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Bowling for Kids Sake is March 22nd

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:15:56 CST
The annual Bowling for Kids Sake event has been set for March 22nd. The event benfits the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Macoupin and Montgomery counties. Event Director Lisa Rakey recently spoke with WSMI News.  Read more...


M.C.C.A.'s Crazy Bowl is on Saturday March 8th

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:11:24 CST
The Montgomery County Cancer Association will be holding the annual Crazy Bowl Benefit on Saturday March 8th. Brenda Cobetto recently talked with WSMI News about this event.  Read more...


Erika Harold Meet & Greet Planned

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:53:59 CST
Erika Harold, Republican Candidate for Congress, will hold a meet and greet Thursday the 27th, from 4:30 to 7 at the Hillsboro Lions Club. Soup will be served and residents are invited to attend this no cost event.  Read more...


Meet the Candidates in Bunker Hill

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:29:19 CST
The Bunker Hill 20th Century Club is sponsoring a "Meet the Candidate" forum on Saturday at 1:00pm in the Bunker Hill Municipal Building. The public can meet the Macoupin County candidates for Sheriff and Regional Superintendent of Schools.  Read more...


Litchfield Chamber's Awards Banquet

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:28:47 CST
The Litchfield Chamber of Commerece will be hosting their annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 3rd at the Magnuson Grand Hotel. WSMI News recently spoke with Brenda Masterstout about it.  Read more...


Wayne Rosenthal talks with WSMI News about School funding.

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:24:12 CST
The State Board of Education sent a letter to Illinois lawmakers and the Governor requesting Complete funding for education within this years budget. WSMI News recently spoke with State Rep. Wayne Rosenthal about how schools in his district are surviving.  Read more...


MEDP Updating Business Directory

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:43:24 CST
National Small Business Week is May 12-16 and in honor of the occasion, Macoupin Economic Development Partnership will unveil an updated business directory located on their website. The business directory was part of the first county-wide shop local program, Macoupin Matters, presented by MEDP in 2010.  Read more...


MCHS Annual Meeting and Banquet

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:39:09 CST
The Macoupin County Historical Society‘s Annual Meeting and Banquet will be held at 6pm Monday, March 3, in the Gillespie Civic Center. At last year‘s meeting, Betty Kay, of Jacksonville, entertained audience members with a presentation on women who enlisted as men in the Civil War.  Read more...


Ameren Planning Electrical Upgrades

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 06:50:09 CST
(Hillsboro)--Ameren Illinois announced that they will be investing nearly one and a half million dollars in electric upgrades in Montgomery and Christian counties.  Read more...


Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:12:16 CST
The Macoupin County Public Health Department is offering free Prostate Cancer Screenings to men of all ages from now until June, 30, 2014. Free screenings will be offered the fourth Thursday of each month at a walk-in clinic located at 805 N. Broad St. in Carlinville or by appointment at the Maple Street Clinic in Gillespie.  Read more...


Voter Registration Deadline

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:20:04 CST
The deadline to register to vote or update voter information in Macoupin County is February 18th.  Read more...


Blackburn College Open House on Friday

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:26:10 CST
Blackburn College will host a Spring Open House on February 14, for high school seniors and transfer students with registration starting at 9:00am.  Read more...


Bunker Hill Library Open House

Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:13:27 CST
An open house will be held for the new Bunker Hill Public Library on Saturday. The new library is located on the grounds of the old library and will be open from 1-4pm. There will be a public ribbon cutting, raising of the flag by the Boy Scouts and refreshments.  Read more...


Area Heroes Nominations Sought

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:52:59 CST
The American Red Cross is seeking area heroes for its upcoming 9th Annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast in Springfield. There are nine categories for hero nominations: Youth, Military, Public Safety, Senior, Education, Community, Workplace Civic and Healtcare.  Read more...


Brighton Woman Injured

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:23:15 CST
A Brighton woman was seriously injured in a single vehicle accident Sunday in Jersey County.  Read more...


Hillsboro Woman Sentenced In Heroin Case

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:53:40 CST
(Hillsboro)--A 37 year old Hillsboro woman was sentenced to fifteen and a half years for the unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, heroin. According to the Montgomery County States Attorneys Office, Elizabeth Willis was also ordered to pay a one thousand dollar fine, one thousand dollar drug assessment, plus court costs.  Read more...


Age 17 Eligible to Vote in Primary

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:39:45 CST
Most 17 year olds are eligible to vote in the upcoming March primary election. According to Macoupin County Pete Duncan, as of January 1, 2014, individuals that will be 18 by the November general election are eligible to vote in the March primary if they register to vote.  Read more...


Drug Sting Arrests Three People

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:07:33 CST
(Hillsboro)--A two day meth drug sting shut down a meth lab and saw three people arrested in Hillsboro on Thursday and Friday.  Read more...


