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Altamont Board of Education Discusses Food Service Contract with Opaa!

BY CARISSA SITKI The Altamont Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m. where the Board discussed a food contract with Opaa! Food Service Inc. that is up for renewal. Opaa’s Regional Director of Operations, Cindy Galati of Belleville was present at the meeting. “The main issue that I’ve…

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Phase 1: Altamont’s Water Main Replacement Project Begins

Slingerland Reinforces Concerns with Carrying out Project in Phases BY CARISSA SITKI Altamont’s highly anticipated, phased, water main replacement project is now underway, with Kieffer Brothers Construction beginning Phase I work near the Route 40/Farina blacktop intersection on Monday, April 5. The project has been in the works for the past six years. City Commissioner…

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Altamont Receives $550,000 for Sewer Project

BY CARISSA SITKI The Altamont City Council met on Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m. where the Council discussed the use of recently-received state grant money, totaling $550,000, toward a targeted sewer replacement project and approved a Professional Services Agreement with Milano & Grunloh Engineers for design and construction engineering services on the proposed sanitary…

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Altamont’s Third Grade Philanthropist is at it Again

  Jonah Jansen Presents: No Better Option than Adoption BY CARISSA SITKI Jonah Jansen, organizer of Fostering Christmas One Toy at a Time, has returned to his front-yard lemonade stand; this time, to raise money for Effingham Animal Rescue Sanctuary (EARS). Last October, eight-year-old Jonah partnered with Caritas Family Solutions in Effingham to help ensure…

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Altamont District Hires New Superintendent

Adam to Assume Role on July 1 of this Year BY CARISSA SITKI The Altamont Community Unit School District 10 held a special Board of Education meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. where the hiring of Casey Adam as the District’s new superintendent was approved by the Board. Directly after the meeting, a “meet-and-greet” was…

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Kollmann Named 2021 IPPA District 5 President

BY CARISSA SITKI The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) held their annual meeting virtually on Feb. 9, during which, Alan Kollmann of Altamont was elected as the Association’s District 5 President for 2021. In honor of Kollmann’s election, the IPPA produced a video about Kolmann, including his work on the farm and his life. Kollmann…

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Sarah Bush Lincoln Welcomes the Altamont Medical Center to its Health System

Sarah Bush Lincoln is pleased to announce that the Altamont Medical Center, owned by Family Practitioner John Opilka, DO, has joined the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System. All 20 employees will remain with the Clinic. Four Advanced Practice providers, who work with Dr. Opilka, also joined Sarah Bush Lincoln. They include Kimberley Burgess, APRN; Heather…

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Altamont Council Tables Timber Harvesting Contract with Voelker

BY CARISSA SITKI The Altamont City Council met at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 8, where they discussed the harvesting of timber at the water reservoir and heard a pitch from Travis Voelker who will potentially be contracted by the City to carry out the job. The Council discussed the size of the area that…

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Runge Reaches 1,000th Point on Senior Night

BY CARISSA SITKI Lady Indians’ senior, Brooke Runge, scored her 1,000th career point at home on senior night, February 18, during a game against Neoga in which Altamont was defeated, 57-54. Runge, daughter of Jason and Tammy Runge, was 21 points away from the achievement at the start of the game and scored exactly enough…

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