Today's News

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The annuitants of the ExxonMobil met on Thursday, June 29, in Vandalia at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with 18 members and six guests present.
    Dean Black gave the welcome, followed by the pledge to the flag. Black asked for a moment of silence for a former member Lois Jones, wife of Bill Jones, who passed away in May. LaVerne Laux followed with a meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting opened with the reading of the last meeting in Litchfield, which was the picnic at the Mulherns’. The treasurer’s report was also given.

  • Something Crafty Ribbon-Cutting
  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    What a great Fourth of July celebration – warm, sunny and delightful companionship. The leaders of EO pulled off another good show. We missed FAYCO and FCH Long Term Care, but we really enjoyed welcoming Mr. Orger, who was with us for the first time.

  • Patriotic Musical at First Baptist in Brownstown
  • Some ways to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes

    As we enter mosquito season, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding Illinoisans of the diseases mosquitoes carry and the best ways to avoid being bitten.
    “Each year since 2002 when we saw the first human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois, we’ve seen the virus circulate across the state,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. J.D.
    “This year, many people are concerned about a relatively news virus – Zika virus.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Bucky Burro Playing in the Sunshine
    The recent rains had make Bucky Burro’s “yard” a bit muddy and, although he seemed to enjoy rolling and playing in the mud, he seemed really overjoyed to see the sun shining this week.
    We saw him run from his barn and back, kicking up his heels and cavorting around his pen like a 2-year-old (which he really is). Lady, the senior mini-horse and, we suspect, Bucky’s “mentor”) just stood  watched him, showing no inclination to join in the lively behavior.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, June 29
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, June 30
    • Men’s outdoor Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.
    Monday, July 3
    • Mothers of Preschoolers, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Tuesday, July 4
    • Have a happy – and safe – Fourth of July.
    Wednesday, July 5
    • ”Exploring the Arts,” a free arts program for grades 3-8, 6-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • Frogtown News

    Sunday was the Rev. William Emrick’s last Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. A dinner was held following the church service in the basement, with about 200 in attendance. Pastor Emrick will be joining his wife, Roxanne, at their home in Indianapolis, Ind.
    Emma Neri Elizabeth Wodtka, daughter of Brian and Rhiannon Wodtka, was baptized on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Her godparents are Lincoln Brasel, and Clint and Erica Storck.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

  • Retired teachers group offers scholarship

    The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association is offering a $500 scholarship to a qualifying individual who meets the following criteria: graduate of an accredited Fayette County high school, resident of Fayette County and enrolled at an accredited Illinois college in the field of education preparing to student teach during the 2017-2018 school year.
    The deadline for applications is July 31.  
    For more information contact Diane Curll at 283-0492 or dcurll@sbcglobal.net.

  • Kaskaskia College classes

    AARP driver safety class
    The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will offer an AARP driver safety course class at the Vandalia Campus from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, July 12 and 13.
    The registration number is LLI 7608 VA01D.
    The AARP Smart Driver course teaches valuable defensive driving skills and provides a refresher of the rules of the road.