Open Door Diner Named February Business of the Month

BY CARISSA SITKI The Open Door Diner received the Business Spotlight for the month of February from the Altamont Chamber of Commerce. The Diner has been in Altamont for 10 years, and is owned by James and Vennia Petty. The Beecher City couple opened the restaurant on their 25th wedding anniversary. Vennia drove past the…

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COGS Meeting Held in St. Elmo

BY CARISSA SITKI The first meeting of the Cooperation of Organizations, Groups, and Services (COGS) in St. Elmo took place on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. The purpose of COGS is to better connect and network with the many people that serve the St. Elmo community. In attendance of the COGS meeting were representatives…

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Altamont School District is Once Again Seeking a Superintendent

Numerous Complaints Led Dr. Martin to Rescind Acceptance of the Position BY CARISSA SITKI The search for a new Altamont Unit 10 School District superintendent resumes as the Altamont Board of Education received a letter from Dr. David Martin on Sunday, Feb. 14, requesting to be released from his employment contract due to community members…

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Community Addresses Altamont Board of Education

BY CARISSA SITKI An opportunity for public comment was observed in the Altamont High School gym during the Friday, Feb. 19, Altamont Board of Education work weekend meeting. The meeting began at 3 p.m. with the comment section occurring at 5:30 p.m. Several people addressed the Board regarding Dr. David Martin’s withdraw from his contract.…

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Floyd D. Barlow

Floyd D. Barlow, 89, of Dieterich, Illinois, passed away at 1:52 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021, at HSHS St John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. Funeral services celebrating Floyd’s life were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at Meyer Funeral Home, Dieterich, Illinois, with Pastor Mike McKinney officiating. Burial was in the…

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Waldorf Motel Becomes St. Elmo Apartments

BY CARISSA SITKI The Waldorf Motel has been in St. Elmo, Illinois since 1953, but now the building is in the process of becoming the St. Elmo Apartments. Around three months ago, Brian and Amanda Bannister, owners of Bannister Properties, purchased the motel from the Patels and have begun renovations to transform it into an…

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Fontaine Appointed as Alderman Ward II

BY CARISSA SITKI During the St. Elmo City Board meeting held at the American Legion on Jan. 6, 2021 at 6 p.m. Danielle Fontaine was appointed to fill the vacancy for Alderman Ward II. The vacancy was left by Jordan Mahon, when she resigned last August due to her moving out of the district. Fontaine…

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Noah William Taylor

Noah William Taylor, 86, of rural Avena Township, near St. Elmo, Illinois died on Tuesday morning November 29, 2020 at 9:14 am at his home after a lingering illness the past few years. Noah was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Funeral Services were conducted at the S.H.E.D. at the First Church of God, St.…

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Lucille Painter

Lucille Painter, age 94, of Mason, Illinois passed away at 12:50 a.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020 at her home in Mason, Illinois. There was a public walk-through viewing from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Pagel Funeral Homes in Edgewood, Illinois. A private family funeral followed. Mark White and Herman Painter Jr officiated. Burial…

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Lloyd N. Mueller

Lloyd N. Mueller, age 77 of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Illinois. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Greenville, Illinois, for family and invited guests. Pastor Jeffery Nehrt officiated. Interment followed at Bethlehem Cemetery, rural Altamont, Illinois, 6351…

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