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Today's News

  • Crown Point Church offers live nativity scene

    Through the ages, the faces and sounds of Christmas have been at the traditional nativity manger scene. The songs have described the appearance of angels and the lowing of the cattle.
    Over the years, in the church and Sunday school Christmas plays, the different faces around the manger have been many and of various ages. It is likely that many young children learned the names of animals such as the camels, sheep and donkeys from the representations of the manger scene.

  • Statehouse will hold Lincoln Farewell reading

    The day before it hosts the Lincoln’s Birthday celebration, the Vandalia Statehouse will be among the state historic sites participating in an effort to set a world record.
    The 150th anniversary observance of the Civil War begins on Feb. 11, exactly 150 years after Abraham Lincoln left Springfield on his inaugural journey as president-elect to Washington, D.C.

  • Woman hurt in train-car crash

  • Fayette still in running for CO2 storage site

    The field of candidates for a FutureGen carbon dioxide storage hub has been narrowed to four, and Fayette County is among that group of candidates.
    At last Monday’s meeting of the Vandalia City Council, Director of Economic Development and Tourism JoAnn Givens told aldermen that a St. Louis Business Journal story released earlier in the day listed Fayette County as one of the finalists for a carbon dioxide storage site.
    Other still in the running are Christian County, Douglas County and Morgan County. Dropped from the competition were Pike County and Quincy.

  • Three charged with having meth around children

    Three individuals have been charged with methamphetamine offenses, including one that alleges exposing children to the manufacture of the drug.
    Niky L. Maness, Melisa S. Maness and Joshua D. Wilson were arrested early this month at a residence northwest of Vandalia in Sharon Township.
    All three have been charged with:
    • Possession of anhydrous ammonia, with the intent to use it in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class 1 felony punishable by up 15 years in prison, or up to 30 years if the person is eligible for an extended term.

  • Frogtown News

    Home for Holidays
    Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., returned to the home of her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, on Friday. She will return back to school in January.
    Christmas Program
    The children of St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Little Saints Preschool had their annual Christmas program on Sunday. There were 378 in attendance.
    The children did an excellent job, considering they had only had a couple of practice sessions.
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  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Christmas Trees
    Remembered…
    …Some Christmas trees have stood out in my memories, and while they weren’t perfectly shaped or beautifully decorated with expensive baubles, they were very special and beautiful in their own way…because of the dear hearts whose hands created them.
    Two such trees came to mind this year. The late Ruby Goldsborough created one such Christmas and then preserved the memory of it n a heart-warming poem.

  • St. Elmo News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Business Briefs

    Payne attends legal seminars in Chicago

    Troy G. Payne, one of the attorneys with LeFevre Oldfield Myers Apke & Payne Law Group Ltd. of Vandalia, recently participated in two seminars in Chicago.

    The first continuing legal educational seminar was on money matters in divorce. The seminar addressed financial issues involved in divorce cases and how to detect fraud in divorce cases.

  • Rotary Club Honors Students of the Month