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Today's News

  • Multiple partners, benefits

    Local farmers looked over the crops at the research center south of Brownstown last week, though it was a different group of people who planted those crops this year.

  • County OKs outside work on courthouse

    The Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday the low bid from a Vandalia contractor for exterior work on the county courthouse.
    The board accepted Lester Construction’s bid of $119,500, the lowest of two bids for the work, which will include guttering and window wells.
    Explaining the project, Chad Austin of the board’s building and grounds committee said that it’s “work that has got to be done before there’s more damage (to the exterior).”

  • Smith will seek second term

    Chris Smith feels he has accomplished a number of things in his first four years as Fayette County’s sheriff. Now, he’s ready to hold that post for another four years.

  • Groundbreaking held for Brownstown church

    Fayette Faces this week are many faces, the members of Brownstown First Christian Church who gathered at the west outer edge of Brownstown on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 20, for a groundbreaking service for their new church building.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 14

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at the Legion Home. The executive board meets at 5:30 p.m., and the regular meeting is at 6 p.m.

  • St. Elmo Firefighters Participate in 9/11 Ceremony

    Members of the St. Elmo Fire Department again participated in the 9/11 Memorial Climb and Ceremony hosted by HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    Members of the St. Elmo Fire Department who participated as the MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) honor guard were Chief Doug Engeljohn, Jim Giffin and Karen Wegscheid, and firefighter Josh Fulk who participated in the 110-Story Climb.

  • Live Line Demonstration
  • And the Band Played On
  • St. Elmo News

    Announcements
    Thursday, September 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., Brownstown Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, September 15
    • Men’s outdoor Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.
    Saturday, September 16
    • Soup luncheon, 11:30-12:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church. Everyone is welcome.
    Sunday, September 17

  • Frogtown News

    Honor Flight
    On Oct. 17, Ray Schnake will be participating in an honor flight to Washington, D.C.
    This is a program that honors men and women who served in the armed forces during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. At the end of the flight day, veterans are given letters and cards from family and friends reminiscent of military mail call.
    Ray’s family is asking friends to participate by sending a card. The address is: Ray Schnake, c/o Joan Bortolon, 57 Country Place, Springfield, Ill. 62703.
    New Minister