Area News

Seventh Grade Girls Take State Championship in East Peoria

The Wildcats seventh grade girls track team came out on top of the May 10-11 7A IESA state track meet, finishing with a team score of 37.5 and beating out Teutopolis, St. Anthony, and a number of Chicagoland teams for the top honor. Among the athletes key in the girls’ victory was Grace Nelson, who…

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Persistence, Faith, and Love: Ina Maroon’s Story

If anyone in Altamont can claim a storied life, it’s Ina Maroon. In her 80’s, Maroon looks back at her days raising five children, facing struggle after struggle and coming out a survivor each time. And on the morning of Tuesday, April 23, Maroon took time out of her preparations for a move and sat…

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Service with a Smile: Supporting the Community with S&W Supermarket

Since early March of 1978, Altamont residents have been turning to S&W Supermarket for the essentials close to home—produce, fresh meat and cheese, boxed and canned goods, frozen foods, and household sundries alike. And in a time when many small towns have lost their grocery and general stores, the city of Altamont still has a…

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Local Students Learn Valuable Trade Skills at Okaw Area Vocational Center

In a presentation to the Altamont Chamber of Commerce on Monday, April 8, Nick Casey and Altamont student Gabe Asplin spoke about the benefits of the Okaw Area Vocational Center, a workforce training program that has supplied central Illinois with skilled tradeworkers since 1968. Casey, the Okaw Area Vocational Center director, introduced the program as…

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Easter Egg Hunt at Altamont First Baptist

The First Baptist Church of Altamont, 102 First Baptist Drive, will host an Easter Egg hunt on April 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, for children sixth grade and below.  The church recommends an adult accompany the children. There will be hot dogs, popcorn, and a bounce house, as well as drawings for…

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Make A Wish Foundation Grants Altamont Student’s Wish to Visit Disney

On Monday afternoon, April 1, a number of Altamont Grade School early childhood and lower elementary classes packed into the cafeteria for a memorable party, celebrating five-year-old Altamont student Owen Savage and the granting of his wish through the Make A Wish Foundation of Illinois. At around 1:30 p.m., volunteers and family members began setting…

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United Methodists Come Together Following Adoption of Traditional Plan

(Editor’s note: Language in the United Methodist Book of Discipline refers to LGBTQ people as “homosexuals” or “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals.” Except in direct quotes, the St. Elmo Banner will instead use the term LGBTQ, as is suggested by Associated Press guidelines.) In a well-publicized special meeting of the United Methodist Church, delegates from around the…

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Big Plans Upcoming for 2019 Effingham County Fair

The Effingham County Fair held its annual meeting at the Carriage House Event Center in Altamont todiscuss a number of plans and improvements in the works for the 75th annual Effingham County Fair in the summer of 2019. 2018 Effingham County Fair Queen Serena Strullmyer was given the honors of drawing names from the fair board’s list of schools entered in the annual…

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