Area News

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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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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The Skin Refinery Named Final Business of the Month for 2020

BY CARISSA SITKI The Altamont Chamber of Commerce selected The Skin Refinery to receive the Business Spotlight of the Month for December 2020. The business offers relaxing and empowering treatments to their clients, including; spa treatments, facials, advanced skin care treatments, nail services, and more. “BE BOLD. BE BEAUTIFUL. BE ICONIC.,” reads the headline of…

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Hopkins House Named 2020’s First Yard of the Month by Garden Club

  BY SHELBY NIEHAUS A wavy-bordered rock garden rings the pristine ranch home at 302 North Eighth. Antique plows, farming equipment, and statuettes sprout from the sun-washed stone between short, carefully-trimmed shrubs and low Japanese Maples. Shady spots abound at the rear of the home, while the front corner, sporting an American flag in its…

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Fifth Positive COVID-19 Case reported by Effingham County Health Department

Another positive COVID-19 case, Effingham County’s fifth, was reported today. The individual, a female in her 30’s, reports no known contact with the novel coronavirus. This news validates messages that COVID-19 is circulating in the Effingham and surrounding communities. The new case is doing well and is recovering at home on isolation. One of the…

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Pritzker: Illinois’ ‘Curve is Bending the Right Way’; Local Figures Updated

BY REBECCA ANZEL, Capitol News Illinois   Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday state efforts to mitigate the novel coronavirus’ impact on Illinoisans, and residents’ efforts to “protect” their communities, are working. The numbers of new confirmed cases and COVID-19-related deaths continue to rise, but the governor said “our curve is bending the right way.” The…

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