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12-16-18: Effingham County Grand Jury indictments
An Effingham County Grand Jury recently indicted the following people:. • Jay L. Clasper, 42, of Kinmundy, was indicted on a charge of driving while license revoked, a Class 4 felony, in that he knowingly operated a motor vehicle on a public highway in Effingham and driving while license revoked or
Report of Missing Illinois Infant a Hoax, Police Say
An Amber Alert in western Illinois has been cancelled after police say a man fabricated the kidnapping to get revenge after a drug deal gone wrong. Late Saturday night, an Alert was issued after a man claimed a 13-month-old boy was kidnapped while sitting in a car at a Circle K gas station in Farmin
Illinois Sheriff Confirms Statewide Amber Alert Was Not True, No Child in Danger
The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois said a story about a 13-month-old baby being abducted over the weekend was fabricated, according to reports. An Amber Alert was issued for Bentley Dutz, the child, after reports said he was in the back of a gold 2000 Ford Taurus when it was stolen at a
Snow, Rain Return After Dry Start To Week: Illinois Weather
The chance for snow and rain will return mid-week, after several days of dry and sunny weather. First, it will be dry and sunny on Monday and Tuesday, with temps near 40 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Details of Lovie Smith's two-year contract extension at Illinois emerge
Shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 season, Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman put any speculation of Lovie Smith’s job security to bed, extending the head football coach’s contract by two years.
Cowden-Herrick students support Ronald McDonald House
Cowden Herrick Junior High math teacher Kelsey Mayfield held a competition for her students to see who could collect the most soda tabs. This is her seventh year of having the competition.
Statewide test results: 86 percent of Cowden-herrick Jr/Sr failed English language arts
About 14 percent of Cowden-herrick Jr/Sr High School students passed annual English language arts assessments in 2018 and 86 percent of students failed, according to a East Central Reporter analysis of the latest Illinois schools report card.
Marion Junior High School reports 5% truancy rate
The truancy rate at Marion Junior High School fell to 5 percent during the 2017-18 school year, according to a Carbondale Reporter analysis of the latest Illinois schools report card.
Amber Alert issued after thieves steal car with 13-month-old in backseat in Illinois
FARMINGTON, ILL. (KMOV.com) - An Amber Alert was issued Saturday afternoon after a group of men stole a car with a infant inside at a gas station in Farmington, Illinois. Police said 13-month-old Bentley Dutz was in the backseat of a gold 2000 Ford Taurus with Illinois license plates AT70987 when th
51-point buck bagged in Illinois may beat out Tennessee hunter's national title
Over 900,000 white-tailed deer and bucks bound through Tennessee's hunting grounds. The size of its deer herds is complemented by the fact that the state is also home to the record for the largest buck ever bagged nationally.
Editorial: Make Illinois pot law model for nation
After a majority of statewide candidates we spoke with before the Nov. 6 election told us they supported legalizing recreational marijuana, we shared a Detroit Free Press editorial here that urged Michigan voters to make recreational pot legal there. Our goal was to provide readers a taste of a deba
Dog in Illinois requires pain pills for horrific mange infection, rescue center says
A rescue center in Monmouth, Illinois, claims a dog with a severe case of mange requires pain pills to manage the agonizing skin infection. The dog, named Mickey, and his companion, Missy, are two recent additions to Wair Rescue. Both were found covered in mange, which is caused by parasitic mites.
One Airlifted to St Louis in Fayette County Crash
FAYETTE COUNTY, IL-(Effingham Radio)- One person was airlifted to St Louis following an accident that occurred in Fayette County on Sunday morning. According to a report from the Illinois State Police, the accident occurred on US Route 40, approximately 3,461 feet west of CR 100E, at 12:29am.
Bonaldi's 23 points help Columbia cruise past Wood River for Candy Cane Classic title
WATERLOO • Sophia Bonaldi and the Columbia girls basketball team already has finished second in a tournament this season. The Eagles had no interest in reliving the experience.
Marion High School reports 10% truancy rate
The truancy rate at Marion High School rose to 10 percent during the 2017-18 school year, according to a Carbondale Reporter analysis of the latest Illinois schools report card.
CTEC showcases work at open house
EFFINGHAM — Richard Wente of Teutopolis was among the first students to take the Construction Trades Education Curriculum when it formed three years ago. He'd been grasping for career ideas.
Central Catholic grad Josh Brent, nightclub owner hit with $25M verdict in death
DALLAS — A Texas jury has returned a $25 million verdict against Central Catholic High School graduate and former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent and the owner of a now-defunct nightclub in the death of Brent's teammate, Jerry Brown Jr.
Illinois town may nearly double mayor’s salary
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois community may nearly double the next mayor’s salary and also give raises to city council members. The Pantagraph reports Normal’s mayor makes $18,000 annually. The city council on Monday will consider increasing the salary to $32,000 starting May 1, 2021.
2 killed in semi crash on I-57 in southern Illinois
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL — Two people were killed in a crash on Interstate 57 involving one tractor-trailer Friday evening in Williamson County, Illinois. Illinois State Police say the semi was headed northbound when it crashed at mile post 52 at 5:15 p.m. The driver and passenger were both ejected fro
Carriage rides, caroling and a peek at plans for Illinois Avenue on tap for next Saturday
MENDOTA — A group in Mendota has big hopes and plans for Illinois Avenue and they’ll unveil some of them next weekend during a festive event for residents of Mendota and the rest of the community. From 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22 on Illinois Avenue, there will be carriage rides offered to those who