Week of July 17, 2024


  • Tour de Donut Riders Swarm The Start2Finish Point In Annual Race

    The Tour de Donut bicycle race took off from Staunton on Saturday morning, July 13, with extremely humid weather with the month of July starting to find its groove of providing abnormally hot and humid temperatures. Bicycles could be seen for miles as the riders embarked on their round-trip donut-eating circuit. For some of the top finishers of their age and overall groups, there was not an adjusted time recorded due to many riders choosing to ride without eating a single donut. The majority of...

  • Board Of Education Spotlight

    At the July Board of Education meeting, two outstanding students were recognized. The one pictured above holding the plaque is 2023 graduate, Riley Kessler. She presented a plaque to the Board of Education and shared about her recent experience serving as the FFA Secretary for the state of Illinois this past...

  • Blackbird Rolls Out Red Carpet

    Blackbird Bakery and Cafe's America’s Best Restaurants episode is complete and they are excited to share the experience with everyone. Be sure to tune in when it premieres on Blackbird's Facebook page on July 19, 2024. The owners of Blackbird Cafe posted this on their Facebook page: "We are a locally-owned, family-run artisan bakery and cafe located in downtown Staunton, Illinois. At Blackbird Bakery and Cafe, you will find a variety of from-scratch French and American pastries and sweets,...

  • Ten-Year Life Of Smoke Alarms

    Working smoke alarms detect and alert people to fire in its early stages, providing the warning needed to escape safely. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires nearly in half. However, smoke alarms don’t work forever. Staunton firefighters are concerned that the presence of smoke alarms in local residents’ homes (most U.S. homes have at least one) may give them a false sense of security. Oftentimes, people don’t know how old their smoke...

  • Macoupin County Courthouse News

    Persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. In criminal actions, the person has been charged by a law enforcement agency but is entitled to a hearing or trial to argue his innocence. Marriage Licenses Jacob Micahel Haley of Chatham, Ill., Taylar Rae Berola of Chatham, Ill. Dissolutions Jonathan E. Gillespie, of Gillespie; Kimberlee A. Gillespie, of Benld Troy Jones, of Centralia; Charley Jones, of Girard Stephanie Zoller, of Glen Carbon; John F. Zoller, of Girard Court Shauna M. Whitten, (48), of Brighton, committed the Class four...

  • Zion Lutheran 22nd Annual Golf Classic

    Zion Lutheran church will be hosting their annual golf classic at Timber Lakes golf course Saturday, Aug. 17, 2024. Registration for Four-person scramble teams, will begin at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. will be the shotgun start. Sponsors are still needed for anyone interested it is $100 per person ($400 per team) includes skins and mulligans. Fees include a sack lunch and a BBQ dinner at the conclusion. Flight Payouts: Prizes will be awarded for the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. In the unlikely even there are no skins, proceeds will go to...

  • Band Booster Can Fundraiser

    The Staunton Band Boosters will be having an Aluminum Can Fundraiser. They are asking the community to save aluminum cans to help support the Staunton Band Program. They have one drop-off day set up for Friday, Aug. 9, 2024 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The location for drop off will be the corner of Deneen St. and W. Prairie St. To donate aluminum cans at any time between now and Aug., contact Jennifer Daugherty, the Band Booster President, at [email protected] or (618)...

  • Staunton Police Blotter

    July 8, 2024: Karyn Lawrence; Dangerous/Unsafe Building, City Ordinance Weeds (High Grass), Grass and Weeds in ditch/sidewalk area, and Dangerous Trees. July 10, 2024: Juvenile; No Valid Drivers License (Graduated hours) July 10, 2024: Hakima El Bardi; City Ordinance Weeds (High Grass), Grass and Weeds in ditch/sidewalk area July 12, 2024: Andrew J. Westbrook; In-State Warrant July 12, 2024: Latisha L. Conner; In-State...