Carlinville Hunter Safety Course

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:11:51 CST
The mandatory Illinois Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Education course will be held in Carlinville on February 28 and March 1. Sign-in will begin at 5:00pm on February 28. The class sessions will be held from 5:30pm to 9:30pm on February 28 and from 8:00am until 4:30pm on March 1.  Read more...


Groundhog Day Celebration

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:44:31 CST
The 38th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration will be held at the Benld United Methodist Church on February 1st. The event will begin with a potluck at 6:00pm, followed by the evening‘s program and musical entertainment by the "Pickin Chicks".  Read more...


Pregnancy Resource Center Has New Director

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 07:38:47 CST
(Litchfield)--The Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center in Litchfield has a new director. With the start of the new year, Kim Doolin has taken over as the center's new director. Doolin replaces Vicky Shaffer, who retired from the center last year.  Read more...


Macoupin County Scholarships

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:52:48 CST
Several scholarships are available for Macoupin County students majoring in agriculture. The Macoupin County Agriculture Education Foundation is offering one $1,500 scholarship, two $1,000 scholarships, and seven $500 scholarships for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year to students wishing to pursue agriculture majors.  Read more...


U of I Extension Seeking Input

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:30:35 CST
The University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 Council is seeking input from community leaders and residents at an upcoming public meeting.  Read more...


Robbins Crowned Miss Illinois Fair Queen

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:36:44 CST
(Springfield)--Hillsboro High School Graduate, and Miss Montgomery County Fair Queen, Summer Robbins of Coffeen, was crowned the 2014 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen. Illinois Director of Agriculture Bob Flider and retiring Queen Amelia Martens did the honors at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.  Read more...


Blood Drive Hosts

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:47:13 CST
The Central Illinois Community Blood Center is seeking hosts for blood drives in the months of February and March. According to Donor Relations Consultant, Mindy Melton, churches, schools, area businesses or other organizations are needed to host blood drives in Macoupin, Morgan, Greene, and Sangamon counties.  Read more...


Rappe Named To The Hillsboro City Council

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:36:11 CST
(Hillsboro)--A new commissioner was appointed during the Hillsboro City Council meeting Tuesday night. Mike Rappe was appointed to be the cities new commissioner. Rappe will be the cities finance commissioner.  Read more...


Tower Hill Man Found Dead In Truck

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:41:12 CST
(Tower Hill)--A Tower Hill man was found dead along a Christian/Montgomery County road. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, 23 year old Eric Bird was reported missing Saturday, and was found Sunday along the intersection of a Montgomery/Christian County road in a creek bed by a family member.  Read more...


CCCC 14th Annual Banquet

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:09:10 CST
The Coal Country Chamber of Commerce‘s 14th Annual Banquet will be held February 1 at Jodanni‘s Amore in Mt. Clare. Doors will open at 6:00pm with a sirloin steak and shrimp dinner served at 7:00pm. The program for the evening begins at 8:00pm and will include the announcement of the business of the year.  Read more...


Carlinville Queen Pageant

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:11:31 CST
The Carlinville Queen Pageant will be held on Saturday, April 12th in the Carlinville High School Gymnasium. Those interested in entering the Queen Pageant must be 16 to 20 years of age as of April 12th. For the Junior Miss competition girls must be between 11 and 13 and Little Miss contestants must be 4 or 5 years old.  Read more...


Hospice Volunteer Recruitment

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:34:15 CST
Vna TIP Hospice will host a volunteer recruitment open house this month in Carlinville. The open house will be held on Thursday, January 30th from 10:00am until noon at the VNA office on Oaklan Avenue in Carlinville.  Read more...


Litchfield Woman Found Dead

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:02:34 CST
(Litchfield)--The Litchfield Police Department is investigating the death of a 59 year old woman. According to police, officers received a call about a missing person Wednesday morning. Following an investigation, officers found the body of 59 year old Christine Lucas in the 900 block of East Prairie. No foul play is suspected.  Read more...


Pana Man Found Dead In Snow

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 09:26:05 CST
(Pana)--Dangerous cold temperatures are proving to be deadly across the state. A Christian County man was found dead Monday in the snow, just a half block away from his Pana home.  Read more...


Overturned Truck Closes Route 16

Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:45:46 CST
(Nokomis)--The Nokomis Fire Department on Thursday was dispatched to a fuel tank truck that had overturned on Route 16, near the Subway resturant. The Nokomis Police Department closed Route 16 in both directions while the tanker was being emptied and moved.  Read more...


Area Legislative Forum

Fri, 03 Jan 2014 09:24:03 CST
The Illinois Rural Health Association is sponsoring a Legislative Forum at the Magnuson Grand Hotel at the Carlinville exit on Interstate 55 on Tuesday, January 14 from 11am until 1pm. State Senators Andy Manar and Sam McCann will be in attendance along with State Representatives Wayne Rosenthal and C. D. Davidsmeyer.  Read more...


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