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Yagow Hikes the Ice Age Trail

  Jim Yagow (70), born and raised in rural St. Elmo, has hiked the National Scenic Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. He completed the trail on September 9, 2023 by hiking the final mile with his wife (Jan), 10 grandchildren and their parents. The nearly 1,200-mile footpath roughly follows the end moraines of Wisconsin’s most…

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Hunter Safety Course at Buck Stop Archery

A Hunter Safety Course will be held at Buck Stop Archery south of Brownstown, IL, on July 28 and 29, 2023. Course hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28, and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 29. The preferred minimum age is 10 years old and the…

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July 20 is National Natalie Day

National Natalie Day Every July 20 is celebrated as National Natalie Day. Natalie is a popular name in England and France. It is derived from the Latin phrase “Natale Domini,” which means the “birth of the Lord.” According to, there are 146,000 people in the US  named Natalie. It is one of the 100…

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Rep. Wilhour Passes Bill to Honor St. Elmo Veteran Along U.S. 40

On Thursday, Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) passed House Joint Resolution 34 out of the House to honor and pay respect to the service and ultimate sacrifice of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Bruce A. Williams. U.S. Navy Lt. Bruce A. Williams (1961 – 1998). “This year is the 25th anniversary of the accident that took Lt.…

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VCHS seniors recognized during annual Academic Signing Day

Several Vandalia Community High School students were celebrated last Thursday during the annual Academic Signing Day. The event honored the academic achievements of 11 upcoming graduates, who received  more than $400,000 in scholarships. Those recognized during Academic Signing Day included: Owen Miller, who received the Provost Scholarship and will be attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville…

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