Area News

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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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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