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Today's News

  • Donations aid local food bank

    When people are in need, the residents of Fayette County are always quick to help.
    That reputation was confirmed once again in recent weeks when a call went out that funds for the Central Illinois Food Bank had been cut, and that it would no longer be available to bring its mobile food bank to Fayette County.

  • Jenners involved in revitalizing our downtown

    Continuing on visiting along Gallatin Street, we stop in at Lia’s Gift Shop & Home Décor.

  • Fund shortage delaying bridge replacement

    The Fayette County Board approved a preliminary engineering agreement last Thursday for a bridge on a county road northeast of Farina that has temporarily been closed to traffic.
    The agreement with Rhutasel and Associates of Centralia is for a bridge over Dismal Creek on County Highway 28 (Altamont Road).
    County Engineer Michael Maxey explained that the bridge was closed on March 14 due to a hole in the southbound lane of the bridge.

  • School district watching spending

    Three-quarters of the way through the fiscal year, administrators in the Vandalia Community School District are continuing to watch their expenses in the face of shrinking state revenues.
    In fact, district expenses through March this year are actually $1.2 million less than they were a year ago at this time.
    “With the price of nearly everything going up, that’s a significant accomplishment by our teachers and administrators,” said Superintendent Rich Well.

  • City OKs water pact for parks

    The Vandalia City Council approved a water services agreement with the Vandalia Park District that one alderman describes as a partnership to serve city residents.
    Through the agreement, the city will not charge the park district for water used to fill the pool at the beginning of the pool’s season. That amount is estimated at 193,000 gallons.
    For water used during the remainder of the swimming season, the park district will be billed at half the usual charge.

  • Golden Years receives check, flag from Woodmen of the World

    Twenty-one members of the Golden Years Club were present for the potluck meeting on Tuesday, April 10, and welcomed 13 guests.

  • HCE holds Get-Acquainted Day

    All seven of the Fayette County Home and Community Education units were represented as the annual Get-Acquainted Day potluck, program and auction fundraiser was held Thursday, April 12, at the Golden Years building in Brownstown.

  • Frogtown News

    Birth
    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.
    Deaths
    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

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    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.