Today's News

  • CEFS Elects Board Officers

    The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. Board of Directors recently elected officers for the fiscal year beginning on Sept. 1. In front, from left to right, are: Jean Finley of Ramsey, chairperson; and Amanda Watson of Beecher City, secretary. In back are: Joan Lawrence of Taylorville, first vice chairperson; Jesse James of Flora, second vice chairperson; and Pat Green of Effingham, treasurer.

  • SCIRPDC gets grant to help small businesses

    In an effort to combat the region's high unemployment rate, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a loan of $300,000 and a $25,000 grant to the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission: Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) has announced.
    "The loan will capitalize a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund accessible to rural small businesses, called microenterprises in this program," Shimkus said.
    "The grant will be used to provide technical assistance and training."

  • 'Seasons of Caring'

    Hospice care helps patients and families focus on living. This is the message that the Fayette County Health Department Hospice is sharing with the community during National Hospice/Palliative Care Month.
    However, this important message lasts beyond the month of November and is important year-round.
    Every November, hospices across the country reach out to raise awareness of the compassionate care that hospice and palliative care provides patients and families copmg with serious and life-limiting illness.

  • Frogtown News

    By Belinda Harpster


  • St. Elmo Area News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes


  • New Program at Jefferson Primary School

  • Jefferson School receives $800 grant

    Jefferson Primary School in Vandalia recently announced that Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, donated $800 toward the purchase of communication-enhancing software for the speech-language department.  
    This grant originated with a request from Nate Prater, account manager, through Pioneer Community Investment. The funds will be directed toward the speech-language therapy department.
    The grant will specifically be used to purchase Boardmaker software for the school’s speech-language pathologists.

  • Donations from Brownstown Alumni Group

    The Brownstown Alumni Association recently presented donations to the Brownstown Sports Boosters and the Brownstown CUSD No. 201 Foundation. In the first photo, Sandra Stine (left) secretary and treasurer of the alumni association, presents a $400 check to the Brownstown Sports Boosters officers, from left: Deb Hunter, treasurer; Taffy Hall, vice president; and Pam Gurtner, president.

  • School Menus

    Monday, Nov. 15 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Nov. 16 – Breakfast on stick.
    Wednesday, Nov. 17 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Thursday, Nov. 18 – Choice of cereal, chocolate doughnut.   
    Friday, Nov. 19 – No school.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Monday, Nov. 15 – Hot dog on bun, baked beans, corn chips, pear half and milk.    

  • Honor Roll

    Vandalia Elementary
    First Quarter
    Honor Roll