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Today's News

  • County chairman resigns

    Saying that he was free to return to the county board after being cleared in an investigation initiated by two county officers, Steve Knebel said that he has chosen not to do so.
    Knebel, a member of the board for 12 years and its chairman for the past eight years, presented his resignation at the end of Tuesday’s county board meeting, reading a two-page prepared statement.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 16

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mahala and Harper Jacquin spent Thursday through Sunday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, they all traveled to Arthur to the Amish store, and then to Rockome Gardens, only to find it has been closed; however, they still managed to take Harper on a buggy ride.
    After shopping in Tuscola, they finished the evening by dining at Fujiama in Effingham.
    Visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster on Friday were Amy Reiss, Rollie and Trieva Henson, Stacey and Seth Bergmann, and Liz Carson.
    VBS

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Hi Ho!! Come to the Fair!
    The Fayette County Fair, that is. We (the human inhabitants of the Homestead, namely Bill and Panzi), visited the fairgrounds one evening and (yum!) ate a traditional Knights of Columbus fish sandwich, and they tasted as delicious as we remembered and had looked forward to, for a whole year … since last year’s Fayette County Fair.
    Brice Springman, following in his dad’s (Bill Springman) footsteps, was taking the food orders, assisted by his daughter, Brianna (also following in Grandpa Bill’s footsteps).

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 16
    • The 4-H general project judging is Thursday. Ramsey Seniors/Senoritas club has to check in at 8:30 a.m. and the judging starts at 9 a.m. Other club check-in times are: Vandalia Shamrocks and Golden Harvesters, 9:30 a.m.; South Side Kids, St. James Hornets and Caprine Kids, 9:45 a.m.; and Shafter Friends and Loudon Bunch, 10 a.m.

    The awards presentation will be at 6 p.m.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Dustin K. Haupt, 37, 1501 N. Seventh St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 14 on a charge of domestic battery. He was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Todd R. Faulkner, 52, 216 N. Spring St., St. Elmo, was arrested on July 14 on charges of aggravated battery, threatening a public official, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • A 17-year-old Ramsey resident was arrested on July 14 on an alleged probation violation. The youth was taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.

  • County Board chairman resigns

    Saying that he could continue to serve on the county board after being cleared in an investigation initiated by two County officers, board Chairman Steve Knebel said on Tuesday that he has chosen not to do so.

    Knebel resigned at the end of Tuesday's board meeting, explaining that the investigation was initiated after he made a suggestion on filling a vacancy in the county clerk's office.

  • Vandalia City Hall closed for funeral Wednesday morning

    Vandalia City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, from 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M., for the funeral of former employee Dolores Thoman.
    Dolores worked for the City of Vandalia for 28 years, from May 1981 to December 2009.

  • Fair continues through Saturday

    TUESDAY
    • Swine show, 8 a.m.
    • 4-H Auction, 6 p.m.
    • Junior Miss Fayette County and Mr. Fayette County pageants, 6:30 p.m., Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6-11, with ages 5 and under admitted free.
    WEDNESDAY
    • Dog show, 2 p.m.
    • Truck and tractor pulls, 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-11, with ages 5 and under admitted free.
    THURSDAY
    • 4-H general project judging, 9 a.m., with awards presentation at 6 p.m.

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