Today's News

  • Evergreen Outreach-Sept. 30, 2010

    By Edith Elliott
    What a beautiful day we had on Monday to celebrate Evergreen Outreach!
    It was EO’s last day, for a time, to meet in the Long Term Care facility at Fayette County Hospital. It has been a lovely experience for EO participants and volunteers, and everyone appreciated so much the use of the facility.
    The word is out that “we will return!” Not regularly; but, hopefully, on occasion.

  • Rotary Wins First Blood Drive Challenge

  • IDOT meetings on road plan are next week

    Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Harmig recently announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will seek early input into the development of its upcoming Multi-Year Road Program for Highway Improvements for Fiscal Years 2012-2017 by hosting informational and feedback sessions in communities throughout the state.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept. 30, 2010

    • Joshua D. Durre, 23, Altamont, turned himself in on Sept. 28 for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge. Bond was $3,500.
    • Deborah F. Pickett, 54, 100 W. Tower St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Sept. 28 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,000.
    • Danny L. Sullivan, 33, Pocahontas, was arrested on Sept. 26 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $250 cash.
    • William C. Duff, 50, Tower Hill, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for contempt of court.

  • Card Showers

    Wilbert Schroeder
    Wilbert Schroeder of Shobonier will celebrate his 85th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 3.
    Cards may be sent to him at: R.R. 1 Box 124, St. Peter, Ill. 62880.

  • Births-Sept. 30, 2010

    Clair Elizabeth Martin
    Jason and Laura Martin of Powhaton, Va., are the parents of a girl born on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.
    She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. She was named Clair Elizabeth.
    She has one brother, 3-year-old Luke.
    Grandparents are Woody and Marilyn Fisher of Amelia, Va. Great-grandmother is Lucille Fisher of Brownstown.

  • Reunions

    Hunter Reunion
    The descendants of Benjamin and Millie Hunter held their family reunion on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Lions Club pavilion at Vandalia Lake, with more than 100 in attendance.
    Bill Oliver asked the blessing before the noon meal.

  • Krutsinger – White

    Brittany Krutsinger of Kinmundy and Cameron White of Vandalia were united in marriage on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Roger Grimmett officiating.
    The bride is the daughter of Kim and Daniel Cousineau of Kinmundy, and Michael Krutsinger of Mt. Vernon.
    She chose her friend, Leah Lane, as her maid of honor, and the groom’s sister, Keely Burns, as her matron of honor.
    Bridesmaids were Tiffany Robison, cousin of the bride; and Sarah Webster and Ashley Wooden, friends of the bride.

  • Swofford – 50 Years

    Harold and Judy LaDuke Swofford of Pittsburg will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children from 2-5 p.m. this Sunday at the Vandalia Country & Golf Club.
    They have three children: Kathy, Curt and Sandy; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Those attending are welcome to stay after the party and purchase their dinner at the country club.


  • Harvest continues

    Rains fell heaviest across the northern half of the state last week and slowed soybean harvest. But statewide, the corn harvest continued with little interruption.
    The unseasonably warm weather and breezy conditions helped dry fields out quickly after the rain showers moved through.
    Temperatures across the state were 7-9 degrees above normal for the week, and precipitation averaged .9 inch statewide, only slightly above normal.
    There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork last week.