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MTZ Swingsations hosted 40th Midwest Invitational

January 17, 2022

By Blake Faith Staff Writer The Mt. Zion Midwest Invitational celebrated its 40th year last weekend as one of the top competitions in the Midwest. Hosted by the Mt. Zion Swingsations, this event draws show choirs from across the country each year. Competing groups had the opportunity to perform in the high school’s 1500 seat…

Mt Zion Odd Fellows Lodge 12 Days of Christmas raffle winners

January 10, 2022

The Mt Zion Odd Fellows Lodge held their annual 12 Days of Christmas raffle again and they made some people very happy.  Lodge member, and raffle manager, Kevin Johnson gets to make the calls notifying the winners.  Kevin says it is very rewarding to hear people express their happiness and some their need.  We have…

Hortin in State Queen Pageant

January 10, 2022

Miss Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Queen, Karis Hortin, will be one of 71 young ladies competing for Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Title at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield the weekend of January 14-16, 2021. Karis’s interview portion will be held on Friday, January 14. Her preliminary—which consists of speech, swimsuit, and evening gown–will be…

Mt. Zion Braves win 2021 Taylorville Holiday tournament

January 3, 2022

The Mt. Zion Braves with their championship trophy after winning the 2021 Taylorville Holiday tournament. From left to right: Team manager Valerie Affeldt, Head coach Dale Schuring, Lyncoln Koester, John Baumann, MaKobi Adams, Carson Cuddy, Grant McAtee, Ryan Clark, Ethan Hamrick, Matthias Adams, Sam Driscoll, Nathan Hart, Brayden Trimble, Jack Driscoll, Kam Clark, Assistant coach…


January 3, 2022

The Cerro Gordo-Bement girls basketball team won the 2021 St. Thomas More Saber Christmas Shootout held December 28 and 29 in Champaign.  The Broncos went undefeated over the two days of tourney action.  Pictured with their Championship Trophy are (front row) Skye Tieman, Morgan Brunner, and Haylei Simpson.  (Back row) Coach Andrew Buhr, assistant coach…


January 3, 2022

Senior Cerro Gordo-Bement Bronco standout Connor Brown was honored with a special presentation prior to the start of the varsity home basketball on December 28. Brown actually scored his 1,000 point on the road at Fisher on Tuesday, December 21. He is the 15th player in Cerro Gordo School history to accomplish this feat, and…


January 3, 2022

The Arthur Christian School girls varsity basketball team took 2nd place at the 17th Annual ACS Holiday Classic held December 28-30.  They defeated Calumet Christian on Tuesday by a score of 61-43, went on to beat Christian Liberty Academy 39-22 on Wednesday, and lost in the championship game Thursday afternoon to Illinois CRU Homeschool 22-53. …


January 3, 2022

The Illinois Husbandry and Animal Welfare (IHAW), a local dog breeding organization, made a donation to the Arthur police departments K-9 Unit on December 22 for various ongoing expenses incurred throughout the year.  Presenting Arthur Police Sargent Shaun Meredith and Kudo with the $2,000 check is IHAW Membership Secretary, Willard Herschberger and IHAW Past President…

Mt. Zion girls basketball team finishes second in tournament

December 27, 2021

Blake Faith The Mt. Zion girls basketball team finished second in the Arthur-Livingston-Atwood-Hammond Knights Holiday Classic Tournament last week. Abby Scharf and Denver Anderson made the All-tournament team to help the Braves with a 3-1 tournament record. The Braves won three straight wins against Shelbyville, Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland and Cumberland. I think overall in the tournament we…

Hammond School Christmas ornament

December 21, 2021

Staff Writer Last year the Rajah Park committee began the first in a series of ornaments depicting the history of the A-H School District. The first ornament featured was the first Atwood school, 1884-1913. This year the ornament, #2 in the series, will be the Hammond school 1915-1955. According to information that comes with the…


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