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About 400 members of the Illinois National Guard Second Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, will leave for their deployment to Afghanistan Tuesday, including members from the Effingham area.

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Illinois State Police District 12 reported an Illinois Department of Transportation worker was injured at 6:36 p.m. Friday while putting flares on northbound Interstate 57 at milepost 144, about a mile south of Edgewood, to warn motorists of a crash ahead.

SPRINGFIELD – Tens of thousands of Illinoisans who have had their driver’s license suspended or revoked for having too many unpaid parking tickets or fines for other non-moving violations will soon get their driving privileges reinstated.

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DIETERICH — Members of the Effingham County school boards met for the second time to discuss the teacher shortage in rural schools.

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EFFINGHAM — At this month’s Creative Learning Culture Lunch and Learn, community organizations learned how working together betters each one and the community overall.

EFFINGHAM — A plea is expected in the case of a Shelbyville man who allegedly stole a car, crashed into the Village Square Mall in Effingham and broke into the Zales Jewelry store in January 2018.

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ALTAMONT — Altamont Unit 10 schools will be represented next month at the 2020 Every Student Succeeds Act statewide conference in Chicago, Superintendent Steven Mayerhofer told school board members this week.

When the Teutopolis Unit 50 school board met this week there were no parents in attendance to present a petition regarding the upcoming asbestos removal project that will be done on the oldest building on campus.

An Effingham man was injured Monday after his vehicle collided with a tree, according to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.

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EFFINGHAM — The Effingham Water Authority this week gave the public its final chance to speak for or against short-term rentals of Lake Sara homes.

LSC Communications Inc. announced Tuesday morning it will close its Mattoon location along with two other plants in a move to “strengthen the company’s manufacturing platform by significantly reducing costs and improving utilization across” the company’s production facilities.

SPRINGFIELD – New rules governing how retail gun dealers do business go into effect Friday and include the types of records they must keep, how weapons and ammunition are to be stored and the kinds of video surveillance and security systems they must maintain.

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EFFINGHAM — An Effingham County Board subcommittee is at a standstill over allowing all-terrain and utility task vehicles on county roads.

An Effingham man was injured when he lost control of his vehicle and it overturned Sunday, according to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.

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EFFINGHAM — Brides-to-be flocked to Thelma Keller Convention Center Sunday for the 30th annual Bridal Expo.

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ALTAMONT – A torrential downpour early Saturday morning didn’t stop members of Grobengieser-Fischer American Legion Post 512 from hosting their first fundraising breakfast of 2020 at their headquarters in downtown Altamont.

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The Cowden Fire Protection District posted this video Saturday of the Kaskaskia River across Mode Road, east of Cowden

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois economy grew at a slower pace than most neighboring states and the nation as a whole during the third quarter of 2019, according to new figures released Friday.

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced his second year in office will focus on ending cash bail, reforming low-level drug crime sentencing and reducing mandatory minimum sentences.

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EFFINGHAM — Firefighters were called to reports of smoke billowing from an apartment building on West Temple Avenue on Friday afternoon.

The Effingham Police Department reported the following citation: Emily N. Yarnell, 28, Effingham was cited on Jan 8 for speeding.

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EFFINGHAM — Effingham Park District approved Wednesday a 13.6 percent jump in its annual sale of bonds that could mean a slight increase for taxpayers.

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EFFINGHAM — A Casey man was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for setting fire to an Effingham garage.

Shelby County Board Chairman Dave Cruitt retired from his term a year early in December. At the January meeting on Wednesday, the board elected Vice-Chairman Bruce Cannon (R-District 2) as the chairman to serve out Cruitt’s term.

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EFFINGHAM — The Effingham City Council agreed with the recommendation of the plan commission and denied the petition to construct a Wireless Communications Facility in the city.

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EFFINGHAM — It was standing room only at Effingham City Hall on Tuesday, where people implored the city council to keep a cross in a mural on city property despite opposition from a group that wants it removed.

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EFFINGHAM — The Effingham County Health Department will serve as a pilot site for the transition from Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, paper checks to electronic benefit transfer, or EBT, cards.

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ALTAMONT — Young Ryker Miller smiles as he maneuvers his walker like a NASCAR driver, buzzing around the living room of his family’s Altamont home. He deftly dodges toys and siblings, including twin brother Carter and older sister McKenzy.

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Moris D. Sowers, of Effingham, Illinois, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham.