Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Wild Birds
    Last week’s column about the wild birds brought forth several comments from bird watchers. It seems many Fayette County residents provide feeding stations, birdhouses and nesting materials for the little feathered critters.
    Return of the Quail
    The first year we lived here, there was a family of little quail that lived at the north end of the lane. We would sometimes see the little family as we were driving out of the lane. The little ones followed their mother, and we enjoyed them so much.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, May 31
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, June 1
    • This is the entry deadline for all 4-H show projects
    Monday, June 4
    • The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Tuesday, June 5
    • Friendly Neighbors, potluck at noon, Phillips Building.
    • The Summer Reading Program starts at the St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
    Wednesday, June 6

  • Church Briefs

    Brownstown First Baptist plans VBS

    First Baptist Church of Brownstown will host Vacation Bible School, starting next Monday and concluding next Friday. The program will run from 6-8:30 p.m. daily.
    "Come Fly With Us" is the theme.

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  • There are times that our hope needs a little help

    “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13.12

    These past three years, the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance has sponsored the National Day of Prayer. Until 2009, Duane Luallen organized this event for more than 20 years. When Duane gave it up for health reasons, it took several ministers to do what he had done. As a community and a ministerial alliance, we are eternally grateful to Duane for his outstanding contributions over the years!

  • Vandalia native is first to become priest

    Calling it “the greatest day of my life,” Vandalia native Zach Edgar was ordained as a Catholic priest in Springfield on Saturday morning and conducted his first Mass in his home church on Saturday evening.

  • Brownstown VFW holds Memorial Day services

    By Panzi Blackwell
    The numerous American flags at the Brownstown Memorial Wall seemed to be waving victoriously against the white clouds and blue sky as the people from Brownstown, Sefton and surrounding towns gathered to pay homage to the fallen heroes and the ones still protecting our country.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Billy J. Smith, 32, 326 S. Superior St., Ramsey, was arrested on May 25 on charges of aggravated battery of a correctional officer and public intoxication. Bond was $25,000.
    • Harvey D. Manning, 46, 111 N. Main St., St. Elmo, was arrested on May 25 on a charge of driving without a valid license. He was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Taylor L. Craig, 21, Decatur, turned her self in on May 25 on a warrant for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,500.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four siblings grew up in Shafter Township north of  Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Chicago native Ron Neibert, who had been economic development coordinator at Columbia for the past two years, was hired as the city of Vandalia's first city administrator.
    Alta Rush, formerly of Brownstown, celebrated her 90th birthday.
    Yolanda Richardson and Nick Krueger were crowned queen and king at the South Central High School prom.
    The Illinois Drug Education Alliance honored the city of St. Elmo for its anti-drug campaign efforts and 9-year-old Heather Mills for her computer graphic poster.

  • Ramsey's Joe Brewer took historic photos

    The capture of a German U-boat, U-234, on May 14, 1945, by destroyer escort USS Sutton, has been described as one of the most dramatic and intriguing incidents of World War II.