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Today's News

  • A TRUE SPARTAN

    Tony Alstat was hooked from the start.
    From the first time he competed in the grueling endurance event, he knew it was just his thing.
    What others see as extreme or nearly impossible, Alstat sees as exhilarating, enjoyable and rewarding.
    A Vandalia native, Alstat has a strong passion for competing in arguably the toughest single athletic event around — the Spartan Race.
    Pushing his body to the limits, coming out in one piece and the personal satisfaction that comes with finishing a grueling event is why he does it.

  • A Whirlwind Year

    Wearing a brand new uniform and sitting with new teammates in an unfamiliar bullpen on a warm Texas night, Spencer Patton tells himself, “Don’t fall asleep.”
    After a hectic and life-changing few days, Patton is exhausted, mentally and physically.
    Patton has only been in town for a few hours, and he’s concerned he may actually doze off.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this little girl was taken about 73 years ago.

  • FAYCO incident shows that AEDs save lives

    You know those fire extinguishers and automated external defibrillators that are stationed on the walls of our work places, those small tools that we think will never be put into use? Well, there may come a day when one of those will save a life, as was the case last week at a FAYCO facility.
    When a FAYCO employee went down due to a heart attack last Monday, other employees sprung into action, with one beginning chest compressions. That employee called for the nurse, who, in turn, called for the AED stationed a short distance away.

  • Illinois men travel to Vietnam Exhibit

    Last weekend my son, Mat, along with fellow re-enactors, all members of Charlie Co., lst Battalion 1/502, 101st Airborne, headquartered in Chicago, traveled to Mt. Pleasant, S.C., to take part in the grand opening of the Vietnam Experience Exhibit at Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This old photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Andy Craig, shows a circus
    parading down Gallatin Street upon its arrival in town.
     

  • Brownstown holiday event is back

    Last year, Tammy Barker and some local friends saw a need for a closer, more accessible place for some Brownstown residents and friends to do their Christmas and gift shopping.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael D. Rose, 55, Chebanse, was arrested on Nov. 18 on charges of possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.
    • Christopher A. Smith, 24, 1224 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000, and he was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.
    • David M. Gibson, 28, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Nov. 18 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • BHS Homecoming is Saturday

    Brownstown High School will hold its homecoming dance this Saturday evening from 8-11 p.m., with the coronation set for 8 p.m.

    At right are the homecoming candidates and freshman attendants. In front, from left, are freshman attendant Brooke Mayfield, sophomore Elissa Baron, junior Paityn Miller and seniors Shayla Stokes, Katie Kroll and Tabitha Dolan. In back are sophomore Simon Korte, junior Jacobo Maria Trabada Sanchez deToca and seniors Drake Hall, Curt Frailey and Justin Sefton. Not present was freshman attendant Jason Struble.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Bucky Burro’s First Snow
    We were looking forward to seeing how the little burro, Baby Bucky, reacted to his first snow, and we were not disappointed.  Hr ran, jumped, bucked and then ran stiff-legged with his head down between his front legs.
    Those were his initial reactions. After that, he went into the barn, where his mother was standing, dry and out of the snow, watching him. Like his predecessor, the late Smoky ( the adorable little donkey), Bucky nor his mother, Madricka, seem to like getting wet, even from a light snow.