Area News

Altamont group enjoys Germany, Switzerland

After a year-and-a-half of planning and promotion, a group of Altamont locals, as well as others, recently headed for Germany on a trip to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. They spent 11 days from July 10-20 in the “Lands of Luther” and Switzerland. Immanuel Lutheran pastor Dr. James Wright organized the trip. Rev.…

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Opilka opens doors to new facility

On Monday, July 3, Dr. John Opilka’s new 19,000-square foot medical office began seeing its first patients. The new facility gives his ever-expanding practice the room it needs, while offering growth opportunities for both his business and the community at-large. Opilka said that his former family practice office on Third Street had been too small…

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For Alwardt, military vehicle restoration about respect, education

After losing his father, Raymond, in 2007, Linden Alwardt struggled to sleep. Having been close to his father, Alwardt said he remembered hearing tales of Raymond’s military service in World War II. He recalled specifically his father talking about jeeps he drove. And so, the younger Alwardt, decided to put his sleeplessness to work by…

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Tree causes trouble for residents on Lucky Drive

  The high winds on the evening of Wednesday, June 14 provided a scare for two couples living near the corner of Lucky Drive and Ninth Street. Tiffany Goers said that she was in a back room of her trailer when she heard something around 9:30 p.m. She alerted her boyfriend, David Reed, who was…

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Grads say goodbye to ACHS

Altamont Community High School held its graduation ceremony in a packed gymnasium on Saturday, May 20. Ravi Patel, Audrey Winters, and Keidron Duckwitz were honored as valedictorians. Winters and Duckwitz gave a joint address, while Patel provided a solo one. Samuel Childerson and Elizabeth McCammon were co-salutatorians, each giving a speech. Sydney Zacha was awarded…

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Green marks 90th birthday

Keith Green of Altamont, formerly of St. Peter, will be celebrating his 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Family Gathering Center behind Lutheran Care Center. Cards may be sent to him at 707 Hoffmeister Drive, Altamont, IL, 62411.

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Bowman recognized as Teacher of the Year

  Casie Bowman, fifth grade teacher at Altamont Grade School, has been named the National Bank of Altamont Teacher of the Year. The award was presented by branch manager Kayla Sain at the AGS 8th grade promotion ceremony on Thursday, May 18. Eyes welling with tears, Bowman accepted the award before a gym full of…

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Altamont bands and choir fill gym with song

                              The junior high band, as well as the high school band and choir, under the direction of district band director Sara Berg, performed a spring concert on Sunday, May 7 in the high school gym. The youngsters opened the show,…

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ACHS hosting masquerade ball prom April 29

The Altamont High School Junior class will host the 2017 prom on Saturday, April 29, at the Carriage House Event Center. This year’s theme is a masquerade ball. The tickets are $25 per person.This price includes a formal meal, photo booth, and the dance. Doors open at 6 p.m. Each student and guest will be…

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