Today's News

  • Teen murderer allowed to remain in juvenile facility

    A judge has ruled that a Loogootee teen who murdered a neighbor couple while they slept in their home will remain in the state’s juvenile corrections system for the time being.
    Judge Michael McHaney filed that ruling in the Clifford W. Baker case on Monday, three days after hearing arguments related to Baker’s possible transfer to the state’s adult corrections system.
    Baker will now become eligible for transfer to the Illinois Department of Corrections when he turns 18 in December.

  • Graham plant closing

    Vandalia’s mayor learned on Tuesday morning that Graham Packaging plans to close its local plant later this year, which will result in the loss of about 200 jobs.

  • Frogtown News

    Divo and Pam Noschese of St. Peter are the parents of a son, Giovanni Dominic, born on April 24, 2012.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He has a sister, Isabella, age 3.
    Grandparents are Rick and Ellen Dorr, and Mary Ellen Noschese.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 192.
    The organist was Scott Gercken. Acolyte was Eric Fortman.
    Elders were Charlie Wachholz and Kevin Wodtka.
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  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Nature’s Critter’s “Sound(s) of Music”
    The melodic sounds of the wild birds have been so prevalent over other sounds, even over the I-70 road traffic, and we have enjoyed them so much. This weekend, as we worked outside, we noticed more little creatures joining the chorus

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, May 3
    • The World Day of Prayer will be held at noon at St. Elmo City Hall.
    • Because of the World Day of Prayer , the St. Elmo Business Association will not meet until Thursday at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 6 p.m., Ryan’s at Effingham. Those going are to meet at 5:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot.
    Friday, May 4

  • The Lions bring the circus to town
  • One-Vehicle Accident

    A Mulberry Grove woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Old Ill. Route 140 west of Hagarstown on Sunday evening.

  • Soroptimists again holding Vandalia Idol competition

    The Vandalia Soroptimists will hold their second Vandalia Idol contest this June.
    Registrations forms are now available at the local area banks and the Vandalia KC Campus. Last year, 32 participants competed for the title of Vandalia Idol. Jordan Brown of Vandalia was last year’s Idol, with Ravyn Gouch of Mulberry Grove coming in second.
    The format will remain the same this year, with two nights of auditions in which the three finalists will advance to the finale on June 30.

  • Family YMCA offering Healthy Kids Day

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County will hold YMCA Healthy Kids Day this Saturday.
    The day will include:
    • A 5K fun run and walk.
    • Dodgeball
    • 1-mile fun family walk
    • Fitness Fun 101
    • Sand volleyball
    • Hit, Pitch and Run competition.
    The fun run and walk begins from the Family YMCA on Rock Island Avenue at 9 a.m. There is no charge, and water bottles will be provided to all runners and walkers.

  • National Week of Prayer

    Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring this week as National Week of Prayer in Vandalia.

    Pictured, from left, are the Rev. Tom Farris, president of the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance; Gottman; and the Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett, local National Week of Prayer chairman.