Today's News

  • Farina 4th of July Parade-2018
  • Fayette County Board to vote on sanctuary vote for unborn human beings

    For the second time in two months, the Fayette County Board is scheduled to consider following the Effingham County Board on an issue.

    A month after the Effingham board approved a resolution declaring that county as a sanctuary for the life of unborn human beings, the Fayette County Board will consider on Tuesday night a similar resolution.

    The resolution states:

  • MAPS has high scores in testing

    Mid-America Preparatory School in Herrick announced good news on tests scores.
    In grades K-9, 97 percent of the students met or exceeded standardized testing norms on the Iowa Assessments.
    This figure compares to 98 percent in 2016-17; 94 percent in 2015-16; 90 percent in 2014-15; 84 percent in 2013-14; and 80 percent in 2012-13.
    MAPS, a private Christian school in Herrick, is in its 11th year providing private education to students in Central Illinois.


  • KC signs agreement with SIUC for automotive technology

    At its monthly meeting in June, the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees approved an articulation agreement with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale that would allow students who graduate from KC with an associate’s degree in automotive technology a smooth transition into SIU-C’s bachelor’s in automotive technology program.

  • SCHS grad photos available

    South Central High School graduation photos are now available for pick up at the unit office.
    Office hours at the unit office are: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 8 a.m.-noon, Fridays.

  • KC Vandalia Campus fall registration now under way

    Registration for classes at the KC Vandalia Campus for the 2018 fall semester is now in progress.
    The fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 13.
    Taking classes at the education center saves students travel time and reduces gas expenses.
    Some of the student services offered at the center include: placement testing; advising; registration; assistance with financial aid; and free tutoring.

  • College News

    Lake Land College
    A number of local residents are among the spring 2018 graduates at Lake Land College in Mattoon:
    • Bingham – James Koonce, certificate, paramedic services; and Kayla Koonce, certificate and associate’s degree in accounting.
    • Brownstown – Kyrstyn Fitch, associate’s degree, liberal arts; Samuel Miller, certificate, management; and Zeke Philpot, certificate in programmable logic controllers and associate’s degree in electronics engineering technology.

  • Brownstown Students of the Month

    Brownstown Students of the Month for April were: Dalton Lake, son of Matt and Kim Lake, a seventh-grader; and Ashlen Richards, daughter of Darrel Richards and Melissa Willms, a junior.

  • Honor Rolls

    High Honors
    THIRD GRADE: Michael Becker, Addyson Belcher, Brady Cain, Alyssa Gebke, Haley Hassebrock, Daniel Lewis, Madisen Lux, Olivia Shaw, and Jacob Thomas
    FOURTH GRADE: Gwen Belcher, Beau Chapman, Jackson Chappell, Lauren Gray, Riley Hassebrock, Ava Meier, Olivia Murray, Gesleigh Plummer, Benjamin Spencer, and Kenzi Wilkerson
    FIFTH GRADE: Rylee Doza, Brookelynn Hill, Katie Meyer, Raegan Permenter, Camryn Phelps, Landon Robb, Karsyn Ronholdt, and Kaden Williams

  • Golden Circle Menus

    The Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses.
    The suggested donation is $3 for meals.
    Call the site director, Deb Segrest, at 283-1040, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day before you wish to eat there. Meals are served at 11:30 a.m., Monday-Friday. All meals served with choice of milk, coffee, iced tea or water.