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Today's News

  • Northside Church Pays Tribute to Veterans

    The congregation of Northside Christian Church in Vandalia welcomed back a couple of familiar faces to help them observe Veterans Day.

    The church combined its regular Sunday service with a program to honor veterans, as well as those currently serving in the armed forces. The Rev. Carl Rhodes (second photo), the former pastor of the church, was invited to be the guest speaker for the program and deliver the Sunday sermon. Rhodes and his wife, Pat, are both veterans.  Veterans on hand for the combined program and service included Brad Elmore (first photo).

  • Bellwether, Wilhour respond to letter

    The two parties that County Coroner Bruce Bowen mentioned in his letter of resignation last week responded in writing to comments made by Bowen.
    In his resignation letter to county board Chairman Jeff Beckman, Bowen expressed his displeasure with the county’s new budget preparation process, saying that he was excluded from the process.
    “All the other department heads were scheduled for a budget meeting and allowed input on their budget; I was not,” he said.

  • County board accepts resignation from coroner

    The need for Fayette County to find a new coroner became official on Tuesday night.
    The county board accepted the resignation of Bruce Bowen, who submitted a letter to board Chairman Jeff Beckman last week.
    In asking for a motion on Bowen’s resignation, Beckman thanked Bowen for his service to the county.
    Bowen thanked everyone for their assistance and support during his tenure.
    “I apologize to the citizens for leaving early,” he said, adding that he felt it was time to step down from the post.

  • County OKs levy with slight hike

    While the new budget for Fayette County was approved without discussion on Tuesday night, the same was not true for the county’s new levy.
    That new levy, which has a total that is 2.93 percent above last year’s total tax extension, was opposed by four members – Wade Wilhour, Chad Austin, Keith Cole and Glen “Whitey” Daniels.
    While those four members voted against the levy passage, voting for it were Chairman Jeff Beckman, Vice Chairman Darrell Schaal, Dean Bernhardt, Glenn Gurtner, Jenny Waggoner, John Daniels Jr. and Bryce Kistler.

  • The End of a Record Season
  • Dakota Pipeline gives EMA $20,000

    Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC announced last week plans to donate $20,000 to each Emergency Management Agency across Illinois in the counties through which the pipeline travels, totaling $240,000.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Our Creator has again decorated our little corner of the world and surroundings with beautiful, subtle hues, and brilliant and bright colors to see, and provided crisp, clean country air for us to breath, the scent of wood smoke coming from fireplaces, our neighbors’ stoves and, if we are lucky, campfires (my favorite).

  • St. Elmo News

    Announcements
    Thursday, November 9
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Fayette County Leadership Council, 6 p.m., Fayette County Extension Office.
    • Fayette County Livestock Committee, 7 p.m., Fayette County Extension Office.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • Honor Rolls

    PATOKA SCHOOLS
    First Quarter
    High Honors
    Third grade: Michael Becker, Addyson Belcher, Brady Cain, Alyssa Gebke, Haley Hassebrock, Daniel Lewis, Madisen Lux, Olivia Shaw, Lillian Slininger, Jacob Thomas
    Fourth grade: Gwen Belcher, Lily Cain, Jackson Cahppell, Lauren Gray, Riley Hassebrock, Ava Meier, Olivia Murray, Gesleigh Plummer, Benjamin Spencer, Katherine Spencer, Kenzi Wilkerson
    Fifth grade: Rylee Doza, Brookelynn Hill, Katie Meyer, Raegan Permenter, Camryn Phelps, Landon Robb, Karsyn Ronholdt, Kaden Williams

  • It's all fun & games