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Today's News

  • Forage Expo

    Fayette County dairy farmer Tony Snow recently hosted the semiannual Illinois Forage Expo on his farm northeast of Mulberry Grove.

  • Good Season for Peppers

    Dale Harbison, right, and Haley Smith display two large peppers that Harbison has grown this summer. Measuring 12 and 9 inches, they are about twice the size of those normally grown by Harbison.

  • Reunions

    Niehaus
    The descendents of Louis and Alma Niehaus met for the annual Niehaus reunion at Holy Cross Lutheran Church Parish Hall for a noon meal and fellowship on Saturday, July 19.

  • VonBehren – Gash

    Sara VonBehren and Ryan Gash, both of Wapella, were married in a 6 p.m. ceremony on June 14, 2014, in Panama City Beach, Fla., with Sammie Stewart officiating.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 7
    • For the special August activity, the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will go to Flesor’s Candy Kitchen at Tuscola.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Friday, August 8
    • The St. Elmo Board of Education will have a special board meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the unit office.
    Saturday, August 9
    • The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 N. Walnut.
    Sunday, August 10

  • HCE visits Hodgson Mill

    For the July Home and Community Education activity, to tie in with the HCE theme of “Been Cookin’ for 90 years, Vandalia Day Unit HCE members toured the Hodgson Mill facility in Effingham.
    Tour guide Hope Adams Yingst spoke of the original water mill located in the Missouri Ozarks and the current production at the Effingham plan. Their finest, all-natural, whole-grain products are included in the promotion of balanced nutrition.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., spent Friday and Saturday nights with parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Larry, Sue, Kyle, and Olivia Urban joined the family for dinner on Saturday evening. Rollie Henson also visited over the weekend.
    Deaths
    The community was saddened by the passing of beloved coach and teacher Gary Shirley of Kinmundy last week.  

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Too Hot for Hot Dog (Josie)
    All of the larger/outside critters on the Homestead (longhorn cows; Katie, the black lab/blue heeler mix; and the chicken roost inhabitants, namely Blackie and Rhonda) seem to be tolerating the weather temperatures ups and downs well.
    However, Josie, the little 14-year-old “puppy,” cannot tolerate the outside heat for very long nor the hot bricks on the patio. Bill placed throw rugs down on the bricks, so they wouldn’t burn her little feet.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This father is pictured with his son around 1969.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dale Timmerman, Randy Edwards and Rich Walker were re-elected officers of the Vandalia/Fayette County Enterprise Zone.
    Vandalia’s 11- and 12-year-old Little League team won first place in the Hillsboro Little League Tournament.
    Dave Crye was elected commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    Beth Blankenship of Mulberry Grove was crowned Miss Bond County Fair. It was the third title in one year for Blankenship, who was also crowned Mulberry Grove High School’s homecoming and prom queen.