Stride Pro Wrestling coming to Christopher Saturday Night


The old Christopher Grade School gym is the place to be Saturday as Saturday night as two former CCHS graduates, Jay Spade and Tony Flood duke it out for the Stride Pro Heavy Weight Championship.

Proceeds will go toward helping students take a trip to New York.

You might see some familiar faces down the card before the main event of the night.

Here is a link below from WSIL morning news man, and pro wrestling enthusiast Kevin Hunsperger of an assembly at Christopher Grade school yesterday with Flood and Heath Hatton. -Steve

Water nearly over the Norris City blacktop

Hamilton County Sheriffs Office photo

MC LEANSBORO –  The above photograph is taken from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office late Wednesday afternoon of the Norris City Blacktop between Broughton and Norris City. This area is very prone to flooding.

The road is still open at this time, but unsure if the water has receded.

I was unaware that several from Christopher take that way to NCOE.  I just wanted to make you aware.  An alternate route is to take Route 14 to Enfield and go south on US 45. -sd

Students earn high marks at WYSE Academic Challenge

INA – Over 150 students from 10 area high schools competed in the 2018 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge Regional in the last two weeks. Eight of the schools met on Rend Lake College’s campus on Wednesday, Feb. 7 to participate; however, due to weather, two other schools held make-up events on later dates.

During the WYSE Academic Challenge, schools with similar enrollment compete against one another in divisions. Christopher High School, Wayne City High School, Zeigler-Royalton High School, Sesser-Valier High School, Waltonville High School, and Webber Township High School make up Division 300. Division 700 consists of Benton Consolidated High School, Pinckneyville Community High School, and Hamilton County Senior High School. The lone Division 1500 school is Mt. Vernon Township High School.

Each student who competes in the WYSE Academic Challenge completes two exams in pre-selected subjects. They can choose from biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math, or physics. Below are the regional results, followed by team photos. Students who qualify for the WYSE Sectional will compete at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Wednesday, March 14. The Illinois State Finals will be held April 16-19 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.


Christopher Unit District #99 addresses an issue of an incident with student

CHRISTOPHER – CUSD #99 would like to address an issue that occurred at CES. Recently, a non-functional AirSoft gun was brought to the school by a student. Students made the staff aware of the presence of the non-functional AirSoft gun. Administration was notified and addressed the issue quickly. The student has been addressed accordingly.

It needs to be emphatically stated; Students were NEVER in danger at ANYTIME. The toy gun was not functional. It was NEVER used.

We want to commend the students, staff, administration, and School Resource Office for quick action. With all that has gone on recently, CUSD #99 is totally committed to keeping all of our students safe. Every decision and action is directed towards that goal.

From the district’s Facebook page

Dispute over land in Mulkeytown continues after years of litigation

Izaak Walton Lake which is around two miles NW of Chirstopher. (WSIL Photo)

MULKEYTOWN, IL –  A fight over land in Franklin County has pitted neighbor against neighbor. For almost three years, the Christopher Izaak Walton Club has fought in court with a farm family in Mulkeytown. According to some club members, the ongoing fight has divided the community.

Winter brings a peaceful quiet to the land owned by the Christopher Izaak Walton Club.

But underneath the calm, a heated battle continues to sow dissension.

“This whole land steal lawsuit has divided families, friends,” says club member Tony Rosales.

Please click on the link below from Evie Allen of WSIL-TV

Structure fire in Chirstopher

by Steve Dunford 

Christopher, Coello, Buckner, and Zeigler firefighters are responding to a structure fire at 306 N Emma in Christopher.

Please avoid the area.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.


Dispatcher on administrative leave following sexual assault investigation

The Central Dispatch Board. (From WSIL-TV reporter Hannah Gebresialasse’s Twitter page

CHRISTOPHER, IL (Hannah Gebresilasse – WSIL-TV.  Please Click on the link for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.

Board members of the Central Dispatch of West Franklin County voted Wednesday night to place former Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Hampton on unpaid administrative leave, indefinitely.

Hampton faces charges of criminal sexual assault and custodial sexual misconduct. The felonies stem from an incident in January of 2016. Following the incident, the Franklin County Sheriff placed Hampton on administrative leave and he later resigned then began work at the dispatch center.

Rebecca Whittington serves as general counsel for the West Franklin County Central Dispatch board. She told News 3 Hampton’s position will be held open, but he will not be on staff or payroll.

Coello Chicken and Dumplin’ Dinner Tomorrow

by Steve Dunford

COELLO, IL –  In a second Sunday of the month tradition for over 40 years, the Coello Dumplin’ Gang will be hosting their chicken and dumping dinner at the Coello Community Building.

According to North City (Coello) mayor Curtis Overton, the proceeds go to the improvement of the village.  Currently they are trying to make upgrades to their park.  In the past, proceeds helped purchase a new fire truck.  Also, there is a community wide Christmas party with part of the revenue.

The hours are 11-2, and you can have all the dumplings you can eat, green beans, slaw, drink and dessert for $8.

Area departments fighting field fire in Buckner

by Steve Dunford

BUCKNER, IL –  There is a field fire endangering structures in the 500 block of South Janette Street in Buckner.  Zeigler, Christopher, and Coello Fire Departments are providing mutual aid.

At least through the weekend, there is a danger of field fires.  The current humidity is 41% with a dew point of 50.  With dry vegetation as well, burning is not advised.  To the best of my knowledge there is not any burn bans in effect in any communities.

If any communities issue burn bans, we will share that information as soon as possible.

Street named after long time pillar of the community in Coello

by Steve Dunford

COELLO, IL –  In my adult life, I spent a lot of time around the village of North City (Coello).  I came to be acquainted with Louis (Louie) Thery.

I spoke this morning with mayor Curtis Overton, about naming a street after Louie Thery, who recently passed away on August 3rd.

Over the years it was my assumption that Thery was a long time, full time employee of the Coello water department, in my conversation with Overton most of the work he performed was volunteer, especially when they had a water main break in the village.

Thery served as a long time village trustee, volunteered with the “Dumplin Gang” and did whatever needed to be done in the city.

I also know first hand that he had two great-nephews he thought a lot of, and spent a lot of time watching them come up the athletic ranks at Sesser-Valier.

In my conversation with Overton, he said after his passing, there were some people that suggested a street in town be named after him.  The two residents that lived on the street agreed to the name change, which the street is directly north of the city park.

In our conversation we agreed that Louie was a type of man that had no enemies, would do anything for anyone, and went about his daily business.

After the next “Dumplin Dinner” I will be writing a story on the “Dumplin Gang” and the work they do for the residents of the small Franklin County village.

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