Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, April 28
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Saturday, April 30
    • Boy Scout Troop 444 annual garage sale and bake sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church. All money earned stays with Boy Scout Troop 444.
    Sunday, May 1
    • Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Tuesday, May 3
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    From the Chicken Roost
    All seems to be going well, both on and off the Homestead chicken roost.
    Rhonda and Blackie Hens are now allowing the handsome rooster, “Cogburn,” in their split-level chicken house and on the roost.
    Rhonda was no pushover and he had to do a lot of sweet talk to win her over. It is so touching how he calls them to the feed pan before he begins eating. I had never realized how caring a rooster could be.

  • Card Shower

    Carol Koester
    A card shower has been requested for Carol Koester, a resident and homemaker of the Brownstown area who will celebrate her 80th birthday on Thursday, April 28.

    Cards may be sent to her at: 2320 N. 1450 St., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    From the Chicken Roost
    Again this week, this space, usually occupied by the Homestead’s four-legged critters, is taken over by the birds of a feather, Blackie & Rhonda Hens and their new friend, “Cogburn” Rooster (also affectionately known as “Coggy” to his Homestead friends).
    Finally getting the weather conditions, time, and human motivation and energy aligned, the Homestead Chicken Roost Yard-enlargement finally got under way this past weekend.

  • Fayette County HCE holds annual Get-Acquainted Day at St. Elmo church

    The Fayette County Home & Community Education held its annual Get-Acquainted Day on Thursday, April 7, at First United Methodist Church in St. Elmo.

  • Frogtown News

    Stays with Grandparents
    Harper Jacquin (and her Dalmatian brother, Norman) spent the weekend with grandparents Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. They attended church on Saturday evening, went to see great-grandma Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center on Sunday, enjoyed playing outside and even found mushrooms in their yard!
    Save the Date
    “Barnyard Round-Up – Jesus Gathers Us Together” is the theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School, which will be held from July 25-29 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

  • St. Elmo News

    Friday, April 22
    • University of Illinois Extension provides “Welcome to the Real World!” program to Vandalia Community High School sophomores.
    Sunday, April 24
    • Sunday Night Live youth, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
    • Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • Lady Vandals struggle late as they fall to Shelbyville, 11-3


  • Area Prep Roundup (Apr. 21)

    SEB Softball
    The Lady Eagles picked up their second win of the season Saturday at the Nokomis Tournament, getting revenge against Vandalia as they won handily, 16-6.
    The offense erupted for 24 hits, with five players collecting at least two RBI’s. Tessa Philpot picked up the win, tossing 4 2/3 innings and allowing six runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out five.
    SEB vs. Vandalia
    VA  2 4 0 0 0 0  6 7 0
    SEB  5 6 0 0 3 2  16 24 0

  • South Central drops pitching dual to Valmeyer, 4-2