Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, Feb. 29
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Thursday, March 1
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. The program will be “Miss Daisy,” given by Michelle Weaver. The public is invited to attend.
    Saturday, March 3

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Kenneth Lee Eastin
    Misty Dawn Johnson
    Jerrod Allen Forson
    Shawna Lynn Green
    Max Russell Beck
    April Dawn Collier
    Zachary Lane England
    Brandy Kay Moreland
    Joshua Ray Washburn

  • News Briefs

    VCHS to host speaker on online issues

    Brent Maguire from TechnoArmer Consulting will be at Vandalia Community High School on Monday, speaking to students about cyberbullying, online harassment, sexting, texting, posting photos and videos, social network safety, the permancy of all postings and how some posting can affect individuals' reputation, education and career.
    On Monday at 6 p.m., VCHS will host a parent night featuring Maguire. The public is invited to attend.

    OUR PLACE taking cards

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four young people, pictured in 1976 on their way to Sunday School, all grew up around the Hagarstown area. Now, three of them live within two miles of each other.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – The Fayette County Hospital District Board of Directors and the St. Peter Village Board agreed to purchase the St. Peter Clinic from Richard Courson.
    Ramsey's Village Board accepted the resignation of policeman Carl Rogers on Monday.
    St. Elmo claimed the championship of its own regional basketball tournament on Friday.
    Vandalia Jr. Wrestlers took five firsts in the Marion wrestling tournament on Feb. 29.
    Birth – Luke Aaron to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Osborne of Litchfield.

  • How did you celebrate Leap Day?

    Okay, you had an extra day this week. What do you have to show for it?

  • Greenhead flies tormented early settlers

    In the 1908 memoir written by Presley Garner Donaldson of Hurricane Township, he wrote a first-hand account of what life was like in the Fayette County of his time.
    Presley was not the first to mention the varmints that infested the county, but he was one of the first to go into a little detail as to the problems they encountered from the greenhead fly.

  • Plan enhances court coverage

    A recent decision to allow video and still cameras in most Illinois’ trial courtrooms is a move toward more openness and accountability in the state’s legal system.
    The announcement on Jan. 24 by Thomas Kilbride, chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, paves the way for circuit courts to apply to participate in the experimental program. If the circuit court is approved, then members of the media can request permission to cover certain cases.

  • Garage Fire

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to a fire in a garage at the home of Kirk Forbis, 1800 W. Main St., at about 4:15 p.m. last Thursday.

  • Paine is Lenten speaker

    Ryan Paine will speak at the second Lenten Luncheon, on March 7, at First Church of God, from noon-1 p.m.