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Today's News

  • Hosick Motors helps raise $1,400 for VES

    Hosick Motors of Vandalia helped raise $1,400 for Vandalia Elementary School through Chrysler’s “Drive for the Kids” program.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Katy’s Puppyhood (Thus Far)
    “Katydid” (Katy for short) will be 10 weeks old this week and seems to be getting taller already.
    As she is (allegedly) a black lab/blue heeler mix, we expect her to be a big, outside dog to scare away the opossums, skunks, coyotes, bobcats, bears, etc.

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 150. The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Elders were Charles Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.
    Acolyte was Haley Bergmann.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Tina Benning and unborn twins
    -Merle Crain
    -Charlotte Hames
    -Arlene Lee
    Birthdays
    • Brian Gehle
    • Debbie Bergmann
    • Darrell Schaal
    • Robert Carpenter
    • Alexis Roberts
    • Joan Schaal

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, June 27
    • The Royal Neighbors of America #5784 will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Altamont McDonald’s for the birthdays’ celebration.
    • The St. Elmo Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the unit office to hold a budget amendment hearing and to vote on the budget.
    Thursday, June 28
    • The summer reading program will have a special program, Swords and Roses, at the St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.

  • HCE holds annual meeting

    By Panzi Blackwell
    Thirty-one members representing the seven units – Bingham/Ramsey, Sefton, St. Elmo, St. Peter, Vandalia Day, Wheatland and Wright’s Corner – attended the 64th annual meeting of the Fayette County Association for Home and Community Education (HCE). The event was held Tuesday, June 12, in the Holy Cross Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Vandalia.

  • FCHD taking immunization appointments

    Fayette County Health Department is offering school immunization clinics for students entering kindergarten and grades 6-9 on July13 and Aug. 10, by appointment only.
    Children entering kindergarten usually need the following three vaccines: Kinrix, M.M.R. and Varicella.
    Students entering the sixth through ninth grades are required to have a TDaP.
    The cost for vaccine administration for children is $23 for the first immunization, then $10 for each additional immunization given that day.

  • Beekeepers group to hold meeting here Saturday

    The 2012 Illinois State Beekeepers Association’s summer meeting will be held at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus this Saturday.
    This meeting is being hosted by one of this area’s local clubs, the St. Clair Beekeepers Association.
    Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the program runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dewey Caron, emeritus professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware and affiliate professor in the department of horticulture at Oregon State University.

  • Farina 4th celebration will be held on July 7

    Farina will hold its Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 7, at the Farina Village Park.
    The schedule for the celebration is as follows:
    • 1 p.m. – Parade signup.
    • 2 p.m. – Parade begins.
    • 2:30 p.m. – Food stand opens.
    • 3-9 p.m. – Kids’ games.
    • 4 p.m. – American Legion opening ceremony, including the presentation of colors and the national anthem by Kyla Stevens.
    • 4-9 p.m. – Bingo.
    • 4:30 p.m. – Cake walk.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This aunt and niece, pictured in 1967, live in the Vandalia area.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The city of Vandalia was considering rejoining the I-70 Growth Association, several years after dropping its membership.
    Amy and J.D. Vieregge of Vandalia bought the 28th house built by a building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center. The house is located on East Fork Drive.
    Wilbert and Elenora Yagow of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and Wilmer and Pauline Yagow of Kinmundy were celebrating their 40th anniversary.