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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Deer hunters are reminded to focus on safety as the 2018 Illinois Firearm Deer Season opens this week. The seven-day firearm season begins this Friday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 18. A second round of firearm deer hunting will be held from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

Girls Who Code is an organization that shows girls can be a part of the male-dominated field of computer technology, and two Shelbyville women created a branch of the club for 6th through 12th grade students.


The CEFS Head Start and Early Head Start programs that serve Effingham, Shelby and five other counties in the region are receiving their latest federal funding of nearly $1.6 million. But officials are already eyeing the next grant they'll have to apply for against other programs from across…

The 2018 Illinois Interactive Report Cards recently came out, giving statistics covering multiple categories of public school districts in the state.


The children at Main Street Elementary and Kindergarten attended a program on Friday honoring veterans. Principal Ryan Scott introduced speakers to the students for the Verans Day program, and students saw a flag-folding ceremony performed. An Honor Guard was also at the program.

Deputies were dispatched to a report of a reckless driver traveling southbound on U.S. Route 51 at 12:06 p.m. Saturday Oct. 6. Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver continued on Route 51 to Route 16 toward Tower Hill.

Republican Erica Firnhaber swept the race for Shelby County Treasurer, almost doubling the amount of votes for her opponent, Democrat Beth Musser.

Since she was 8, Amanda Ade-Harlow dreamed of being a judge. On Tuesday night, she was elected.


Republican Gary Patterson defeated Democrat JR Stephens for the District 3 seat on the Shelby County Board, according to unofficial results on Tuesday.

Lake Shelbyville - Following up on last year's pilot program for aerial spraying of bush honeysuckle, Lake Shelbyville will again be aerially spraying for the invasive plant. Bush honeysuckle, an aggressive exotic plant that is taking over much of the woodlands at Lake Shelbyville, will be t…

Lake Shelbyville - The Museum on Main Street exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution and Illinois Humanities will be on display at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center from December 15, 2018 - January 26, 2019.


The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary is providing poppies at local establishments through Sunday, Nov. 11. They are available as part of the “Buddy” Poppy Program and only a donation is requested. Those who make a donation are given a poppy that the Auxiliary hopes will be worn with …

After voters on Tuesday again rejected the request by the Cowden Fire Protection District to raise taxes, an official said Emergency Medical Services will likely be eliminated.


U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, won a 12th term in Congress Tuesday, defeating newcomer Kevin Gaither by nearly 100,000 votes.


CHICAGO (AP) — Democrats were returning to dominance in Illinois on Tuesday, as J.B. Pritzker unseated GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner and the party was looking to sweep other statewide seats and flip GOP-held congressional districts.

A gun raffle to benefit the construction of the new Stewardson American Legion Post 611 is scheduled for at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Brew Bank Bar.


Fathers and daughters can dance together while supporting Stewardson-Strasburg High School's post prom on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Stewardson Community Building.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Michael Gregoire marched along a downtown sidewalk in the tense days before the midterm elections, waving a hand-painted sign at passing traffic: "DEFEAT REPUBLICANS 2018."

 Malik Bolton, 22, of Little Rock, Ark., was arrested for driving while license suspended as the result of a traffic stop for speeding on Tuesday Oct. 9.

Lots of people decide to become more active to achieve a fitness goal, such as losing weight or adding muscle – especially when the new year looms and they want to make a change. They are dedicated, but can make some common mistakes. Hopefully, this column will help you avoid those mistakes …


Amanda Ade-Harlow, Associate Judge of the Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit Court, and Gina Vonderheide, Shelby County State's Attorney, are running for the position as resident circuit judge Nov. 6.

The Cowden Fire Protection District is asking voters on Tuesday to approve a tax increase to help fund building repairs, according to Eric Tucker, secretary on the trustee board.


During a special meeting on Monday, Trustee Cinda Held took the oath as Strasburg Village President pro-tem until May 2019 following the resignation of former mayor Ron Thomas.


The Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism recently floated on Lake Shelbyville aboard a houseboat, catching glimpses of multiple areas of the lake.


Beth Musser, a Democrat, and Erica Firnhaber, a Republican, both of Shelbyville, are running for Shelby County treasurer on Nov. 6. The current treasurer, Debra Ramey, is retiring.


Boston – A new named chair, one of highest honors to be bestowed upon a physician in his or her lifetime, was celebrated at a reception on Oct. 17 at the Harvard Club in Boston, Massachusetts. The first inaugural incumbent of the Chair is David P. Ryan, MD, Chief of the Division of Hematolog…

Gavin M. Baylock, 24, of Fairview Heights, was issued two citations a little after 8 p.m. Friday Oct. 19 for failing to yield at an intersection and possession of cannabis following a two-vehicle accident at Illinois Route 128 North and County Road 2100 North. He was also arrested on an acti…

Property tax rebates will now be returning to Shelbyville Township property owners by the end of November, the supervisor of the Township said.

SPRINGFIELD — The hospitals within the HSHS Central Illinois Division are working with their respective county clerks’ offices to help hospitalized voters get information on how to cast their ballots in the upcoming election atHSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital…

ASSUMPTION -- State police said an 87-year-old Auburn man was killed Wednesday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 51 and Christian County Highway 6 in Assumption.

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