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Today's News

  • Electric aggregation meeting for city, county is March 21

    The city of Vandalia and Fayette County will host a public information meeting on municipal electric aggregation at 6 p.m. next Thursday, March 21, in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia.

    The meeting is held to educate the public on the municipal aggregation referendum on the April 9 consolidated election ballot.

    Representative of Good Energy will present the program and answer questions from the public.

  • South Central softball team again postponed

    The South Central softball game scheduled at Altamont for Thursday has been canceled due to poor field conditions. No makeup date has been set at this time.

  • State police ticket two for selling alcohol to minors

    Illinois State Police District 12 officers conducted a Campus Tap Enforcement surveillance detail at various establishments during the evening of Feb. 13 in Effingham and Fayette counties.
    The purpose of these Campus Tap details is to determine which businesses may be selling alcoholic beverages to minors (people under 21 years of age).
    Twenty-seven locations were surveyed in Altamont, Edgewood, St. Elmo, St. Peter, Farina and Vandalia.

  • Frogtown News

    Week of March 4
    Weekend Trip
    Larry and Sue Urban traveled to Schaumburg to watch grandson Jonathan Cavaletto and his teammates participate in the LSA Tournament of Champions State Basketball Tournament.
    Jonathan is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Royals of Centralia.
    Participants and spectators enjoyed the basketball games and the various Chicago eateries.
    On Saturday evening the group attended worship at St. Peter in Arlington Heights.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 175.
    The organist was Scott Gercken.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    ‘Swampy’ has a playmate
    We, the old Homesteaders, took the liberty to name the new little calf in neighbor Scott’s pasture “Swampy,” because the recent rains have left the pasture grounds soggy in places, namely near the little guy’s (or girl’s) birth site.
    As the cold winds were also blowing, we were concerned about him, but he is doing fine. There is a big shed for shelter, but longhorn cattle don’t seem to like a roof over their heads.

  • Frogtown

    Week of March 4
    Weekend Trip
    Larry and Sue Urban traveled to Schaumburg to watch grandson Jonathan Cavaletto and his teammates participate in the LSA Tournament of Champions State Basketball Tournament.
    Jonathan is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Royals of Centralia.
    Participants and spectators enjoyed the basketball games and the various Chicago eateries.
    On Saturday evening the group attended worship at St. Peter in Arlington Heights.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 175.
    The organist was Scott Gercken.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, March 13
    • Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kids Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Winter Awards Program, 7 p.m., high school Cafeteria.
    Thursday, March 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., Brownstown Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, March 16

  • Genealogy program Tuesday in Kinmundy

    The Kinmundy Public Library and the Kinmundy Historical Society are working jointly to host a program on genealogy at 6 p.m. next Tuesday.
    The program will be held at the library, located at 111 S. Monroe St. in Kinmundy.
    The presenter for the evening will be Robert Lybarger of Salem. Lybarger has been a member of the Marion County Genealogical and Historical Society for more than 30 years and has served as treasurer for the past eight years.
    He is an avid genealogist who has chronicled his own family through many generations.

  • Birth

    Brylie Mae Schmid
    Chris Schmid and Sarah Lilly of St. Elmo are the parents of a girl born at 8:40 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    Brylie Mae weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
    Grandparents are Andrew and Pamela Lilly of Beecher City, and Mark and Tracy Schmid of Auburn.

  • Volunteer weather recorders sought

    Fayette County Extension
    A volunteer weather program is looking for weather observers to measure precipitation in Vandalia, St. Elmo, Brownstown and other communities throughout Central and Southeastern Illinois, and a training session for the volunteers is set for Monday.
    Participation requires only a few minutes each day and provides a valuable service to the community. Training is provided and no prior experience is necessary.