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Today's News

  • Posing Pooches

    Santa Paws, an annual event held by Diekemper Photography to raise money for Second Chance Animal Rescue, generated more than $900 for the rescue, along with some treats for rescue animals, on Sunday afternoon.

    In the first photo, Cindy Simmons of the Second Chance, tries to direct one of Sunday's models toward photographer Megan Diekemper. In the second photo, Diekemper reviews photos of one of more than 60 pets shot on Sunday.

  • Two events this weekend at Statehouse

    For the second year in a row, the Vandalia Statehouse is hosting two holiday events on one weekend.

  • Carryover keeps county in black

    A month after postponing action on a new budget, to allow for last-minute adjustments to the document, the Fayette County Board approved that budget.

  • Five Generations

    Two five-generation photos of this family are shown here, one taken in 1987 and one in 2014.

    The first is the 1987 photo. David Jacobs Jr. is held by his grandmother, Ladonna Huie, and also seated is his great-great-grandmother, Lois Taylor. In back are his father, David Jacobs and great-grandmother, Marilyn Baumann.The second photo was taken this year. From left are: David Jacobs Jr., holding his daughter, Zoey; great-great-grandmother, Marilyn Baumann; great-grandmother, Ladonna Huie, holding Wesley Jacobs; and grandfather, David Jacobs Sr.

  • Birth

    Blake Robert Knebel
    Tim and Mindi Knebel of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 7:41 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    “This House is Maintained …
    … Entirely for the Convenience of Our Cat” are the words on a small sign that I bought one day at a resale shop, thinking it was funny. However, as time has went on, and with the added care and maintenance of our kitty (i.e. diabetes, special diet, shots, etc.), I can see the truth in those words.
    Not that we mind, for she is a good kitty, and we would be heartbroken if we should lose her.  

  • VES Holiday Event

    Brylee Conway gets help from her aunt, Shelby Manuel, while drafting a Letter to Santa at the VES Winter Wonderland.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Guests
    Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Amanda and Belinda enjoyed Christmas shopping in Tuscola on Saturday. Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., also spent the weekend to deer hunt with Dane.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 188.
    Jamie Lotz was the organist. Dennis Wollin served as acolyte. Allen Magnus and Mark Wollin were attending elders.
    There will be no Saturday evening services in December.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 11
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending can take food or donation for the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, December 12

  • Lady Vandals earn overtime win

    CENTRALIA — A great finish definitely made up for a poor start for the Vandalia Lady Vandals.
    Vandalia's girls got it done in crunch time, pulling out an exciting 56-53 win over Christ Our Rock Lutheran in overtime on Tuesday night.
    The Lady Vandals overcame a double-digit deficit with a late rally to force overtime. The visitors then held off the Silver Stallions in the extra period.