Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky, the (Adorable) Donkey…
    … has had a front-window view of all the comings and goings the last few weeks and, while he isn’t being neglected as far as food and water is concerned, he caught my attention one morning and looked at me with soulful, sad eyes. We just haven’t taken the time to pet and talk to him.
    Bill does take his dog, Katy, to see him every day and they usually touch noses through the fence. But he likes attention from us Homestead humans, too.

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster and Amy Reiss of St. Peter spent the weekend with Mahala Harpster of Villa Ridge, Mo.
    On Friday, they attended the REO Speedwagon concert at the Town and Country Fair in Washington, Mo.
    On Saturday, they shopped in St. Louis and later attended a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at the fair. They returned home on Sunday.
    Visit Grandparents
    Haley and Landon Urban of Ft. Wayne, Ind., spent the week with their grandparents, Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, August 15
    • This Thursday is the deadline for mailing recipes to be included in the Fayette County Museum’s 35th anniversary cookbook.
    Recipes from throughout Fayette County can be mailed to Anna Jean Rhodes at RR 2, Box 205, St. Elmo, or they can be emailed to her at cookbookrhodes@frontier.com.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – The Fayette County Board looked over the final plans for a courthouse renovation and addition project, and voted 10-3-1 to proceed with the project.
    A ground-breaking ceremony was held in St. Elmo for Deken Sports Park. The complex will include a baseball diamond, softball diamond, two basketball courts, a jogging/walking path, a children’s play area and four picnic pavilions.
    Earl and Helen Shelton were celebrating their 60th anniversary, and Forrest and Elva Johnson were marking their golden anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two siblings, pictured in 1930, lived during their childhood in the Shobonier area.

  • George Beck made forts unnecessary here

    After years spent in searching for proof that at least one fort or blockhouse had been put up in Fayette County during the Indian years, I finally found my proof … no forts or blockhouses were ever built here.    
    My proof was lying in the manuscript of George Beck, a great-grandson of Paul Beck, who was credited with being the first white person to settle within what is now Fayette County.

  • Voluntary cleanup better than rules

    The Fayette County Board asked for input on a proposed solid waste ordinance. At Tuesday’s public hearing, it got an earful!
    The hearing attracted nearly 200 people, and virtually no one had anything good to say about the ordinance – the stated purpose of which is to protect citizens from nuisances deemed “potentially injurious to public safety, health and welfare.”

  • Extension's fall gardening series set to begin Aug. 22

    The fall series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, gets under way this month.
    The first session of the series, “Some Like it HOT: Plants for Hot, Dry Areas,” is being offered at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday.
    Sessions will be presented via teleconference at the Fayette County Extension office in Vandalia.   

  • Volunteers needed for Youth Court

    The Fayette County Probation Department is searching for youth volunteers as they begin implementing a Youth Court program.
    Youth Court is an alternative approach that holds first-time juvenile offenders accountable through a sentence imposed by their peers.
    The department is currently seeking youth volunteers between the ages of  14-17 who will play the roles of the prosecuting and defense attorneys, clerk, bailiff and jury.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Bradley A. Gannon, 31, 112 S. Maple St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Aug. 13 on charges of domestic battery and aggravated domestic battery. Bond was $100,000.
    • Christopher D. Maslanka, 35, 1306 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 13 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond information was listed.
    • Yvette S. Dowdy, 31, Sugar Grove, was arrested on Aug. 12 on two forgery warrants and on a charge of speeding. Bond was $60,000.