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Junior high principal dies unexpectedly

The Staunton Junior High School Principal, Dr. John Griffith, died unexpectedly on Thursday night, Feb. 3. The school district made the announcement on Friday, Feb. 4. School was not in session at...

 

Winter storm dumps mix of ice and snow

A major winter storm barreled through our entire area last week bringing treacherous conditions and dangerous travel. About six to eight inches of...

 

Temporary restraining order sent Staunton teacher back to the classroom Monday

A temporary restraining order was issued Friday by Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Raylene Grischow relating to lawsuits filed by parents and teachers regarding mask mandates, exclusion rules...

 

Fun in the snow

The Bartony family had some snow day fun on Friday by building a miniature snowman in their front yard. Pictured (L to R) are Mclean, Drayvin, their...

 

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...

 

Davis joins colleagues to introduce bill to ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates for organ donors and recipients

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced H.R. 6534, the Stop Arduous Vaccine Enforcement (SAVE) Act, with Reps. Ben Cline (VA-06), Morgan Griffith (VA-09), Bob Good (VA-05), Rob Wittman (VA-...

 

The top three risk factors for heart disease

Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease, according to the CDC. The top three risk factors are: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and smoking....

 

Tips to follow when shoveling snow

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 11,500 people visit the emergency room each year to treat injuries received while shoveling snow. “Shoveling snow can be a strenuous...

 

Democrats support change to Constitution

On Jan. 26, 2022, the Macoupin County Democratic Party voted unanimously to support a proposed change to the Illinois State Constitution which reads: "WHEREAS, the proposed Section 25: Workers...

 

Temperatures were below average, snowfall scarce in parts of Illinois in January

Following the second warmest December on record, below-average temperatures in January were a shock to Illinoisans. The preliminary statewide average January temperature was 21.1 degrees, 5.6 degrees...

 

Alpha Tau offering $500 grant

The Alpha Tau Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honorary organization for leading women educators impacting education worldwide, is offering a $500 grant to a deserving...

 

Staunton Police Blotter

Feb. 4, 2022: Gregory S. Rothe; In-State Warrant...

 

Looking Back

Pete Cignetti's Tavern was located at the corner of Route 4 and Prairie Street, the present location of Staunton Car Wash. Pete is pictured in his...

 

Days Gone By In Staunton

Thursday, October 27, 1966 -- ISSUES WARNING ON RABIES IN WILD ANIMALS-- Dr. R.J. Taft, Staunton veterinarian, has submitted the following item which should be heeded by everyone: "Health authorities...

 

From Our Files

Issue of Feb. 6, 1997 City officials warned residents about the dangers of walking on the frozen Staunton Reservoir. A daughter was born to Jeff and Donna (Coalson) Augustine of rural Livingston on...

 

Lincoln had little use for liquor

By Tom Emery A current television commercial for a well-known tequila brand depicts Abraham Lincoln, holding a drink and partying with other past celebrities. In reality, Lincoln had little use for...

 

Slices of Life

By: Jill Pertler In the last year, I’ve been working on appreciation. Appreciating the big things. Appreciating the small things. Appreciating what I have and what I am. As part of that, I’ve...

 

Conkling

Michael John Conkling, 68, of Mt. Olive, Ill., died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Mike was born on Jan. 13, 19... Full story

 

Knutson

Marilyn Louise Knutson, 94, died on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. She was born in Ellsworth, Iowa, on Aug. 2, 1927, to Harold and Melva Sogard. She married Kenneth Knutson, the love of her life, on Nov. 20,... Full story

 

Bolin

Alfrieda Mary Bolin, 83, of Staunton, Ill., originally of Livingston, died on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at the Hillsboro Rehab & Health Care Center... Full story

 

Schehl

Howard "Howie" Lee Schehl, 63, of Mt. Olive, Ill., died at his residence on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. Howard was born on March 5, 1958, in Granite City, a son of the late Andrew Sr. and Mary Ellen (Renz... Full story

 

Hamilton

William C. Hamilton, 97, of Gillespie, Ill., died at Heritage Health of Gillespie on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. He was born March 1, 1924, in Gillespie to... Full story

 

Dona

Joseph F. Dona, 93, of Gillespie, Ill., died at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. He was born May 14, 1928, in Eagarville to William and Regina (Hoppe) Dona. He was a truck... Full story

 

Valentine dinner in Gillespie

Treat your loved one to a special evening. The First United Methodist Church of Gillespie will offer a special Valentine Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 12. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6...

 

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