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Today's News

  • Salvation Army workers collect more than $14,000

    The 2014 Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign in Fayette County raised more than $14,000.
    This was the result of more than 270 hours of volunteers ringing the bells and shoppers donating money at the red kettles placed at Walmart, Rural King and County Market.
    The money raised is used excusively in Fayette County to help families who face a financial crisis due to illness, disability, fire, medical emergency or other unforeseen event.
    This interdenominational ministry will help more than 450 individuals and families throughout the year.

  • Ryan hired at NY university

    Dr. Ryan M. Jones has accepted a teaching position at State University of New York in Geneseo.

    Jones is teaching Latin American history and is part of a cluster interdisciplinary hiring initiative that includes faculty members intent on working together across departments for research projects and teaching.
    Jones is the son of Janice and Jerry Jones of Ramsey, and the grandson of Virda Forbus and Shirley Jones of Vandalia.

  • Births

    Aubree Elise Gaylord
    Mikayla Roach and Andrew Jordan Gaylord of Troy are the parents of a girl born at 7:08 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2014, at a St. Louis, Mo., hospital.

  • Catholic Daughters members hear reports

    The Mother of Dolors’ Catholic Daughters meeting on Jan. 5 was called to order by Regent Debby Themig, who opened with the pledge to the flag and one decade of the rosary for Brian and Virginia Garner. Everyone was asked to finish this rosary on their own.
    Correspondence included thank-you cards from Bonnie Murray, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center and Port Arthur International Seafarers Center, and a letter from George Green with correct address for his mother, Gertrude Green.

  • We don't need resolutions – we need a new life

    Are you a Christian? Likely most of you would say, “Of course” – I would not be reading the Minister’s Forum if I wasn’t a Christian.

  • Shimkus again solicits 'Valentines for Heroes'

    Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois, 15th District) is again asking constituents to participate in his “Valentines for Heroes” program.
    The congressman’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
    “Thousands of valentines have come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes,” Shimkus said.
    “Constituents have been overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.

  • Mobil/Exxon Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Dec. 18 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for a Christmas party, with 32 members and four guests present.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Vera Miller gave the meal prayer.
    After the meal, President Dean Black gave the welcome. The tables were decorated with Christmas candles, centerpieces and candy for each member, and also a Hershey bar decorated like a snowman, made by Laura Mulhern.
    Those who helped in decorating, games, and cookie and candy walk were Mike and Laura Mulhern, and Frank and Carolyn Heigert.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Mother Madricka & Bucky (Donkeys) Get ‘Spooked’
    Recently, when in a thrift store, I purchased a long, warm coat with a hood, thinking it will be perfect to wear out to the critters’ pens in rainy, cold weather.  However, when I wore it out to give carrot treats to Madricka and Baby Bucky, they came out of their barn, took one look at me and ran.  
    Even when I talked to them and held the carrots out for them, they would not come near me. The long, hooded, dark coat scared them.

  • Frogtown News

    Sausage Supper
    The annual sausage supper will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 5  p.m. in the St. Peter’s Lutheran School gym.
    Death
    Mike Wasmuth of St. Peter died on Monday evening.  Funeral arrangements are pending.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 126. Sunday morning worship attendance was 111.   
    The Rev. Alan Holtz was the organist.  
    Gaige Phillips served as acolyte.
    Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 22
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., in the home of Anna Jean Rhodes.
    Monday, January 26
    • The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension office.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.