Area News

Marching Indians Prepare for Season of Crowd-Pleasing Parades

Gone are the years of pep band sets on the parade route: Altamont Community High School band director Sara Berg has bigger goals for her ensemble. This year, the Marching Indians are taking a medley of songs from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, as arranged by Paul Murtha and distributed…

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Local Cheerleaders to Perform in Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade

In late June, the Altamont Junior High cheer team attended a Universal Cheer Association camp together in order to hone their skills as performers. At the camp, students from Altamont, Effingham, St. Anthony, Dieterich, Louisville, and New Athens schools auditioned for roles in UCA’s All-American squad, which will perform in Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, slated…

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Strullmyer Takes Crown at 2018 Fair Queen Pageant

BY SHELBY NIEHAUS Serena Strullmyer, 21-year-old daughter of Joe and Sherri Strullmyer of Altamont, gasps in pure joy as her name is announced late Tuesday evening. She has just been awarded the title of 2018 Effingham County Fair Queen. Strullmyer, along with five other Queen candidates, competed over the course of a three-hour Queen and…

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City of Altamont Rallies in the Face of Storm Damage

  BY SHELBY NIEHAUS As a result of a major thunderstorm on the afternoon of Saturday, July 14, all Altamont electrical utility customers were without electric power, and many homeowners found tree limbs, shingles, and other debris on their property. City clerk Sarah Stephens, calculating figures in her office on Wednesday morning, claimed that immediate…

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School Board Approves New Staff, AESPA Contract

BY SHELBY NIEHAUS The Altamont Board of Education approved three new employees, one new volunteer coach, and a retroactive contract for support staff at their July 9 meeting, the first in Dr. Steve Mayerhofer’s tenure as Unit 10 superintendent. Board members voted unanimously to hire Lauren Witheim as junior high math teacher, Brian Horath as…

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ACHS Class of 1958 Holds Reunion

  Members of the Altamont Community High School Graduating Class of 1958 celebrated the 60th anniversary of their graduation on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Carriage house Event Center in Altamont with a meal catered by Deb’s Catering. Of the 57 classmates who graduated in 1958, there were 24 members who returned to celebrate…

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‘Sanctuary for the Unborn’ Declared in Effingham County

BY MARK HOSKINS Just two months after declaring themselves a ‘sanctuary for guns,’ the Effingham County Board has declared themselves a ‘sanctuary for the unborn.’ Passing by a 8 to 1 vote last Monday afternoon, the county board has adopted a resolution stating that “Effingham County will opposed abortions except those necessary to save the…

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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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