  • Mt. Olive Academic Foundation Has Raised More Than $1 Million Over The Last 28 Years

    By Roger L. Kratochvil Back in 1995, I had just retired from Mt. Olive school district after 34 years and I wanted to do something for the students after I left. School Board President Mike Favre, Superintendent Art McCormich and I got together to see if it was feasible to form an educational foundation. I agreed to organize it, but I had two conditions that had to be agreed upon: 1.) Was to not give any scholarships because those funds would only help a few people at a time; and 2.) Second was that I did not want any fundraisers. The board...

  • From Our Files

    Issue of July 14, 1999 Scott Whitworth became the State Farm agent in Staunton on July 1. Florence E. Kramer (82) of Staunton died July 8 at the family home. William J. Allen I (82) of Bridgeport, formerly of New Douglas, died July 6 at Good Samaritan Hospital Extended Care Facility in Vincennes, Ind. Michael Albert Breza (84) of Mt. Olive died July 11 at Bohannon Nursing Home in Lebanon. William “Bill” Delich (83) of Mt. Vernon, formerly of Mt. Olive, died July 8 at the home of his daughter. Iva Syniski of Staunton died July 10 at St....

  • Looking Back Photograph

    Pictured is an original sketch of Molly Russell, Staunton Star-Times Reporter, drawn in...

  • Album Of The Week: Leon Russell's, Will O' the Wisp

    Will O' The Wisp is the sixth studio album by Leon Russell. The album was released in 1975 on Shelter Records. It peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard albums chart and remained on the chart for 40 weeks. The album cover was designed and illustrated by artist and actor Gailard Sartain. It features the hit single, "Lady Blue", which reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the album was certified gold in 1976. The ultimate rock and roll session man, Leon Russell’s long and storied...

  • For Sale

    L & W Mattress Direct- Winter Special: Twin Mattress, $159; Full $209; Queen, $249; King, by order only, $349. All mattresses except Kings are in stock and on sale at Mattress Direct. Located across from Walmart in Litchfield (217) 324-3636 12-tf FOR SALE: 2015 Lund 1675 Impact Sport fishing boat, one of a kind, customized in Green Bay Packer colors. Very low hours. Stored inside in winter, always, covered in summer. Includes trailer, trolling motor, GPS system, and 90HP mercury engine. $25,000, obo. Call 217-710-7319. FOR SALE: Futon tan...

  • Services

    RUBBER STAMPS and Marking Devices Available at Staunton Star-Times, 108 W. Main, Staunton tf SALES - PARTS- SERVICE: McCormick, LS Tractors, Grasshopper, Ferris Lawn Equipment, BIGHORN UTVs. Bodner Equipment, 1203 West Frontage Rd, 1-55 & Exit 41, Staunton, 618-635-5600 #33/y24 -...

  • For Rent

    FOR RENT: Self Storage 10 x 10 and 8 x 20 Units and Fenced in Boat and Camper Storage Available at S & K storage. 1100 S.Union 618-635-5306...

  • Public Notices

    NOTICE TO BIDDERS Macoupin County, Illinois will receive sealed bids for: New Parking Lot for Macoupin County Elections Office, Carlinville, Illinois Bids shall be delivered in a sealed bid envelope to the Macoupin County Jail, 215 South East Street, Carlinville, Illinois 62626, prior to 2:00 p.m. prevailing time July 30, 2024 Pre-Bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. prevailing time at the Project Site Meeting will begin at Elections Site, 227 East First South Street, Carlinville, Illinois (weather – Macoupin...

  • Open-Public CPR Classes

    Macoupin County Public Health Department is hosting Heartsaver and BLS CPR Certification Classes. Everyone is welcome and these classes are open to the public. Heartsaver Classes (General Public) are Tuesday, Sept. 10, and Tuesday, Dec. 10. The BLS Classes (Healthcare Staff) are Thursday, July 18 and Thursday, Oct. 17. The times for classes are 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sign-up on line at https://forms.office.com/r/RFAyYQTtgk, email [email protected], or call (217)854-5322. Classes are located at 205 Oakland Avenue in Carlinville,...

