Today's News

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    It was wonderful, welcoming music that opened this week's Evergreen Outreach meeting and raised our spirits. SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence and their border collies) welcomed everyone with old-time hymns.
    We shared refreshments and caught up with everyone, but we really missed FAYCO.  We also missed Katie and Randy Schukar. We hope that they can come next week; we count on them being here! We plan and hope to see you all.

  • What does God say about our treatment of the poor?

    You probably don’t know the name Curtiss Wilkerson of Whittier California; neither did I until I read about him in an issue of Rolling Stone magazine. And, unless you’re a Wall Street Journal reader (which I am not), you probably don’t know the names Angelo Mozilo or Kenneth Lewis, either.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Small business workshop
    The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Kaskaskia College will host a workshop, “Starting a Small Business in Illinois,” on Thursday, July 24, from 2-4 p.m. at the Vandalia Campus, located at 2310 Fillmore St.
    Topics to be covered include: how to develop a business plan as well as a marketing plan; how to get organized and maintain records; determining the form of your business structure; and legal and financial basics.

  • VCHS class of '84 sets reunion

    The Vandalia Community High School class of 1984 will hold its 30-year reunion Aug. 1-2.
    Plans include a gathering at The Copper Penny on Friday evening; a golf scramble at the Vandalia Country and Golf Club on Saturday morning; and a complete entertainment extravaganza to celebrate the 30th anniversary on Saturday evening.
    For more information, members of the class can email vchs1984reunion@gmail.com or visit the VCHS Class of 1984 Facebook page.

  • Patoka registration is Aug. 3-6

    The Patoka School District has released registration information for the 2014-15 school year.
    The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 18, with students in session from 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. For the first two weeks of school, students will be dismissed at 2:15 p.m.
    Registration will be held under the following schedule:
    • Pre-K – Monday, Aug. 3, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • K-12 – Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 4-5, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Wednesday, Aug. 6, noon-6 p.m.
    The school office will be closed from 11 a.m.-noon each day.

  • College News

    Monmouth College
    A Fayette County resident was among students at Monmouth College during its annual honors convocation.
    Haley J. Wollerman of Bingham received the Kate Spencer Memorial Scholarship.
    A senior business administration major, she is the daughter of Lynn and Julie Wollerman of Bingham.

    A Patoka resident was named the recipient of a scholarship at Southern Illinois Carbondale for the fall semester.

  • Where are they now?


    City where you currently reside: Bartlett.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Corner
    Lady, the Mini-Mare, Now in Section #1 of New Pen
    Lady, the mini-mare, came to the Homestead to live in 2002 and was estimated to be approximately 5 years old at the time.  
    Earlier in her life, she had foundered on fresh, new, spring grass and, as a result, her hooves were misshapen (like rockers) to the point that she could hardly walk. The family that had her were wanting to find a home for her, and the friend to all critters, John Beck, (who is also our friend) called us with the sad story of the little horse needing a good home.

  • Frogtown News

    The Grandt cousin reunion was held Saturday. Six guests of those attending were from Germany.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will be holding Vacation Bible School next week, July 21-25, from 6-8 p.m. daily.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 214.
    Rita Yagow was the organist.
    Madyson Magnus served as acolyte.
    Charles Wachholz and Paul Reynolds were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Michael Jordon

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, July 16
    Thursday, July 17
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Saturday, July 19
    • The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet at 214 N. Walnut, 9 a.m.-noon.
    • 4-H show at Fayette County Fair – Dairy cattle at 9 a.m.
    Monday, July 21