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Today's News

  • IFB President Visits With Local Members

    Members of the Fayette County Farm Bureau met with Illinois Farm Bureau President Phillip Nelson, second from right, at a recent meeting in Effingham.

    He updated county members on key legislative issues affecting farmers. Pictured with Nelson are, from left, Keith Casey, Keith Sanders and Ken Cripe.

  • Vandalia Idol

    Her performance of Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" earned Mary Ann Price (first photo) first place in the second annual Vandalia Idol competition held on Saturday by Soroptimist International of Vandalia.

    In the second photo are the four finalists chosen from 12 competitiors. From left to right, are: Arika Craig, fourth place; Jordan Boren, third place; Joy Rode, second place; and Price.
     

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    In Response to Inquiries
    The Homestead Critters are tolerating the heat and dry weather. Several have asked about the critters, since it has been so hot. Papa Bear Bill has been keeping them supplied with fresh water, and they all have shade and/or shelter.
    •  Betsy LongHorn, the Bartels girl (namely Geneva), and the three youngsters, surprise us, as they do not take advantage of their shade trees.
    They seem to like to lie in the sunshine, even in the 100-plus degree weather.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the fifth birthday party of their grandson, Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., on Saturday.
    Those attending were: Ron and Diane Eller of Salem, Anna Lou Eller of Salem, Heidi Hunter and Bruce of Fruitland, Carolyn Stein of Salem, Natalie Stein of Cape Girardeau, Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, and Doug and Pam Stein of St. Peter.
    Attend Baptism
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the baptism of grandson, Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Sunday.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, July 4
    • Have a happy 4th of July.
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of HCE will not meet until July 11.
    Thursday, July 5
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Erna Koontz.
    Saturday, July 7
    • Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to eat together can meet in the hospital cafeteria at noon.

  • Zoo Program at Library

    As part of its summer reading program, Evans Public Library offered a special program featuring animals from Scovill Zoo in Decatur last Thursday.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that a trailer destroyed by fire was in Hall's Trailer Court. The trailer court is now owned by Will Baldock and is known as Central Illinois Rental.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Council learns about streetscape issues

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday paid the final bill on the city’s latest downtown streetscape work, and heard an update on the next project.
    It also learned why a section of Gallatin Street was cut out on Monday.
    The council approved a $4,002.36 payment to Mettler Development of Highland for streetscape work in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street that included a new road surface, curbing and period lighting.

  • 2012 Fayette County Fair Schedule

    2012 Fayette County Fair

    Saturday
    9 a.m.-Junior horse and pony show.
    2 p.m.-4-H rabbit show.
    5 p.m.-Junior rabbit show.
    Sunday
    10:30 a.m.-Open western horse show.
    Noon-4-H poultry show.
    1 p.m.-Judging of classes J, K, L, M, O, junior general projects, gardening, horticulture and crops.
    2 p.m.-Junior poultry show.
    5 p.m.-Jr. Miss Fayette County Pageant, followed by Mr. Fayette County Pageant.
    Monday
    8 a.m.-4-H sheep show.
    11 a.m.-4-H beef show and 4-H dairy steers.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Justin D. Blackburn, 21, 125 E. Main St., Ramsey, was arrested on July 1 on charges of assault and breach of peace. Bond was $1,000, and he was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Paul T. Stasiak, 54, Altamont, was arrested on July 1 for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge and on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,500.
    • Shawn M. Hunter, 29, 521 S. Seventh St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 1 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $5,000.