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Today's News

  • Frakes trial set for Feb. 20

    A jury trial for a man charged last summer with three counts of child pornography is now scheduled to be held a month from now.

  • Stout starts getting busy

    Vandalia’s new director of economic development and tourism told the city council on Monday some things he will be doing as he gets acclimated to the position.
    Brian Stout told aldermen that one of his first projects will be meeting with local business people, “trying to put together some strategic plan and kind of seeing where they’re at.”

  • Putting faces on our mural

    Vandalia’s first mural created by professional artists will feature the city’s railroad depot, with seven people standing in front of the structure.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jamey M. Rhodes, 19, 1015 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Kelvin K. Jefferson, 52, Indianapolis, Ind., was arrested on Jan. 17 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • John A. Zeitler, 62, Crestwood, Mo., was arrested on Jan. 17 on charges of driving without a valid license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper display of registration and no rear registration light. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 19

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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, January 20

    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters’ Winter Coats Not Removable
    Baby Bucky Burro and his barn friend, Lady, the little senior mini-horse, both look cute in their fuzzy winter coats, but the unseasonable warm weather must be a little uncomfortable for them as the temperature climbs into the 50s and 60s. Hopefully, though, nature will keep their winter coats intact, as we still have February and March to get through.
    Bill is keeping their barn floor cleaned out, putting fresh straw down and shutting their barn doors at night to help keep the cold air out.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Sunday, January 22
    • Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, 2 p.m., Brownstown First United Methodist Church.
    • Sunday Night Live high school youth, 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church parsonage.
    Monday, January 23
    • Fayette County Board of HCE will not meet until Jan. 30; see the reason following the announcements.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., Vandalia National Road Interpretive Center.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit. Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation is $3 for meals.

  • Golden Circle now Meals on Wheels

    C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. Program Director Debbie Weber announced earlier this month that the name of the Golden Circle Nutrition Program, which is sponsored by C.E.F.S., has been changed to Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S.
    Weber said that the change was made to make the mission and purpose of the program more recognizable to not only those who would utilize this service, but also to potential volunteers and donors.

  • Frogtown News

    Winter Slowdown
    The town came to a standstill over the weekend, with church canceled and everyone staying inside in anticipation of the ice storm.
    Fortunately, it never made it to St. Peter.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship canceled due to the predicted ice storm.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Janet Cox
    -Dennis Hinrichs
    • Mourning a loss
    -The family of Ed Morton
    • Those with long-term health concerns:
    -Kevin Courson
    -Mark Dunaway