Today's News

  • Good to see Farm Bureau, KC continue pact

    Last summer, the Fayette County Farm Bureau Board of Directors signed an agreement through which Kaskaskia College agriculture students could use the former home of the University of Illinois Agronomy Research Center. The two parties have agreed to continue that relationship, which bodes well for many people.
    The agrement provides the college's ag students with  120 acres on which they can perform research while getting hands-on farming experience.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, March 29
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick in Litchfield.
    • Maundy Thursday service, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Friday, March 30
    • Ministerial Alliance Good Friday service, 6 p.m., Freedom Reigns in Christ Church. First Assembly of God Pastor Robert Miller will preach.
    Sunday, April 1
    • Happy Easter
    • Attend the church of your choice to celebrate Easter at the Sunrise services and regular worship services.

  • Frogtown News

    Celebrate Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter traveled to Jackson, Mo., on Friday to spend the weekend with son, Mitch Harpster and family. Friday evening, they met with Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller for dinner. 
    On Saturday, they celebrated the sixth birthday of grandson Owen Harpster at his home with a meal, cake, and punch.
    Attending were: Tom and Patty Spitzmiller, Natalie Stein and Mark Hamilton, and Aaron and Henry Harpster.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Cowgirl Cows enjoying grazing …
    … on fresh, new sweet pasture grass, but still want the extra servings of grain that have supplemented they hay. The pasture looks lush and green, and they have seemed content with it and their hay, but they must have realized that they are not getting as big a servings now, and have been protesting.
    When Bill looks out in the early morning, they are lined up at the fence, looking at the back door and mooing loudly for the extra servings of grain.

  • St. James, Zion Lutheran Holy Week schedule

    St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee have announced their Holy Week schedule:
    • Maundy Thursday – 7 p.m., St. James Lutheran, 727 W. Gallatin St.
    • Good Friday – 7 p.m., St. James Lutheran.
    • Sunday Easter worship – 7:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church; and 8 a.m. breakfast and 9:30 a.m. service at St. James Lutheran.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Garrick Lew Moreland
    Christy Lynn Buck
    Christopher Lee Summerlott
    Melissa Ann Summers
    Patrick Charles Christianson
    St. Elmo
    Amanda Marie Parish
    St. Elmo


  • School board asked to consider dance teams

    For the second time in three months, the Vandalia Board of Education was asked to consider adding teams in the district.
    Kelly Emerick, who owns Vandalia Performing Arts Center with her husband, Matthew, asked board members to consider adding competitive dance, first at the junior high and then later at the high school.
    Emerick’s request came two months after Melvin McKinney and Gail Dugan asked for the addition of a fishing club. The board approved the fishing club request last month.

  • Bathroom, outdoor step improvements planned for VCHS

    The Vandalia Board of Education last week approved engineering for improvements to parts of Vandalia Community High School that are original to the school’s construction in the early 1950s.
    Renovations to the high school gym bathrooms through multiple projects have been estimated at $125,336.
    Also planned are the replacement of the high school gym steps and concrete, estimated to cost $49,635, and the replacement of the steps and concrete at the main entrance of the school, estimated at $46,635.

  • Calendar

    Friday, March 30
    ✔ A rummage sale and bake sale for the St. Elmo High School post-prom will be held from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at St. Elmo Christian Church, 112 W. Sixth St., St. Elmo.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Fantastic Friday at 4 p.m. Children up to age 10 are invited to listen to stories and dye Easter eggs. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Donald E. Haslett, 30, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on March 27 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Ryan D. Snider, 21, 454 E. 2595, Ramsey, was arrested on March 26 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Dalton J. Thomas, 21, 925 W. Orchard St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 26 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Chloe A. Reed, 23, 302 W. Fifth St., St. Elmo, was arrested on March 26 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.