According to the Effingham County Sherriff’s Department, a man and woman are currently in custody in connection to the high speed chase on I-70 and bank robbery which occurred Tuesday afternoon in Altamont.  Altonio Graves, age 37 of Florissant, Missouri, and Annalise McGhee, age 26 of St. Louis, were taken to the Effingham County Jail Tuesday evening with charges of alleged armed robbery and alleged aggravated robbery.  According to Altamont Police, The People’s Bank and Trust on Main Street in Altamont was robbed at around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.  A suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. 

The Bond County Sherriff’s Department received a call at 2:31 p.m. of a high speed chase in progress traveling west bound on I-70.  Jim Leitschuh of the Bond County Sherriff’s Department told WGEL Radio that deputies deployed stop sticks to the interstate to stop the fleeing vehicle.  In an attempt to avoid the stop sticks, the suspects drove into the median between the interstates, lost control, spun around, and became stuck.  No one was hurt during the robbery or the chase and no other cars were struck when the vehicle lost control.  According to Effingham County State’s Attorney, Bryan Kibler, both Graves and McGhee are scheduled to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.


The Unit 2 School Board announced at this month’s board meeting that the High School Graduation date for this year will be May 24 at 7:00 p.m. At the same time, the board approved a couple of leaves of absence and an overnight trip to South Wayne, Wi for the Greenville FFA Officers.

The district received over $1,400,000 in payments for January.  Almost $600,000 came in general state aid, $437,000 in Bond County Taxes, and the first of 4 payments for both Special Education and Transportation funds of over $150,000 each. Superintendent Jeff Strieker also told the board that they are looking at a possible decrease in state aid for next year of around $900,000. It was announced that the district will also be receiving an additional $15,000 worth of grant money to use towards the laptop program.




“The Madison Letter,” a four-member band formed at Greenville College in February 2010 is a nominee for the 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards.  Each year the “Woodies” spotlight the best emerging musicians on college campuses.  “The Madison Letter” is one of four bands battling to take home the first-ever “Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie.”  Each will be profiled on-air on mtvU, MTV, and MTV.com.  You may support “The Madison Letter” by voting online through midnight March 1.  For more information about the contest and how you may vote, call 664-6752.


The Greenville Optimist Club is taking orders for fresh Florida strawberries. The cost is $26.00 for a whole flat, $15.00 for half a flat, and $4.00 each for 1-3 quarts. Berries must be ordered by March 1 and delivery is expected by the middle of March. For more information or to order strawberries, call 664-3046.




Arthur R. “Art” Shoen

Arthur R. “Art” Shoen, age 71 of Smithton, passed away on Tuesday, February 26th at Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville.  Funeral services for 71 year-old Arthur R. “Art” Shoen will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Grantfork United Church of Christ.  Burial will be in Grantfork UCC Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra, or on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Belleville Area Humane Society, or to the Frieden’s UCC Building Fund.


Grace Bruce age 95 of Reno passed away Wednesday at Hillsboro Area Hospital  Arrangements are pending for 95 year old Grace Bruce of Reno at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. 

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