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Bill To Increase Electric Rates Heads To The Governor

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 08:26:29 CDT
(Springfield)--Legislation to raise electric rates to help pay to modernize the state's power grid is headed to Governor Pat Quinn, who has repeatedly promised to veto it because of the burden it places on consumers.  Read more...


Road Closings for 8-29 and beyond

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:48:44 CDT
- Fillmore trail will be closed from Kinks Corner to School House Road on Tuesday for road work. - The City of Hillsboro will close the west part of the intersection at West Tremont and Jefferson on Tuesday for street repair.  Read more...


Belleville Diocese Considering To Close 20 Churches

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:19:52 CDT
(Belleville)--The Catholic Dioceses of Belleville is considering closing up to 20 of its 121 parishes because of the loss of population in some areas, and the advanced age of some priests. Bishop Edward Braxton said in a statement on the diocese's website that parishes will be asked to evaluate their viability.  Read more...


Macoupin County Board Chair Will Not Seek Another Term

Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:53:12 CDT
Macoupin County Board Chairman Andy Manar has announced that he will not seek another term. Manar communicated his decision to the County Board members and County Officials in a letter this week.  Read more...


Ginnard Crowned As The New Miss Old Settlers

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 09:30:46 CDT
(Hillsboro)--A new Old Settlers Queen was crowned at ceremonies held Wednesday night in Hillsboro. Miss Kate Ginnard, the daughter of Ray and Angela Ginnard, of Hillsboro was crowned at the new queen. First runner up was Alexis Moore, the daughter of Louis and Chris Moore. Miss Moore was also named Miss Congeniality.  Read more...


Panhandle School District Receives Two Letters Of Interest Regarding Consolidation

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 08:46:11 CDT
(Raymond)--During the Panhandle Board of Education meeting Monday night, the Board of Education received two requests of interest for consolidation. The first request came from the North Mac School District. The second was from the Nokomis and Morrisonville School Districts.  Read more...


Nickelodeon Star Injured In A Tour Bus Accident Near Vandalia

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 07:55:28 CDT
(Vandalia)--Actress and singer Miranda Cosgrove was injured in a tour bus accident near Vandalia. According to spokeswoman Gina Schulman, the star of the Nickelodeon's "iCarly" suffered a broken ankle as a result of the accident that happened Thursday morning on Interstate 70.  Read more...


Crimestoppers Seeking Information Regarding A Theft Near Panama

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 08:48:26 CDT
(Hillsboro)--The Macoupin Montgomery County Crimestoppers is seeking information regarding a theft near Panama. According to Crimestoppers, the theft happened between July 10th and 31st, when a cast iron school bell was stolen from property on Fox Hunt Trail.  Read more...


Pana Woman Dies From Injuries Sustained In a Motorcycle Accident

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 13:28:29 CDT
(Pana)--A 21 year old Pana woman has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon on the Raymond-Nokomis blacktop, east of the North Road. According to Illinois State Police, Amber Beck passed away Monday afternoon.  Read more...


Representative Stephens Resigns From The House

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 09:17:53 CDT
(Springfield)--Republican Ron Stephens is resigning from the Illinois House seat he has held for twenty seven years. Stephens has been the senior GOP member of the House. He says he is stepping down for personal reasons. Stephens represented the 102nd House District, which covers all or parts of Bond, Clinton, Madison, St.  Read more...


Coliseum Ballroom Destroyed By Fire

Mon, 01 Aug 2011 09:18:08 CDT
(Benld)--Sixteen fire departments were called to a structure fire at the Coliseum Ballroom Saturday evening in Benld. The fire started just after nine, as the Shadow of Doubt Band was performing in the ballroom. Three people sustained minor injuries. The building was destroyed as a result of the fire.  Read more...


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