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Today's News

  • A new year, new opportunities

    With the start of a new year, many of us have made resolutions for 2016, whether it's losing weight, exercising more, quitting smoking or spending more time with family.
    While each of those applies to certain people, there's a resolution that all of us can make – getting more involved in our community.
    Vandalia and Fayette County have many people who give countless hours for volunteer work, joining with others who contribute much of their free time for organizations and groups that have a common goal of improving the lives of their fellow man.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M Jett
    The joy of Christmas rang true in Wesley Hall on Monday as Evergreen Outreach embarked on the beginning of another successful year. HAPPY NEW YEAR! There was a savoring of the last few days of the lighted Christmas tree, the table full of Poinsettias and tons of cookies.

  • Kids' Worship Team at First Church of God
  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Signs of Spring … Already?!
    Yes! First reported Monday morning on Panzi’s Partyline show by our river-bottom reporter, DeeDee Diveley, then a confirmation of the phenomenon when Danny Donaldson mentioned (during an unrelated passing conversation later the same day) that he had seen already seen dandelions blooming.
    DeeDee was taking the dogs for a walk when she saw  dandelions, and also said that she saw a small tree along the roadside with pink blooms on it.

  • Frogtown News

    Happy New Year, everyone!
    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent Saturday night with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. They were here to celebrate the Stein family Christmas.
    Death
    Carl Rothe, formerly of St. Peter, died on Dec. 29.
    His funeral was on Jan. 5 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murphysboro.
    Fun Fair
    St. Peter’s Lutheran School & Little Saints Preschool Fun Fair supper and auction will be held on Sunday, Jan. 17. at St. Peter’s Lutheran School Gym.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, January 6
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    • Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., city hall.
    Thursday, January 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • New state laws go into effect

    On Jan. 1, 237 new laws went into effect in Illinois, including measures that impact fighting crime, government transparency, business, hunting, health and family.  
    When it comes to fighting crime, several news laws are making public safety a top priority.
    For example, individuals who continue to endanger citizens on Illinois roadways by repeatedly driving under the influence of alcohol, will have another barrier that can prevent them from getting back behind the wheel.

  • VPD's Top Gun
  • Hunt competing in state pageant

    The 57th Annual Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will take place at the IAAF Convention held on Jan. 14-17 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, and Miss Fayette County Fair Queen Jenna Hunt will compete along with 69 other contestants from throughout the state.

  • Heaveners travel to lend aid to Native Americans

    Ruth Heavener’s parents loved to travel, which Ruth, as a child, enjoyed immensely. And she wanted her own child to have the same enjoyment and educational experiences in our beautiful country that she was privileged to have.