Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Settling In & Settling Down
    Josie, the going-on-14-year-old “puppy” is becoming accustomed to her new home (as we humans also are), and often just goes and naps on her little bed under the kitchen window and near the AC vent. She has also reclaimed her couch corner, which had not been moved here for a few days. With the furniture here, she seems to be more contented and “at home.”

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, September 5
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, September 6

  • Church Brief

    Parkview to host speaker on slavery next Tuesday night

    Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia will host an informational meeting about modern-day slavery next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
    The program will feature Ginger Coakley, the Illinois representative of the Set Free Movement, which is an international ministry of the Free Methodist Church of America.

  • God's view of peace is vastly different than ours

    One of the Bible’s most thrilling messages to us is its message of peace. We know that peace is the wish of heaven for all of us.

  • Sports Roundup – Sept. 5, 2013

    Recent sports scores from area teams.

    Wednesday, Sept. 4

    In baseball, Brownstown/St. Elmo beat Mulberry Grove, 16-12, and Patoka defeated Noble/West Richland.

    Tuesday, Sept. 3

    In volleyball, Ramsey lost at Morrisonville, 22-25, 20-25.

  • Southwestern Electric meeting Saturday

    Southwestern Electric Cooperative members will gather to celebrate the cooperative’s 75th anniversary at its annual meeting this Saturday at 7 a.m. at Greenville Junior High School.
    Breakfast will be served from 7-9:30 a.m., and the event will conclude with a business meeting at 10 a.m.
    Members will vote on candidates for three open seats on the board of directors. In the district that includes Fayette County, the incumbent, Ann Schwarm of Loogootee, is unopposed.

  • Hot, dry weather having impact on Illinois' crops

    Hot, dry weather dominated the state, with measurable amounts of precipitation limited to the Northeast and Southeast districts.
    Statewide, temperatures averaged 80 degrees, which was 6.8 degrees above normal.
    Precipitation across the state averaged 0.30 inches, which is 0.53 inches below normal. The dry conditions across the state continue to have a negative impact on the crop conditions,  with many reports of firing in corn fields across the state.
    There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork.

  • Farm Progress Show

    DECATUR – As they arrived at last week’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ken and Brian Cripe had a plan.
    In order to see everything at the mammoth show, the brothers set out to walk each of the 12 east-west streets in Progress City, checking out the booths on each of the three-block-long streets.

  • Lions Candy Days

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring this Friday and Saturday as Lions Candy Days in Vandalia.

    With the mayor is Vandalia Lions Club member Tony Flowers. On Friday and Saturday, Lions members will be giving out candy as they accept donations for its programs to help vision- and hearing-impaired individuals.

  • Reunion

    The annual reunion of the Louis and t Niehaus family was held Saturday, July 20, at Holy Cross Lutheran Parish Hall.
    Thirty-three family members  attended the noon potluck.
    The family members who attended were: Elden and