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Free Wood Heating Study for Businesses

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:47:42 CST
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois invites businesses throughout the state to apply for a free engineering study to learn about the potential cost savings of using low-value wood residues as heat.  Read more...


Hillsboro to Apply for HUD Grant

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:34:47 CST
Prior to their regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Hillsboro City Council hosted a public hearing on a proposed Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation in the city. The city will apply to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for the grant by December 15.  Read more...


Blackburn's Tree of Lights

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:32:11 CST
Blackburn College on Thursday, November 30 will kick off the holiday season and illuminate Carlinville with Blackburn College's third annual Tree of Lights. The tree, decorated with more than 50,000 lights donated by Ace Hardware, will be on display through the holiday season.  Read more...


Staunton Sisters Killed in Crash on I-55

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:36:16 CST
Two sisters are dead and 12 others were injured in an eight-vehicle accident on Interstate 55 Tuesday evening. Hailey Bertels, 20, and her 17-year old sister, Madisen, both of Staunton, were killed when, according to witnesses, the driver of a semi struck seven vehicles at highway speed near Hamel.  Read more...


Crimestoppers Seeking Information on Farmersville Burglary

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:22:27 CST
Macoupin-Montgomery County Crimestoppers is seeking information regarding a burglary that occurred during the early morning hours of November 4, at 3033 Mine Avenue on the east edge of Farmersville.  Read more...


Hillsboro Dive Team Assists in Recovery of Alton Woman's Body

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:10:34 CST
The Hillsboro Fire Department Dive Team assisted in the recovery of an Alton woman who was found dead in a vehicle that was submerged in a pond Tuesday morning.  Read more...


Patriotic Art Contest Finalists Announced

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:57:23 CST
The three finalists in the Creative Patriotic Art Contest have been announced. Litchfield High School students Natialia Deren, Carson Lemon, and Trinity Renner, along with their parents, will be honored at a banquet on Saturday, December 2, at VFW Post 3912 in Litchfield.  Read more...


Possible Computer Outages Expected at Montgomery County Offices

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:23:27 CST
Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Greg Nimmo is informing customers of county government offices that they could experience delays in services due to computer equipment outages.  Read more...


Carlinville Man Charged in Alleged Sexual Assault and Robbery

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:01:39 CST
Macoupin County State's Attorney Jennifer A. Watson has announced that 20 year old Takoda M. Harbaugh of Carlinville was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of armed robbery, all class X felonies. The Hon. Joshua A. Meyer set bond at $1,000, 000.  Read more...


Semi-finalists Announced for 70th 'Voice of Democracy' Competition

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:44:34 CST
The ten semi-finalists in the 70th annual Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition at Litchfield High School were announced on Friday. They are Damon Burdell, Keighlee Cox, Cole Eichelberger, Carlee Ernst, Ellen Fleming, Alexander Jackson, Devan Morgan, Jordan Morgan, Grace Thrasher, and Clayton Walch.  Read more...


Deputy Weitekamp Receives Commendation

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:01:05 CST
Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy Lance Weitekamp has received a commendation from the Illinois Metropolis Enforcement Group (MEG) Directors and Task Force Commanders Association. On November 3, in Peoria, Deputy Weitekamp was presented with a plaque for his actions during an arrest.  Read more...


Bourne to Host Personal Safety Seminar

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:36:46 CST
State Representative Avery Bourne is partnering with Fusion Fitness and Aquatics Center to host a personal safety seminar on Thursday, November 30. The seminar will take place at the Hillsboro Area Health System Education Center.  Read more...


Manar Addresses Teacher Shortage

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:23:20 CST
On Monday, State Senator Andy Manar and members of the Senate Education Committee addressed the statewide teacher shortage at a hearing in Decatur.  Read more...


Council Addresses Billing Mix-up for Jack in the Box, Western Oil

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:42:00 CST
At their meeting Thursday evening, the Litchfield City Council addressed concerns over billing adjustments for water and sewer service for Jack in the Box and Western Oil.  Read more...


Manar Appointed to 2 State Coal-related Boards

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:25:59 CDT
State Senator Andy Manar has been appointed to two state boards charged with research and policy development affecting the Illinois coal industry.  Read more...


