Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    A New Year with New Opportunities
    I have always liked to kind of clean clutter on the first day or two of January, whether it be on my desk or in the kitchen cabinets, drawers and closets, etc.
    But I don’t always get those tasks accomplished as I wish I could!
    I don’t really make new year’s resolutions any more, but I do like to try to learn at least one new thing every year. (Don’t always get that done, either, at least not the things I want to learn.)

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, January 5
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. The program will be bingo and those attending are to take a wrapped $5 gift.
    Sunday, January 8
    • Rescheduled Children’s Christmas program, 10:35 a.m., First United Methodist Church.
    • First United Methodist Church Sunday Night Live youth, 6-7:30 p.m.; high school in parsonage and grade school/junior high in Fellowship Hall.

  • Birth

    Catherine Nicole Brackett
    Chris and Danielle Brackett of Altamont are the parents of a girl born at 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 3, 2016, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    Catherine Nicole Brackett weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20.5 inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Bob and Tammie Owen of Farina, and paternal grandparents are Jeff and Jane Brackett of Newton.
    Cleta Colclasure of Farina and Eugene Owen of Farina are great-grandparents.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants met on Dec. 15 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for their Christmas party and luncheon, with 24 members and three guests present.
    President Dean Black welcomed everyone, followed by the pledge to the flag. Vera Miller gave the blessing for the meal.
    After the meal, Black called the meeting to order.
    The election of officers was held, with the current officers retained for the coming year: Dean Black, president; Mike Mulhern, vice president; and Elloise Black, secretary-treasurer.

  • Robison – 50 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Bill Robison of Brownstown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

  • Ameren Donates to YMCA's Strong Kids
  • Kaskaskia College

    Beginning digital photography class
    The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will offer a beginning digital photography class at the Vandalia Campus on Monday and Wednesday, January 23 and 25, from 6-8 p.m.
    The registration number for the class is COED 5428 VA01E.
    Get to know your digital camera and learn to take superior images. You will learn techniques to improve your action, portrait, scenic, travel, outdoor, and wildlife portraits. Take your digital camera.
    The cost is $20.

  • KC Associate's Degrees in Nursing
  • Pinning ceremony held on Dec. 7 for LPN graduates at KC Vandalia

    The pinning ceremony for the 2016 class of licensed practical nurses at Kaskaskia College Vandalia’s Campus was held on Wednesday, Dec. 7.  It was a very memorable moment in the lives in these students who have worked so hard to achieve this goal.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    There was no photo last week.
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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Opportunity's favorite disguise is trouble.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry Cable, Ruth Ann Garrison, Juanita Workman, Sandy Guffey, Cy and Lorene Locke, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, and Andrew Crosswait.