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Today's News

  • Two youths arrested for cemetery damage

    Two juveniles have been taken into custody for allegedly damaging more than two dozen tombstones in Vandalia cemeteries late last week.

    An 11-year-old juvenile was arrested for criminal damage to property within a day of the damage being discovered, and a 12-year-old juvenile was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on the same charge.
    Vandalia cemetery employees notified police shortly before 9 a.m. last Thursday that 25 tombstones had been damaged overnight.
    The tombstones were knocked over or pushed from their base, and some of them were broken.

  • Local youth step up

    Sophie Bowers saw her younger sister looking through her bracelets and got the idea of making and selling bracelets. At the same time, she thought about those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 21

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Cody J. Hawkins, 30, Taylorville, was arrested on Sept. 19 on charges of official misconduct, bribery, possession of drugs with the intent to deliver and bringing contraband into a prison. No bond information was listed.
    • Clinton H. Walker, 35, 2727 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 18 on charges of theft more than $500 and criminal trespass to a vehicle. No bond information was listed.

  • Weekend death considered 'suspcious'

    The Fayette County Coroner’s Office is currently considering the death of a rural Brownstown man suspicious in nature.
    Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Tuesday morning that he is still waiting on lab results to determine the cause of death of James R. “Jim” Skinner.
    Skinner was found dead in his home in rural Brownstown on Sunday. He was pronounced dead by Bowen at 5:24 p.m. on Sunday.
     

  • Cavaletto decides not to seek re-election in '18

    State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in the upcoming November 2018 election.

  • St. Elmo News

    Announcements
    Thursday, September 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., Brownstown Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, September 15
    • Men’s outdoor Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.
    Saturday, September 16
    • Soup luncheon, 11:30-12:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church. Everyone is welcome.
    Sunday, September 17

  • Frogtown News

    Honor Flight
    On Oct. 17, Ray Schnake will be participating in an honor flight to Washington, D.C.
    This is a program that honors men and women who served in the armed forces during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. At the end of the flight day, veterans are given letters and cards from family and friends reminiscent of military mail call.
    Ray’s family is asking friends to participate by sending a card. The address is: Ray Schnake, c/o Joan Bortolon, 57 Country Place, Springfield, Ill. 62703.
    New Minister

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Longhorm Family Sends Out for Fast Food ...
    ... meaning that a good rain is needed on their pasture, as the long green grass is turning to short brown stubble. So they put in an order for a whopper-size bale of good hay from friend Josh.
    We have noticed that Geneva, the brown/white cow, will eat the hay and leave the dry grass, but “Red,” one of the red cows, will still nibble at the stubby brown grass. We figure she is saving the hay until there is no grass left to eat.

  • Journal tells a lot of local history

    Billyfrank Morrison of Clarksville, Tenn., did not know whose journal he had purchased at an estate auction in Louisville, Ky.; however, as he paged through the 3 ½-inch-by-6-inch blue notebook, he noted Illinois village names such as Avena, St. Elmo, Brownstown, Loogootee and St. Peter, along with Bush District and Brazel School. This led him to Fayette County and to me.
    Page one bears the date of Aug. 17, 1910 and the exclamation, “Eighteen years old today! Eighteen years since I entered this world of joy and sorrow and what have I done?”