  • Thank You

    The Staunton Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the following businesses whom donated funds to with overhead costs associated with the 83rd Staunton Fireman’s Homecoming and parade: Daley Bruckert; Max B Mullins Mayfield; Cisler Real Estate ; M. County Title; Caldieraro Dental; Little Italy’s Pizza – Staunton; Staunton Food & Liquor; Community Hospital of Staunton; Roosters Pub; Prairie State Insurance; Russell Furniture; County Insurance Jeff Thompson Agent; Sievers Equipment; Ageless Fitness; Associated Bank; Ace Hardware;...

  • Crime Stoppers' 28th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament

    The 28th annual Macoupin and Montgomery Counties’ Crime Stoppers fundraising golf tournament was held at the Indian Springs golf course in Fillmore on Friday, June 7. This event featured 42 teams of four players. Pictured above is this year’s winning team. From (L to R): Tony Castle, Ryan Kirby, Ryan Reincke and Colby Cooper. Additionally, the Crime Stoppers were serving their famous pork chops for the golfers and guests to eat. This is the main fundraiser that helps to support Crime...

  • Wanted: Clearly Marked Addresses

    Visualize driving through a residential neighborhood or a rural road late at night attempting to locate an address. Compound your dilemma and frustration by placing yourself in the driver's seat of a fire apparatus, ambulance or police car responding to an emergency where seconds may mean the difference between life and death. This frustration is all too often experienced by fire, police and EMS personnel due to the fact that many people do not mark their home address properly or provide their...

  • Board Of Education Spotlight

    At the July Board of Education meeting, two outstanding students were recognized. The one pictured above in the center is recent graduate, Max Eldred. He was recognized for earning the Commendation of Biliteracy, which is awarded because he demonstrated significant progress toward achieving a high level of proficiency in English and in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in another...

  • For Every Blood Donor, Adopt-A-Pet Receives Their Own Donation

    Benld Adopt-A-Pet will be hosting a Blood Drive on July 30 in Benld at the Civic Center located at 201 E. Central St. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The following is the website to set up the appointment to donate: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=Benld%20Civic The Benld Adopt-A-Pet volunteers will be there to greet all donors with open arms at the Benld Civic Center. For the individuals that are looking for a reason to donate, here’s two: First, blood donations save and impact lives...

  • Voting Plan Postcards: Options On Receiving One Are Available

    With the Presidential Election just under four months away now, later this summer, state law requires the Election Office mail all registered voters a voting plan postcard. But Macoupin County Clerk Pete Duncan says that voters have options on receiving one. State law requires all voters not on the permanent vote by mail list to be mailed a postcard application to join the list if they desire to do so. In Macoupin County, the postcard has been expanded to include additional election information to remind voters of their polling place on...

  • The New Red Bird Barbershop Promises Authenticity, Connection And A Good Haircut

    By Sydney Sinks/ RiverBender Reporter For veteran barber Ron Luedloff, the job is about providing more than a haircut. Ron's new shop, Red Bird Barbershop, is the real deal, with haircuts, hot towels and beard trims. Located at 8111 North State 159 just north of Edwardsville, the shop specializes in classic cuts and modern styles. But Ron is equally interested in the people he serves. He intends to offer great service as well as friendship to everybody who sits in his classic '60s barber chair....

  • Staunton Fire Protection District Accepting Volunteer Applications

    The Staunton Fire Protection District takes the responsibility of providing fire and rescue services to area residents very seriously. The most important element needed to provide quality fire and rescue services is dedicated volunteer firefighters. Our community is currently protected by dedicated and committed volunteer firefighter who do their jobs when called upon. Saving lives and protecting property is not an easy task. The SFPD volunteers do it willingly and often without recognition. Volunteer firefighters are a special kind of...

