Today's News

  • Farina sets Fourth of July plans

    The Farina 4th of July Celebration will start at 2 p.m. with signup for the parade at the old grade school and the horses at Kelly Welch's house.

    The parade with start at 3:00, with games starting in the park at 4:00. Bingo and the cake walk will begin at 5 p.m., as does the entertainment of the South Central High School and Middle School Music Departments.

    At 5:45 p.m., well-known magician Chris Egelston will perform. There will be demonstrations of Zumba and karate in the park.

  • Frogtown News

    Zak French and Rachel Schnmidt were married on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights. The Rev. Tom Molini performed the ceremony. Zack is the son of Mike and Jill Butts of St. Peter.
    Charles “Chuck” Dunaway formerly of this area, died on June 14, 2013. Services were held at Zion Lutheran Church in New Palestine, Ind.
    Attend Shower

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    From The Chicken Roost
    Blackie and Rhonda’s Mystery Eggs – Blackie and Rhonda’s (hens) have always made a production of producing nice, big, brown eggs. However, recently, there was a reduction in the size of the eggs in both hens!
    We could understand maybe a slight change in one, but we are puzzled why both seemed to slack off in the size of their eggs at the same time.
    Sneaky Pate, the wily wolf, had been sighted a couple of times, but would anxiety and/or fear cause a reduction in egg size?

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, June 27
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • All 4-H general projects have to be checked in at Brownstown Elementary School, 4-7 p.m.
    Friday, June 28
    • The Fayette County 4-H General Project Show, 5-8 p.m., Brownstown Elementary School.
    Saturday, June 29
    • St. Elmo Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Monday was a hot summer day and we didn’t need warming up! Our leader was actually SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence). They got things rolling at 12:45, and had a jump on everyone! I think they must have camped out all night at the church or something to get all their brass and electronics set up that early.
    Our cookies were from the Emmanuel United Methodist Women of Brownstown and we sang "Happy Birthday" to a new member, Josh McMorris.  

  • Church Briefs

    Laurel Gene Waldon to perform Sunday

    Laurel Gene Waldon, a blind piano player who was reared in  Ramsey and currently lives in North Carolina, will be performing at Brownstown United Methodist Church this Sunday at 6 p.m.
    For more information, call the Rev. Don Thomas at 217-821-5260.

    Lesters to perform in Mulberry Grove

  • In EVERYTHING you do, do it for the glory of God

    If you had to think back through your day today, if you were honest, what would you  say was the most important thing to you today?

  • College News

    Blackburn College
    Amy Walton of Shobonier is among the students named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Blackburn College in Carlinville.
    To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5.

    Missouri Baptist University
    Jacob Johnson of Vandalia has been awarded the Faculty Scholarship for the 2013-14 school year at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Mo.
    Johnson will be a transfer student in the fall.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Computer college-part II
    The Kaskaskia College Continuing/Community Education Department will offer computer college-part II at the Vandalia Campus on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, July 9-23.
    The class will meet from 5-8 p.m.  The registration number for this class is LLI 7021 VA01E.
    This hands-on computer course gives computer users the opportunity to build on the learning experience from computer college-part I. Students will learn additional components and parts of a computer.

  • Area students graduate from Kaskaskia College

    Kaskaskia College held its 2013 commencement exercises on Friday, May 17.  
    Area graduates are listed here. Gold cords were worn by students who have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average and gold stoles were worn by members of Phi Theta Kappa; ***-summa cum laude (4.0 graduates); **-magna cum laude (high honors); and *-cum laude (honors).
    • Associate’s degree in industrial electricity-Michael Duane Stewart of Mulberry Grove and Josh R. Rhodes of Vandalia.