Today's News

  • Ground broken for Catholic healing center

    A ground-breaking ceremony for a building to house a Catholic healing ministry, founded by two Vandalia women, was held on Monday.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky, the (Adorable) Little Donkey…
    …and his barn buddies, Lady, the mini-mare, Sugarfoot, the mini-stallion, and their daughter, Sudy, are all getting their fuzzy, winter coats.
    Smoky is always so cute in the winter with his fuzzy “bangs” down his forehead and just above his eyes.
    Lady and Sudy’s coats get pretty heavy, and Sugarfoot’s black coat is heavier, but he still looks pretty sleek, and with his long, long tail, he looks very handsome.

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 196.
    Sunday’s organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Acolyte was Tresston Bahde.
    Elders were Kevin Wodtka and Reggie Grandt.
    Advent services begin this Wednesday and continue on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., concluding on Dec. 21.
    The LYF will be hosting fellowship and desserts following each Advent service.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Jim Alexander
    -Wes Harmeier
    -Lloyd Schaal
    -Becky Scoggin

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, Nov. 30
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will decorate the Christmas tree at Friendship Manor Nursing Home.
    Thursday, Dec. 1
    • The St. Elmo Business Association, 12 noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Brownstown raffling off Pujols poster

    A raffle is being held for a 48-inch-by-80-inch Albert Pujols  “Got Milk?” banner.

  • Master Gardener deadline extended

    If you have an interest in gardening and want to learn more about gardening, fruit trees, and how to manage insect pests, you may want to check out the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program.
    More than 3,500 master gardeners across Illinois volunteer in their community and share their knowledge with others through their local Extension office.
    Master Gardeners are an important part of the educational mission of local University of Illinois Extension offices.

  • KC enhances horticulture program

    The Kaskaskia College Horticulture Program will offer an associate’s degree to go along with its current one-year certificate program.
    Jennifer Heinzmann, horticulture program director, believes that the degree program will help to enhance program growth and future offerings.
    Horticulture incorporates many diverse disciplines, ranging from greenhouse management to landscape design, and maintenance to floral arranging and more.

  • SWCD Honors First National Bank

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District recently presented a plaque to First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville for its long-time support.

  • New state law on electronics disposal

    Beginning Jan. 1, it will no longer be legal for individuals to dispose of unwanted electronics in their regular trash.
    Discarded electronics – including computers, monitors, electronic keyboards, scanners, fax machines and many other electronic devices – must be taken to a registered recycler for proper management.
    It will be illegal for the consumer to dispose of them in the trash, and it will be illegal for Illinois landfills to accept them.

  • ExxonMobil Gift to BES

    ExxonMobil recently awarded $1,000 to Brownstown Elementary School for use with its science and math curriculums. In the photo, Exxon employee Michael Whitten presents the check to BES Principal Angela Reeter on Monday. The school plans to buy materials and supplies for science experiments and math manipulatives.