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iDREAM Program Impacting Children’s Lives

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:37:45 CST
Litchfield, Ill. – On Thursday, January 29, over ninety second graders at J.D. Colt Elementary School in Litchfield received their first lesson from the iDREAM program. This is a U of I Extension program that encourages students to navigate the world of dreaming, goal setting, and creativity.  Read more...


Illinois Counties Receive $7.3 million for Rural Broadband

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 09:59:35 CST
Eight counties in Rep. Rodney Davis’ 13th District have received $7.3 million in Federal Communications Commission grants to expand rural broadband. Davis, R-Taylorville, noted the funding will go toward connecting unserved homes and businesses.  Read more...


Matli: Animal Care Award Winner from IL Pork

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:01:23 CST
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – On behalf of the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), Josh Matli of Raymond has been presented with the inaugural “Animal Caregiver” award at the 2020 Illinois Pork Expo and Annual Meeting.  Read more...


Weitekamp Named IL Pork President for 2020

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 08:28:43 CST
Springfield, IL - February 4, 2020 - During the 2020 Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) annual meeting, Dale Weitekamp of Raymond, was elected to serve as president for the coming year.  Read more...


Montgomery County Ag in the Classroom Receives Local Donation

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 14:06:29 CST
Members of the Montgomery County Board of Directors presents a check to Rebecca Livingston, Montgomery County Ag in the Classroom Program Coordinator. (L to R) Brad Young, Rebecca Livingston and Joe Pope. HILLSBORO, Ill.  Read more...


Davis Honors Earl and Doris Sorrells of Raymond

Fri, 31 Jan 2020 16:23:12 CST
Washington, DC -- U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) honors Earl and Doris Sorrells of Raymond, IL on the House floor. Earl Sorrells was a long-time radio voice on WSMI who passed away earlier this month. Click on the Link below to watch the video of Davis' Speech on the House Floor.  Read more...


Illinois Crop Progress and Conditions for January

Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:47:44 CST
Statewide, the average temperature for the month of January 2020 was 31.5 degrees, 6.8 degrees above normal. Precipitation for the month averaged 4.28 inches, 2.67 inches above normal. As of January 26, 2020, topsoil moisture supply was rated at 3 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 40 percent surplus.  Read more...


Woman Banned from Panhandle School Grounds for One Year

Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:52:12 CST
During their meeting on Monday, Jan. 27, the Panhandle School Board voted to ban a woman from school grounds and activities for a period of one year. The board approved the ban against Kamurion Walraven after she allegedly displayed inappropriate conduct while on school grounds.  Read more...


Hillsboro Officials Encourage Precautions After Break-ins

Wed, 29 Jan 2020 08:19:08 CST
Members of the Hillsboro City Council spoke about the recent string of vehicle break-ins that have occurred in town during their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Hillsboro Police Chief Randy Leetham said there was nothing new to report other than what has already been published.  Read more...


O'Fallon Man Killed in I-64 Accident

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:08:06 CST
An O'Fallon man was killed on Friday, Jan. 24, in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 64 in St. Clair County. Dustin T. Graves was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Clair County Coroner. He was 26.  Read more...


Coal Country Chamber Of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 13:58:16 CST
Coal Country Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet on Saturday night at JoDanni's Amore'. Mike Brill recognized Maya Marcacci the 2019 Macoupin County Fair Queen and 1st runner up at the Illinois County Fair Queen Pagent.  Read more...


Coal Country Chamber Of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 13:53:14 CST
Coal Country Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet on Saturday night at JoDanni's Amore'. Mike Brill recognized Maya Marcacci the 2019 Macoupin County Fair Queen and 1st runner up at the Illinois County Fair Queen Pagent.  Read more...


Hillsboro Man Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 06:27:05 CST
A Hillsboro man inadvertently turned himself into police on Monday, Jan. 20, in an incident Police Chief Randy Leetham said the department has never encountered before. William Blechle, 32, was arrested in the parking lot of the Hillsboro Police Department and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.  Read more...


Three Juveniles Arrested After School in Rosamond Vandalized

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:41:02 CST
Three male juveniles have been arrested in connection with a break-in and vandalism of Faith Bible Christian Academy in Rosamond. Christian County Sheriff's Deputies responded at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, to a reported break-in at the school on Mary Street.  Read more...


Greenville First, Hillsboro Second in Parlimentary Procedure

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:37:35 CST
Members participating for Hillsboro were (left to right): Joseph Keiser, Preston Lyerla, Riley Hemken, Harley Page, Haley Garcia, and Wesley Stockstill.  Read more...


Three Injured in Accident on Friday Near Brownstown

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 08:38:18 CST
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Friday, Jan. 17, on Interstate 70 west of Brownstown. According to the Illinois State Police, a juvenile was westbound while fleeing from a Police Officer who was attempting to conduct a traffic stop.  Read more...


County Board Tables Resolution to Dissolve 911 Board

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:57:04 CST
The future of Montgomery County's Emergency Telephone System/911 Board was put on hold Tuesday, Jan. 14, after the County Board voted to table a resolution that would have dissolved it.  Read more...


One in Critical Condition Following Accident in Taylorville

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:38:23 CST
An Owaneco man is in critical condition following a single-vehicle accident in Taylorville on Sunday, Jan. 12. Christian County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the crash at 2:25 a.m. on 1300 East Road.  Read more...


One Killed, Two Injured in Fayette County Accident

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:32:06 CST
One person was killed and two others were injured on Saturday, Jan. 11, in a single-vehicle accident on Route 40 east of Vandalia.  Read more...


LLCC WIns National Ag Award

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:35:52 CST
Springfield-based Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) Agriculture is one of just six programs nationwide to receive the 2019 National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program Award. LLCC officials broke ground on a new home for the ag program in 2019.  Read more...


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