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Temps reach 67° in first week of 2023

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter After experiencing the single digit temperatures in the last two weeks of 2022, few expected a significant increase in temperature so quickly into the new year. That is exactly what Macoupin County felt as temperatures soared from 3 degrees, without the windchill factor, on Dec. 23, up to 67…

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Top Macoupin County stories of 2022

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter 1. November 2022 Election Voters recently cast their ballots for Sheriff, County Treasurer, and County Board Members in Districts 4, 6 and 7. They also voted in the State wide election, deciding the Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Comptroller, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, and voting on and amendment…

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New Year, new laws for Illinois in 2023

By Erin Sanson Enquirer~Democrat Reporter The New Year means new laws will be going into effect on Sun. Jan. 1 in Illinois. This year there are almost 200 new laws going into effect from revisions to the criminal justice system to vehicles law changes and changes to employment laws and programs. SAFE-T Act One of…

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Blaze brings down former Bowling Alley in Girard

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter A fire blazed at the building which previously housed a bowling alley on the north end of Girard the night of Dec. 22. The first reports of fire inside the building came around 6:30 p.m. Virden and Carlinville Fire Departments were called for mutual aid shortly after. Fire crews…

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City Audit reviewed, employee honored

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter The Carlinville City Council held its last meeting of the month on Dec. 19. Two matters of employment were discussed and an employee was honored for his service to the community. The annual audit was also discussed by Angela Verticchio with Fleming Tawfall and the calendar for the 2023…

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Virden Fireman’s Ball honors retiring Chief, longtime employees

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter The 45th annual Virden Fireman’s Ball was recently held. Several awards were handed out at the event honoring the long time employees and volunteers of the Virden Fire Protection District. Virden’s new Chief Brent Britenstine handed out the awards throughout the evening. Bruce Fairfull, the previous Chief received the…

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Severe Winter Weather could mean a White Christmas for Macoupin County

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter Those dreaming of a white Christmas may be in luck this year as weather forecasters across the area call for snow fall on Thursday, Dec. 22 and temperatures below freezing for the remainder of the weekend. There has been brief snowfall a couple days in the last few weeks,…

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County board re-organized; Adden, Barr, Kilduff sworn in

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter The Dec. 13 Macoupin County board meeting came with several changes in the boards’ makeup as four members retired and three new ones were sworn in. Re-Organization Each board member took the oath of the county board swearing to uphold the constitution of the United States and the State…

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Carlinville School District tax levy approved

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter The Carlinville School Board meeting began earlier than usual at 5:30 p.m. The board held a truth in taxation hearing before the meeting began at 5:15 p.m. The board also discussed several matters of employment and changes to the school handbooks. Tax Levy A Truth in Taxation hearing was…

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Water line breaks drain Carlinville towers

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter The city of Carlinville was under a boil order on Dec. 9 and 10 following two water mains being hit, emptying the cities water towers. Normally, the city would be notified of the tower levels running low but, due to a major communication line being cut in the St.…

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