Gas Leak Causes a Portion of Altamont to be Evacuated

  BY CARISSA SITKI The installation of fiber optic internet cables lead to a natural gas leak in Altamont on Tuesday, June 1, when the company responsible for putting in the underground cables hit a Liberty Utility gas line, according to City Clerk Sarah Stephen. The leak occurred around 3 p.m. and caused a several-hour-long…

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Altamont Sesquicentennial Summer Kickoff

BY CARISSA SITKI The City of Altamont held a sesquicentennial (150 years) celebration fundraiser at Heritage Park, packed with a plethora of summer activities, on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Altamont sesquicentennial celebration that will take place Sept. 2-5 (Labor Day weekend). Sunday’s well-attended Summer…

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James R. Kollman

James R. Kollman, 63, of Altamont, died at 1:05 a.m., Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. Private family services will be held at a later date. James Robert Kollman was born on Sunday, January 5, 1958 in Effingham to William C., Jr. and Mabel D. (Julius) Kollman. He is survived…

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Curtis H. Riley

Curtis H. Riley, 91, of Altamont died at 6:24 a.m., Thursday, May 13, 2021 at his home with his family by his side. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 21, at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Pee Wee Denton officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to service time.…

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Leeland “Lee” Vern Stein

  Leland “Lee” Vern Stein, age 87, of rural Brownstown died of prostate cancer on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia, Illinois, where he had resided for 9 days. Funeral service and burial have been postponed until a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest you…

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William R. ‘Bill’ Robison

William R. ‘Bill’ Robison, 74 of Brownstown, died at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 6, 2021at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 12, at Liberty Christian Church, rural Brownstown with Tom Fedrigon and Clayton Richison officiating. Burial followed in Liberty Cemetery with military rites by V.F.W. Post 9770, Brownstown.…

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Marvin Alwin Wollin

  Marvin Alwin Wollin, 80, of St. Peter, Illinois passed away surrounded by his family at home at 8:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 10, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, St Peter, Illinois. The funeral service, celebrating his life, was also held at…

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Melissa Higgs

Melissa Higgs, 51, of Effingham, died on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis. Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 11, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont with Rev. Dr. James F. Wright officiating. Burial followed at Union Cemetery, Altamont. Visitation was from 4:00 -7:00 p.m., Monday at the church…

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Joyce Fisher

Joyce Fisher, 81, of Brownstown, died at 10:11 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Lutheran Care Center, Altamont. Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Gieseking Funeral Home, Brownstown with Mike Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Pilcher Cemetery, rural Brownstown. Visitation will be for 2 hours prior to the service…

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Terry Fielitz

  Terry Fielitz, 65, of Effingham, died at 5:37 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at his home with his family by his side. Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 2, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Effingham with Rev. Mike Burdick officiating. Burial followed in Arborcrest Memorial Park, rural Effingham. Visitation was from 1…

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