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Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Critter Corner Waterin’ Hole is Dry …
    … and the pasture grass is various shades of greenish-yellow and brown.
    We are keeping water available for all the critters all the time, and we even try to keep shallow containers of water out for the tiny creatures, such as little frogs, insects, and bugs, such as lightning bugs and butterflies.
    The longhorn cattle family takes all weather in stride, and can be seen on really hot days lying right out in the sun instead of taking advantage of the shade trees.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 12
    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m. at the Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The regular St. Elmo Board of Education meeting this month will be held at 7:30 p. m. at the unit office.
    • Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Lodge.
    Friday, July 13

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Between 450 and 500 people attended the open house for the new emergency room addition at Fayette County Hospital.
    Representatives of GEM (Going the Extra Mile) went to Springfield to receive a Governor's Home Town Award for volunteerism. GEM is the volunteer arm of the Fayette County Health Department.
    Deborah Philpot resigned from the superintendent's position in the Ramsey School District to take an associate dean position with Lake Land College.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture of these four friends was taken about 30 years ago.

  • Vandalia had many inns and taverns

    In my spare time during the past several years, I have been working on a project to identify as many of Vandalia’s early taverns as I can. In those early days, a tavern was where you could find a place to sleep, and an inn, or grocery, was where you would find a dram of whiskey.

  • Being atop list of deficit states not a good spot

    As the fiscal year came to a close June 30, state financial officers issued their annual report on the state’s financial condition.
    It’s not a pretty picture.
    Though the report lags one year behind, it shows that the state is now in the worst financial condition of any state in the nation. As of June 30, 2011, our deficit of just under $44 billion easily topped runners up New Jersey ($34 billion) and California ($11 billion). The Land of Lincoln’s shortfall grew by 16.8 percent from the previous year, according to William Holland, auditor general.

  • Miss Fayette County Court

    Abigail Hill (seated), who was crowned the 2012 Miss County Fair queen on Monday, is shown with her court, which includes the winners of other pageants held at the fair.

  • Little Miss Fayette County Court

    Shelby Sasse (seated), who was crowned the 2012 Little Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Monday evening, is shown with her court.

    Standing, from left to right, are: Emma Smith, 2011 Little Miss Fayette County; Marisa Thomason (back), 2011 Miss Fayette County; Alexia Tate, first runner-up; Sarah Craig, 2012 Jr. Miss Fayette County; and Mattie Brown, second runner-up.

  • Jr. Miss Fayette County Court

    Sarah Craig (seated), who was crowned the 2012 Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Sunday evening, is shown with her court.

    Standing, from left, to right are: Candyce Stout, first runner-up; Marisa Thomason, 2011 Miss Fayette County Fair; Brooke Mayfield (back), 2011 Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair; Emma Smith, 2011 Little Miss Fayette County; and Cori Hipsher, second runner-up.

  • News Briefs


    VVFD holding fundraiser on Saturday

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser this Saturday evening at The Copper Penny, 125 S. Fourth St. Members of the VVFD will be working as guest waiters and bartenders, accepting tips and donations, beginning at about 5 p.m.
    Later in the evening, the VVFD will be giving away items and gift certificates donated by local businesses about every half hour. They are also holding a raffle for a 32-inch LCD HD television, with tickets being $10 each.