Area News

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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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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