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  • Parade route goodies

    Jun 29, 2022

    The Girl Scouts passed out cookies along the parade route on Sunday afternoon....

  • Leading the parade

    Jun 29, 2022

    The Staunton Volunteer Fire Department Honor Guard stepped off to lead the Firemen's Parade on Sunday afternoon....

  • Homecoming fun

    Jun 29, 2022

    Smiles were in ample supply for thrill seekers during the Staunton Firemen's Celebration as a result of the spinning, twisting and fast-moving rides....

  • Resident expresses fireworks concerns

    Jun 29, 2022

    During Monday night’s city council meeting, a resident who lives near the Fireman’s Park was in attendance. He wanted the mayor and the city council to know that the fireworks had deposited debris in his yard. Most of the fireworks debris had finished burning, but some of it had gunpowder residue on it and some of the debris was also burning. He even had to go inside his house during the fireworks display because the smoke was filling his yard. The resident likes the fireworks, but he was concerned for the safety of his house and the nearby wo...

  • New Staunton Junior High administrator

    Jun 29, 2022

    Ryan Pirok was employed as a school administrator for Staunton Junior High School during the board of education meeting held on Monday, June 20. He will begin his duties on July 1. "Mr. Pirok brings a positive attitude and a high level of enthusiasm to Staunton schools. His excitement to return to his hometown and serve the students and families was evident and I look forward to the impactful difference he will make as a member of the team," stated Superintendent Brett Allen. Pirok is coming to...

  • More positions filled for the 2022-2023 school year

    Jun 29, 2022

    by Olivia Ervin The Staunton CUSD #6 Board of Education took action during the regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 20, to fill positions within the school district. Three administration positions were filled. The board approved Ryan Pirok as a junior high school administrator. William Carpenter was approved as interim junior high principal/principal mentor for the district administrators. Michael Kelly was hired as a part-time educational services administrator. The following jobs were also filled: • Dirk Muffler was approved as a v...

  • Volunteers are needed for Tour de Donut

    Jun 29, 2022

    by Olivia Ervin The Staunton CUSD #6 Board of Education took action during the regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 20, to fill positions within the school district. Three administration positions were filled. The board approved Ryan Pirok as a junior high school administrator. William Carpenter was approved as interim junior high principal/principal mentor for the district administrators. Michael Kelly was hired as a part-time educational services administrator. The following jobs were also filled: • Dirk Muffler was approved as a v...

  • Learn how to respond when mental health aid is needed

    Jun 29, 2022

    Mental health and substance use issues are common. Nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health. From 1999 to 2016, 630,000 people died from drug overdose according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Give someone in your community a hand by learning how to recognize and respond when someone might need help with a free Mental Health First Aid workshop offered by University of Illinois Extension and the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center. Mental...

  • Retired from Community Hospital of Staunton board

    Jun 29, 2022

    The Community Hospital of Staunton Board of Trustees President, Don Kasubke, presented Bernice Henke with a plaque last Tuesday recognizing her for her many years of dedicated service on behalf of the board of trustees, administration, medical staff and employees....

  • Williamson receives $30,000 planning grant

    Jun 29, 2022

    An Unsewered Communities Planning Grant has been awarded to the village of Williamson for $30,000. It provides funding to develop plans addressing wastewater collection and treatment. Communities are considered “unsewered” if they lack wastewater collection and/or treatment systems. Many of these communities have patchwork systems or decades-old underground "wildcat" pipes that illegally discharge to surface waters. For a majority of these communities, there is a lack of local revenue to invest in the construction and long-term operation and...

  • Cahokia Creek Dirt Riders to host Kids Day/Riding Skills Day

    Jun 29, 2022

    The Cahokia Creek Dirt Riders off-road motorcycle club will be having a Kids Day/Riding Skills Day on Sunday, July 10, at 9 a.m. on the club grounds in White City. The event, sponsored by Niehaus Cycle Sales, Action Powersports and Hall's Cycles, is for motorcycles only and is a judgement free day of instruction and skill development tailored for beginner and low-time riders. Men and women of all ages are welcome. Riders are required to bring a helmet, riding pants or blue jeans, leather boots,...

  • Macoupin County Courthouse News

    Jun 29, 2022

    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 Brady Alexander Bettis-Rhodes, Carlinville; Nicole Rose Picotte, Chesterfield Samuel Wayne Stieren, Harvel; Demme Lynn Kemp, Harvel Meghan Ann Jarman, Litchfield; Dominic Mackenzie Rhodes, Litchfield Dustin Levi Fowler, Springfield; Ashley Nicole Londrigan, Springfield Dominick Andrew Weissenfluh, Gillespie; Danielle Nichole Ligue,...

  • Staunton Police Blotter

    Jun 29, 2022

    June 20, 2022: Nicole H. Teeske; In-State warrant June 22, 2022: Joseph Kelley; Violation of Classification - Motorcycle, No Valid Drivers License June 23, 2022: Andrea R. Dugger; Expired Registration Sticker June 24, 2022: Alexander J.Worland; Improper Use of Registration, Operating Uninsured MotorVehicle, Suspend Revoked Drivers License June 26, 2022: Destin R. Vogel; Disobeyed Signal, Railroad Crossing...

  • On Southeast spring Dean's List

    Jun 29, 2022

    Nicole Knackstedt of Alhambra has been named to the Southeast Missouri State University Dean's List for academic achievement during the spring 2022 semester. The university is located in Cape Girardeau, Mo....

