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Today's News

  • Farm Briefs

    Risk management meetings planned
    Farmers interested in receiving a checkup on their risk management plans are invited to attend one of two upcoming meetings in the Central Illinois area.
    Meetings will be held on Jan. 31 at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon and on Feb. 1 at the Northfield Suites in Springfield. Both meetings begin at 5 p.m., cost $19 and include a ribeye steak dinner.
    Registration closes on Jan. 23. For more information, contact a COUNTRY financial representative or a Farm Bureau office, or go online at www.agrivisor.com.

  • Frogtown News

    Return from Vacation
    Rev. Bill and Roxanne Emrick of St. Peter vacationed in San Antonio, Texas, last week.
    They returned on Monday of this week. While there, they visited Bill’s brother Tom Emrick.  
    Birth
    Jeremy and Danielle (Drewes) Chasteen of Kinmundy are the parents of a daughter, born on Jan. 15, 2012. She has been named Claire Anna. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky, the Little (Adorable) donkey…
    …seems to have a touch of claustrophobia (or maybe cabin fever).
    As he had chewed on the shutters of his barn until they were destroyed, Bill had put a piece of tin over his window to protect him against the cold wind until new shutters could be made.
    Smokey likes to stand and look out his north window, although he has another opening, a doorway, on the east side. The north window gives him a good view of the driveway, and he seems to like to watch who is coming and going.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Jan. 18
    • The monthly birthday party at the Friendship Manor Nursing Home, 2 p.m.
    Thursday, Jan. 19
    • At the St. Elmo Public Library, an Excel computer class will be held at 10 a.m., and the eBay/Craig’s List class is at 6:30 p.m.
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class will have a potluck at noon in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church. All interested persons are invited to attend the potluck.
    • The Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • State still behind on payments to schools

    The Vandalia Board of Education, in an abbreviated meeting on Tuesday, heard that the state continues to lag several months behind in its payments to school districts.
    Superintendent Rich Well said that the state owes the district $526,652 for transportation and special education, $25,000 for the Pre-K program that was started again this year on a small scale, and $250,000 for the Title I and Title II programs.
    Additionally, about $600,000 is owed to the Okaw Area Vocational Center.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Shawn L. Stolley, 28, Decatur, was arrested on Jan. 17 for failure to appear in court on a charge of illegal transportation of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • Paul L. VanUytven, 57, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Jan. 16 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal transportation of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • Delta D. Bunyard, 39, 330 S. Sixth St., Apt. 6, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 16 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.

  • Cook described as 'the brains' behind Liberty stores

    Although it is the dead of winter, it seems that “flowers” are blooming all along Gallatin Street … the Flowers family, that is. The managers/owners of the new “Liberty” stores are all a part of the Tony Sr. and Teresa Flowers family.

  • ISU honoring Dr. Laurie Mabry on Sunday

    Illinois State University will honor a Vandalia woman who served as the university’s director of women’s athletics for more than two decades and coached two of the school’s women’s teams.
    “Laurie Mabry Day” this Sunday at ISU will kick off a year-long celebration of the Redbirds’ women’s athletics.

  • Council OKs TIF grants

    As they approved two Tax Increment Financing grants on Monday, Vandalia’s aldermen continued to ask for some local TIF guidelines.
    The council awarded a $7,575 grant to BTW Inc. for improvements to facilities at 120 N. Sixth St. and a $10,800 grant to Dennis Grubaugh for structural repairs to a building at 511 W. Gallatin St.
    With the funds given to BTW Inc., Brian Westendorf plans to do concrete work, and install new fencing and gates, overhead doors, new metal siding and trim, a new roof, new signage and new electrical wiring.

  • KC begins discussions on Phase II of Vandalia Campus

    When they opened the doors to the Vandalia Campus, about four years ago, Kaskaskia College officials expressed hope of receiving state funds that would double the size of the local campus.
    Last Friday, KC President Jim Underwood and other college officials reported that the receipt of those state funds is pending