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Area News

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Vandalia.

    Shown here, from left, are: Heather Chavez, PAVE advocate; Matt Chancey, Fayette County assistant state's attorney; Gottman; Larry Eason, Vandalia police chief; and Amanda Michel, victim witness coordinator in the state's attorney's office. The proclamation was signed to help raise the public's awareness of domestic violence issues, and the programs and services available to assist victims of domestic violence.

  • Frogtown News

    Marriage

    Shawn Meyer of Mt. Vernon and Sarah Kash of Mt. Vernon were married on Oct. 8 at Hazel Dell Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser.

    Shawn is the son of Bob Meyer and Sharon Boyles. Sarah is the daughter of Randall and Debra Kash. The couple resides in Mt. Vernon.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Longhorn Cattle Stampede
    The “Longhorn Ladies” (Betsy, the Bartels girl, “Geneva,” “Red” and the youngsters) have been content this summer on their pasture, and have not complained or looked at the grass on the proverbial “other side of the fence.”
    However, when we started south down the lane with a few bales of hay Saturday, they began running along side the fence. They must have smelled the hay and broke into a run to get to it. (I don’t blame them; I like the smell of it myself, but not well enough to eat it.)

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Oct. 20
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Fried fish, beverages and table service will be provided.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Sept. 29 for its monthly meeting and luncheon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    There were 25 members present, as well as two guests, Kenneth and Angie Hagen from Shelbyville.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher gave the meal prayer. After the meal, President Dean Black called the meeting to order, the secretary and treasurer report was given and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for September were read.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Listening to the Cardinals on the Radio
    (Like Dad Did)
    That time is here again – the baseball playoffs and the St Louis Cardinals are in them!
    We do not have cable or satellite. We still have an antenna with the little “box,” which usually works fine for us, for what television we watch … until the baseball playoffs and begin.
    We have two modern version radios, neither of which will pick up KMOX good enough to hear it.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Concert
    Warren, Lucretia, Adam, Erin and Wilbert Schroeder of St. Peter and Bonnie Clark of Shobonier attended the fall concert at Kaskaskia College on Oct. 4.
    Kent Clark, son of Warren and Lucretia, performed with the orchestra on the alto saxophone.
    Attend Tournament
    Belinda Harpster accompanied Stacey and Haley Bergmann to Peoria over the weekend to the 22nd annual Christ Lutheran Volleyball Tournament.
    There were 24 teams in the tournament, and the Lady Saints finished in fourth place.
    St. Peter Church

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Oct. 12
    • The Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
    Thursday, Oct. 13
    • The Lunch Bunch, 12 noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Post Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 5 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    •  The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.

  • 4-H, Walmart team up

    On Saturday, Oct. 22, young people in Fayette County will join employees from the Vandalia Walmart to celebrate the county 4-H program and encourage artistic expression.
    Walmart will host youth in the store from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to learn more about the 4-H visual arts project.
    Young people will learn fun ways to decorate pumpkins for the fall season, and each youth will take home, at no cost, a pumpkin he or she decorated.
    Families can learn more about joining a local 4-H club from University of Illinois Extension Educator Judy Mae Bingman.

  • HCE Proclamation

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring the second week of October as Illinois Association of Home and Community Education Week.