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Illinois Crop Progress and Conditions 4/21/19

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:53:17 CDT
There were 1.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 21, 2019. Statewide, the average temperature was 53.9 degrees, 0.6 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 1.11 inches, 0.16 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and 54 percent surplus.  Read more...


House Passes Bill That Would Allow Schools to Hire Resource Officers

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:06:21 CDT
The Illinois House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow school districts to hire resource officers and mental health professionals using funds received from a school facility tax.  Read more...


Illinois Pork Producers Celebrate Earth Day

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:39:31 CDT
In honor of Earth Day, we take a moment to reflect on the contributions that pig farmers are providing the earth, each and every day. Our responsibility is big, but our commitment to keeping the farm thriving for the next generation, is even bigger. 1.  Read more...


Litchfield Council Waives Late Fees at Brown Shoe Apartments

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 13:39:53 CDT
The Litchfield City Council agreed to waive the late fees for water service at the Brown Shoe Apartments during their meeting on Thursday, Apr. 18. The facility is in the process of being transferred from the Illinois Housing Authority to the Montgomery County Housing Authority.  Read more...


Ryker Sworn in as Litchfield Police Chief

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 13:51:53 CDT
In front of a crowded council chambers, Lt. Kenny Ryker was sworn in as the new Litchfield Chief of Police on Thursday, Apr. 18. Ryker takes over for former Chief Lee Jarman, who retired in March. After being sworn in during the city council meeting, Ryker expressed his gratitude for being considered for the position.  Read more...


State Dept. of Ag. to Honor Former Director

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 13:27:51 CDT
The Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to honor former agriculture director and former U.S. Agriculture Secretary John Block. The agency said on Wednesday, April 17, that it plans to dedicate a plaque with Block's likeness on Monday morning at the Illinois Department of Agriculture building in Springfield.  Read more...


Panhandle Board Approves Junior High Girls Basketball Coach

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:02:11 CDT
Almost two months after approving the creation of a girls basketball program, the Panhandle School Board has hired head coaches for both the junior high and high school teams. On Monday, Apr.  Read more...


Litchfield Conducting Housing Survey

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:25:43 CDT
The City of Litchfield has formed a Housing Initiative Committee and is currently seeking help from residents. According to a press release, the committee is seeking information to assist with current and future housing needs in Litchfield.  Read more...


Wood River Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 06:52:52 CDT
Police have identified a man who was killed in a motorcycle crash in Wood River on Friday, Apr. 12. William Morales of Wood River was pronounced dead Friday at the Emergency Department of the Alton Memorial Hospital after life-saving measures were unsuccessful. The crash occurred on Madison Avenue near Second Street.  Read more...


Nokomis Suffers Second Water Main Break in a Week

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:54:01 CDT
For the second time in less than a week, the City of Nokomis suffered a major water main break. The most recent incident occurred Thursday afternoon near the corner of South Elm Street and Route 16 in front of Route 16 Grain, according to Public Information Officer Joe Gasparich. The break occurred around 4:20 p.m.  Read more...


Granite City Man Killed in Crash in Madison County

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:36:23 CDT
A Granite City man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 270 in Madison County on Tuesday, Apr. 9. The incident occurred at 2:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near milepost 10. According to the State Police, a 34-year-old man was driving his car directly behind a semi when his vehicle hit the rear end of the trailer.  Read more...


Atlas 46 CEO Speaks About Economic Development

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:58:29 CDT
The CEO of Atlas 46 attended the Montgomery County Board meeting Tuesday, Apr. 9, to discuss the potential he sees for economic development in the area. Brian Carver told the board that his five-year plan includes bringing 500 jobs to the county.  Read more...


Crop Progress & Condition for the Week Ending 4/7/19

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:34:19 CDT
There were 1.1 days suitable for field work during the week ending April 7, 2019. Statewide the average temperature was 48.4 degrees, 1.1 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.34 inches, 0.32 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 46 percent adequate ad 54 percent surplus.  Read more...


Nokomis Water Service Restored After Break in Main

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 10:21:15 CDT
The City of Nokomis was without water for several hours Tuesday, Apr. 9, after a water main suffered a major break along Route 16. According to Nokomis Public Information Officer Joseph Gasparich, the break occurred on the line near the corner of Hickory Street and Route 16.  Read more...


Nokomis Residents Without Water After Main Break

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 06:33:00 CDT
Nokomis water customers will be without water for several hours after the city's water main suffered a major break this morning. According to Nokomis Public Information Officer Joseph Gasparich, the break occurred on the line near the corner of Hickory Street and Route 16.  Read more...


Council Awards Bid for Mowing

Mon, 08 Apr 2019 13:56:39 CDT
Members of the Litchfield City Council approved a two-year contract with a company for mowing and trimming services during their meeting on Thursday, Apr. 4. The council awarded a bid to Precision Lawn Mowing for mowing and maintenance of various city-owned derelict properties around the community.  Read more...


Council Approves Water and Sewer Rate Increases

Fri, 05 Apr 2019 08:15:44 CDT
Litchfield water and sewer customers will pay more over the next two years after the city council approved increases for both rates during their meeting Thursday, Apr. 4.  Read more...


Retired Teachers Offer Scholarship to Student Teacher

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 13:53:53 CDT
The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association is offering a scholarship to a student teacher for the upcoming school year. According to MCRTA President Marty Niehaus, the $500 scholarship will be for a student from the county who will be doing their student teaching during the 2019-20 school year.  Read more...


U of I Extension's "Annie's Project" Concludes

Wed, 03 Apr 2019 13:38:00 CDT
(L to R) - Karyl Dressen, Debbie Kibler, Tina Zimmerman, Jean Weitekamp, Amy Hernandez, and Heather Hampton+Knodle “Annie's Project” concluded on March 26 with participants engaging in discussion and networking with one another.  Read more...


Macoupin County Election

Wed, 03 Apr 2019 09:07:22 CDT
Voter turn out for the April 2nd consolidated election was 11.54% in Macoupin County.  Read more...


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