Articles from the August 31, 2022 edition

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Folks lined up for ribs and other food items at Staunton's Ribfest on Saturday at Firemen's Park. The smell of cooking ribs permeated the area from...


FFA Alumni tractor ride

Lots of tractor riders were on hand early Saturday morning at Veterans Memorial Park in Livingston under a brilliant blue sky for the annual FFA...


Guilty verdict in county murder case

Granite City woman convicted of first degree murder by Macoupin County jury Macoupin County State's Attorney, Jordan Garrison, announced last week that 31-year-old Chancey Hutson of Granite City, has...


Associated Bank to close two area bank branches

Associated Bank headquartered in Wisconsin has made the decision to close two of the bank branches that were part of the deal in their 2020 purchase of First National Bank of Staunton. The Staunton...


SHS Student Council hosting blood drive

Staunton High School Student Council is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Appointments can be scheduled at



Edna Louise Torimino, 76, of Benld, Ill., died at Hillsboro Rehab & Health Care in Hillsboro on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. She was born Feb. 11, 1946, in Granite City to John and Vernice Martha Payne... Full story



Ruth Ann (Brauer) Ficker, 80, of Jerseyville, Ill., died on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, just four days shy of her 81st birthday. She was the daughter of Louis and Alma (Oettel) Brauer of Staunton and... Full story



Steven W. Dever, 62, of Benld, Ill., died at his residence on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. He was born Sept. 4, 1959, in Granite City to William Dever and Carol (Tanksley) Dever. He married Belinda... Full story



Verlene Clara (Kruckeberg) Urekar, 89, of Springfield, Ill., died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, at St. John's Hospital. She was born Jan. 27, 1933, on the... Full story



Gary M. Matevey, 82, of Gillespie, Ill., died at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. He was born July 29, 1940, in Litchfield to Michael and Helen Herrin Matevey. He married... Full story



Charlene J. Keffer, 83, of Wilsonville, Ill., died at her residence on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. She was born Feb. 4, 1939, in Alton, to Elroy and Alva (Graf) Lamparter. She married Robert Keffer. He... Full story



Shirley Ann Motto, 90, of Gillespie, Ill., died at Heritage Health in Gillespie on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. She was born March 10, 1932, in Gillespie to Thad and Jeanette (Kliest) Durken. She married... Full story



Earl W. "Blue" Stoops, 84, of Shipman, Ill., died at his residence on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. He was born May 14, 1938, in Keith Township to George and Allie (O'Brien) Stoops. He married Mary Lou... Full story



Norma Jean Rensing, 66, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, at Alhambra Care Nursing Home in Alhambra, Ill., from metastatic breast cancer. Norma was born o... Full story


Class of 1956 reunion

The Staunton High School graduating class from 1956 is planning a reunion. All class members are asked to meet at 12 noon for lunch at Rooster’s Pub on Staunton Main Street on Sept. 11, 2022. No...


German food to be offered at Mt. Olive homecoming

Immanuel Lutheran Church will have their German food stand at the Mt. Olive homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 4, beginning at 11 a.m. Bratwurst, hotdogs, sauerkraut, German potato salad, pie, other...


Senior Citizens date correction

The Staunton Senior Citizens gave an incorrect date for their next meeting in the article published last week in the Star-Times. The correct date for their next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 1, at 1...


Library birthday party

Staunton Public Library's birthday celebration had things to do both inside and outside that kept the attendees entertained....


Free meal in Gillespie

Gillespie United Methodist Church will be having their free harvest feast meal on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and dessert will be served at 900...


Tipler takes oath of office

The oath of office was administered to new Ward 4 Alderman Terry Tipler by City Clerk Dennis Stiegemeier. Tipler was appointed to the position after...


Real estate tax sale

Macoupin County, as trustee, has completed their tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2018 and prior real estate taxes. The county, as trustee, will now offer for...

 By Dana Cattani    News    August 31, 2022

Community open house and gallery reception

The surrounding communities are invited to rediscover The Macoupin Art Collective in Staunton. The MAC is a non-profit art school created with the goal of bringing Art To All, serving over 20,000...


Veterans assistance

The Macoupin County Veterans Assistance Commission will be in Benld on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Assistant Superintendent Bobby Scott will be at the Cahokia Township office. He will be...


Madison County indictments

Abigail M. Barnes, 30, homeless with a last known address in Livingston, was indicted Aug. 25 for burglary, a Class 2 felony. On July 31 Barnes allegedly entered the Livingston Grocery Store to...


Staunton Police Blotter

Aug. 22, 2022: Paul J. Klein; Dog at Large Aug. 22, 2022: Joshua D. Swenson; Domestic Trouble, Out of State Warrant Aug. 23, 2022: Trip W. Sorensen; No Valid Registration Aug. 23, 2022: Dakota N....


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