Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, June 5
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Saturday, June 7

  • Essay Contest Winners

    The three winners in the essay contest held by the Fayette County Health Department during National Public Health Week, April 7-11.

    The theme was "The Importance of Public Health in a Rural Community." The winners are, from left: Sydney Werner of St. Elmo, third; Isaac Daiber of Vandalia, first; and Morgan Cauble of Ramsey, second. They received cash prizes. The essay contest was open to all ninth- and 10th-graders in the county.

  • At the Top of their Class
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Hail and high winds broke windows, dented vehicles and destroyed roofs and crops in Fayette County. The damage was estimated at $15 million.
    South Central was the name chosen by students for the newly consolidated Farina LaGrove, Kinmundy-Alma school district.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two couples, shown at the Ramsey High School prom in 1965, both eventually married.

  • Fayette connections in early Texas history

    Texas was an independent nation from March 2, 1836, to Feb. 16, 1846, when it became the 28th state in the Union.
    Sam Houston was chosen as president of the Republic of Texas, with his inauguration on Oct. 22, 1836. They applied for annexation to the United States and, as they say, the rest is history.
    Let’s go back a few years – before 1836.  There is a Fayette County connection here.

  • Compromise to aid VCHS band

    After operating under a cloud of uncertainty for more than a year, the Vandalia Community High School band last Thursday received a ray of sunshine when the Vandalia Board of Education agreed to restore half of the director’s position it had cut in early 2013.

  • News Briefs

    Summer reading program under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s invite local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, "Paws to Read."
    "Paws to Read" offers two reading programs this summer – one for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the summer, and three special programs will be offered during June at the library.

  • First in a series of webinars on state policy is Tuesday

    Illinois is in fiscal crisis, with no easy solutions. Many tools will be needed to fix the problem, according to policy experts.
    The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox is a virtual resource center providing papers that assess policy options and frame the issues surrounding Illinois’ precarious budget situation.
    Using high quality academic scholarship, leading policy experts from the University of Illinois provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situation, and evaluate the pros and cons of a variety of revenue and spending options.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael R. Luster, 61, 1131 Lawn Lane, Ramsey, was arrested on June 3 for failure to appear in court in Shelby County on a small claims matter. Bond was $400 cash.
    • Robert C. Zahradka, 39, Pana, was arrested on June 3 on a charge of felony deceptive practices. No bond amount was listed.
    • Aaron A. Casner, 24, Salem, was arrested on June 3 on a charge of contempt of court. Bond was $500.