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Community Invited to Celebration for Larry Reed

Family and friends are invited to an open house celebrating St. Elmo resident Larry Reed’s 60th birthday, to be held 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at the Centennial Building in St. Elmo Community Park. Refreshments will be served. Cards of congratulations are welcomed.    

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Families Turn Out for Ainad Shrine’s Circus of Thrills in Altamont

An X-Metal stunt jumper flies from ramp to ramp to cap off the 4:30 p.m. Ainad Shrine Circus at the Effingham County Fair, June 6.Families and thrill fans of all ages turned out to the Effingham County Fairgrounds on the afternoon of Thursday, June 6 for the Ainad Shrine of southern Illinois’ annual circus, visiting…

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“I Wake Up in War”: Infantryman Recalls Final Days of Tet Offensive

Ron Harre, a Ramsey resident born and raised in Brownstown, decorates his bedroom in Vietnam memorabilia: a hand-embroidered jacket with a map of the country on the back, caps, a carefully-arranged shadowbox, a collection of patriotic statuettes and displays on a shelving unit. But like many Vietnam veterans, Harre’s experiences aren’t limited to the medals…

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Persistence, Faith, and Love: Ina Maroon’s Story

If anyone in Altamont can claim a storied life, it’s Ina Maroon. In her 80’s, Maroon looks back at her days raising five children, facing struggle after struggle and coming out a survivor each time. And on the morning of Tuesday, April 23, Maroon took time out of her preparations for a move and sat…

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Service with a Smile: Supporting the Community with S&W Supermarket

Since early March of 1978, Altamont residents have been turning to S&W Supermarket for the essentials close to home—produce, fresh meat and cheese, boxed and canned goods, frozen foods, and household sundries alike. And in a time when many small towns have lost their grocery and general stores, the city of Altamont still has a…

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Local Students Learn Valuable Trade Skills at Okaw Area Vocational Center

In a presentation to the Altamont Chamber of Commerce on Monday, April 8, Nick Casey and Altamont student Gabe Asplin spoke about the benefits of the Okaw Area Vocational Center, a workforce training program that has supplied central Illinois with skilled tradeworkers since 1968. Casey, the Okaw Area Vocational Center director, introduced the program as…

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Easter Egg Hunt at Altamont First Baptist

The First Baptist Church of Altamont, 102 First Baptist Drive, will host an Easter Egg hunt on April 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, for children sixth grade and below.  The church recommends an adult accompany the children. There will be hot dogs, popcorn, and a bounce house, as well as drawings for…

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Make A Wish Foundation Grants Altamont Student’s Wish to Visit Disney

On Monday afternoon, April 1, a number of Altamont Grade School early childhood and lower elementary classes packed into the cafeteria for a memorable party, celebrating five-year-old Altamont student Owen Savage and the granting of his wish through the Make A Wish Foundation of Illinois. At around 1:30 p.m., volunteers and family members began setting…

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“The Lord Was Good”: Remembering a Year in Phan Rang

(Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series featuring the Vietnam War veterans of St. Elmo and the surrounding area. If you or a loved one served in Vietnam and want to tell your story, get in touch with us at news@altnewsban.com or (618) 483-6176.) 50 years later, David Cox sits at his…

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