Today's News

  • Hoffman expands counseling practice

    Beth Hoffman, a mental health therapist for Pathways Counseling in Vandalia, is now providing counseling in Salem and Effingham.
    Pathways Counseling, a ministry of Illinois Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services, provides clinical outpatient therapy grounded in Christian principles to children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families.

  • Donation to Fireworks Fund

    Rube Yarbrough, representing Area 51 of the Licensed Beverage Association, donated $500 to the Vandalia Lions Club to help fund the organization's Fourth of July fireworks show (which will be presented on Tuesday, July 3). Accepting for the Lions is Dean Black.

  • New owners at the Grille

    Since her days as a waitress there, The Gallatin Street Grille has always been Angie Rhodes’ favorite place to eat. It also is near and dear to her heart because that’s where her husband, Rick, proposed to her

  • Brownstown students help Shriners Hospitals for Children

    BES students who
    collected tabs for
    Shriners Hospitals
    for Children

  • Frogtown News

    Serving in Africa
    Kristofer Reynolds left for Botswana, Africa, on Friday  and will return on May 26. This is to plan for his unit’s four-week annual training in July and August.
    While they are there, they will be building and repairing a road.
    Weekend Guests/Visitors
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Corner
    Certain Birds of a Feather…
    …seem to be returning, or at least some of them are.
    When I was a kid, seeing red-winged blackbirds was a common thing as we would be driving along the roads, but the last few years, we hadn’t been seeing them (although Dee Dee Diveley had mentioned she saw them in her neck of the woods).
    We had never seen them on the Homestead since we moved here, about 27 years ago. Then, in the last two weeks, we have seen them along our lane.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, May 23
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Thursday, May 24
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, May 26
    • The St. Elmo Alumni Banquet, 6 p.m., high school gym. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Those attending are to go in the south doors of the gym to pick up the tickets and name tags.
    Sunday, May 27
    • A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Old Loogootee Cemetery.
    Monday, May 28

  • Vandalia Pool opens on Monday

    The Vandalia public swimming pool will open on Monday and will continue to operate throughout the summer.
    Because Monday is Memorial Day, the pool will be open from 1-5 p.m. only, but regular hours for the pool will be:
    •Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
    •Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. and private parties from 6-8 p.m.
    Single-day admission to the pool is $4, with children ages 4 and under admitted free, and swimmers may return for the 6-8 p.m. sessions if they have their hand stamped.
    Season passes are also available.

  • Sunday storm damage

    The storms that moved through Fayette County on Sunday afternoon and evening included winds that appeared to blow hardest through Brownstown, where the damage included a large tree behind the Christian Church being uprooted. The winds also damaged a number of trees across the street in Brownstown Central Park.

  • Pontious women participate in Honor Flights

    The three members of the Pontious family – Robyn, Kelly Washburn and their mother, Susie – have all traveled as guardians to World War II veterans on Central Illinois Honor Flights to Washington D.C.