Today's News

  • Virginia Smith, 90

    Virginia Smith, 90
    Virginia Smith of Vandalia celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday, July 31.
    She has six children: Kenny, Bob, Ed and Herb Smith, Karen Little and Marilyn Kopp.
    Cards may be sent to her at, Sweetbrier Retirement Home, 410 Sunset Drive No. 6, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Reunions

    The 15th annual Kimberlin family reunion was held Saturday, June 12, at the home of Michael and Kathy Brown of Vandalia, with 70 in attendance.
    President Margaret Luster conducted the business meeting and thanked everyone who helped organize the event, especially the Brown family.
    Treasurer Connie Harre gave the financial report and expenses for the past year.

  • Hayes — 50 years

    Jerry and Cathy Hayes of Kimberling City, Mo., and formerly of Brownstown, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 5.
    Jerry and the former Cathy Bayles were married on Aug. 5, 1960, at the Brownstown Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Brown officiating.
    Jerry is a 1992 retired field superintendent from Exxon Co. USA. Cathy retired in 1992 from First Nation Bank in Brownstown.
    Cards may be sent to them at: 65 Overton Drive, Kimberling City, Mo. 65686.

  • Frailey — 50 years

    Charles and Connie Frailey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 1, 2010.
    The couple were married on July 1, 1960, in Bartonville. They are both retired. 
    They have four children: Kimberly Gayle Frailey of Centralia, Wanda Denise Jansen of Evans, Ga., Galen Wade Frailey of Shobonier and Charles Robert Frailey, deceased.
    They have 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

  • Carson — 50 years

    Virgil and Catherine Carson of Brownstown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15, at Liberty Christian Church, hosted by their children.
    Virgil Junior and the former Catherine Friese were married on Aug. 5, 1960, in Effingham. Their attendants were Everett and Ruby Schaub.
    Virgil is the son of the late Virgil and Ethel Carson. Catherine is the daughter of the late Mike and Thelma Friese.
    He is a self-employed farmer and she is a homemaker.

  • Devore — 70 years

    The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Gehl and Doris Devore will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22, at First United Methodist Church, 128 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Waukegan.
    The couple was married on Aug. 22, 1940, by Mrs. Devore’s father, the Rev. Fred C. Mery, in their hometown of Altamont. Dr. and Mrs. Devore served at First United Methodist from 1963-1979, and Dr. Devore is currently pastor emeritus at the church.

  • Two found dead in Loogootee home

    Two individuals who sustained gunshot wounds were found dead in a Loogootee home early Wednesday, and a male teen is in custody.

    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel said in a statement released just before noon on Wednesday that the bodies of two individuals who had sustained gunshot wounds were discovered as the Fayette County Sheriff's Office investigated a report of a break-in.


    State and county law enforcement officials are reportedly investigating the death of two individuals at their Loogootee home.

    County officials were still unable to release any more information by mid-morning on Wednesday. The release of information was scheduled for noon on Wednesday.

    More will be released on this website as information becomes available.

  • Church Briefs

    Northside Christian starts second service

    Beginning this Sunday, Northside Christian Church will be offering a new, non-traditional worship experience during the church's second morning service. The new service will be called "Free on the Inside."

  • Evergreen Outreach-July 26

    By Edith Elliott