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An Altamont Community High School graduate says she has been stripped of the “2019 Ms. Nevada State” crown and banned from the national Ms. America pageant because of her outspoken support of President Donald Trump and her conservative political views.

SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Republican sponsors of a bill he vetoed Tuesday announced they will continue to work on legislation aimed at clarifying the state’s school code as it pertains to BB guns, air-powered guns and other similar weapons.

Ethan S. Law, 26, of Shelbyville was sentenced to 30 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections on Aug. 14, according to Shelby County State’s Attorney Gina Vonderheide.

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Restless Heart was the entertainment for Windsor Harvest Picnic on Friday, and the musicians drew large crowds of picnic-goers to the Shelby County community.

SPRINGFIELD – Records are made to be broken and they were this year at the Illinois State Fair. The Grandstand set records in tickets sold and ticket revenue with acts like Dan + Shay, Snoop Dogg, Shinedown and Reba drawing the largest crowds. The grandstand ended up bringing in nearly $2.27…


The first step is complete in the torching of the Eagle Creek Resort on Lake Shelbyville. Eagles’ Nest Lodge was used for fire training and then turned to ashes on Saturday. Eagle Creek Hotel will face the flames next Saturday and Sunday.

The Shelbyville School Board submitted the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020 at the monthly school board on Aug. 15. The board also purchased two new buses and hired a Special Education Coordinator.

On the second day of CEO, students experienced the value of making small talk and how it not only helps get to know one another better, but can also make an introduction easier and more interesting.

COWDEN – A rodeo, food, live music, queen pageant and a not-so-beauty pageant are just a few of the activities scheduled for this year’s 2019 Cowden Pioneer Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-25, at Cowden Village Park.

EFFINGHAM — A 17-year-old who made a shooting threat at Effingham High School last year was placed on probation Friday after several sentencing delays in her case.


There were smiles and laughter and tears and laughter as kids entered Main Street School in Shelbyville on Thursday for their first day classes. Parents took pictures. Teachers guided the young students to their rooms. The sun was shining. It's a new school year.


Ding, ding. The Salvation Army in Shelbyville is off and running helping people in Shelby County. They will hold a yard sale at the there location on Main Street and start signing local people for their second-ever season of bell ringing.


"School days, school days, dear old Golden Rule days, 'reading and 'riting and 'rithmetic, taught to the tune of the hick'ry stick." Another year of school in Shelby County starts in earnest this week.

EFFINGHAM — The world of virtual reality is blossoming, thanks to interest from people like former Lake Land College student Josh McCombe. McCombe spent last summer interning with Lake Land professor Scott Rhine, and McCombe created a virtual reality technology demonstration.

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A road was blocked in Neoga by a stopped CN train Sunday afternoon as a southbound CN train that reportedly crashed into a trailer at a railroad crossing just west of the intersection of West Sixth Street and Route 45 in downtown Neoga.

Nine of the first 10 items on the Shelbyville City Council agenda went off like clock work on Monday night. They approved engineering, a new hire, and bucket truck repairs. Discussion about a Food Truck Ordinance was more in depth.

Shelbyville Township met for their monthly meeting to report on expenditures, general assistance, and to approve the bills. Then the topic turned to cemeteries. And the plot thickened.


Playing in water can be fun, but it can also be dangerous if kids don't know about water safety, according the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


STEWARDSON — The Stewardson American Legion Wilbur Braughton Post 611 received a land donation from the First National Bank of Waterloo in Stewardson to be used as the future site of the new American Legion building.

NEOGA — Neoga fire and ambulance crews quickly worked to free a man who became trapped between the tire and the platform of his utility tractor Friday morning.


A Windsor man who was aboard the Amtrak train that crashed near Chicago on Sunday, killing a truck driver and derailing five passenger cars, described the sights and sounds as indelible.

Although children have been warned about "stranger danger," the creepy old guy in a van who lost his puppy, what about someone who is friendly to them over time via texting or social media?

As the remaining days of summer end and a new school year begins, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital reminds parents that it is time to prepare their child for the new school year ahead.

Lake Shelbyville – Aquafest at Dam West Beach is no ordinary day at the beach! The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 12:00 to 4:00PM. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to attend.


Ministering to families in need was the desire of the women's group at the First Assembly of God in Shelbyville. They started Joanna's House with that ministry in mind and it has become a welcome piece to the puzzle in helping the needy in Shelby County.

Shelbyville —The Shelby County Health Department will be holding walk-in immunization clinics on Monday, Aug. 5 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

An aide to U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) will be available in Shelby County and Fayette County next week to assist area constituents with any problems they may be having with federal government agencies.

Of all the felony court cases in Shelby County from January 2018 to July 2019, 35% of the people charged faced drug-related charges. That is just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to substance abuse and its effects to the county and its citizens, according to local officials.

As trade talks dredge on, Illinois’ senior Republican House member says farmers in his district are pushing for the federal government to move on a deal with Mexico and Canada, but he suspects politics are getting in the way.

Dieterich – Wright’s Furniture & Flooring will be expanding its business to Taylorville. Wright’s Furniture Chairman Tom Wright and President John Wright are proud to announce that the family-owned business bought Jensen’s Home Furnishings, and the transition should be complete by Aug. 1.


SHELBYVILLE – In December 2019, 44-year-old Brandy Stivers of Findlay, went to her local doctor’s office not feeling well. The doctor’s office did an EKG, but it showed no signs of heart issues.


Shelbyville School District held their July board meeting last week with their new superintendent and prepared for the upcoming school year.

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Debra J. Elson, 54, of Windsor, IL, passed away at 6:00 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2019 in Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home, Mattoon, IL. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL.