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Today's News

  • Minister's Forum

    “For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11b-13).

  • Second Lincoln Victory Ball is next Saturday

    Picture this – It is a brisk mid-winter evening in Vandalia in the year 1861.
    The town square around the state capitol building, usually quiet at this hour, is alive with sounds of horse-driven carriages, spoken greetings, conversations and the laughter of men and women.

  • Man gets 3 years in federal prison for gun offense

    A Fayette County man who pleaded guilty in federal court to firearms charges has been sentenced to a little less than three years in federal prison.
    Timothy Shellenbarger, 22, of St. Elmo, was given a 35-month prison sentence on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton.
    Shellenbarger, who has been in custody since Dec. 17, 2010, will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence. He was fined $375 and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment.

  • Man gets 7 years for sex crime

    A Shobonier man who pleaded guilty last month to a sex crime was sentenced last week to seven years in prison, three years less than the cap agreed to by prosecutors.
    Associate Judge Allan F. Lolie Jr. of Shelbyville handed down the sentence for Jarvis R. Denning at the completion of the hearing last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Denning, who is required to serve at least 85 percent of the seven-year sentence, was given 115 days credit for time he has served in the Fayette County Jail since his arrest.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Two men, each with a long history of involvement in community activities, were presented Abe Awards at last Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Towing the line: Ice storm means business, long hours

    While Fayette County residents have been enjoying the spring-like weather in recent days, no one likely appreciates the warmer temperatures than Lynn McDowell.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The “Wild, Undomesticated” Homestead Longhorns …
    … led by Betsy, the longhorn-Coriente mix cow.
    Longhorn cattle are considered a “wild” breed, and are not allowed in the county and state fairs competitions because of their long, curved horns (which are to be avoided, as they sometimes suddenly toss or turn their heads without regard of something in their path).

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Death
    Our community was saddened by the death of lifelong resident, Richard “Dick” Stock. He died on Jan. 24 at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 25 days. The funeral was held on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery.
    Marriage
    Allen Magnus of St. Peter and Delores “Lody” DeVore of Centralia were married on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The couple will reside in rural St. Peter.
    St. Peter Market Sells

  • Frogtown News

    Death
    Our community was saddened by the death of lifelong resident, Richard “Dick” Stock. He died on Jan. 24 at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 25 days. The funeral was held on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery.
    Marriage
    Allen Magnus of St. Peter and Delores “Lody” DeVore of Centralia were married on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The couple will reside in rural St. Peter.
    St. Peter Market Sells

  • Senior Spotlight: Harley Tompkins

    MULBERRY GROVE – When she isn’t feeling so good about pushing herself while training or at practice, senior Harley Tompkins just reminds herself of one thing.

    This spring will be the last chance to make the state tournament.

    That inner drive has helped the Mulberry Grove softball standout train for the upcoming season as hard as anyone, and it also helped land her a spot on Parkland College’s squad in the springs of 2013 and 2014.

    Fortunately for her, when she begins playing there, the winning has a good chance to continue.