Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Wyatt and Terra (Swick) Schnarre of St. Peter are the parents of a son, Gavin Wade, born on April 5, 2012. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 22 inches long.
    Our community is saddened by the deaths of several lifelong residents:
    • Leroy Hartmann, 85, died on April 11. His funeral was held on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    • Beaty Grandt, 82, died on April 15. Her funeral will be held on Friday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Our Critter Neighbors, “Straight” & “Flash”
    “Straight” and “Flash” are the two beautiful horses that live in the pasture along our lane and yard, along with our neighbor’s longhorn cattle. We enjoy watching them and enjoy their visits much.
    They seem happy and are high-spirited much of the time. They sometimes act like mischievous boys, as they will suddenly chase the cows for a few minutes, as if they talked about it and said, “Let’s do it!”

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, April 18
    • The Fayette County Republican Committee will meet in the Fayette County Courthouse, probably in the large courtroom. At 6 p.m., the courthouse opens to sign in precinct committeemen as deputy registrars; at 6:30 p.m., there will be a drawing for ballot position for the general election; and at 7 p.m., the meeting will start. At the meeting, the chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and chairwoman will be elected.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Anthony D. Kuck, 19, Hillsboro, was arrested on April 15 on charges of possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,000.
    • Tyler J. Dunaway, 29, Dayton, Tenn., was arrested on April 14 on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless driving, disobeying a stop sign, disobeying a traffic control device, failure to signal and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $15,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 19

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, April 20

  • A stripe for Ethan

    MULBERRY GROVE – Wearing an Aces baseball cap emblazoned with a black stripe to honor his older brother’s memory, sophomore Dalton Crisman sat mostly quiet in the dugout prior to last Thursday’s game.

    It was his first game back with the team since the death of his brother, Ethan, who died last Tuesday, and he was itching to get back to his starting post in left field.

    But before he could do that, teammates, coaches, opponents and fans all stood for a moment of silence to honor Ethan’s memory.

  • South Central tops Vandalia with eight-run sixth inning

    South Central has lived on the edge all season.

    Trailing 5-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cougars exploded for eight runs to secure an 11-5 victory on Monday, their sixth comeback win in 13 games.

    “That’s the way it’s gone so far, but that’s something hard to do every game,” said coach Curt Jones. “I sure hope they don’t plan on doing that the rest of the season.”

    It’s a nerve-racking way to win, but the Cougars have seemed to always get the job done this spring.

  • Baseball notes: County rivals respect each other

    Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt and South Central coach Curt Jones both had positive things to say about their opponents after Monday’s game.

    Jones, a veteran coach who has seen Vandalia play for many years and coached Hohlt during summer baseball years ago, said he could “by far” see drastic improvement in the Vandals’ approach.

    “When I was watching them take infield, I said, ‘This is a pretty good looking group,’” Jones said. “Luke is obviously doing a great job with them.

  • Lady Aces take down Vandalia

    The Lady Aces didn’t have any problems with not having a game for almost a week.

    Senior Harley Tompkins homered and Mulberry Grove pounded out 13 hits on Tuesday during a 12-1 win against

    Vandalia, a team that still struggled defensively in taking its fourth straight loss by double digits.

    “We hit very well today,” said  Mulberry Grove coach Teresa Tompkins. “I didn’t know what we were going to do, since we haven’t played in a week.

  • Mulberry Grove's Potts gives area another NCAA-level bowler

    VANDALIA – Mulberry Grove senior Jennifer Potts will become the third local individual in recent years to bowl for an NCAA college.

    Potts signed a National Letter of Intent last Wednesday, committing to bowl for the University of Central Missouri for the next four years, joining former Vandalia High Schoolers Josie and Jessica Earnest as NCAA-level bowlers from the area.