Today's News

  • Deals put another business on Route 40

    If you happen to be driving though Brownstown along U.S. Route 40 on a Friday evening and you see a parking lot full of vehicles and people milling around a brick building on the north side of the road, you might also notice the sign that  reads“Deal’s Auction Service-Fridays 6 p.m.”

  • VCC escapee being sent to DHS facility

    A Chicago man who escaped from Vandalia Correctional Center in 2014 was short-lived was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a stipulated bench trial on Monday afternoon.

  • Frakes found guilty of child pornography

    A Fayette County jury took little time in returning three guilty verdicts for a Vandalia man charged with possession of child pornography.

  • Dealing with intake, water plant

    Though it will likely be some time before they can proceed with either project, Vandalia officials will start doing some preliminary work on its Kaskaskia River intake and water plant.
    At last week’s city council meeting, Rodney Potts of John Crawford & Associates presented aldermen with both engineering and construction estimates for both the river intake and water plant.
    The river intake has been essentially unusable since its installation in 2005, and city officials were alerted more than four years ago of major issues with the water plant structure.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Katie, the Doggie, Plays a Trick …
    …on Bill. During the really cold weather, Bill brings Katie, the lab/blue heeler mix into the house at night. He puts her leash on her to bring her to the house, because we are afraid that she will run toward the highway. We lived at the south end of the lane in the woods when she came to us as a little puppy, and we have been careful with her here, because she isn’t used to the highway.
    When he went out to get her one evening last week, it was already dark.

  • Frogtown News

    Travel to Farmington, Mo.
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend at the home of Ben and Amanda Eller of Jackson, Mo. On Saturday, they traveled to Farmington, MO to watch granddaughter, Madison participate in her Club Volleyball Tournament. After a long, eight-hour day, her team played in the championship game and placed second. Among those there cheering her on were Ron and Diane Eller, Anna Lou Eller and her cousin Judy from Chicago, Cleve and Rhonda Hunter, Carolyn Stein, Natalie Stein, Austin and Heidi Crow, and Dru Eller.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, March 2
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 10 a.m. tour at Effingham County Museum; meet at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s parking lot to pool rides.
    Saturday, March 4
    • St. Elmo Lions Club pancake and sausage breakfast, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Sunday, March 5

  • Lincoln Day Dinner
  • Woman killed in Thursday accident

    A Shobonier woman died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 51 north of Shobonier last Thursday afternoon.
    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen and the Illinois State Police, Dianna Helton, 51, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet van north on Route 51, just north of Fayette County Road 1000 North, at about 12:45 p.m. when the vehicle crossed the southbound lane and continued west down an embankment, striking a tree as it hit the embankment of a small creek. The accident caused the vehicle to burst into flames.

  • Reservations taken for Soroptimist banquet

    The annual Vandalia Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the America’s Best Value Inn (formerly Days Inn) in Vandalia.
    Tickets are $15 per person, and reservations should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth (283-2989 or 267-7637) no later than March 24, 2017. Limited seating is available.
    Recognition is given for the Women of Distinction Award in six fields of service, honoring women who have made outstanding achievements in their professional, business or volunteer activities.