Wilhour Memorial 5K to Honor Beloved Wife, Mother

Haley (Miller) Wilhour, the daughter of Bruce and Sandra Miller of rural Beecher City, lived what many could call a blessed life. She married her high school sweetheart, Jason Wilhour, the summer after her graduation, and happily raised four children with him. She loved her husband and her children, helping her church family at Church…

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Local Cheerleaders to Perform in Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade

In late June, the Altamont Junior High cheer team attended a Universal Cheer Association camp together in order to hone their skills as performers. At the camp, students from Altamont, Effingham, St. Anthony, Dieterich, Louisville, and New Athens schools auditioned for roles in UCA’s All-American squad, which will perform in Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, slated…

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Percel “Johnny” Robinson

Percel “Johnny” Robinson, 67, of Flora, passed away at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at the Flora Rehab and Health Care Center in Flora. Visitation was held Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 at the Pagel Funeral Home in Edgewood from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Military rites were observed. Memorials may be made to…

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J.R. Bell

J.R. Bell, age 94, of Altamont, passed away at 5:25 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at C&A Pagel Funeral Homes in St. Elmo. There was a one-hour viewing prior to the service, Jay Bell officiating.…

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Timothy James “TJ” Jurgens

Timothy James “TJ” Jurgens passed away July 30, 2018 in Fort Hood, Texas. TJ was born on July 7, 1999 in Effingham. He is survived by his parents Thad and Tommi Jurgens of Golconda; his brothers Hunter (Katie) Jurgens of Jasper, In. and Lane Jurgens of Litchfield; and one sister, Josie Jurgens of Golconda. He…

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Mary Belle (Owen) McLean

Mary Belle (Owen) McLean died on January 29, 2018 in Creve Coeur, Mo. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of St Elmo, followed by interment at Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo. All are welcome. Mary Belle was born in St. Elmo on July 9,…

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Marilyn Joyce Barcus

Marilyn Joyce Barcus, age 76, of Effingham, Illinois, passed away at 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. A memorial service was held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2018 at C&A Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo, Illinois, Dave Thompson officiating, with a two-hour visitation prior to…

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Strullmyer Takes Crown at 2018 Fair Queen Pageant

BY SHELBY NIEHAUS Serena Strullmyer, 21-year-old daughter of Joe and Sherri Strullmyer of Altamont, gasps in pure joy as her name is announced late Tuesday evening. She has just been awarded the title of 2018 Effingham County Fair Queen. Strullmyer, along with five other Queen candidates, competed over the course of a three-hour Queen and…

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Rachel M. Page

Rachel M. (Shelton) Page, 86, of Manteno, IL, formerly of Midlothian, IL and Peotone, IL, passed away at her home on Monday, July 23, 2018. She was born on November 25, 1931 in Effingham, the daughter of the late Harvey and Rosa (Mason) Shelton. She married the late Theodore L. Page on April 6, 1957…

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Sefton and Lach Claim Crowns at Fayette County Fair

BY MARK HOSKINS Last Monday evening, Brownstown saw two of their own earn county fair titles as Kaylee Sefton was named Miss Fayette County and Ella Lach won the Little Miss Fayette County crown. Sefton, 20, attends Lake Land College and is pursuing a nursing degree. She then plans to transfer to SIUE to obtain…

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