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Effingham fire chief retiring in August
EFFINGHAM — Effingham Fire Chief Joe Holomy has submitted his intent to retire next month.The city council will hear the formal announcement during its regular meeting today (Tuesday, July 17), when it may also decide how to proceed with filling his position.Interim City Administrator Kelsey Lock sa
'I saw that a semi was in my house'
Matt Durbin of Stewardson said his kids were in bed and he was getting ready to shower when a semi drove into his house on Monday night."What I heard sounded like a train," said Durbin, 29. "And it felt like an earthquake."Durbin checked on his children, finding his 4-year-old son curled up in his b
Police looking for suspects in armed robbery at Effingham motel
One suspect is estimated to be about 30 years old, between 5 foot, 7 inches and 5 foot, 10 inches tall, has a goatee and speaks with a southern accent. He was wearing an orange Texas Longhorn hoodie sweatshirt, carpenter blue jeans, motocross gloves and armed with a handgun.
Rauner touts gun laws during Effingham stop
"I respect the passion that those who defend the Second Amendment have," Rauner said. "And I support the Second Amendment as well. I'm not familiar with all the resolutions that have been passed at the county level. I believe that, as a state, we should protect and defend the Constitution and the Se
Ron Worman: The are many 'Angels Among Us'
The impetus for this particular column came from the most incongruous of locations. One can find inspiration in a lot of different places, but a bathroom isn’t the first place that comes to mind (though some may disagree). A framed saying on a bathroom wall got me to thinking about something, and I
Travis Tritt to headline Effingham County Fair
Country music entertainer Travis Tritt is coming to the 2018 Effingham County Fair.Tritt is performing at the Effingham County Fair grandstand on Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. The Scott Marek Band is opening for Tritt. Tickets are $30 for track/infields and $25 for grandstand seats.Nearly 30 years after
2 sought for armed holdup of motel
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WCIA) -- Authorities are investigating an armed robbery. It happened about 3 am, Sunday, at Super 8 Motel, in the 1400-block of Thelma Keller Blvd.
Armed Robbery at Effingham Super 8
Suspect 1: White Male, approximately 30 years old, 5’7” – 5’10”, has a goatee, speaks with a southern accent, was wearing an orange Texas Longhorn hoodie sweatshirt, carpenter blue jeans, and motocross gloves. He was armed with a handgun.
Storm causes damage in Altamont
“Nobody’s hurt. There’s no interior damage that we know of. It’s all on the outside, so thank goodness for that,” DeAmamn said.
Governor in Effingham to Sign Term Limits Pledge
(FROM LEFT, 107TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATE BLAINE WILHOUR, GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER, 110TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATVE CHRIS MILLER, AND 109TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATE DARREN BAILEY)
Pana High School students energized by Solar Car Challenge
PANA – Students at Pana High School don't shy away from tackling complicated, out-of-this-world challenges.For a decade, industrial technology teacher Steve Bonser's students built a moon buggy for the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge, previously known as the Great Moonbuggy Race. Bonser guide
Cleanup continues in Altamont after storm
As the cleanup continued in Altamont on Monday from a powerful weekend storm that knocked out power for as long as 13 hours for some residents, a city official praised the response and cooperation.The Saturday storm took out several key power lines, according to City Clerk Sarah Stephen.Crews began
Mattoon man gets prison for meth possession, theft
CHARLESTON -- Having methamphetamine and stealing TVs led to prison time for a Mattoon man.Alexander D. French, 25, for whom court records list an address of 1316 N. 10th St., pleaded guilty to methamphetamine possession and theft charges and received a six-year prison sentence.French entered the pl
Rauner signs 2 bills to tighten gun restrictions
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law one of the four bills Effingham County opposed when it passed its "firearms sanctuary" resolution.The county's resolution said it opposed a move to extend the waiting period for the delivery of firearms. Previously a buyer had to wait 72 hours for a ha
Charleston traffic stop leads to meth arrest
The investigation during the traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Lee Nunamaker, 49, of Charleston.
Things Getting Back to Normal in Altamont
Published on July 16 2018 9:49 amLast Updated on July 16 2018 9:49 amWritten by Greg Sapp(THE SCENE AT KLITZING PARK IN ALTAMONT IN THE AFTERMATH OF SATURDAY'S STORMS)Things are getting back to normal in Altamont after strong storms rolled through Saturday afternoon.Altamont City Clerk Sarah Stephen
Hospital fire makes top 10 list
The 1949 St. Anthony’s Hospital Fire is burned into the minds of those in the Effingham community and even people statewide, a local historian and resident said. That’s why the tragedy made the top 10 list of Illinois’ most heartbreaking moments, according to the Illinois Top 200 Project.The project
Storms Do Damage in Altamont
Published on July 14 2018 5:26 pmLast Updated on July 14 2018 5:26 pmWritten by Greg SappDamage was done in Altamont Saturday afternoon by the storms that traveled through the area.No injuries were reported.Effingham County Sheriff's Department reported that power lines were knocked down, some of th
One person injured in Shelbyville crash
The Illinois State Police says it happened on Route 45, just south of Effingham County, in the morning.
Letter to the Editor: A wonderful visit to Effingham
Recently my husband and I had the pleasure of staying in Effingham for 11 days and 10 night stay at your Hampton Inn. We reside in Harvey County, Kansas, and were drawn to your town by the Moccasin Creek Festival (MCF) at beautiful Lake Sara, put on by Poss Music Works. I have been friends with the