Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • James W. Womble Jr., 26, Belleville, was arrested on July 4 on charges of operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with an expired license, and for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,000.
    • Gavin A.J. Verdeyen, 20, 1013 N. Cypress St., St. Elmo, was arrested on July 4 on a charge of aggravated battery. Bond was $10,000.
    • Tarita M. Williams, 31, Columbia, Mo., was arrested on July 3 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 6

    ✔ The Grandparents/Relatives Raising Children support group meets from 1-2 p.m. at Evans Public Library in Vandalia. The support group meets monthly and provides support, education and access to additional resources, including financial assistance. For more information, contact Trisha Katt at 217-347-7179, ext. 1062.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Seven-week study at Northside Church

    A seven-week DVD study of 2 Timothy, “Entrusted,” is being held at Northside Christian Church.
    The study begins next Thursday, with sessions held at 6:30 p.m. Faye Watson is the teacher.
    An optional workbook is available for $19.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The annuitants of the ExxonMobil met on Thursday, June 29, in Vandalia at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with 18 members and six guests present.
    Dean Black gave the welcome, followed by the pledge to the flag. Black asked for a moment of silence for a former member Lois Jones, wife of Bill Jones, who passed away in May. LaVerne Laux followed with a meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting opened with the reading of the last meeting in Litchfield, which was the picnic at the Mulherns’. The treasurer’s report was also given.

  • Something Crafty Ribbon-Cutting
  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    What a great Fourth of July celebration – warm, sunny and delightful companionship. The leaders of EO pulled off another good show. We missed FAYCO and FCH Long Term Care, but we really enjoyed welcoming Mr. Orger, who was with us for the first time.

  • Patriotic Musical at First Baptist in Brownstown
  • Some ways to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes

    As we enter mosquito season, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding Illinoisans of the diseases mosquitoes carry and the best ways to avoid being bitten.
    “Each year since 2002 when we saw the first human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois, we’ve seen the virus circulate across the state,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. J.D.
    “This year, many people are concerned about a relatively news virus – Zika virus.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Bucky Burro Playing in the Sunshine
    The recent rains had make Bucky Burro’s “yard” a bit muddy and, although he seemed to enjoy rolling and playing in the mud, he seemed really overjoyed to see the sun shining this week.
    We saw him run from his barn and back, kicking up his heels and cavorting around his pen like a 2-year-old (which he really is). Lady, the senior mini-horse and, we suspect, Bucky’s “mentor”) just stood  watched him, showing no inclination to join in the lively behavior.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, June 29
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, June 30
    • Men’s outdoor Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.
    Monday, July 3
    • Mothers of Preschoolers, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Tuesday, July 4
    • Have a happy – and safe – Fourth of July.
    Wednesday, July 5
    • ”Exploring the Arts,” a free arts program for grades 3-8, 6-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.