Area Breaking News

Lowe Named as 2018 St. Elmo Citizen of the Year

  Longtime St. Elmo Lion and WWII veteran Richard Lowe was presented as St. Elmo’s Citizen of the Year for 2018 during a 6 p.m. ceremony at Community Park on Labor Day. Mayor Ernie Myers gave a short speech in Lowe’s honor. Dozens of citizens were in attendance to hear of the award. The following…

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Marching Indians Prepare for Season of Crowd-Pleasing Parades

Gone are the years of pep band sets on the parade route: Altamont Community High School band director Sara Berg has bigger goals for her ensemble. This year, the Marching Indians are taking a medley of songs from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, as arranged by Paul Murtha and distributed…

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Wilhour Memorial 5K to Honor Beloved Wife, Mother

Haley (Miller) Wilhour, the daughter of Bruce and Sandra Miller of rural Beecher City, lived what many could call a blessed life. She married her high school sweetheart, Jason Wilhour, the summer after her graduation, and happily raised four children with him. She loved her husband and her children, helping her church family at Church…

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Local Cheerleaders to Perform in Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade

In late June, the Altamont Junior High cheer team attended a Universal Cheer Association camp together in order to hone their skills as performers. At the camp, students from Altamont, Effingham, St. Anthony, Dieterich, Louisville, and New Athens schools auditioned for roles in UCA’s All-American squad, which will perform in Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, slated…

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Strullmyer Takes Crown at 2018 Fair Queen Pageant

BY SHELBY NIEHAUS Serena Strullmyer, 21-year-old daughter of Joe and Sherri Strullmyer of Altamont, gasps in pure joy as her name is announced late Tuesday evening. She has just been awarded the title of 2018 Effingham County Fair Queen. Strullmyer, along with five other Queen candidates, competed over the course of a three-hour Queen and…

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Sefton and Lach Claim Crowns at Fayette County Fair

BY MARK HOSKINS Last Monday evening, Brownstown saw two of their own earn county fair titles as Kaylee Sefton was named Miss Fayette County and Ella Lach won the Little Miss Fayette County crown. Sefton, 20, attends Lake Land College and is pursuing a nursing degree. She then plans to transfer to SIUE to obtain…

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City of Altamont Rallies in the Face of Storm Damage

  BY SHELBY NIEHAUS As a result of a major thunderstorm on the afternoon of Saturday, July 14, all Altamont electrical utility customers were without electric power, and many homeowners found tree limbs, shingles, and other debris on their property. City clerk Sarah Stephens, calculating figures in her office on Wednesday morning, claimed that immediate…

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Brownstown Car-B-Q Serves Ribs, Pulled Pork, Experiences

BY SHELBY NIEHAUS “You just gotta be here,” Grant Sefton says. From the center of his corner lot in Brownstown, he looks around at classic trucks and cars, rusted out, half-buried in the ground, and converted into art objects: fountains, flowerbeds, and signs. A gravel road leads around the fountain and past a cluster of…

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School Board Approves New Staff, AESPA Contract

BY SHELBY NIEHAUS The Altamont Board of Education approved three new employees, one new volunteer coach, and a retroactive contract for support staff at their July 9 meeting, the first in Dr. Steve Mayerhofer’s tenure as Unit 10 superintendent. Board members voted unanimously to hire Lauren Witheim as junior high math teacher, Brian Horath as…

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Myers Resigns as Alderman; City Raises Water Rate

The St. Elmo city board held their monthly meeting last week on Thursday, July 5, a day later than usual because of the 4th of July holiday. In a major shake up for the city board, Dylan Myers has resigned his position as Alderman Ward I. In a letter to the city board, Myers stated…

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