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Neoga School District Cuts Positions

It was an emotional night for many community members and employees of the Neoga School District. Several teachers, aides, coaches and support staff found out they'd be losing their job. News Watch's Braden Harp has more on what on was a painful meeting for all in attendance. By the end of the night more than 30 Neoga School District employees were cut in an effort to secure over 600 hundred thousa ... READ MORE >>

Court Reporter Cuts

The next victims of the state's one point six billion dollar budget shortfall are crucial to most court cases. The budget for court reporters is quickly running out in many judicial circuits throughout the state. News Watch spoke with Pete Shanks, a court reporter for Coles county, who says the Fifth Judicial Circuit already has an emergency operations plan ready to go. The plan that wo ... READ MORE >>

Effingham Fireworks!

Fireworks and the Fourth of July are a tradition for many across the country but in Illinois you can't set off much more than sparklers! The state's Pyrotechnic Use Act outlaws the sale or use of fireworks but Effingham County Board member Dave Campbell says there's a loophole in the Act they should be taking advantage of and it's one that could generate a lot of revenue for the county, instead o ... READ MORE >>

Casey Sex Offenders

It's been the buzz all over an East Central Illinois community. The Casey Police Department is turning to social media to alert the public of sex offenders in their town. The state of Illinois requires sex offenders to register their living arrangements with the state and that information is available on their website. But the Casey Police Department says the information can reach more people o ... READ MORE >>

March Maddness Begins

With March Madness kicking off, millions around the country are clinching their brackets as the games unfold. With so many people watching today, how much work is actually getting done? Not a lot, according to career placement firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas. The firm says this year's tournament could cost companies nearly two billion dollars, due to lost wages paid to worker distra ... READ MORE >>