Area News

Milleville Joins Council; No Halloween Parade This Year

  Dan Milleville took the official oath of office to become the Parks & Cemetery Commissioner for the city of Altamont during the city council meeting last Monday, Oct. 9. In getting started, Milleville reported that he has been visiting the parks around town, trying to get himself acclimated better with the parks and where…

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Garden Club Hosts Successful Fall Festival

The Altamont Garden Club held their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23. The weather didn’t really cooperate as the temperatures reached into the 90’s, but the crowds came making for a successful event. The fund raiser is held to help offset the cost of the beautiful hanging baskets placed throughout Altamont each summer. Along…

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Schuetzenfest announces king and queen candidates

The 52nd Altamont Schuetzenfest will be held Sept. 29 and 30 at the Effingham County Fairgrounds.  The annual crowning of the Schuetzenfest king and queen will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. All members of Schuetzenfest are able to place a vote for their favorite candidate. Candidates vying for King and Queen are…

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Bain Heading Off the to Navy

Altamont resident and 2017 graduate of AHS Steven Bain will be going to Great Lakes Recruit Training Command to start his Navy adventure in mid-October. There will be a cookout on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at Steven’s house located at 205 E Wurl Lane. His family would like to invite everyone in the community…

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56th Higgs Family Reunion to be Held Sunday, September 10, 2017

All descendants of George and Rachel Beck Higgs (his first wife) and George and Adeline Ward Higgs (his second wife) are encouraged to gather Sunday, September 10, 2017 at noon at Pavilion 3 in Schmidt Park, Altamont, IL. There will be a 12:30 potluck dinner. Please bring a dish or two to share. Drinks and…

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Kollmann seated as new school board member

The Altamont Board of Education filled the vacancy left by the resignation of Randy Tillman by appointing Alan Kolllmann in a unanimous vote at the board’s regular monthly meeting held on Monday, Aug. 14. The board cited his past leadership positions in making the announcement. The meeting opened with public comment in which kindergarten teacher…

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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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