Area News

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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CAPITOL RECAP: State Struggles to Reach Daily Goal of Coronavirus Testing

By Capitol News Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on Wednesday, April 8, that COVID-19 testing capabilities just reached the 6,000-daily threshold in Illinois, which is still short of the 10,000 target set by health officials. According to medical and scientific experts, he said, processing 10,000 tests per day will give officials the clearest picture of…

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Altamont Board of Education to Hold Online Meeting

The Altamont Board of Education will hold a public livestream on Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in order to conduct its April meeting. To attend this public livestream, members of the public must do the following: Log into Gmail using the email public@altamontschools.org with the password 12345678 Open the email entitled “Updated Invitation: [Live…

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