Area News

White Named Volunteer of the Quarter

As a community bank, Peoples Bank & Trust recognizes the value of volunteerism in our communities. To recognize, commend and promote the volunteerism, Peoples Bank & Trust has established a program to recognize outstanding community members for their volunteer efforts of improvement to our community. Gary White has been chosen as our current Volunteer of…

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Santa to Visit Altamont Library

Santa Claus will make an appearance at the Altamont Public Library to visit with children and to hear their fondest wishes for Christmas. The Jolly Old Elf will be ho-ho-hoing to the library on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. A complimentary photo will be given of each child, along with a Christmas treat. Call the library at (618) 483-5457 with any questions.

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Altamont VFW, St. Elmo to Hold Veterans Day Celebration

Altamont VFW Post 7676 and American Legion Post 512 proudly help bring together another great Veteran’s Day celebration to Altamont.  This year, the ceremony will take place at the Altamont VFW on Saturday morning, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 am. The activities will kick off with a program honoring local veterans. Rev Lowell Donnelley of the…

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Arbor Day Celebrated in October

Arbor Day is normally celebrated the last Friday in April. But for Altamont, one of about 200 Illinois communities that celebrate Arbor Day, the celebration was postponed until October this year due to weather conditions. In April, it was far too wet and muddy to plant a new tree. This past Monday, Oct. 30, various…

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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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