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Voters outside Altamont, but within the Unit 10 school district, overwhelming rejected a proposal to create a public library district in the Altamont area, and 2-to-1 support for the proposal within Altamont wasn’t enough to overcome the resounding disdain in rural parts of the proposed district.

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NEOGA — The $800,000 tax increase to help Neoga’s ailing school district was rejected by Neoga voters Tuesday by a wide margin, according to unofficial results.

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Neoga voters turned down an $800,000 tax referendum for Neoga schools. After all the precincts involved were counted, including Cumberland, Coles and Shelby, about 68 percent of the votes were against the referendum.

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Effingham voters on Tuesday chose Jeff Bloemker as their next mayor, according to unofficial results.

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Watson voters on Tuesday agreed to remove the long-standing prohibition against alcohol sales within the village by a 74-38 vote margin, according to unofficial results.

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Challenger Jason Rippetoe defeated four-term Altamont Mayor Larry Taylor by a 214-119 margin on Tuesday, according to unofficial results.

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Voters have selected Tony Kepp as the new mayor of Neoga. All the precincts have been recorded and Kepp received about 65 percent of the votes.

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George Deters of the Green Creek community north of Effingham prepares to vote Tuesday afternoon at the old Green Creek schoolhouse as election judge Helen Jansen looks on. Area polling places closed at 7. Visit effinghamdailynews.com for election result updates.

Longtime Dieterich village trustee Steve Kibler says his experience makes him the best candidate for the village board in this year's election cycle.

Patty Russell doesn’t have any children in Unit 40 and didn’t attend Effingham schools, which she said will serve her well if elected to the school board.

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All four of the Neoga commissioners' terms are ending. Two of those commissioners, Tony Kepp and Ronnie Groves, are running for mayor. The other two, Marty Hartke and Larry Lindley, are seeking re-election on Tuesday.

We're encouraged by the spirited — yet civil — debate in Neoga in recent weeks over the financial crisis faced by the community's schools. The talk happened during several community meetings, in letters to the editor, on social media, and no doubt in living rooms and across backyard fences.

With kids in Effingham schools and heavy involvement in the Junior Football League, Kathleen Smith thinks she is perfectly suited to serve on the Unit 40 School Board.

As an incumbent on the Unit 40 School Board, a parent to six children of all ages, and whose wife Michelle is employed as a teacher in Unit 40, candidate Jeff Michael said he is invested in the success of the school system.

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As questions bounced between issues, such as the city’s budget to areas of potential growth in the city, an underlying theme started to develop at a forum for three candidates for mayor of the City of Effingham.

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 EFFINGHAM — None of the eight candidates for Effingham city commissioner expressed enthusiasm with Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to slash in half local government's share of state income tax receipts. But — during Tuesday's candidate forum at Effingham Junior High School — most candidates se…

As a former Effingham County Board member and current Effingham City Council member, Don Althoff said he has a clear understanding of area issues. He said that experience, coupled with a lifetime residency in Effingham, demonstrate his interest in seeing Effingham prosper.

With 15 years of customer service management experience at Quad Graphics, formerly Petty Company, Kevin Esker said he has the problem-solving skills needed to be a city commissioner.

With countless community pursuits and an education that has exposed him to statewide issues, Indiana State University Civil Engineering Professor Michael Williamson said he is ready to serve the citizens of Effingham as a city commissioner.

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Watson hasn't had a convenience store for 10 years. But village officials seeking to lure a new store into town were coming up against a consistent refrain.

Former Effingham Unit 40 teacher Kinda Morris believes her experience as both a teacher and mother sets her apart in the race for one of four seats on the Stewardson-Strasburg Unit 5A Board of Education.

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EFFINGHAM — While candidates for Unit 40 school board generally agree consolidating buildings might save the district money, some believe more time and further scrutiny may be needed.

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