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Today's News

  • Vandals face 9-0 Fairfield in postseason play

    A high-powered offense meets a stingy defense – that’s the scenario for the Vandals’ playoff game this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Fairfield.
    Finishing the year with a 6-3 record, the Vandals were designated a No. 15 seed in the southern bracket of the IHSA Class 3A playoffs.
    Their first round opponent is No. 2 seed Fairfield, which finished the regular season undefeated at 9-0.

  • Vandals come up short in shootout

    Within the first 2½ minutes of the Vandalia-Pana matchup at Pana on Friday, fans on both sides of the field realized that they were in for quite a game.

  • Frogtown News

    Installation Service Held
    Two hundred and thirty-one people were in attendance for the installation service of the Rev. Ryan Meyer at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Sunday. A potluck was held following the service.
    He will be preaching his first service on Sunday, with services resuming at 9 a.m.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 157.
    The vacancy pastor was the Rev. Josh Frazee.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Addyson Schaal served as acolyte.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Longhorn Cow-girls …
    … are enjoying the new spurt of green grass since the recent rains.
    Friend Josh brought some new bales of hay to them, so they are being well fed, what with Josh’s good hay and our caring Creator’s contribution of rain and sunshine that makes the pasture grass grow.
    Lady, the little mini-mare, might be gaining a little, but she needs to gain a lot.

  • St. Elmo News

    Announcements
    Thursday, October 26
    • Fayette County Health Dept. flu clinic, 8:30-10:30 a.m., St. Elmo City Hall.
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, October 27
    • Friday is the last day that RNA is collecting items for male and female veterans. Collection box is at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Saturday, October 28
    • Saturday is Royal Neighbors of America #5784 Make a Difference Day.
    Sunday, October 29

  • Merkley pleads, sentenced second time in 2012 case

    A Brownstown man who was sentenced to 10 years in prison five years ago for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, then had his case sent back to Fayette County, last week agreed to a seven-year sentence.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Justin Andrew McNealy
    Vandalia
    Kristy Ann Ballough
    Vandalia
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    James Nicholas Parmenter
    Vandalia
    Kristin Marlene Grove
    Vandalia
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    Joshua Scott Handegan
    Vandalia
    Nikki Lynn Smith
    Vandalia

  • SWCD receives grant for cost-sharing funds

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District has received $22,500 to use for cost-sharing on the installation of conservation practices in Fayette County.
    The money comes from a grant from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
    Practices that qualify for cost share include: grass waterways, grade stabilization structures, terraces, water and sediment control structures, diversions, no-till, strip-till, pasture and hayland establishment, and well sealing.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 26

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department is holding a flu clinic from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at St. Elmo City Hall. Medicare, state workers and some insurance will be accepted at all clinics; Medicaid only at the health department. Private pay is $40, and high-dose shots are $75.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. Members should plan to pay dues at this meeting. All retired teachers are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.

  • Area women keep Ben Hur Club going

    It is documented that on Oct. 25, 1901, a group of women in Ramsey, seeking to advance the knowledge of literature and promote the art of conversation, started a club that has endured as one of the longest standing women’s groups in Illinois.