Today's News

  • Kull Funeral Homes continues tree program

    Kull Funeral Homes of Altamont and St. Elmo have renewed their affiliation with the Lofty Oaks Assocation, a New Hampshire organization dedicated to reforestation and conservation efforts in Illinois.
    The firm arranges to have a tree planted for each service that they perform, in order to provide a living memorial in honor of the deceased and to renew the forest life of Illinois.
    The memorial trees are planted in the spring and fall. This program is part of a large endeavor to restore the landscape with the beauty of living trees.

  • Downtown Heated Storage opens in former Craycroft Oak Woods store

    Need some extra space to store some of your belongings that are sensitive to humidity or temperature swings?

  • Pyramid Marble & Granite

    Pyramid Marble and Granite, a company that is headquarters in Effingham, this spring opened a branch office in Vandalia.

  • Elam replaces Tammy Chappel as head of FNB customer service

    Janet Elam, customer service representative, has been promoted to customer service officer at First National Bank.

  • Frogtown News

    Celebrate Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.
    On Saturday evening, they celebrated Belinda’s birthday at Colton’s Steak House in Washington, Mo., and were joined by Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, MO.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 161. The organist was Jan Mendonca. Elders were Reggie Grandt and Kevin Wodtka. Acolyte was Emily Chapman.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • 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

    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.