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Bill Durr, 85, Arkansas

Bill Lee Durr, 85, of Ash Flats, Ark., formerly of Fayette County, died on Feb. 9, 2020, in his home. He is survived by a daughter, Maria Durr of Peoria. Arrangements are pending.

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Brownstown-Sefton News

A Lot of Distractions … … continued on into 2021, and we, the human inhabitants of the Homestead (namely Bill & Panzi), are continuing to be thankful for our blessings, which include our families and friends, for our faith, our home, our assorted critters, our abilities to continue to do what we need to do,…

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Frogtown News

Teacher Commissioning and Installation Mrs. Kristi (Rinkel) Kraemer was commissioned as an official rostered Missouri Synod school teacher and installed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Sunday. Mrs. Kraemer completed all the coursework for the Synod’s colloquy process to become an official LCMS rostered teacher. The colloquy process involves a series of intensive classes and…

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St. Elmo News

ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, January 14 • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. • Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple. Monday, January 18 • Historical Vandalia Inc. Board, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. • St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m. Rhodes-Side Gleanings…

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Bryan – farmhand, ball player

Mary Evans Horsthemke is only one of the many interesting people I have met while undergoing treatments for breast cancer. I had known who she was for years, because Mary was the head cook at Vandalia High School and a familiar face. During one of our conversations, I learned that it was Mary who introduced…

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Vandalia Bowl Results

 TUESDAY NIGHT LADIES 19th week 1/5/21 TEAM STANDINGS 14-0 IYA’S PURPLE STRIKERS 7-7 MARIE’S GIRLS 7-7 RICKEY’S WILDCATS 7-7 OBEE’S GIRLS 5-9 GUTT-ER-DONE SCRATCH GAME 667 IYA’S PURPLE STRIKERS 533 MARIE’S GIRLS 531 GUTT-ER -DONE SCRATCH SERIES 1809 IYA’S PURPLE STRIKERS 1555 MARIE’S GIRLS 1546 GUTT-ER-DONE HANDICAP GAME 887 IYA’S PURPLE STRIKERS 764 RICKEY’S WILDCATS…

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Madigan suspends speaker campaign

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – House Speaker Michael Madigan announced he would suspend his campaign for House Speaker of the 102nd General Assembly on Monday, but his statement made clear he was not withdrawing from the race. “This is not a withdrawal. I have suspended my campaign for speaker,” Madigan said…

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County chairman makes committee appointments

Fayette County Board Chairman Jennifer Waggoner has made committee appointments for the next two years. The following committees follow, with the chairman listed first: • Finance – Waggoner, all board members. • Claims, purchasing and printing – Glenn Gurtner, Debra Warner, Jacob Harris, Glenda Bartels, Ashley Towler and Larry Emerick. • EMA, sheriff, insurance and…

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Coronavirus Update

FAYETTE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Tuesday, Jan. 12 • 21 new cases, 7 related to a congregate facility • 2,842 total cases • 49 total deaths • 384 vaccinated Monday, Jan. 11 • 23 new cases • 2,816 total cases • 49 total deaths • 384 vaccinated Friday, Jan. 8 • 29 new cases • 2,804…

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Trials for Dierkes, others postponed due to pandemic

The jury trial for a former Vandalia teacher and state police officer, along with all other jury trials scheduled for January in Fayette County, has been postponed. Judge Douglas Jarman said during a pretrial hearing held by Zoom last Thursday that the trial date for James T. Dierkes, scheduled to get under way next Monday,…

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