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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Delbert Maroon was sworn in as regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.
    Trent Kull, a 1985 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated to the rank of second lieutenant from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
    South Central High School personnel were getting ready for their first school year. The South Central District was formed by consolidating the Farina LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma districts. Joe Ross is superintendent.

  • Dedication held for Fayette County Museum's organ

    A dedication ceremony was held on Sunday for the organ that was recently moved to the upper floor of the Fayette County Museum.

  • Woman faces up to six years on DUI charge

    An Effingham woman who has been arrested in a number of states on a number of alcohol-related driving charges has agreed to a penalty of up to six years on her latest charge.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 14

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the Field of Dreams pavilion between the high school baseball diamonds.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Ryan Paul Ward
    Brownstown
    Revin Janielle Longden
    Brownstown
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    Charles Eugene Maroon Jr.
    Brownstown
    Barbara Jean Carroll
    Brownstown
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    Sean Daniels Stryhal
    House Springs, Mo.
    Mary Elizabeth Prince
    House Springs, Mo.
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    Brian Matthew Roedl
    Vandalia
    Jessica Randi McDermith
    Vandalia
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    Cody Levi Lenover
    Vandalia
    Tabitha Marie Elliott
    Vandalia
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    Michael Steven Waller III

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Christopher N. Godwin, 28, Cottage Hills, was arrested on Aug. 11 for failure to appear in court in Greene County on a traffic charge. Bond was $125 cash.
    • Bradley J. Temple, 22, Keyesport, was arrested on Aug. 11 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked, no valid registration and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.

  • News Briefs

    Pet supplies accepted for library fines through Aug. 19

    In celebration of its summer reading program, “Paws to Read,” Evans Public Library will be accepting donations of pet supplies in place of fines or lost book charges.
    The library will collect donations through Aug. 19. All items will be donated to Second Chance Animal Rescue.
    For every item donated, $1 in fines or charges will be removed. New or gently used items accepted include blankets, rawhides, food bowls, treats, leashes and collars.

  • Food Bank in St. Elmo this Saturday morning

    The Central Illinois Food Bank will return to Fayette County on Saturday with the fourth food distribution of the year.
    This distribution will take place at the Pinnacle Foods parking lot at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and run until all food is distributed.
    Volunteers are asked to arrive between 9 and 9:30. Support for this Food Bank distribution is being provided in part by the St. Elmo Lions Club.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Corner
    The recent 4-plus inches of rain this week are keeping the Longhorn cowgirls’ pasture nicely lush and green, and they are happily grazing, relaxing in the sun when it is shining and chewing their cud – the picture of contentment.
    Sometimes they will bellow in romantic-like tones to the bull in neighbor Scott’s pasture across the lane, but then they seem content to return to grazing or just relaxing when there is no response, so there is no problem on either side of the lane.

  • Young Fundraisers

    The children at Amy Pittenger's day care in Brownstown operated a lemonade stand last Tuesday to raise money for Second Chance Animal Rescue.

    The children raised $105 for Second Chance by selling passersby cool drinks and cookies. Above, from left to right, are 4-year-olds Ella Satterthwaite, Ariana Kistler and Addison Koonce. Also participating was Kinley Fitch.