Today's News

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on July 25 at Chinatown Restaurant in Litchfield, with 34 members and four guests present.
    Vice President Mike Mulhern welcomed all members and guests followed by the pledge to the flag.  Brock Fisher gave the blessing prior to the buffet meal. 
    After the meal, Mulhern called the meeting to order.  The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for July were also read.

  • BHS class of '53 holds 60-year reunion

    The Brownstown High School class of 1953 held its 60-year reunion recently with a noon luncheon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

  • History/family book deadline extended

    The Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society has received good news from the publisher of “Fayette County, Illinois History and Families Book” – the deadline for submissions and orders has been extended to Sept. 30.
    The deadline was extended after society members learned that some brochures were not delivered properly, and some county residents did not receive them until well into July.

  • MOPARS on Display

    Mike and Risé Sahr had their Dodge Viper and recently acquired 1963 Plymouth Valiant on display at the car show held during Heritage Days at the American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville on Sunday afternoon.

  • Class of 1943 reunion is Aug. 17

    The Vandalia High School class of 1943 will hold its 70-year reunion at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    Class members and their spouses are invited to attend.

  • Meeting of Tea Party is moved

    The Brownstown-Effingham area Tea Party exhibited at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown, July 7-12.
    About 120 fair-goers were given information about the PTELL tax cap law, and a petition advocating a vote on the law was signed by several voters.
    The PTELL tax cap law would limit Fayette County real estate tax increases to the lesser of 5 percent or the consumer price index, Tea Party officials said.

  • Births

    Miranda Jane Harner
    Andrew and Elizabeth Harner of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 2:40 p.m. on July 25, 2013, at St. John’s Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

  • Reunions

    The 51st Springman family reunion was held at St. Mary’s Church in St. Elmo on Sunday, July 21.
    The potluck was hosted by the George and Pauline Springman family.

  • Museum hosting 'Meet the Author'

    The Fayette County Museum and Artworks Gallery are hosting a “Meet the Author” session at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.
    The featured author is Joanne Hardy, who will talk about her book, “The Girl in the Butternut Dress.”
    Hardy grew up in Clay County and now lives in Palm Desert, Calif.
    Her historical novel is about a young girl facing the extraordinary challenge of divided loyalties during the Civil War. It is based on true stores from Southern Illinois.

  • American Legion Auxiliary Officers

    The new officers of Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary were installed recently.

    In front, from left to right, are: Sue Shadwell, treasurer; Sabrina Lineberry, president; Mary Horsthemke, installing officer; and Katie Schukar, first vice president. In back are: Sandy Branham, installing chaplain; Jo Ann Corry, sergeant-at-arms; Alvena Noffsinger, installing sergeant-at-arms; Sharon Harris, secretary; Judy Varga, chaplain; and Evelyn Schmollinger, historian.