Man Injured After Hitting IDOT Truck on I-55

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:04:05 CDT
One person was injured in an automobile accident on Interstate 55 Tuesday afternoon near Springfield. At 1:24 p.m. Tuesday, a semi driven by Ronnie VanZandt of Abingdon, Virginia, was traveling north on I-55 when his vehicle struck the rear of an Illinois Department of Transportation Truck.  Read more...


New Voter Cards for Macoupin County

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:06:08 CDT
Macoupin County Clerk Pete Duncan has announced that new voter cards are being mailed to every registered voter in the county. Every registered voter should receive a new card. The new card should be checked to make sure the name and address of the voter is up to date.  Read more...


Litchfield Fire Dept. To Host Open House

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 11:54:41 CDT
This weekend, National Fire Prevention Month activities will continue at the Litchfield Fire Department with an open house. On Saturday, residents of all ages are invited to stop by the fire house where tours will be given in addition to live burn and rescue demonstrations.  Read more...


Seely Appointed as New Hospital CEO

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:59:58 CDT
On Wednesday, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield announced the appointment of Kevin Seely as President and CEO. He replaces past president and CEO, Patti Fischer, who serves as Chief Operating Officer of HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He will begin his new position on December 3.  Read more...


CAH Auxiliary Medical Scholarship

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:51:43 CDT
For the last two years, the Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary has awarded $1,000 scholarships to a Macoupin County high school graduate who intends to pursue a career in the medical field. The Auxiliary will award the scholarship again in the spring 2018 and has distributed forms to all of the county;s high school counselors.  Read more...


Two Dead in Witt Structure Fire Tuesday

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:28:22 CDT
Two people were pronounced dead after a structure fire in Witt was extinguished early Tuesday morning. Charles Shelton, 72, and Deborah Warren, 59, were pronounced dead by Montgomery County Coroner Randy Leetham at a residence on North 3rd Street in Witt. Both resided at the address where the fire occurred.  Read more...


EMA Holds Search and Rescue Training

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:53:09 CDT
On October 5, The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office sponsored a three hour ground search and rescue training event with the Illinois Search and Rescue Council. According to County EMA Coordinator Greg Nimmo, 33 local first responders in the county participated.  Read more...


County Board Approves New Health Insurance Plan

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:50:18 CDT
The Montgomery County Board approved a new health insurance plan for county employees during their meeting Tuesday morning.  Read more...


Bourne Appointed to Illinois Coal Consumption Task Force

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:41:23 CDT
State Representative Avery Bourne has been appointed to fill a seat on the recently established task force that seeks to increase the use of Illinois coal.  Read more...


Leitheiser Says No Fall Election in 2017

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:11:08 CDT
Montgomery County Clerk Sandy Leitheiser recently announced to area voters that there is no fall election this year. Illinois Law provides one election to be held each odd year in the state, which is the consolidated election held in April that elects local offices.  Read more...


Litchfield Approves Site Development for Timber Creek

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:06:21 CDT
At their meeting Thursday evening, the Litchfield City Council approved the Site Development Plan for the Timber Creek Assisted Living Facility, to be located on West Sallee Street. The proposed facility will cover roughly six acres, and will be a 40 unit, 38,691 square feet building.  Read more...


Matt Hughes Visits St. John's to Honor ICU Nurses

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:31:52 CDT
Hillsboro native and former Ultimate Fighting Champion Matt Hughes, along with St. John's Hospital personnel, honored two nurses Tuesday with a special award during a private ceremony.  Read more...


County Clerk Registers H.S. Students to Vote

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 10:12:42 CDT
Montgomery County Clerk and Recorder Sandy Leitheiser recently visited Hillsboro High School government classes to register age-eligible students to vote at next year's General Primary Election to be held March 20, 2018.  Read more...


19-year-old Found Dead in Irving

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:01:05 CDT
A 19-year old male has died after first responders found him unresponsive in Irving Monday afternoon. Dylan Roemelin was pronounced dead Monday at 3:26 p.m. by Montgomery County Coroner Randy Leetham after first responders found him at 221 West Franklin Street in Irving.  Read more...


