Today's News

  • County considers solid waste ordinance

    When the Fayette County Board meets this Thursday night, it will set the date for a public hearing on a ordinance being proposed by its solid waste committee.
    The board, whose meeting was postponed from Tuesday due to the Fayette County Fair, will also vote on a request to help the city of Vandalia fund a water line extension project in Vandalia’s western Interstate 70 interchange.

  • Young, Roberts win Fayette fair crowns

    Sydney Young of Farina was crowned the 2013 Miss Fayette County Fair, and Reagan Sue Roberts, also of Farina, was named the new Little Miss Fayette County Fair on Tuesday.


    In the Miss Fayette competition, Sarah Frakes was named first runner-up, and Sierah Ruffner was named second runner-up. Young was named Miss Photogenic, Frakes won Miss Congeniality and Kayla Black won the People’s Choice award.

  • Vandalia Lions' fireworks are Friday night

    The Vandalia Lions Club's fireworks display is this Friday night at dusk.

    The Lions are also sponsoring a carnival through the Fourth of July Weekend at the lake marina campgrounds.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    A Critter Riddle
    What kind of critter would chew the plastic nozzle off of a new, but used,  5-gallon gas container? Answer: We just don’t know.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their son, Mitch Harpster and family, of Cape Girardeau, M0.
    On Saturday, they attended the sixth birthday party of grandson Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo.
    Others attending the party were: Amanda, Ben and Madison Eller; Ron, Diane and Annie Eller; Janay Dalton; Cleve, Rhonda and Aubree Hunter; Heidi Hunter and Bruce Millard; and Natalie and Carolyn Stein.

  • St. Elmo News

    Saturday, July 6
    • Because of the Fourth of July weekend, the St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet will not be open today, but will be open next Saturday. Also, as of this week, it is open Monday evenings for the summer months.
    • Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to eat lunch together can do so in the hospital cafeteria at noon.

  • Report: Illinois corn acres down, beans up

    The Illinois Field Office of NASS this week released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June Acreage and Grain Stocks Reports. Highlights of the report include:
    Corn planted in Illinois in 2013 is estimated at 12.2 million acres, unchanged from the March Prospective Plantings Report, and down 600,000  acres from last year.

  • News Briefs

    Temple Baptist car wash set for July 13

    The youth group at Temple Baptist Church will be holding a car wash from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13.
    The event will be held at the Head Start building (formerly King's Treasure), just west of Sunset Drive on Progress West Drive.
    Funds will be used to pay for the church's youth to go to Rehoboth Church Camp.


  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    We need to syncronize our watches!
    We start the Evergreen Outreach program at 1 p.m. every Monday. You can come early and visit if you want, but you will miss lots of fun and music if you leave early. Please don’t try to squeeze all this wonderfulness in to a 30-45 minute program. So, alert your bus drivers. You can always stay late and visit, just please don’t leave in the middle of the program. It might offend our highly trained and overpaid professional musicians and singers. HA!

  • The Bible doesn't degrade women, it elevates them

    There is a common notion that women are relegated to a low status in the Bible. This thought is as mistaken as the idea that slavery is justified in the Bible.

    The truth of the matter is that the Bible is addressed to the culture of its day. Israel, to whom the Old Testament was addressed, became a nation around 1450-1250 BC. Paganism existed throughout the world,  with its mass killings of people groups, slavery and suppression of women, as well as the sacrificial system to pagan deities.