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Today's News

  • Gold rush of '49 included Fayette men

    The "Forty-Niners" took their name from the year the gold rush began. On Jan. 24, 1848, James Marshall discovered gold in the mill race of his employer, John Sutter, while making his daily inspection.
    The news was told in a short paragraph in the March 15, 1848, issue of “The Californian.” In 1849 alone, it was estimated that 9,000 men traveled the southwestern route by way of Santa Fe, while 22,500 traveled the emigrant trails.
    St. Joseph and Independence, Mo., as well as Council Bluffs, Iowa, were staging areas for the westbound wagon trains.

  • Across-the-board cuts are best way

    As Gov. Pat Quinn marches out one potential budget-cutting proposal after another, it’s becoming increasingly clear that he has no comprehensive plan to tackle the state’s dire fiscal situation.
     Instead, what we’re seeing is a series of trial balloons being sent aloft to gauge the level of public resistance. If the outcry is sufficient, he moves on to another target.

  • Marriage Licenses-March 10, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Andrew Matthew Corley
    Streator
    Danielle Nichole Phillips
    Streator
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    Shawn Michael Ivan Keith
    Vandalia
    Danielle Marie Washburn
    Vandalia
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    Neri Dale Davis
    Vandalia
    Melanie Sue Schettler
    Vandalia
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    Jeremy Edward Herrin
    Mulberry Grove
    Ashley Ann Swarringin
    Mulberry Grove

  • Church Briefs

    St. Patrick's dinner is Sunday

    The annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner at Mother of Dolors Parish Center in Vandalia will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday.
    The meal includes corned beef and cabbage, ham, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts and drinks. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children over 5, and free for children 5 and under.
    Carryouts will be available; to order, call 283-8738. All proceeds go the Right to Life programs.
     

  • Evergreen Outreach-March 10, 2011

    By Dr. Melanie Schaafsma

  • Can the church be the church without meeting?

    Have church services become obsolete? Is coming together to worship as believers no longer relevant in today’s world?
    A few weeks ago on Rev Radio (a live call-in show hosted by the Rev. John Glennon and me on Wednesdays from 1:04 to 2 p.m. on WKRV 107.1 FM), we asked the question, “Why do people not attend church?” We received some enlightening comments and feedback from church attenders, but those who do not attend did not respond.

  • Births

    Graysen Dale Carruthers
    David and Lauren Carruthers of Palm Harbor, Fla., are the parents of a girl born at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Martin Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla.

  • Retired teachers meet

    The Fayette County Retired Teachers held their meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Ponderosa.
    The meeting was opened by President Billyanna Dugan, and prayer was given by Jimmie Page.
    After the pledge, the secretary/treasurer reports were given and accepted as read.
    Richard Lowe read an article about insurance for teachers.
    Dugan asked that the group posthumously honor a past member, Jim Smith, for services to the retired teachers. Beulah Brown made a motion, and it was seconded by Jim Page, with voting in favor.

  • Shannon White promoted to major

    Ramsey native Shannon “Dewayne” White was promoted to major in the Army on Jan. 28
    The ceremony took place at West Point, N.Y., where White has served for the past three years as an assistant professor of Russian.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Gene Watson, an American Citizen…
    …is just one of several deserving tributes that would easily apply to the name of the late Gene Watson.