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Newton native Cheyenne Goss performs her new single "Ready or Not" at the Effingham County Fair Friday evening. Stan Polanski photo

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2014 Miss Effingham County Melissa Davis and 2015 Miss Ilinois County Fair Queen Sadie Gassmann crown Kristina Neu as the 2015 Miss Effingham County Fair Queen with 2015 Junior Miss Effingham County Fair Queen Kaylynn Moeller at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont Tuesday evening.

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By Tuesday afternoon, the birds — including chickens — had left the Effingham County fairgrounds, or moved to different cages, to make room for the rabbits.

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ALTAMONT — Third time was a charm for vocalist Reagan Keck of Watson, who was named the winner of the Senior Division at the Effingham County Fair Talent Search Saturday night.

Flashing lights, joyous screams and whirling rides are all a part of what makes a fair exhilarating. Visitors to the Effingham County Fair will see a different business running the carnival this year.

Local historians say there was a fair in Effingham County as early as 1856. But the Effingham County Fair Association, which puts on the event today, didn't set up shop at the fairgrounds in Altamont until 1944.

Before Effingham County dairy farmer Martin Feldhake died in 2000, he penned a history of his family, and life on the farm. He called it Feldhake Memoirs. It tells the story of Effingham County agriculture by telling the story of an Effingham County farm family. The Effingham Daily News pres…

Paul Pugsley has found his way back to the 4-H show ring, but this time in a different way.

Before Effingham County dairy farmer Martin Feldhake died in 2000, he penned a history of his family, and life on the farm. He called it Feldhake Memoirs. It tells the story of Effingham County agriculture by telling the story of an Effingham County farm family. The Effingham Daily News pres…

As a Central Illinois farmer, Rodney Weinzier has great interest in the way corn prices have fallen as yields have increased.

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Editor's note: Before Effingham County dairy farmer Martin Feldhake died in 2000, he penned a history of his family and its life on the farm. He called it Feldhake Memoirs. It tells the story of Effingham County agriculture by telling the story of an Effingham County farm family. The Effingh…

ALTAMONT – The Wolff farm has produced crops, beef cattle and dairy milk for 98 years. Kory Wolff still lives on the family farm where he milked cows as a child.

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Some call it “farm to table.” Others have coined the term “locavore.” Whatever the name, there is a growing trend in the Midwest to consume food that's grown close to home.

Martin R. "Mart" Feldhake, 88, of Effingham died at 4:29 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2000, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Mr. Feldhake was born April 1, 1911, in Effingham County, the son of John and Anna (Schumacher) Feldhake. He married Clara E. Pals on August 23, 1939. She died in 1998…

People from this area who say they have a centuries-old "God-given talent" to locate natural resources are looking to expand the minds of the next generation -- and keep the tradition going.

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ALTAMONT — The Society Horse Barn at the Effingham County Fairgrounds has been many things during its 109 years. In recent years, it's been falling apart. Fair Board member Dale Laue said the dilapidation became uncomfortably apparent during last year's fair, held during a steamy first week …

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EFFINGHAM – Learning by doing is the essence of 4-H. That's why young people between the ages of 8-18 are preparing for the Food and Clothing Show for the 4-H portion of the Effingham County Fair.

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EFFINGHAM — Once upon a time, Illinois county fairs were reimbursed more than 50 percent of the prize money they paid to the winners of livestock shows and other competitive events.

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Faye Miller age 90, of Newton, Illinois passed away Thursday, December 12, 2019 at her son's home in Long Beach, Mississippi. Arrangements are pending at the Crain Funeral Home, Newton. Online condolences may be offered at www.crainfuneral.com.