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Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    ‘Sneaky Pete,’ the Wily
    Wolf …
    …the Homestead wild critter, is back in the neighborhood! After several months of us being concerned that something had happened to him, Sneaky Pete was seen visiting in our across-the-road neighbors’ back yard.
    Neighbor Debbie Ward called to say she saw him in their backyard sniffing around and then seemed to be chewing on something. She said that she was so stunned at seeing him, that she didn’t think to take a picture.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Owen Harpster, 2 ½, and Aaron Harpster, 1, spent the weekend with their grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Birthday Party
    JoHanna Bergmann of St. Peter held her second birthday party at St. Peter City Hall on Saturday. Those attending were: Lynn, Stacey, Seth, Konrad and Keiffer Bergmann; Gary and Sue Adams; Bobby, Nicki, Taylor and Hunter Scott; Joe, Luke, Kelly Bergmann and Madison; Nick and Pam Bergmann, Brandon and Kaden Wells; and Dane, Belinda, Owen and Aaron Harpster.
    Baptism

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 29
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance is asking area churches to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday. Individuals attending church services are asked to take a can (or more) of soup, which will be donated to the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
    • Sunday Night Live, grades 7-12 youth group, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • AMP’d, high school youth group, 6:30-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Monday, February 2

  • Vandalia Memories

    Before Fayette County prisoners were housed in the current building adjacent to the courthouse, this building, which was located at the southwest corner of Third and Johnson streets, served as the county jail.

    This photo appeared on a post card posted on Vandalia Memeories by Larry Emerick.

  • Tom Sears part of Clingman Gang? Sear

    Lurking around in the background of the Sears family tree is Thomas Sears, son of John and Hannah Ione Johnson Sears.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl looks like she doesn't like boys. Bet that has changed.

  • It's time to voice opinions on rail issues

    At a meeting next Monday night, Vandalia aldermen will be presented with some options designed to improve rail crossing safety in the community. It's a meeting that others in Vandalia may want to attend.
    Options to be presented include closing Main Street from Fifth Street to Eighth Street, and limiting Fifth and Sixth streets to one-way traffic between Gallatin and Randolph streets.

  • Hale remains active by keeping busy

    Wayne Hale is well-known as a magician, a knowledgeable and honest buyer and seller of antique furniture, an astute businessman and a World War II veteran.
    He joined the Navy immediately after World War II began and received an honorable discharge after the war ended.

  • Fire Guts Brownstown Home

    Firefighters from six area departments responded to a fire south of Brownstown on Friday morning that destroyed the home of the Dustin Sefton family. The Brownstown Fire Department was called to the home off of the Brownstown blacktop shortly after 9 a.m., and called for mutual aid assistance from firefighters from Vandalia, St. Elmo, St. Peter, Farina and Altamont.

    Firefighters were at the scene for more than five hours.

  • Lincoln events next weekend

    The birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s political career will again celebrate the birthday of the 16th president with two events next weekend
    The celebration kicks off next Saturday evening with the fifth annual Lincoln Victory Ball, an event featuring local residents in period dress performing period dances to period music.