  • To You … With Love,

    The Magnificent God who cried. There He was, our God with tears streaming down his face. "Look how he loved him." That is what the crowds said as they watched the Lord of life weeping for his friend beside the grave. We all know the story and we know that Christ was going to raise his friend from the dead. But in the wake of the miracle let us not overlook the intense sorrow of Jesus. Such tears are the true gifts of human love, expressed out of the response of deep human relationships. Our Lord has put his blessing upon our tears. Do not let...

  • An Accomplished Alumni And Staunton Clinic Taking Patients

    Mia Rhodes is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who was raised in Staunton by her parents, Don and Patty Stefani. She attended Staunton High School and graduated with the class of 2012. Not deterred, she continued her pursuit of education in Nursing. She first graduated in 2015 from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. She worked as an Emergency Room Nurse at McDonough District Hospital from 2015 to 2018 then at Anderson Hospital from 2018 to 2021. During that time, Mia also worked...

  • SHHC's May And June Recap

    The Staunton Helping Hands Center is thankful for the donations and support from the community. The SHHC continues to keep stable inventory and volunteers, making it possible to serve anyone in the community with food insecurity. In addition to celebrating the recently received donations, there is also excitement that the GED program celebrated 6 graduates this season. The SHHC hosts the GED program, but it is made possible by Lewis and Clark and the Regional Office of Education. May pantry...

  • SCC Women's Golf League

    It was a hot and humid day but the SCC women's golf league were all glad to get together after missing golf the week before. The low gross was the team of Rosemarie Pickerill and Linda Rohe. Pickerill and Rohe also tied for low putts with the team of Martha Riley and Kathryn Young. Young scored a birdie on hole No. 6. The low net was the team of Linda Best and Bev Kramer. The course was in great condition thanks to Allen and his crew. They would like to thank Stephanie for a superb lunch followed up by a delicious dessert. They will tee off...

  • Fall Sport Meetings

    The Staunton High School will have their parent/player meetings on Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Any Students playing a fall sport, must attend one of the meetings before they will be able to play in a game. If those dates do not work, another time can be set up with the Athletic Director/Administration by emailing Ms. Allan and Ms. Griffith. It would be beneficial to bring sports fees, physicals or any paperwork along as well. Please check personal emails for a list of items that will be...

  • Dorchester's 50-Year Old Reunion Party

    On Saturday, Aug. 3, at Dorchester's Homecoming celebration, a 50-year old Kittenball reunion will take place at 5:15 p.m. The following 16 teams are welcome to participate: Heyen's; Staunton Hi-Robo; Area Merchants; Livingston Pies; Quality Motors; New Douglas; and the rest of the 10 teams. The participants will get a 1974 Kittenball schedule and results of all the tournaments. At the Dorchester finals: Benld Tigers won First place and beat out the Second place team, Staunton V.F.W. by a final score of 2-1.; and, Turner Hall defeated...

  • Pre-K Screening Dates Revealed

    Staunton Elementary School is still seeking new Terriers for their preschool program. For those that have a child who will be 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1, 2024 and live in the Staunton School District, screening will be held Thursday, Aug. 1. Screenings must be scheduled so please email Mrs. Horn to schedule a screening at: [email protected]. Screenings will be located in the Community Room of Staunton Elementary School which is located at 801 N. Deneen St. Students in the program learn academic skills as well as social skills....

  • SHS Sports: Timelines From The Sidelines Tradition Everlasting

    Overview 1980-1989 The 1980s witnessed the emergence of basketball (boys) and volleyball (girls) as the marquee sports programs at Staunton High School. The basketball program overcame two decades of struggles to capture six South Central Conference titles during the era, not to mention multiple Macoupin County and Regional crowns. In fact, at one point the program experienced four straight 20-win seasons. The volleyball program was even more impressive, capturing numerous conference, county and postseason titles, capped off with a trip to...