West Nile Positive Mosquito Collected in Nokomis

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:07:58 CDT
The Montgomery County Health Department is reporting that the first West Nile Virus positive mosquito was collected in Nokomis on September 20. To date, West Nile positive birds, mosquitoes, and/or human cases have been reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health in 55 counties.  Read more...


Taylor Springs Man Arrested for Domestic Battery

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:07:22 CDT
A Taylor Springs man was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of Domestic Battery. Zachary Daugherty, 22, was arrested Thursday afternoon after he allegedly grabbed, pushed and pulled the hair of his girlfriend, Shelby Porter.  Read more...


Cornelia Alderman of Hillsboro

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:56:12 CDT
Cornelia Alderman, 88, of Hillsboro, passed away Monday, October 2. The Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 4, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from noon until the time of service.  Read more...


West Nile Positive Mosquito Collected in Nokomis

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:50:56 CDT
The Montgomery County Health Department is reporting that the first West Nile Virus positive mosquito was collected in Nokomis on September 20. To date, West Nile positive birds, mosquitoes, and/or human cases have been reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health in 55 counties.  Read more...


Taylor Springs Man Arrested for Domestic Battery

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:15:52 CDT
A Taylor Springs man was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of Domestic Battery. Zachary Daugherty, 22, was arrested Thursday afternoon after he allegedly grabbed, pushed and pulled the hair of his girlfriend, Shelby Porter.  Read more...


Hillsboro Council Approves 2 Facade Grants

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:48:38 CDT
The Hillsboro City Council approved two facade grants for separate applicants at their meeting Tuesday evening. One of the grants was for Ken Meade studios. Mayor Brian Sullivan said Mr. Meade has put a lot of work into his building and, as part of the agreement, the grant will be available for up to $2000.  Read more...


Marriage License Applications Available Online

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:52:39 CDT
Montgomery County Clerk and Recorder Sandy Leitheiser recently announced that couples seeking to obtain a marriage license in the county may now utilize a new, free optional service on the County Clerk's website to pre-register online to save time, add convenience and increase accuracy.  Read more...


1 Killed and 4 Injured in Accident on I-55

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:59:04 CDT
One person was killed and four children were injured during a traffic accident on I-55 near Springfield Sunday evening. According to the State Police, an SUV was traveling north on the interstate at mile marker 95 when witnesses said it appeared to swerve left and abruptly back to the right.  Read more...


Animal Control to Host Open House

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:34:10 CDT
On Saturday, Montgomery County Animal Control will host an open house at their facility near the Knights of Columbus hall in Hillsboro. During the open house, there will be reduced adoption fees for pets, information on volunteering, and educational materials for kids.  Read more...


Carlinville Lake 2 Closure

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:06:52 CDT
Carlinville Lake Two has been closed to recreational activities. During the Carlinville City Council meeting it was announced that fishing, boating and all recreational activities have been suspended due to low water levels at the lake. The closure is until further notice.  Read more...


Litchfield Awarded $2.1 million Infrastructure Grant

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:04:35 CDT
On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Rodney Davis announced that the city of Litchfield has been awarded a $2.1 million infrastructure investment grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  Read more...


Pawnee Man Injured in Accident on I-72

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:54:53 CDT
A Pawnee man was injured during an accident Monday evening after attempting to tow a vehicle on Interstate 72.  Read more...


Keyesport Man Arrested for Assault in Taylor Springs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:19:55 CDT
A Keyesport man was arrested Sunday afternoon in Taylor Springs for assault. According to the Taylor Springs Police Department, Charles Compton, 40, was arrested for Assault and Criminal Trespass to Land at 1 p.m. Sunday. While on patrol at 3:18 a.m.  Read more...


2 Injured in Accident on Route 16 off I-55

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:36:46 CDT
Two people were injured in an automobile accident Wednesday afternoon on Route 16 in Litchfield.  Read more...


