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Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Christmas Guests
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter hosted a Christmas day dinner.
    Those attending were: Helen Limes of St. Peter, Kyle Barton of Collinsville, Dale and Lori McKinney, Dustin and Shooter of Farina, Mahala Harpster and Nathan Jacquin.
    Evening guests of the Harpsters were: Mary Harpster of St. Peter, Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., Mitch and Gretchen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Rollie and Trieva Henson of St. Peter.
    St. Peter Church

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Critters are Ready for Winter…
    …the outdoor critters anyway, and with the light snow on the ground this morning (Tuesday), making the woods look pretty, but cold, it is a good thing their Creator provides for them.
    Of course, they have their little barn, and when there is snow or rain in the picture, Smoky pretty much stays in it. He doesn’t like to get his beautiful ears wet.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Dec. 28
    • No Bible study, no choir practice and no youth group at First United Methodist Church.
    Saturday, Dec. 31
    • Freedom Reigns in Christ Church, 6:30 p.m.
    Sunday, Jan. 1
    • Happy New Year!
    • Please start the year of 2012 by attending the church of your choice.
    • Master’s Voice in concert, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D. A love offering will be taken.
    Monday, Jan. 2
    • The St. Elmo City Council will not meet until Tuesday night.

  • Keepin' it in the family

    A century ago, Thomas M. Stombaugh hung out his shingle at the corner of Fifth and Johnson streets in Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in November 1947, shows four young people from the Vandalia and Shafter areas. The one on the left is a retired farmer from Shafter. The second from the left is a retired farmer and realtor from Vandalia. The third from the left is from Shafter and is the mother of six children. And the fourth from the left is from Vandalia and is the mother of three girls.

  • Lincoln left his mark on Vandalia

    It was late in the afternoon on Nov. 29, 1834, when the stagecoach from Springfield made its grand entrance into Vandalia with galloping horses and horns a blaring.

  • State must deal with economy

    As we prepare to launch into the new year, we typically take a brief look over our shoulder at the waning year and set our sights on better things for the coming 12 months.
    This year, however, one has to work harder than usual to muster much optimism.
    In Illinois – and even in Fayette County – the dark cloud of our state's dire fiscal condition colors the outlook of even the most optimistic among us.

  • Multiplier is 1

    Fayette County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0, according to Brian Hamer, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
    The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier,” is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts).

  • Girl Scout cookie sales in January

    The 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program is right around the corner.
    Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) will kick off the cookie sale Jan. 6-8 during Cookie Caravan weekend.
    During Cookie Caravan, customers can purchase cookies directly from girls at various locations throughout the region.
    Traditional cookie order-taking will occur Jan. 6-21, with cookies to be delivered in mid-February. Customer demand for Girl Scout Cookies following delivery has been high historically, so additional Cookie Caravans will be held March 2-4 and 9-11.

  • News Briefs

    Unemployment at 9.8% in November

    Unemployment in Fayette County was at 9.8 percent in November, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
    The IDES report shows that the November figure is lower than in November 2010, 10.6 percent.
    Unemployment in Effingham County dropped from 7.5 percent in November 2010 to 7 percent this November. Marion County's November rate was 11 percent, down from 11.3 percent in November of last year.

    Zumba classes in Patoka resume Jan. 3