Today's News

  • MG man in custody after 5-hour standoff

    A Mulberry Grove man wanted on battery charges for an incident in rural Fayette County was taken into custody late Sunday evening after a five-hour standoff with four law enforcement agencies.
    Randy J. Bone, 33, made his first appearance in court on Monday, with Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor ruling that there was sufficient evidence to charge Bone with aggravated battery/use of a deadly weapon and domestic battery with bodily harm.

  • Painting Our Downtown

    A group of Vandalia residents wanting to spruce up the downtown area with some professional paintings is moving toward that goal.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, August 25

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    ✔ The Wall Dogs Mural Committee meets at 6 p.m. at the National Road Interpretive Center, 105 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. The public is invited.

    Friday, August 26

  • CEFS seeking food pantry more volunteers, donors

    Hunger is an issue in every community in America – one in seven people, including 15 million children, are food insecure.
    Supporting hunger relief by volunteering or gifting cash will help families, children and seniors in need, including the 16.4 percent of Fayette County who live below poverty level.
    This is an “opportunity for everyone to help make their communities better,” Diana Aviv, CEO at Feeding America, said.

  • CEFS begins taking applications for LIHEAP assistance on Sept. 1

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. will begin accepting applications for the 2017 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan on Thursday, Sept. 1.
    This is the first day that appointments can be made for the program. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach office on Gallatin Street in Vandalia.
    September and October are priority months, reserved for those households that have either a member age 60 and above or are disabled.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    School Days,
    School Days …
    … have begun for this year, and I was fortunate enough to be at the elementary school for a few minutes amid the excitement, chattering and laughter amid some also very serious, wondering expressions on the younger faces that first day.
    When I dropped back by later, Sherry was getting ready for the dismissal at the end of the day, so I stood back out of the way and watched as the little bodies with the big backpacks headed for their buses, with Sherry and another lady making sure they boarded the right bus.

  • Frogtown News

    Selma Quade, 99, of Edgewood, died on Friday. The funeral was held on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Brian and Rhiannon Wodtka are the parents of a daughter, Emma Neri Elizabeth was born on Aug. 16, 2016.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She is welcomed home by her brother, Michael.
    Grandparents are Kevin and Bev Wodtka, and Denton and Darletta Brasel.

  • YMCA opens registration for fall programs

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County will offer a number of programs for ages 4 through eighth-grade this fall.
    They will be holding a soccer, NFL FLAG and volleyball clinic, with the games/clinics beginning the week of Sept. 12. Soccer will offer clinics for ages 4-first-grade, second-fourth grade and fifth-eighth grade. NFL FLAG will be open to second-fourth grades and the volleyball clinic will be available to third-eighth grades.
    The deadline for registration is Aug. 28 at 9 p.m.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, August 25
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, August 26
    • Brownstown-St. Elmo Sports Boosters all-you-can-eat fish fry, 4-7 p.m. See additional info following the announcements.
    Thursday, September 1
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sports Boosters’ All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry

  • Area Prep Roundup (Aug. 25)

    South Central Junior High Softball
    The South Central Junior High softball team defeated St. Elmo in three innings Thursday afternoon, 18-0.
    Laney Webster was nearly perfect, allowing no hits and one HBP while striking out eight.
    South Central vs. St. Elmo
    SC  9 5 4  18 7 0
    SE  0 0 0  0 0 4