  • State Ends Fiscal Year With Nearly $5B Cash On Hand

    By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Illinois entered a new fiscal year Monday with a bit of a financial cushion as the prior year’s revenues exceeded final projections by about $123 million. The state ended fiscal year 2024 with about $4.7 billion cash on hand, or about 9 percent of the allocated spending for fiscal year 2025, which began July 1. That included a record high $2.1 billion in the state’s budget stabilization, or “rainy day” fund, which has seen its balance grow steadily over the past five years. Comptroller Susana...

  • Governor Signs Health Insurance Reform Measures

    By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois On Wednesday, July 10, 2024, Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation Wednesday that puts new controls on the state’s health insurance industry, including bans on certain practices companies have used to reduce costs by controlling the amount of health care services a patient receives. The Health Care Protection Act, House Bill 5395, was among Pritzker’s top legislative priorities during the just-completed legislative session. Pritzker also signed House Bill 2499, which bans the sale of short-term,...

  • Kaskaskia College Advises Students To Register For Fall Classes Early

    Community colleges have seen a growth in enrollment recently after a dip during the pandemic, and as enrollment continues to rise, Kaskaskia College wants to emphasize the importance of registering for the fall semester as early as possible. For those who might need to register later in the summer, KC is hosting a Saturday registration day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 10. KC Student Outreach Coordinator Carrie Hancock said registration for the fall semester started in March, and the sooner students can register for classes, the better. She added...

  • Pop Party At Carlinville Library

    The Summer Reading Program at the Carlinville Public Library has, once again, been an overwhelming success this year. It will also end in a big way. The library is hosting an After-Hours Pop Party on Friday evening, July 19 from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate the end of the program. Everyone is invited to join this special, fun event. “Like all good things, the Summer Reading Program must end,” laughed Hannah Miller, the director of the Carlinville Public Library. “But why not go out with a POP!” The evening will feature crafts, snacks, and...

  • Tori Carroll Fun Run

    The Fifth Annual Tori Carroll Memorial 5K Or 1-Mile Fun Run will be held at the track located at Staunton's High School on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2024, at 8 a.m. For any community members and local area businesses wanting to participate as a Sponsor for the Tori Carroll Memorial 5K Or 1-Mile Fun Run, the Sponsorship fee is $50. The Sponsor names will be put on the back of the event shirts, however, this does not buy a shirt. The entry and shirt fees are separate. To become a Sponsor, send the the following information: Company Name (as it will...

  • Miranda Rights Familiar Part Of Law Enforcement

    By Tom Emery They are among the most recognizable words in American society, and no law-abiding citizen really wants to hear them. But they have become a cornerstone of American justice. June marks the anniversary of Miranda vs. Arizona, a landmark Supreme Court case that established the famous words that must be read before criminal interrogations. These so-called “Miranda Rights,” including the phrase “you have the right to remain silent” and the right to an attorney, have become standard procedure in arrest and prosecution. “Both...

  • Gillespie Library To Host Seminar

    Friends of the Gillespie Public Library are hosting a “Fraud and Scam Prevention” seminar at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 22 at Gillespie's Public Library. Learn about today’s common scams and frauds, which includes imposter and check scams, money mule fraud and those that target seniors. The seminar is open to the public and is free of charge. For additional questions, call the Gillespie Public Library at...

  • Davis

    Melvin “Mel” L. Davis, 80, of Litchfield, Ill., passed away at the Community Hospital of Staunton on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. He was born Oct. 5, 1943, in Divernon, Ill., the son of the Late Walter Davis and Opal (Bandy) Davis. He married his wife of 58 years, Merry Vath, on June 18, 1966 at the Litchfield Assembly of God Church and she survives. Melvin graduated from Litchfield High School with the class of 1961. As a young boy, he taught himself to play the guitar and he loved country...

  • Ooton

    Ronald H. Ooton, 87, of Staunton, died at his residence in Staunton on Friday, July 12, 2024. He was born Oct. 21, 1936 in Worden, Ill., the son of the Late James L. Ooton, Sr. and Ardelia (Albrecht) Ooton. He married Robin (Williams) Ooton and she preceded him in death. He was a Superintendent for Shell Oil Refinery. Ronald was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a life long member of the Worden Christian Church. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed golf and watching Nascar. He is survived by his two sisters, Beth E. (William) Finke and...

