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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Anthony D. Kuck, 19, Hillsboro, was arrested on April 15 on charges of possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,000.
    • Tyler J. Dunaway, 29, Dayton, Tenn., was arrested on April 14 on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless driving, disobeying a stop sign, disobeying a traffic control device, failure to signal and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $15,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 19

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, April 20

  • A stripe for Ethan

    MULBERRY GROVE – Wearing an Aces baseball cap emblazoned with a black stripe to honor his older brother’s memory, sophomore Dalton Crisman sat mostly quiet in the dugout prior to last Thursday’s game.

    It was his first game back with the team since the death of his brother, Ethan, who died last Tuesday, and he was itching to get back to his starting post in left field.

    But before he could do that, teammates, coaches, opponents and fans all stood for a moment of silence to honor Ethan’s memory.