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- Consolidation options being explored with St. Elmo As school districts look for answers to dwindling state aid, Altamont School District is exploring the possibility of consolidation. Altamont Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch said he is hoping to explore the option for Altamont and St. Elmo. "I, as a
- Area unemployment remains high Most area counties joined the state last month in having above 9 percent unemployment rates, making the state average one of the highest in the nation. One county, Effingham, managed to stay below the statewide average of 9.5 percent, reporting a jo
Unit 40 seats new board members
Two new board members, and one seasoned veteran, took their oaths Monday to begin four-year terms on Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education. President Del Soltwedel announced the final vote tally: Steve Bone received 1,010 votes and Laurie King 977, w
- Legislators hear concerns from local businesses Like other area farmers, Kenny Brummer of the Bishop Creek community west of Dieterich is a keen observer of how the Illinois General Assembly handles farm-related issues. Monday, Brummer got a chance to tell some of those legislators about his opera
- One Man's Journey Widower on cross-country mission to bring attention to ovarian cancer In his neon-green sweatshirt, walker Dave Brown was hard to miss on U.S. 40 Monday. Even more catching is the story behind his decision to walk from Atlantic City, N.J., to San Francisco in about 7 1/2 months. Brown, of Collegeville, Pa., is walking
Artisan Fair features cutting-edge pieces
Fair features cutting-edge piecesArea artists gathered on Effingham County courthouse museum lawn Friday for the eighth annual Effingham Artisan Fair.
- Bringing out the Arts Area artists gathered on Effingham County courthouse museum lawn Friday and Saturday for the eighth annual Effingham Artisan Fair. "It's a good local show," said Jay Willey, of Willey Pottery in Effingham. "There are lots of local people, and it's a
- Samuel Music to close local retail store Samuel Music Co.'s Effingham store is going back to basics in May and will no longer be offering its full retail line. "When we first opened (in 1946), we were only a band store ... That, essentially, is what we're going back to," said Regional Manag
No mushroom too small
Abria McDermith-Herron, 10, of Effingham found a mushroom the size of a TicTac while hunting Monday in Altamont.
Library spreads the word on reading
Helen Matthes Library staff were able to share their love of reading — beyond the library — on Tuesday during World Book Night
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