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Fire destroys former Strasburg School
A fire on Friday destroyed the old Strasburg School that a new owner had planned to convert to apartments and a restaurant. There were no injuries, officials said.The historic structure became engulfed in flames at about 10:30 a.m., billowing a cloud of black smoke a few hundred feet straight into t
Lengthy investigation lands two men behind bars, facing child solicitation, molesting charges
Police arrested Gary Reed, 43, and Donald Barnhart, 54. Both men are from West Terre Haute.
Mattoon man gets maximum probation term possible for sex abuse
CHARLESTON -- A man received the maximum probation sentence possible when he admitted to a sex act with a teenage girl.Jon W. Berry, 23, for whom records list an address of 1301 Lafayette Ave., Apt. 3, Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.The charge accused him of
Police detour dozen drunk drivers
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Gun 'sanctuaries' spreading across Illinois
The resolution declaring Effingham County a sanctuary for guns has started a statewide trend of opposition to legislation directed toward firearms. But it remains to be seen if it has any real effect in Springfield.So far, 30 Illinois counties have passed "firearms sanctuary" resolutions that oppose
Women charged with unlawfully using Mattoon country club credit card
MATTOON -- Police officers recently arrested two Mattoon women on charges of unlawful using a credit card belonging to the Mattoon Golf & Country Club.AMattoon Police Departmentpress release reported that Monica S. Lee, 35, and Melissa K. Edwards, 43, were arrested on these charges on Thursday -- Le
Rural King plans to move Mattoon store to mall
MATTOON -- Rural King has announced plans to move its Mattoon farm and home store into the former Sears space at the Cross County Mall, which the company purchased in late fall.The Mattoon store is currently located at 4216 Dewitt Ave., a site that is home to Rural King's headquarters and distributi
State will put in $500,000 for Eagle Creek Resort project
Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials hope to find a new developer for Eagle Creek Resort, located near Findlay on Lake Shelbyville, shown in this Herald & Review file photo.SHARON BARRICKLOW, FOR THE HERALD & REVIEW
Young actors prepare for the stage
After digging through a pile of costumes, Matthew Skelley was all show as he suited up on Thursday for his role in “Seussical Kids.”“Put your hat on – and here, try these gloves,” said Kevin Deadmond, art and design instructor at the Effingham Performance Center Summer Youth Theatre Camp.Within mome
Pana High School students energized by Solar Car Challenge ☀️
For a decade, industrial technology teacherSteve Bonser's students built a moon buggy for the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge, previously known as the Great Moonbuggy Race. Bonser guides their effort, but the students do the work and solve the problems — it's their project. Pana was the only
Police make retail theft arrests in Mattoon
MATTOON -- Police officers recently made three arrests on retail theft charges in two separate cases.A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that Jennie E. Easter, 34, and Janella Benavides, 48, both of Mattoon, were arrested on this charge at approximately 9 p.m. Monday in the 2000 block
Body found in Wabash river
Just after 9:00 Wednesday night, Sullivan County dispatch was alerted that a boater had found a man's body in the river, 2 1/2 miles south of State Road 154.
Boil order issued for parts of Effingham
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) —The Effingham Fire Department has issued a boil order for parts of Effingham Wednesday afternoon.The boil order extends from West Flamingo Street, from North Merchant to Pelican Street on both sides of the road and on North Penguin Street from Eden to Flamingo on both si
Women charged after public brawl
Timeka Griffin, 21, and Shavonna Jenkins, 25, were arrested about 10:50 pm, Saturday, in the 1800-block of South 9th Street.
Man wanted for failure to appear, fails to hide
CHARLESTON, Ill. (WCIA) -- Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a call of a wanted suspect in the area. It happened about 7:45 pm, Sunday, near 11th Street and Van Buren Avenue.
One arrested at Lake Charleston for drugs, aggravated use of weapon
CHARLESTON -- A 47-year-old from Charleston was arrested by city police at 12:48 a.m. July 4 at Lake Charleston for alleged drug possession and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.Charleston officers came across a group of individuals at Lake Charleston after park hours, which is a city ordinance v
Montrose Man Arrested in Alleged Stabbing, Pursuit
Deputies spotted a van reportedly driven by Nelson headed east on US Route 40 into Cumberland County and attempted to stop the van, which was traveling at a speed of only 25MPH, but the vehicle didn't stop. The pursuit headed into Jasper County, then back into Cumberland County, ending up back on Ro
Police seek public help in search for missing woman
FARMER CITY, Ill. (WCIA) -- Police say Nicole Hernandez, aka Jiles, was last seen at Woody's Cafe Monday, July 2. She left on foot looking for a ride to Decatur.
Effingham County Relay for Life Set for Friday Night
Other activities will include Knockerball, Human Foosball, Kids Games, Food, Raffles, and Late Night Games.
One Person Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash in T-Town
One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Teutopolis Monday afternoon.The crash happened just after 2pm at the intersection of Harvester and Main Streets. Effingham County sheriff's deputies report a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Mackenzie Latham of Toledo exited a parking lot and struck a ve