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Hot Weather Tips from WSMI

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:04:17 CDT
With triple digit heat expected throughout the WSMI listening area its time to review hot weather tips to help you stay safe. Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Donít wait until youíre thirsty to drink.  Read more...


Blackburn College President Retiring

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:55:14 CDT
Blackburn College President Miriam Pride has announced her retirement, effective June 30, 2013, culminating 22 years of leadership at the college. Ed Young, chair of the Blackburn College Board of Trustees praised Pride for her years of service, and announced that the college has already begun the process of searching for a new president.  Read more...


Solar Power in Mt. Olive

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:53:52 CDT
The Mt. Olive School District will soon have solar power. According to Superintendent Patrick Murphy, a 2.2 gigawatt solar panel system will be installed this summer. The system will provide some of the electricity for the school sitrict and will also serve as an educational tool.  Read more...


O'Fallon Man Struck and Killed Sunday Morning On Interstate 64

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:03:55 CDT
(O'Fallon)--An O'Fallon man was struck and killed by a car on Interstate 64 Sunday morning. According to State Police, a pick up driven by Tyler Staral of O'Fallon became disabled on the Interstate near O'Fallon, and was stopped along the road.  Read more...


Worden Man Charged For Causing A Fatal Accident

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 08:29:08 CDT
(Edwardsville)--A man is accused of driving under the influence and causing an accident that killed the other driver. Prosecutors in Madison County have charged 41 year odl Roger Stryker of Worden with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence.  Read more...


ROE #40 Carlinville Office Moving

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:14:31 CDT
Effective June 25-July 9, the Regional Office of Education #40 will be closed in order to move the Carlinville Service Center to 225 East Nicholas Street in Carlinville. The Jerseyville Service Center located at 303 West Exchange Street in Jerseyville will be open and able to assist during the move.  Read more...


Lentz Crowned New Miss Montgomery County Fair Queen

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 07:37:57 CDT
(Butler)--A new Miss Montgomery County Fair Queen was crowned during ceremonies held Wednesday night at the fairgrounds in Butler. Being crowned as the new Miss Montgomery County Fair Queen was Miss Sunny Lentz of Hillsboro. Miss Lentz is the 18 year old daughter of John and Krissy Lentz of Hillsboro.  Read more...


Panhandle Board of Education Still Weighing Their Options

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:29:09 CDT
(Raymond)--During the Panhandle Board of Education meeting Monday night, a long discussion regarding the feasibility study on the possible consolidation of the Panhandle, Morrisonville, and Nokomis school districts took place. According to board member Greg Nimo, distance is key.  Read more...


Brighton Vandalism

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:50:54 CDT
The Macoupin and Montgomery Counties Crime Stoppers are seeking information that will help solve a report of vandalism that occured at Betsey Ann Park in Brighton. Sometime around April 13th, an officer from the Brighton Police Department discovered vandalism and graffiti in and around Betsey Ann Park in Brighton.  Read more...


Montgomery County Cosolidates Six Precincts Into Three

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:59:17 CDT
(Hillsboro)--In an effort to reduce election costs, the Montgomery County Board approved to consolidate six precincts into three. According to Montgomery County Clerk and Recorder Sandy Leitheiser, the precincts consolidated were in the Coffeen, Witt and Nokomis areas.  Read more...


Eagle Zinc Clean Up Still Waiting On Funding

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:45:45 CDT
(Hillsboro)--Representatives from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency were at Hillsboro High School Thursday to give an update on the Eagle Zinc site in Hillsboro. According to Nerfertiti DiCosmo there will be two phases for the project. The first phase is the demolition of the buildings currently on site.  Read more...


Staunton Fire

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:46:05 CDT
Two garages were destroyed by fire and a fire fighter sustained minor injuries this morning in Staunton.  Read more...


Decatur Man Killed In A Head On Accident In Christian County

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 07:21:21 CDT
(Christian County)--A Decatur man was killed in a head on accident Wednesday afternoon on Route 51 near North County Road 900 in Christian County. According to State Police, a vehicle driven by 80 year old Janet Tankersley of Assumption was southbound on Route 51.  Read more...


Litchfield Board Of Education Receives Donation

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:53:34 CDT
(Litchfield)--During the Litchfield Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, the board was presented a check from Dr. C. Ross Billiter and his wife Rose Mary in the amount of twenty five thousand dollars. The money will be used for district needs.  Read more...


Blackburn College Hires New Controlller

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:11:55 CDT
Blackburn College in Carlinville recently welcomed new staff member Dawn Kiper. As Controller for the college, Kiper will oversee the college‘s accounting functions. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy from the University of Illinois in 2001.  Read more...


Albrecht Honored

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 08:54:39 CDT
Shari Albrecht, Executive Director of Macoupin Economic Development Partnership, was recently honored by St. Louis Commerce in its 2012 selection of "Who‘s Who in St. Louis Business Leaders." Albrecht and the Partnership appeared in the March issue of St. Louis Commerce, a publication of the St.  Read more...


Charges Dropped In The May 15th Fatal Accident On Route 16

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 08:12:23 CDT
(Litchfield)--Charges against an 82 year old Coffeen man have been dropped in connection to a fatal accident that happened on May 15th on Route 16. According to new information from State Police, on May 15th a vehicle driven by 51 year old Arthur Maguire of Hillsboro was eastbound on Route 16.  Read more...


Residents Asked To Be Prepared For Tick Season

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:28:14 CDT
(Springfield)--Health officals are warning against the dangers of ticks as tick season is here. Ticks can carry lyme disease and other illnesses. Individuals are asked to consult a doctor if you experience a rash or illness accompanied by a fever after being bitten by a tick.  Read more...


Carlinville Gas Leak

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:00:42 CDT
Carlinville residents on Tuesday afternoon were informed via telephone of an emergency situation concerning a gas leak in the North University Street area and the announcement warned residents to avoid the area on North University from near Heritage Manor ot Cisco Steel.  Read more...


Litchfield City Council Approves Sewer Rate Increase

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 13:12:14 CDT
(Litchfield)--During the Litchfield City Council meeting Tuesday night, Litchfield Fire Chief Michael Quint honored Gary Law for twenty years of service as a paramedic, and Robert Beechler with a service pin. Weaver Request Rodger Weaver addressed the city council regarding the condition of Lake Lou Yaeger.  Read more...


Three County Board Nominations Filed For The November Election

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 12:22:52 CDT
(Hillsboro)--Montgomery County Clerk and Recorder Sandy Leitheiser announced nominations to fill County Board vacancies in Districts 1, 3 and 7 in the November 6th elections.  Read more...


RECC 75th Annual Meeting

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 10:20:23 CDT
Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative‘s 75 Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, June 9 at Glenwood High School in Chatham. Registration and a free pork chop dinner will begin at 5pm with the business meeting at 7pm.  Read more...


Nokomis City Council Hires New Police Chief

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 07:17:17 CDT
(Nokomis)--A new police chief was hired during the Nokomis City Council meeting Thursday night. Following a closed session for employment, the council approved to hire Brad Ozee as the city's new chief. Ozee's first day will be on Monday, June 4th.  Read more...


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