  • Thomas

    Doris J. Thomas, 97, of Staunton, died at the Community Hospital of Staunton on Monday, July 8, 2024. She was born Jan. 12, 1927 in Westervelt, Ill., the daughter of the Late Jessie Skiff and Florence (Martin) Skiff. She married Gaylord H. Thomas on Jan. 5, 1944 in Wood River and he preceded her in death Sept. 1984. She was a Postal Clerk at the Worden Post Office and at the Edwardsville Post Office. She was a member of the Staunton VFW Ladies Auxiliary and she was proud to have raised four boys. She is survived by four sons, Gary L....

  • Wotchko

    Joseph A. Wotchko, 81, of Collinsville, Ill., passed away at Autumn Meadows of Cahokia in Cahokia Heights, Ill., on Sunday, July 7, 2024. He was born Sunday, Aug. 9, 1942 in Livingston, Ill., the son of Sylvester Wotchko and Frances (nee Ocepek) Cirar Wotchko Polovich and they preceded him in death. He married his wife Judy Wotchko of Collinsville and she survives. Joseph was a proud U.S. Army Veteran who served during the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was a Private and commercial licensed Pilot. Joseph worked as a Boiler Operator for...

  • Stewart

    Michael Joe Stewart, 69, of Benld, Ill., passed away at his residence in Benld on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. He was born Feb. 22, 1955 in Staunton, Ill., the son of Jack Stewart and Pauline (Montgomery) Stewart and they preceded him in death. He married Terri Tomso of Benld on Nov. 12, 2000 in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and she survives. He worked for the railway. He was a lover of his family and friends, his music, cooking and was a man of faith.. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer...

  • Turner

    Denny (McAfoos) Turner, 88, of Bunker Hill, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. She was born Jan. 19, 1936 in Alton, Ill., the daughter of Herbert McAfoos and Lucille (Cole) McAfoos and they preceded her in death. She married her spouse of 69 years Cecil M. Turner of Bunker Hill on March 12, 1955 in Alton and he survives. She graduated from Alton High School in January with the class of 1955. Not only was she a wonderful wife, Denny was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. Denny was a faithful believer of Jesus...

  • Whitten

    Cheryl Ann Whitten, 66, of Hillsboro, died at her residence on Sunday, July 14, 2024. She was born Feb. 2, 1958 in Hillsboro the daughter of William “Bill” and Theresa (Jagosh) Whitely. William preceded her in death on May 12, 2011 and mother survives in Hillsboro. She married Mike Whitten on Feb. 26, 1977 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Hillsboro and he survives. She graduated from Hillsboro High School with the class of 1976. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro and...

  • Bushrow

    Joseph A. Bushrow, 62, of Bunker Hill, died at his residence on Monday, July 8, 2024. He was born May 13, 1962, in Highland the son of the Late Harvey Bushrow and Eileen Ann (Johnson) Bushrow. He married Patricia Marie (Kirkwood) Bushrow on June 11, 2000 in Carlinville and she preceded him in death on June 17, 2016. He was a Sales Associate Manager for Parts Stop. Joseph was a hardworking, ambitious guy who loved his family and working on cars. He is survived by his two children, Shawnee Bushrow, Benld, and Devin (Jodi) Bushrow, Indiana; two...

  • MCPHD Hosting Pop-Up Clinic

    For those that may have a child entering the following grades, they may need required immunizations for school: Kindergarten, Sixth grade and Twelfth grade. At the Mobile Medical Unit in the Maple Street Parking Lot located at 109 E. Maple Street, Gillespie, Ill. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. However, pre-registration is preferred but it is not mandatory. Walk-ins are definitely accepted as well. There will be Pop-Up Immunization Clinics on the following dates as well: Monday, July 29; and...

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