vegas

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Some Effingham County residents experienced the panic from the Las Vegas mass shootings Sunday night. Bob Willenborg of J&J Ventures in Effingham recalled the “unnerving and unsettling”...

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Effingham City Council recognizes local heroes

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham Police Department on Tuesday night recognized three of its own for going above and beyond in their duties over the past year and a mother and daughter for saving a loved one trapped...

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Effingham County Sheriff’s Report

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department reported the following jail bookings. Anyone facing charges is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Rebecca J. Leach, 43, of New Orleans, was booked for domestic battery on Oct....

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Effingham City Police Report

Effingham Police Department reported the following traffic crashes with injuries or tickets. Anyone ticketed is innocent until proven guilty through a court of law. A vehicle, driven by Charles W. Fleming, 62, of Effingham,...

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Other Good Neighbors nominated for award

•Mike and Linda O’Neal, of Effingham, were nominated by Ryan and Nancy Ervin. The O’Neals are always there to lend a hand, including when Nancy was undergoing major surgery in Pittsburgh. During that time, the O’Neals took time...

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Roley’s receive Good Neighbor Award

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff It started with a wave from across the street and a quick, “Hello, how are you?,” when Elaine Woodall first met her neighbor, Bob Roley. With their homes caddy corner from each other on Merchant...

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iLuminate will bring light to the darkness at EPC

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff A show done in the dark. Dancers in electrified glow-in-the-dark suits. A combination of music, art, illusions, choreography and, yes, a love story. That’s what iLuminate (pronounced...

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Cross Foundation receives $50,000 donation

The Cross Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the organization is the recipient of a $50,000 donation from the COHIHO Foundation to commission a life-sized bronze statue of the Nativity. The statue will...

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Blood Brothers for life

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff One is 31 years old; the other 10. One is about 6’6”; the other 5’1”. One has never played baseball; the other wants to be a Major Leaguer. One is a mechanical engineer for BMW; the other a...

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Local line workers deployed to Florida

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff When her daddy is called away for work, Miley likes to snuggle in next to her mom and read a book about linemen and think about her daddy. Five-year-old Miley Pontious also prays for her daddy,...

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Lewis collaborating well as new EJHS principal

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Cody Lewis knows it takes more than a principal to help a school be successful. As the new Effingham Junior High School principal, he was reminded of that fact over the summer months. It involved...

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Two local women compete in Miss Illinois Pageant

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff The dreams of two local women that competed for Miss Illinois — with the hope of making it to the Miss USA Pageant — did not come true this year. But there is always next year....

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Sigel St. Michael plans Sesquicentennial celebration

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff St. Michael Parish in Sigel is celebrating its Sesquicentennial for three days in three weeks. The 150th celebration starts with a Mass in the church at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. Then the...

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County educators stress importance of education

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Last week’s Kickoff to Education Breakfast offered insight into ways Effingham County schools are emphasizing innovative learning. Lisa Teichmiller, of the CEO program, summed up the importance...

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Clara turns 100; doesn’t feel any older

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff When asked how it felt to turn 100 years old, Clara Wolf was quick to answer that it didn’t feel much different than being 99 years old. “I don’t feel any different,” said Clara with a smile. “I...

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John Boos & Co. — special for 130 years

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff A lot of hidden history can come out after 130 years. John Boos & Company might have gained its name because the founders wanted an American “ring” to the company for the future. “John was a...

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9/11 proves to be a life changer

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff On the days leading up to Sept. 11, 2001, Niall and Kristie Campbell were on much different tracks through life. On Sept. 7, 2001, Kristie, who was a buy-side equity trader for Fidelity, was...

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EHS senior called to mission work in China

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Meredith Kull isn’t like all high school seniors. The Effingham High School student can be found participating in activities like track, cross country, choir, the fall play and the spring musical...

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Cruise Night ready to kick into third gear

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Effingham Cruise Night kicks into third gear next weekend. The third installment of the event starts rolling at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, along Jefferson Avenue. Almost 1,000 vehicles, cars,...

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Brad & Amy Miller: “The shock of our lives”

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Brad and Amy Miller were perfectly content with having just one child. And why not? McKenzy is a cute, lovable 5-year-old girl. They even bought her a shirt that reads – “Only Child and Loving...

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Brad Caravello: “These dogs are incredible”

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Brad Caravello loves dogs, eventually wants to be a police officer and also had a desire to follow his brother into the military. Put all those factors together and it’s no surprise this...

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Experiencing the Solar Eclipse

By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Whether they were inside watching through video or outside wearing protective eyewear, area students had the opportunity to experience the much anticipated solar eclipse. Area schools throughout...

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Dr. Peter Bonutti: “I couldn’t leave her”

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Peter Bonutti was just a young boy when he got his first dog. As a four-year-old growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he was expecting a German Shepherd. But his parents brought home a Doberman...

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Janee Angel: “Right where I’m supposed to be”

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Janee Angel was enjoying a beautiful morning. She was sitting on the beach in the Marshall Islands, admiring a rainbow that was arched over the Pacific Ocean. During that quiet time alone,...

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Cleo shares memories of 4-H at county fair

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Every year at Effingham County Fair, Cleo McManaway is reminded of when he was a 4-H kid. It comes during the family campouts on the fairgrounds. There are dozens of campers having fun together...

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Molly Genta: “I had hope and a will to live”

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Molly Genta was a typical 17-year-old high school senior. She was actively involved in a variety of school clubs and activities. She was a class officer and a member of the student council. She...

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Alan Harris: Clipping customers for 50 years

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff When Alan Harris was a young boy, he always went to the same barber shop. Little did he know then just how many trips he would ultimately make to that shop at 127 E. Jefferson St. in Effingham....

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Chamber Celebration a lot of fun

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Ken and Connie Heise traveled from Salem Sunday to join in the fun as Effingham County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 100th year. Watching the vintage baseball games at the Sacred Heart...

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Young CEOs are in the pink

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff If you’re going to enjoy a fine cup of lemonade, you might as well go to some experts. Auggie, Braxton and Bella Schultz recently offered a tutorial on mixing lemonade that helped them raise $200...

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Dwight Klepzi a true “yes” man

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff Arrive at the door of Dwight Klepzig’s home east of Shumway these days and you are greeted by a patrol of purring cats, mostly clear-eyed tigers or tabbies with their thin tails curling into...

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Norbert Bruce hangs up his leather apron

Norbert Bruce, who is known for his outstanding customer service, has retired from John Boos & Co. Showroom & Outlet in Effingham. By Kim Jansen News Report Staff Chances are if you have been in John Boos & Co....

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22 Club celebrating marriage

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It all started in 1982 with a simple note in a church bulletin. Two ladies at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church – Cathy Polarek and Kay Adams – noticed they were married on the same day –...

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