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Today's News

  • New Message Board for Chamber Sign

    A new digital LED message board recently was installed at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce's sign on North Fifth Street in Vandalia.

    The 4-feet-by-12-feet board replaces the previous board, which used incandescent light bulbs. The sign will continue to advertise upcoming community events and chamber activities. Helping with the installation are Will Baldock, on forklift, and Rick Myers, on ladder. Also lending a hand were Wehrle Brothers Equipment, ADS Electric and John Ashdown. For information about the sign, call the chamber at 283-2728.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Along the Lane …
    … rabbits are making a comeback, rerun, “re-hop,” or whatever, to the Homestead lane.
    When we first moved here (about 19 years ago), rabbits would almost cause a traffic jam in our lane.  Son Todd (at a young age then) commented that rabbits were going to take over the world.

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, spent the weekend with her daughter, Mahala Harpster of Villa Ridge, Mo.
    Death
    Mary Lillian “Lillie” Reed, 74, formerly of St. Peter, died on Sunday. Graveside services were held on Thursday, with burial in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Saturday evening was 98. Attendance on Sunday was 90.
    The organist was Rev. Alan Holtz. Luke Bergmann served as acolyte.
    Elders were Reggie Grandt and Jay Rothe.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 25
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Chinatown Restaurant, Litchfield.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, April 27
    • The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
    Monday, April 29

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Brittany K. Yokley, 22, 1014 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on April 23 on charges of deceptive practices and forgery. No bond information was listed.
    • John J. Miles, 34, 237 N. West St., Brownstown, was arrested on April 23 for failure to appear in LaSalle County court on a traffic charge. Bond was $4,000.
    • A 16-year-old youth was arrested on April 22 on charges of residential burglary and theft. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Brownstown Spring Concert
  • Farina man to face trial on solicitation for murder

    A judge ruled on Wednesday afternoon that there is sufficient evidence for a Farina man to face trial for a charge of solicitation of murder.

    Judge James Roberts made that ruling at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing for Mark G. Fulk.

    Fulk, 35, was arrested on April 5 for allegedly trying to have his wife killed.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, at its annual banquet, presented Abe Awards for community service to Jean Stombaugh, and Katie and Orville Schukar.
    The city received ongoing complaints about youths littering and walking into traffic near Vandalia Community High School.
    A school facility committee was touring Vandalia’s schools to form a recommendation to the Vandalia Board of Education on how to improve district facilities.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings, pictured nearly 44 years ago, are from the St. Elmo area.

  • Flooding shows need for fixes

    Once again, weather patterns have stacked up to bring significant precipitation to Fayette County.
    And once again, that precipitation has produced widespread flooding. Local streams, as well as the Kaskaskia River, were well out of their banks over the weekend – with the Kaskaskia rising to near-record levels.