  • Fireworks injuries increasing

    Jun 29, 2022

    The American Pyrotechnics Association states that 49 states plus the District of Columbia allow some or all types of consumer fireworks. Illinois and Vermont allow only wire or wood stick sparklers and other novelty items. Massachusetts bans all consumer fireworks. The most recent annual report from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that an estimated 10,300 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the one-month period between June 21-July 21, 2020. The report also...

  • Days Gone By In Staunton

    Jun 29, 2022

    Thursday, June 7, 1990 -- COUNCIL HEARS COMPLAINTS REGARDING SEWERAGE PROBLEMS -- Mayor Brauer called the Staunton City Council to order at 7 p.m. The following aldermen answered roll call: F. Stein, W. Heinemeyer, J. Grabruck, R. Beckman; Excused, Ruffini, Graves, Libbra, Johnson. Motion by Grabruck, seconded by Beckman, the regular order of business be suspended to hear from guests. Clifford Wall, a resident of the 300 block on South Wood Street addressed the council regarding the 32 inches of water in his basement during the heavy rains....

  • Cartoon

    Jun 29, 2022

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  • Looking Back

    Jun 29, 2022

    This week's Looking Back photo is the property of Marie (Ahrens) Mindrup of Alhambra. It shows the Evangelical Zion Church that was once part of DeCamp village at DeCamp Mine. The building in the background is the village store/tavern. DeCamp Mine was located south of Staunton, off of State Route 4 on DeCamp Road. The DeCamp Coal Mining Company was in operation from 1903 until November 1913....

  • From Our Files

    Jun 29, 2022

    Issue of June 26, 1997 Lester and Norma Jean (Northcutt) Cummings will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29. Robert and Frieda (Covi) Augustine of Livingston celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 14. Herman Edward “Spriggs” Arzig (86) of Mt. Olive died June 17 at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. William G. Mundy (42) of Mt. Carmel died June 21 as a result of an auto accident. Margaret V. Windisch (91) of Staunton died June 20 at Community Memorial Hospital. Ann Earlene Kaganich (53) of Mt. Olive died June 21 at...

  • In Illinois, another key moment in Revolution happened on July 4

    Jun 29, 2022

    By Tom Emery During the American Revolution in Illinois, the Declaration of Independence was not the only important event on July 4. On that date in 1778, George Rogers Clark’s brazen capture of Kaskaskia in southwestern Illinois secured a key outpost for the American cause. The older brother of William Clark, partner in the expedition with Meriwether Lewis from 1804-06, Clark believed that the capture of the British stronghold of Detroit would lead to the colonial control west of the Appalachians. To achieve that goal, Clark proposed an o...

  • Slices of Life

    Jun 29, 2022

    By: Jill Pertler Lately, I’ve become acutely aware of the clarity in my life. This clarity was earned with all that I had and all that I am. I know I am not alone. I know our numbers are too great to count. Loss. Grief. Sadness. Devastation. Sorrow. Heartache. Endings that happen before we are ready. In ways we couldn’t have envisioned. In ways we never would have wanted or hoped. Ugly endings. Watching life unfold in ways we didn’t imagine but can’t ever forget. Life’s truths. We all (all!) live them out at one time or another. No one will...

  • Pfalzgraf

    Jun 29, 2022

    Rhonda D. Pfalzgraf, 69, of Staunton, Ill., died at Community Hospital of Staunton on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. She was born July 2, 1952, the daughter of the late Ronald and Wyeetia (Hurst) Simonson. She married Danny Pfalzgraf, and he survives. She worked as a bartender at Bonnie’s Bar in Staunton. She is survived by her husband, Danny Pfalzgraf of Staunton; two sons, Ronald (Kelly) Jones of Caseyville; David Jones of Missouri; three grandchildren, Brandyn, Austin, and Makayla; one brother, Eddie Simonson; two sisters, Debbie Wasser and Pam; a... Full story

  • Church

    Jun 29, 2022

    George Franklin Church, 80, died Friday, June 17, 2022, at Carlinville Rehab and Health Care. He was born March 8, 1942, in Fairmont, W.V., to Beryl and Emma Josephine (Lough) Church. He married Laureen Heenan in 1973. They had two daughters and later divorced. After moving to Illinois in 2002, he married Rita Barber. She survives. He attended Fairmont State College and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. George served in the U.S.... Full story

  • Vaniter

    Jun 29, 2022

    Alfred E Vaniter, 75, of Gillespie, Ill., died at his residence on Sunday, June 19, 2022. He was born Dec. 24, 1946, in Jacksonville, to Bobby and Flossie (Evans) Vaniter. He married Rhoda Striplin, and she survives. Alfred was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was owner of Vaniter Landscaping. Alfred was a member of the Cornerstone Ministries. He was a former Kiwanis member. He is survived by his wife, Rhoda Vaniter of Gillespie; children, LeAnn (Greg) Wilson of Litchfield, RoiLynn (significant other, Rich Ferguson) McClanahan of Springfield, Daw... Full story

  • Richvalsky

    Jun 29, 2022

    Rhonda Faye Richvalsky, 59, of Gillespie, Ill., died at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, on Friday, June 17, 2022. She was born Dec. 5, 1962, in Carlinville, to Frederick and Judith (Moore) Burch. She enjoyed camping, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her companion of 26 years, John "Huck" Elvers; children, Tonya (Ryan) Nolan of Staunton, Cody (fiancée, Cayla) Burch of Wilsonville, William (Samantha) Wolfe of Litchfield, Nikki (Nick) Holtschulte of... Full story

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