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Rustic Venues holds ribbon cutting, open house

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter The Rustic Venues held its grand opening ceremony on Saturday night, featuring a ribbon cutting with the Girard Chamber of Commerce, an open house meal and entertainment from the Silver Dollar Band. The Rustic Venues is owned and operated by Albert and Sheila Hammann and their three sons and…

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Gillespie School Board meets for January meeting

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat/Coal Country Times Reporter Several items were on the Gillespie School Board Agenda on Monday night. A contract extension for the Superintendent was approves, several matters of employment were discussed and an idea for an Athletic Wall of Fame was discussed. Student Achievements Several students were given a shout out at…

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Threats made against Bunker Hill High School

By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter Bunker Hill parents and students were alerted Jan. 12 of a possible threat to the Bunker Hill High School and students after posts on social media, made by another student, were found. The District assembled its Threat Assessment Team at 4 p.m. to review the threat and determine which actions…

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Haley announces retirement, city calendar set at meeting

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter The Mon. Jan. 16 Carlinville city council meeting is the first and only meeting being held by the council for the month of January as the council canceled a meeting Jan. 3 due to a Federal holiday. Several items were on the agenda including the official setting of the…

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Carlinville District demonstrates new security measures

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter The Carlinville School Board met Jan. 17 in a different locale than usual, holding their meeting in the Middle School Media Center so the Carlinville High School Scholastic Bowl team could hold their match in the High School Library. Several items were on the agenda, including an opportunity to…

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County Board opposes assault weapons act

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter The Macoupin County Board was short one member for its January meeting. Board member Charlie Siegel passed away unexpectedly in December and a new member has not been appointed to the position yet. The board held a moment of silence for Siegel before proceeding with the meeting. Kent Tarro…

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Golden Apple application deadline Jan. 31 for aspiring educators

Golden Apple program participants make a material difference in the ongoing teacher shortage crisis Golden Apple, a non-profit dedicated to preparing, supporting and mentoring aspiring teachers, has extended the deadline to apply to its Accelerators program to Jan. 31, 2023. Through the Accelerators program, Golden Apple aims to meet the teacher shortage crisis head on…

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Cash bail remains until Illinois Supreme Court makes final decision

By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter A Kankakee County judge ruled Dec. 28 that the Pre-Trial Fairness Act, the provision under the SAFE-T Act which eliminates cash bail, was unconstitutional. Several State‚Äôs Attorneys from across the state joined a class-action lawsuit against the provision. The ruling only applied to counties listed in the lawsuit meaning 65…

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