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Church News

 We will begin lighting the Advent Candles with the children in the Morning Worship at our church next Sunday.  Of course, Advent means “coming”—specifically the “coming” of Jesus into the world.  Some may thin

Local News

The First Baptist Church in Ridgway will be hosting the Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 6 PM .  Everyone is invited to come and worship together, Fr. Steven Beatty and Rev. Randy Davis will bring the message. &nb

Crimes & Accidents

ISP District 19 Announces DUI and Alcohol-Related Activity   Carmi, IL – Illinois State Police District 19 Commander, Captain Morrie Fraser, announced today, DUI and alcohol-related enforcement activity for the two-week period beginning on M

School News

The Gallatin County School recently held their annual Food Drive for “Mission Hope,” November 2nd through 14th.  As always this year was a huge success.  The entire school, community, and Jr. High Student Council pulled t


William  Joseph “Bill” Drone, age 86, lifelong Ridgway resident died peacefully on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Evergreen Nursing Home in Effingham.  Bill as most knew him was born March 31, 1928 at his parents’ home in the Rid

Opinion / Columns

  "Greetings" from our little town down by the Little Wabash River. The fishermen have put their fishing gear up in exchange for deer hunting gear. The bow season is in now and soon it will be the guns out to get the local deer population d


The Junior High Hawks have improved their winning streak with the JV's record at 5-0 and the varsity's record at 8-0.  The Hawks met up with Pope County at home on November 13.  The JV downed the Pirated 44-25 with the following scoring


Looks like someone is  very special to their friends. Ridgway's Janice Drone had a special birthday her 5oth.  As you can see her yard was decorated appropriately.  Enjjoy Janice.


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