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Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Death
    Raymond Reed, 87, of Farina, died on Friday. The funeral was held on Monday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Raymond was a lifelong resident of the St. Peter area.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 167. The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Collin Miller served as the acolyte. Attending Elders were Darrell Wollin and Kevin Wodtka.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Carl Benning
    -Beth Reynolds
    • The family of Raymond Reed

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 30
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Maverick Restaurant.
    • U of I Unit 21 Extension Council, 7 p.m., Effingham Extension Office.
    Saturday, April 1
    • This Saturday is the deadline to enroll in Fayette County 4-H and the deadline for selecting projects.
    Sunday, April 2

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    S.O.S. – Baby Bucky Burro Kicking Up His Heels
    Buckwheat the little burro has enjoyed taking his naps in the sunshine, but he really demonstrated Sunday how much he enjoyed the sunshine and spring weather by putting on a show for us. It was really cute how he showed off.
    He can see our back door from his barn door, and he often sticks his head out in the early mornings to watch for us to emerge.
    He also listens for the door to open and when he hears the latch, looks out and is out of his barn by the time we are out of the door.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Taketha M. Johnson, 45, Memphis, Tenn., was arrested on March 28 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $4,000.
    • Arik E. Warner, 32, 1502 N. Eighth St., Apt. 4B, Vandalia, was arrested on March 27 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $250 cash.
    • Aram Armani, 58, Las Vegas, Nev., was arrested on March 27 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and no taillights. Bond was $1,500.

  • Philbrick is second Lenten Luncheon speaker

    The second Lenten Luncheon was held at the St. James Lutheran Church last Wednesday, opening with pianist Richard Tucker playing inspirational songs as the guests were seated at long tables covered with white cloths, vases of lavender spring flower and plates of homemade cookies provided by the Presbyterian Church women.

    All were glad the day was one of the Lord’s finest, as last year the Lenten Luncheon at St. James Lutheran Church had to be canceled due to the weather.

  • Vandalia man gets 3 prison sentences

    A Vandalia man who was one of two men charged with causing damage to the Fayette County Jail agreed to three prison sentences earlier this week.
    In Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor approved plea agreements accepted by Tyler J. Dunaway.
    Through the plea agreement, Dunaway accepted a one-year prison sentence on a charge of criminal damage to government-supported property.

  • Six-year sentences on cannabis charges

    Two California women who were arrested in January for possessing a large amount of cannabis after calling for police assistance agreed on Monday to serve prison sentences.
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    Christina Phaviseth, 20, of Redding, Calif., and Joana Rebollar-Limon, 18, of Anderson, Calif., each signed a plea-bargaining agreement that includes a six-year prison sentence.
    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor approved the plea bargains during a court hearing on Monday.

  • Work planned on high school

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved on Tuesday an initial step in making some needed improvements to the district’s high school and administration building.
    The board approved a resolution allowing health life safety monies to be used for three projects.
    Those include replacing steel lintels on the north side of the high school, replacing a portion of the brick exterior and tuckpointing various areas on the north and east sides of the high school.

  • Downtown Distillery planned

    An Iowa man with local connections and his wife are planning the startup of a unique business in a downtown Vandalia landmark.

    And Rick and Cindy Radliff are getting some help from the city to do so.
    The Radliffs traveled from their home in Des Moines on Monday to be on hand when the city council acted on their application for a Tax Increment Financing grant.
    The Radliffs plan to operate Witness Distillery in the building at 330 W. Gallatin St., which served as the home of Allen Furniture for many decades.

  • Two more celebrities commit to Greenville Graffiti show

    A teen heartthrob from the early 1970s and an actor who specialized in playing nerds will be signing autographs this summer at the sixth annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show in Greenville.
    Barry Williams, who starred as Greg Brady on the legendary comedy TV series The Brady Bunch, and Eddie Deezen, who played Eugene Felsnic in Grease and Grease 2, will appear at the show on Saturday, June 17.
    Their appearance continues a Greenville Graffiti Car Show tradition of featuring celebrities.