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Today's News

  • Temperance Lodge hosting first annual golf tournament

    Temperance Lodge No. 16 is hosting its inaugural golf tournament on Saturday at Indian Springs Golf Course.

    The outing will include many different activities and prizes.

    The four-person scramble is open to men and women, and teams will compete for trophies and monetary prizes for first, second and third places.

    In addition, there will be four hole-in-one contests, closest-to-the-hole contest, longest putt and longest drive. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle will also take place during the event.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club held its Aug. 26 luncheon and meeting at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 23 members and five guests attending.
    Guests present were Marge Harre, Pam Orr, Kenneth Hagen, Jane Hammond and Stacey Langston. The pledge of allegiance was given and followed with Brock Fisher asking the meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting was opened with President Dean Black welcoming guests and members.

  • Walk raises $7,204

    The Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Rogier Park in Vandalia drew 197 participants and raised $7,204.

    The money raised will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "The walk was a huge success," said event coordinator Nicolette Rikli. Sponsors of the walk included Walmart, County Market, McDonald's and Casey's.

  • Card Shower

    Marge Mills
    A card shower has been requested for Marge Mills, who will celebrate her 80th birthday on Sept. 23.
    Cards may be sent to 719 Sunset, Longmont, Colo. 80501.

  • Birth

    Emily Marie Townsend
    Zach and Jenna Townsend of Brownstown are the parents of a daughter born at 12:46 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2011, at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • K of C MH Days

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring this Friday and Saturday as Knights of Columbus MH Days in Vandalia.

    On Friday and Saturday, members of the Knights of Columbus will be handing out Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations for programs that benefit mentally handicapped children in Fayette County, including Special Olympics, FAYCO Enterprises activiteis and EMH/TMH activities at local schools. With Gottman is Mike Sahr, the MH chairman for the Fayette County Knights of Columbus.

  • Wedding

    Sara Evans and Travis Portz, both of St. Elmo, were united in marriage in a 3 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Brownstown, with the Revs. Olen Evans and Rob Gallion officiating.

  • SEHS Remembers Victims of 9/11

    The student council at St. Elmo Junior-Senior High marked the 10-year anniversary on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by creating a sign with styrofoam cups on the west side of the school.

  • Willow Grove gives update on CO2 storage

    Fayette County is on the forefront in the nation’s move toward clean coal. Willow Grove Carbon Solutions, the nation’s leading carbon dioxide storage project development company, is developing a carbon dioxide storage project in the Loudon area, roughly between St. Elmo and Beecher City.
    Why Is It Happening in Fayette County?
    Fayette County is one of the best places in the entire country to store carbon dioxide. A large geological formation, known as the Loudon anticline, covers some 25,000 acres of northeastern Fayette County.

  • 'Keep it for the Crop' is IEPA theme for program

    Dry conditions persisted across the state last week. Precipitation was below normal in all districts,  for an average of 0.35 inches state-wide, 0.34 inches below average.
    Temperatures were also below normal averaging 63.1 degrees for the state. The norm for the week is 69.9 degrees.
    There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork.