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SHIMKUS SENDS THOUSANDS OF VALENTINES TO HEROES   Collinsville, Illinois...For the fifth straight year, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) asked his constituents to submit valentines for the men and women, past and present, of our natio

Church News

   Several years ago, a church member (former church member now) tried to convince me that only certain people have the “gift” of intercessory prayer.  Intercessory prayer is the prayer that one believer offers to God in behalf of

Local News

Rep. Brandon Phelps has introduced legislation that will allow entities to place a tax on ticket sales to gatherings like the Hogrock or The Gathering in Hardin County.   The legislation will only affect counties of 35000 people or less.&nb

Crimes & Accidents

The ambulance and Shawneetown Fire Dept. have been summoned to 2 miles West of Illinois Rt. 1 on the Pounds Hollow Rd.  A jeep has overturned with a person possibly pinned in.  

School News

Gallatin County School Events Calendar Feb. 15, 2012 – Feb. 25, 2012 Thu., Feb. 16 -             High School Girls’ Basketball – Sectional 7:30 Fri., Feb. 17 -   &nbs


Eileen R. (Mills) Crawford, age 95, recent resident of Effingham but longtime resident of Ridgway, died peacefully on Thursday, February 9, 2012, in the St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham, IL. Eileen was born on July 1, 1916, in Omaha, IL, to the late

Opinion / Columns

�Greetings� from our little town down by the Little Wabash River. Well, now that February is half gone it�s looking like we are finally going to have winter. At least, as I am writing this article the weather people are calling for our area to


As the time gets closer to making a college choice, Andrew Drone is just trying to enjoy playing high school basketball. At 6-foot-11 and 270 pounds, Drone is a load for anyone to handle. But he's looking toward the next level and knows he needs to


Thank you for the many acts of kindness at the time of our loss. The memorial donations, masses, flowers, food, and other tributes were greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Msgr. Joe Lawler, Rev. Steven Beatty, Pastoral Associate Jean Wills, Mike a


The River-to-River Trail Society will offer a guided hike Saturday, October 8, from Sand Cave to Bell Smith Springs. The hike is open to the public and free of charge. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Hunting Branch picnic area at Bell Smith Springs, off Forest

Business News

Bloomington, Ill. — Farmer leaders in Illinois have identified government regulations as the biggest threat to farm profitability in the state in the next decade. In all, 399 farmers completed a survey gauging their outlook