Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Just A Note …
    … to our readers – Thanks for your patience and understanding during the recent weather, which curtailed events and visiting, and caused cancellations of meetings and other regularly scheduled events.
    Also, thanks for concern when I was hit by a “bug” last week, which caused severe dizziness and other unpleasant symptoms.
    We sincerely hope you all stay well, warm and safe. Spring can’t be far away.
    Callie, the Kitty getting Cabin Fever

  • Brownstown Fire Department uses grant for new turnout gear

    Using a federal grant, the Brownstown Fire Department has replaced its firefighters’ aging turnout gear.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, who grew up east of Brownstown, has two sisters and five children. She's lived in Fayette County all her life and is a housewife.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fayette County Agronomy Day program drew 140 farmers.
    Five people filed nominating petitions for mayor – Rich Walker, Herb Walker, Jim Horn, Robert E. Carroll and Everett R. Jarrett.
    Debra Sue Logsdon was appointed Vernon postmaster.
    Tom Long was named new manager of the Vandalia Kroger Store.
    St. Elmo’s eighth grade basketball team won the regional basketball tournament, beating Altamont 47-31 in the IJHSAA finals.

    30 Years Ago

  • Behind-the-scenes workers are good pick for Abe Awards

    Each year, Vandalia Chamber of Commerce leaders have the privilege of recognizing ordinary people who have done extraordinary things for our community.
    The organization’s method of honoring the contributions of those citizens is by presenting Abe Awards. And since the program was started 40 years ago, more than 110 individuals have been given Abes.

  • John Shaw – the 'Black Prince of Pike County'

    Lately, my interest has turned to the early legislators who traveled to Vandalia, the new capital, hewn from a virgin forest.  The capital city was new, and many of the first men in government were the earliest settlers of the state.
    In 1820, there were 18 senators (Green and White counties shared a senator) and 36 representatives. We were part of Bond County that year, and Martin Jones was a senator and Jonathan C. Pugh was a member of the house.

  • Vandalia Police

    Jan. 28
    • An officer responded at 10:30 a.m. to the 1300 block of West St. Louis Avenue for a report of a domestic dispute.
    • At 5:04 p.m., an officer responded to a complaint of a domestic problem in the 1700 block of West St. Louis Avenue.
    • One warning ticket for an improper U-turn was issued.
    • Carmelo M. Cunetto, 53, of Vandalia, was ticketed for driving while his license is suspended.
    Jan. 27

  • Marriage Licenses

    William Mark Beeson
    Beecher City
    Brenda Lee Rhoades
    Joseph Lee Musser
    Mulberry Grove
    Janie Lynn Hoffman
    Mulberry Grove

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Brett M. Madeker, 34, 316 W. Fourth St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Jan. 27 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $200 cash.
    • Jennifer L. Melton, 22, 921 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 27 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and failure to wear a seat belt. Bond was $1,500.
    • Anthony W. Evans, 41, Watervallitt, Mich., was arrested on Jan. 26 on charges of driving with revoked or canceled registration and operation of an insured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.

  • Absentee voting gets under way next week

    The primary election in Fayette County is more than six weeks away, but some voters will begin casting their votes next week.
    According to the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, absentee voting for the March 18 primary in Illinois gets under way next Thursday.
    In-person absentee voting at Braun’s office will be done using touch-screen voting machines, with the votes to be tallied after the polls close on election day.
    Under state law, absentee voters can no longer withdraw their absentee ballots and vote on election day.