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Today's News

  • Bingamans provide jukebox for RFD show

    “Larry’s Country Diner” is a popular television show on the cable network RFD, located in Nashville, Tenn. Fred and Connie Bingaman of Brownstown met the people of the show while on vacation in Branson, Mo., where the show was in production.
    The set of Larry’s Country Diner is, as the title indicates, a country diner with checkered tablecloths, matching curtains, and tables and chairs where the audience sits and is actually served food during the show.

  • Two FutureGen meetings this week

    Two meetings are being held in Fayette County this week to educate local landowners, community leaders and business representatives about the proposed FutureGen 2.0 project.
    The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the clean coal repowering program and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage network will bring 900 jobs to downstate Illinois and another 1,000 to suppliers across the state.
    The first community assessment/informational meeting in Fayette County will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Phillips Building in St. Elmo.

  • City may have found $97,000 error in budget

    In the process of going through this year’s budget line item by line item, city officials have discovered what they believe might have been a significant error in budget preparation.
    If it’s determined that there is, in fact, an error, the city may be able to cut its budget deficit by close to 50 percent.

  • 'I object'

    A third attempt to determine whether two candidates for alderman in St. Elmo can remain on the ballot was scheduled for this Wednesday afternoon.
    The first hearing of a St. Elmo municipal electoral board, held last Tuesday evening, was brief, as the two candidates – Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter – were given more time to challenge the objections filed on their nominating petitions.

  • Vandalia sports cancellations -- Jan. 12

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will now face Cisne at the Sandoval Tournament on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

    The O'Fallon JV wrestling tournament has been canceled. The Vandals were scheduled to participate.

    The Vandalia Junior High boys basketball teams will now play Greenville on Saturday at 10 a.m.

  • County board meeting postponed

    The regular meeting of the Fayette County Board, scheduled for 7 o'clock tonight, has been postponed due to the weather.

    The meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. next Tuesday.

  • Sports cancellations: Tuesday, Jan. 11

    Vandalia's boys basketball team will now play Altamont on Feb. 3.

    The Vandalia wrestlers will makeup tonight's meet with Carlinville and East Alton-Wood-River on Jan. 20. That will also be senior night.

    The boys basketball game between St. Elmo and Ramsey for tonight has been rescheduled for Feb. 12.

    The game between the South Central and Wayne City High School boys basketball teams has been canceled and rescheduled for Thursday.

  • St. Elmo electoral board hearing reset for Wednesday

    The continuation of the municipal electoral board in St. Elmo has now been rescheduled for 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

    St. Elmo officials announced shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Monday that the electoral board hearing has been changed from 7 p.m. on Monday. The hearing will be held at the Phillips Building. The change was made due to an attorney's scheduling conflict.

  • Birthdays

    Edwin Adermann
    Edwin Adermann of Vandalia will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
    He was born on Jan. 7, 1921. He and his wife, Margaret, are the former owners/operators of Higgins Cleaners.
    They are the parents of three children: Genny Matzker, Merle Adermann and Nori Pruitt, all of Vandalia.
    He has six grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one stepgreat-grandchild, and one granddaughter and one step-grandson deceased.

  • Leathernecks hold raffles