Macoupin-Montgomery Crimstoppers Awards $200

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:56:06 CDT
At their meeting Wednesday evening, the Macoupin-Montgomery Crimestoppers awarded $200 to a person who provided information about meth sales in Gillespie in July. When authorities made the arrest, they discovered the alleged perpetrator was a felon in possession of stolen weapons.  Read more...


Bremer Sanctuary to Host 40th Anniversary Celebration

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:32:14 CDT
The volunteers at Bremer Sanctuary in Hillsboro are inviting the public to join them for their 40th anniversary celebration next weekend. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, the volunteers will present a variety of activities on the grounds.  Read more...


Taylor Springs Pair Arrested for Domestic Battery

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:43:00 CDT
A pair of Taylor Springs residents were arrested for Domestic Battery on Friday evening. According to the Taylor Springs Police Department, Elizabeth Chesney and Lance Hampton were each arrested for Domestic Battery after authorities were dispatched to a residence on Water Street in Taylor Springs at approximately 10:11 p.m.  Read more...


Petition Circulation Period Underway for County Offices

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:42:15 CDT
Montgomery County Clerk Sandy Leitheiser has announced that candidates interested in running for county offices to be nominated or elected in the March 20, 2018, General Primary Election may receive petitions from the Montgomery County Clerk's Office.  Read more...


BRS Museum to Hold Induction Ceremony

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:35:40 CDT
The Bottomley-Ruffing-Schalk Baseball Museum in Nokomis will welcome six new honorees during an induction ceremony Saturday evening.  Read more...


Litchfield Pickers Market Expands

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:30:10 CDT
The city of Litchfield has announced that due to the overwhelming vendor response for the Pickers Market this weekend, the city will be closing some additional roads Sunday. From 4 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Read more...


Non-Profit Energy Grants

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:06:55 CDT
Ameren Illinois is providing grants to non-profit organizations who are experiencing difficulty paying their electric bill. The funds are administered through the Energy Assistance Foundation and are available to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations that have an active Ameren Illinois electric account.  Read more...


8th Annual Litchfield TriathLou is Sunday

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:24:37 CDT
The city of Litchfield will be partnering with Racemaker productions for the eighth annual Litchfield TriathLou. The race will take place on Sunday starting at Lake Lou Yaeger's Marina 1. During the event, the city will welcome runners from across the country competing in sprint, Olympic, and half distance races.  Read more...


Hillsboro Police Chief Commends Helpful Citizens

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:36:10 CDT
Hillsboro Police Chief Randy Leetham has commended an off-duty conservation policeman, an off-duty fireman and another witness after assisting in the arrest of a man allegedly driving under the influence. On August 29, Hillsboro Police responded to an accident at the intersection of Rountree and Tremont.  Read more...


Burglary at Hillsboro Hospital Leads to Arrest, Citations

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:35:34 CDT
A motor vehicle burglary investigation in Hillsboro led to the discovery of synthetic cannabis on Thursday. At 2:08 p.m. on August 31, Hillsboro Police began investigating a burglary to a motor vehicle at Hillsboro Area Hospital.  Read more...


Burglary at Hillsboro Hospital Leads to Arrest, Citations

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:59:26 CDT
A motor vehicle burglary investigation in Hillsboro led to the discovery of synthetic cannabis on Thursday. At 2:08 p.m. on August 31, Hillsboro Police began investigating a burglary to a motor vehicle at Hillsboro Area Hospital.  Read more...


Hillsboro Police Chief Commends Helpful Citizens

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:05:46 CDT
Hillsboro Police Chief Randy Leetham has commended an off-duty conservation policeman, an off-duty fireman and another witness after assisting in the arrest of a man allegedly driving under the influence. On August 29, Hillsboro Police responded to an accident at the intersection of Rountree and Tremont.  Read more...


Governor Signs Bill Removing Statute of Limitations on Felony Sex Crimes

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 08:38:15 CDT
Legislation that removes the statute of limitations for prosecution of felony sex crimes against minors has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner. Representative Avery Bourne, who co-sponsored the bill, said the signing of Senate Bill 189 is a significant victory in the fight for child victims' rights.  Read more...


