Today's News

  • Doyle injured in wreck

    A rural Vandalia man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Harmon A. Doyle, 59, was northbound on U.S. Route 51 in a 2005 Nissan Altima when the vehicle left the roadway on the right.
    The state police said Doyle came back onto the roadway and then went to the left, going off the roadway and down an embankment before overturning. Doyle was thrown from the vehicle.
    He was taken to Fayette County Hospital with serious injuries.

  • School Menus

    Monday, Oct. 11 – No school.
    Tuesday, Oct. 12 – Pop Tart, cereal, juice and milk.
    Wednesday, Oct. 13 – Breakfast burrito, fruit and milk.
    Thursday, Oct. 14 – Cereal, toast, fruit and milk.
    Friday, Oct. 15 – Bacon, egg & cheese sandwich, juice and milk.
    Grades K-8
    Monday, Oct. 11 – No School.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Looking For a Mouse…
    Usually, when one is looking for a mouse, it is with dire and formidable thoughts and an intent to remove said mouse from the premises, permanently. In fact, the word, “terminate” even comes to mind.
    Not so in this case. The particular “mouse” I am looking for seems to almost be extinct, worn out, gone bad, etc. It is the “mouse” with which to operate my computer.

  • Frogtown News

    Returns Home
    Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., returned home after spending the week with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. After seeing a Dr. in Effingham, and getting medication, she was feeling much better when she left.
    Leone Bartimus of St. Peter died last Wednesday.
    The funeral was held on Saturday, with burial in Springhill Cemetery, rural Beecher City. Area survivors are daughter and son-in-law Liz and Jim Carson of St. Peter.
    St. Peter Church

  • St. Elmo Area News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes


  • Farm Briefs

    GROWMARK aid to Lucas Benning

    Lucas Benning, an agronomy management major at Illinois State University, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from  GROWMARK, Inc. He is the son of Carl and Karen Benning of Shobonier.

    This year, the regional agricultural supply and grain marketing cooperative presented 39 scholarships, totaling $41,500, to students majoring in agriculture or accounting from 14 colleges and universities.

  • Illinois grain stocks down from 2009

    Corn stocks in all positions in Illinois on Sept. 1 totaled 246.3 million bushels, down 18 percent from last year’s stocks of 298.9 million bushels. Off-farm stocks, at 206.3 million bushels, accounted for 84 percent of the total. The indicated disappearance from all positions for the June-August quarter was 519 million bushels, up slightly from the same time a year ago.

  • One More Cutting

    Ashley Snow is shown on Monday raking this season's third cutting of hay on land owned by David and Ruth Stone. The field is located about five miles west of Vandalia. Recent weather has been good for harvest activities as well as baling hay. 

  • Harvest in high gear

    As farmers flipped the calendar to October last week, it must have seemed strange. Unlike last year, when they’d hardly gotten into the fields by Oct. 1, many county producers now have nearly 90 percent of their corn in the bin.
    Though there’s still some corn out there, it’s getting harder and harder to spot. And farmers have put a big dent in their soybean acres, as well.
    “The last four years have been strange,” said Ron Marshel, Fayette County Farm Bureau manager. “We don’t know what normal is anymore.”

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Oct. 7, 2010

    • Kenneth D. McNish, 36, Alton, was arrested on Oct. 5 for failure to appear in court in Effingham and Montgomery counties. Bond was $5,500.
    • Jerrod A. Long, 31, 1322 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 4 on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $5,000.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on Oct. 4 on charges of aggravated battery, criminal damage to property more than $300 and possession of tobacco by a minor. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.