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Today's News

  • Sam Stock promoted to loan officer in Patoka

    The First National Bank recently announced that Sam Stock has been promoted to loan officer.  He started his new position on April 1.
    Stock, a St. Peter resident, graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in ag business and animal science. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and the Illinois State University National Ag Marketing Association. He began his career at First National Bank in March 2012, and is located at First National Bank in Patoka.

  • Janice Romack elected to FVC board

    First Vandalia Corp., parent company of The First National Bank, recently elected Greenville resident Janice Romack to serve on the board of directors at the annual stockholders' meeting.
    Romack, a partner of West & Company, LLC, a certified public accounting and consulting firm in Greenville, is a certified public accountant who has served clients in Southcentral Illinois for 29 years.  

  • First Vandalia Corp. gives 2012 highlights

    The annual stockholders’ meeting of First Vandalia Corp., parent company of The First National Bank, with locations in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville, was held on April 10 in Vandalia.
    Greenville CPA Janice Romack was elected to the board of directors. Current directors  Thomas L. McCarty and R. Wynn Provines were re-elected to serve three-year terms. They join current directors William E. Chappel, Todd Shulman, B. Rand Edwards, Ann M. Schwarm and Haldon E. Warner.

  • St. Peter Ins. to Grinnell Mutual President's Club

    St. Peter Insurance Agency of St. Peter was recently named to the prestigious Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. President's Club for 2013.
    Recognized by Grinnell Mutual President and CEO Larry Jansen, St. Peter Insurance  Agency ranks among the company's top 50 agencies and 11 farm mutual companies for production during the past five years.

  • Farmers National honors Stortzum with top award

    Winnie Stortzum of Arcola, formerly of Vandalia,, recently received the top award from the real estate company for which she's an agent.

  • New Message Board for Chamber Sign

    A new digital LED message board recently was installed at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce's sign on North Fifth Street in Vandalia.

    The 4-feet-by-12-feet board replaces the previous board, which used incandescent light bulbs. The sign will continue to advertise upcoming community events and chamber activities. Helping with the installation are Will Baldock, on forklift, and Rick Myers, on ladder. Also lending a hand were Wehrle Brothers Equipment, ADS Electric and John Ashdown. For information about the sign, call the chamber at 283-2728.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Along the Lane …
    … rabbits are making a comeback, rerun, “re-hop,” or whatever, to the Homestead lane.
    When we first moved here (about 19 years ago), rabbits would almost cause a traffic jam in our lane.  Son Todd (at a young age then) commented that rabbits were going to take over the world.

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, spent the weekend with her daughter, Mahala Harpster of Villa Ridge, Mo.
    Death
    Mary Lillian “Lillie” Reed, 74, formerly of St. Peter, died on Sunday. Graveside services were held on Thursday, with burial in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Saturday evening was 98. Attendance on Sunday was 90.
    The organist was Rev. Alan Holtz. Luke Bergmann served as acolyte.
    Elders were Reggie Grandt and Jay Rothe.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 25
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Chinatown Restaurant, Litchfield.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, April 27
    • The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
    Monday, April 29

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Brittany K. Yokley, 22, 1014 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on April 23 on charges of deceptive practices and forgery. No bond information was listed.
    • John J. Miles, 34, 237 N. West St., Brownstown, was arrested on April 23 for failure to appear in LaSalle County court on a traffic charge. Bond was $4,000.
    • A 16-year-old youth was arrested on April 22 on charges of residential burglary and theft. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.