Hillsboro Rejects Bids for East Street Improvement

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:20:18 CDT
At their meeting Tuesday evening, the Hillsboro City Council rejected bids they had received for the East Street Improvement project. City Engineer Scott Hunt said the total estimated bid for the project was $50,000. The lowest bid that came in was $71,000.  Read more...


Montgomery County To Begin E-Filing Civil Cases

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:57:57 CDT
Beginning January 1, 2018, e-filing of all civil cases in Illinois will be mandatory. With the deadline fast approaching, the Montgomery County Circuit Clerk's office wants to make sure that court users are not caught off guard.  Read more...


Hunting on Litchfield City Property a Problem

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:38:16 CDT
Lori Morgan addressed the Litchfield City Council Thursday evening during the public participation portion about a problem with hunting on city property north of 16th Avenue.  Read more...


Courthouse to Close for Safety Training

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:47:47 CDT
The Montgomery County Clerk's Office has announced that due to Historic Courthouse county employee safety training, the Historic Courthouse in Hillsboro will be closed on Wednesday, August 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Read more...


State Police Commander Reminds Motorists of Start of School

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:23:33 CDT
Captain Timothy Tyler, who is the State Police District 18 Commander in Litchfield, is reminding motorists that area schools open their doors this week and begin the new school year. The start of the school year means an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools.  Read more...


EMA Director Urges Motorists to Use Caution During Eclipse

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:03:44 CDT
Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Greg Nimmo is warning county residents who plan to travel on Monday, August 21, to view the solar eclipse in the southern Illinois and Missouri areas, to be aware of potential traffic jams and crashes that could result from drivers focusing on the skies and not the road during the...  Read more...


Hillsboro Council Comments on Water Chlorine Smell

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:26:59 CDT
Streets and Public Improvement Commissioner Don Downs commented on the city of Hillsboro's water at the Hillsboro City Council meeting Tuesday evening. Downs said that the water has had a chlorine smell lately because of a practice that is done twice a year in regulation with Environmental Protection Agency standards.  Read more...


Crimestoppers Seeking Burglary Information

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:42:31 CDT
The Macoupin Montgomery County Crimerstoppers is seeking information regarding a burglary that is believed to have occurred between 4 p.m. on August 3, and 8 a.m. on August 4, on Klein Avenue, which is located approximately two miles south of Litchfield in Montgomery County.  Read more...


Battered Fish Fry

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 21:35:08 CDT
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Battered Fish Fry

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 21:32:43 CDT
St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Rural Nokomis is having a battered fish fry at the church Sunday August 13th. 5:30 -7:30.  Read more...


Charity Yard Sale

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:24:53 CDT
Gold Wing Road Riders Association Illinois Chapter E will be having their annual Charity Yard Sale this coming Saturday, Aug. 12, at Niehaus Cycle Sales in Litchfield from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The yard sale will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society.  Read more...


Battered Fish Fry

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:22:32 CDT
St. Paul's Lutheran Church of rural Nokomis will be having a battered fish fry with all the trimmings on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Carryouts will be available starting at 5 p.m.  Read more...


Legislation Helping Volunteer Firefighters Passes House

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:51:49 CDT
Volunteer firefighters could soon be able to purchase tires at a discount thanks to new legislation that has passed in both the Illinois House and Senate.  Read more...


Counterfeit Bills Circulating Through Litchfield

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:17:43 CDT
Some counterfeit bills are being circulated in Litchfield according to the Litchfield Police. According to Sgt. Christopher Robinson, the $100 bills have been discovered by a half dozen businesses on the west side of town, and are described as “older” looking bills.  Read more...


County Board Re-organizes at July Meeting

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:31:36 CDT
July 11 was reorganization day at the Montgomery County Board meeting. Going into the meeting, the board had two vacant seats and was in need of a Chairman after the passing of former chairman Roy Hertel. Evan Young, who was the Vice Chairman, had been serving as the interim chair going into the meeting.  Read more...


Macoupin Courthouse Elevator

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:10:05 CDT
The Macoupin County Courthouse elevator will be closed for upgrades beginning Monday, July 17. The project is expected to take seven to nine weeks to complete and will be the first major upgrade on the elevator since it was installed in 1976.  Read more...


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