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SCOTT: Seventh grade track team shines at state

By Kent Coultas The Cougars finished tied with Altamont for third place as a team with 27 points. Colfax Ridgevew won the championship with 50 points, and Paris Crestwood finished second with 32. Howard, the son of Greg and Julie Howard, won the discus with a distance of 132-9. The winning mark was not his…

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CALHOUN: County Board looks to fill leadership positions

By Caitlin R. King The Calhoun County Board of Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting Monday, May 16, where several matters were discussed, most notably, the need to fill a variety of vacant leadership positions within the county. Much like the previous months’ meetings, membership in the zoning and planning boards, respectively, was discussed by…

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PIKE: Farmers are in various states of planting

By BETH ZUMWALT John Hoover, a farmer in the Milton area, is finished planting his approximately 2,000 acres of crop land while Kris Koeller, who farms in the Hull area, on the opposite side of the county says his corn is only 60 percent planted and his beans, slightly more. “We were lucky,” Hoover said.…

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JERSEY: Phillips to assist Southwestern in superintendent search

By Carissa Sitki The Southwestern Community Unit School District (CUSD) #9 Board of Education met for a special meeting last Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m., where they acknowledged the resignation of Superintendent Kyle Hacke and approved a contract between the district and Dr. Bill Phillips, contractor with MidWest School Consultants, to begin a superintendent…

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SCOTT: Winchester approves water rate increase

By Carmen Ensinger After talking about it for more than six months, the Winchester City Council finally approved a water rate increase at the May 4 meeting that will take effect with the June billing. “The reason we put off raising the rates is we didn’t know what kind of winter we were going to…

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PIKE: Pike County Ambulance Service warns of EMT shortage; raises awareness of EMS careers

By David Camphouse According to Pike County Ambulance Service Administrator Kasey Kendall, there is a severe shortage of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) that is affecting the well-being of communities in Pike County and communities across the country. “There’s a shortage in Pike County, in Illinois, and around the whole country,” Kendall said. “There’s a huge…

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CALHOUN: Dr. Graham retiring at the end of May

By Carissa Sitki Once a week since 1987 Veterinarian Dr. Patrick Graham has been paying Calhoun County a visit to care for residents’ pets, however, he will soon be retiring, leaving a hole in the area that is yet to be filled. Graham operates Ghrist Veterinary Clinic in Pittsfield, but every Wednesday evening for the…

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