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Today's News

  • Illinois products expo to feature local foods, wines

    Fifty-four Illinois food companies will give away samples of their products this weekend at the 14th annual Illinois Products Expo.
    The aptly-titled “Food and Cooking Extravaganza,” which also features Illinois-made wines and agriculture-based products like soy candles, will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. In all, 77 companies are scheduled to participate.

  • Farm Briefs

    Temps up, precip down in February
    Above-normal temperatures and below-normal snowfall throughout the state continued into February. Some farmers are anticipating an early planting season if current conditions continue.
    Temperatures averaged 34.3 degrees, 4.6 degrees above normal. Total precipitation was 1.20 inches, .63 inches below normal.
    Farmers reported good progress for winter wheat, though the continually soft ground has challenged some winter livestock work.

  • FFAers Drive Tractors to School

    Three members of the FFA chapter at Vandalia Community High School participated in Tractor Day during FFA Week at the school last Friday.

    From left to right are FFA members Tex Ringering, Devin Holman and Nate Elam.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Callie, the Kitty, is Fastidiously Clean
    We don’t know how she does it, but Callie, who is a calico cat, but has a lot of white on her, never has any dust, dirt or mud on her coat. She will come in out of the rain or snow and should have some sort of uncleanliness on her, but even the bottoms of her paws appear spotless.

  • Frogtown News

    Attends Shower
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the baby shower of daughter-in-law Gretchen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Saturday.
    The shower was held in Jackson, Mo.
    Deaths
    Word has been received of the death of Floriene Borchelt Shuttner of Tulsa, Okla., on Feb. 19.
    Floriene is the sister of Helen Jasper of St. Peter.
    Violet Chrisman of St. Peter died on Feb. 23.  The funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Saturday.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Feb. 29
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Thursday, March 1
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. The program will be “Miss Daisy,” given by Michelle Weaver. The public is invited to attend.
    Saturday, March 3

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Kenneth Lee Eastin
    Vandalia
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    Misty Dawn Johnson
    Vandalia
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    Jerrod Allen Forson
    Shobonier
    Shawna Lynn Green
    Shobonier
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    Max Russell Beck
    Shobonier
    April Dawn Collier
    Shobonier
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    Zachary Lane England
    Ramsey
    Brandy Kay Moreland
    Ramsey
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    Joshua Ray Washburn
    Vandallia

  • News Briefs

    VCHS to host speaker on online issues

    Brent Maguire from TechnoArmer Consulting will be at Vandalia Community High School on Monday, speaking to students about cyberbullying, online harassment, sexting, texting, posting photos and videos, social network safety, the permancy of all postings and how some posting can affect individuals' reputation, education and career.
    On Monday at 6 p.m., VCHS will host a parent night featuring Maguire. The public is invited to attend.

    OUR PLACE taking cards

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four young people, pictured in 1976 on their way to Sunday School, all grew up around the Hagarstown area. Now, three of them live within two miles of each other.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – The Fayette County Hospital District Board of Directors and the St. Peter Village Board agreed to purchase the St. Peter Clinic from Richard Courson.
    Ramsey's Village Board accepted the resignation of policeman Carl Rogers on Monday.
    St. Elmo claimed the championship of its own regional basketball tournament on Friday.
    Vandalia Jr. Wrestlers took five firsts in the Marion wrestling tournament on Feb. 29.
    Birth – Luke Aaron to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Osborne of Litchfield.