Area News

Memorial Trees Planted for Arbor Day

BY MARK HOSKINS Members of the Altamont Garden Club, the Altamont Tree Committee, and members of the Altamont High School FFA planted several trees for Arbor Day in Union Cemetery. On Friday, April 27, a crowd gathered at Union Cemetery to plant trees in memory of three past Garden Club members. In memory of Margaret…

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County Declared ‘Sanctuary’ for Gun Owners

BY MARK HOSKINS Last Monday saw a packed house during the county board meeting in Effingham. A ground-breaking resolution was passed by the county board, as the strongly republican county sent a message to Springfield. The Effingham County board voted 8-1 to pass a resolution making the county a ‘sanctuary county’ for gun owners. This…

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Illinois Gubernatorial Race Comes to Altamont

  Rarely does a small town like Altamont get the honor of a visit by a sitting governor. Even more rare is when a small town gets the sitting governor and the top republic challenger for the gubernatorial race in the same room. On Sunday, March 4, the Effingham County Republican party hosted the 45th…

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School Board Approves IASB to Conduct Superintendent Search

  With the recent resignation of Altamont superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch, the Altamont Community Unit School District Number 10 has begun their search for a new superintendent. At their school board meeting last Monday, Feb. 12, the board voted 5-2 to approve the hiring of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) to lead the search…

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City and School Mourn Death of Administrator Arnold

  The Altamont School district lost a key member and a friend last weekend with the untimely death of high school assistant principal and athletic director Todd Arnold. Arnold, 53, was killed just after midnight Sunday morning, Jan. 28 when he was struck by a train in Effingham. According to Effingham Police Chief Jeffrey Fuesting,…

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Altamont Students to Pilot State Sponsored AP Course

Altamont High School will partake in a new state sponsored Advanced Placement program with ten Altamont students piloting the program during the 2018 spring semester. Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sangiunetti was on hand on Thursday, Jan. 11 to announce the new pilot program that will help give Altamont students a head start on their college…

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White Named Volunteer of the Quarter

As a community bank, Peoples Bank & Trust recognizes the value of volunteerism in our communities. To recognize, commend and promote the volunteerism, Peoples Bank & Trust has established a program to recognize outstanding community members for their volunteer efforts of improvement to our community. Gary White has been chosen as our current Volunteer of…

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Santa to Visit Altamont Library

Santa Claus will make an appearance at the Altamont Public Library to visit with children and to hear their fondest wishes for Christmas. The Jolly Old Elf will be ho-ho-hoing to the library on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. A complimentary photo will be given of each child, along with a Christmas treat. Call the library at (618) 483-5457 with any questions.

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Altamont VFW, St. Elmo to Hold Veterans Day Celebration

Altamont VFW Post 7676 and American Legion Post 512 proudly help bring together another great Veteran’s Day celebration to Altamont.  This year, the ceremony will take place at the Altamont VFW on Saturday morning, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 am. The activities will kick off with a program honoring local veterans. Rev Lowell Donnelley of the…

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