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Today's News

  • Baker trial to begin on Monday

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple in August of last year will get under way as scheduled on Monday.

    The trial for Clifford Baker, 16, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday with the selection of jurors.

    Last-minute motions in the case were ruled upon by Judge Michael McHaney on Thursday afternoon.

  • TV, movie star among those hurt in Thursday crash

    Television and movie star Miranda Cosgrove was reportedly one of seven people injured in one of two accidents on Interstate 70 about 10 miles east of Vandalia at about 5 a.m. on Thursday.

    According to the Illinois State Police, a semi had overturned in the westbound lanes, and while that accident was being investigated, a private tour bus hit the semi.

    Cosgrove reportedly suffered a broken ankle in the accident. One of the seven injured was airlifted from the scene.

    The accident is still being investigated by the state police.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The “Roving Rooster”
    A small, but feisty, little rooster has been venturing up our lane, which we believe is roving from his home roost in our neighbor’s chicken house.
    He begins his “bugging” early in the morning, not heading home until later that evening.

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Parents
    Mahala Harpster, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., is spending a couple of weeks with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. Mahala has finished her internship at Classic Equine in Fredicktown, Mo.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 10
    • The Avena Township Park Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.

  • Brownstown Alumni Reunion

    The Brownstown Alumni Reunion was held on Saturday, July 16, at the American Legion in Vandalia.

  • Card Shower

    John Terry

    The family of John Terry of Mulberry Grove has requested a card shower in honor of his 90th birthday on Aug. 18.


    Cards may be sent to him at 1364 Mulberry Grove Road, Mulberry Grove, Ill. 62262.

  • Births

    Anna Lynn Vicich
    Jason and Jamie Vicich of Decatur are the parents of a girl born at 9:25 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

  • Reunions

    Dothager Reunion
    The annual Dothager reunion will be held on Sunday at the Pleasant Mound Community Center with a potluck dinner at 1 p.m.

    Lilly-Wright
    The Lilly-Wright family reunion will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the First Church of God SHED in St. Elmo with a potluck dinner at noon.
    Those attended are asked to take a favorite dish to share. Fried chicken, drinks and tableware will be provided.

  • American Legion Officers

    Officers for the coming year were installed at a recent meeting of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia.

    From left to right are: Floyd Meseke, installing officer; John Blythe, commander; Brad Brannon, senior vice commander; Sam Stratman, junior vice commander; Christopher Irwin, adjutant; Lyle C. Edgar, finance officer; Robert Osborne, sergeant-at-arms; and Ron Robinson, chaplain. Blythe is encouraging all local veterans to join the American Legion.