Organ, Tissue Donors and Their Families Honored During April

Remembering Jeremy Voris, Tissue Donor from Windsor BY CARISSA SITKI The month of April has been designated as National Donate Life Month and Gift of Hope uses the month as an opportunity to celebrate the lives of organ and tissue donors through campaigns and online events. This year’s more digital approach was in response to…

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St. Elmo Library District Announces Logo Design Winner

  BY CARISSA SITKI Cassie Newburn of St. Elmo was named the winner of the St. Elmo Public Library District logo design contest when her creation was selected through blind-judging by the Library Board at their April meeting. A winning logo was originally going to be selected at the District’s Board meeting on Jan. 14,…

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Ralph Kent Janes

Ralph Kent Janes, 77, of St. Elmo, passed away at his home on April 16, 2021. Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church of St. Elmo at 11 a.m. Friday, April 23, with Pastor Daniel Laack officiating.  Music will be provided by De La Croix of The Table. A walk through was from…

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First Animal Shelter in Fayette County

BY JOHN BROUX EDITOR, VANDALIA LEADER-UNION Fayette County now has its own animal control center, which was completed last week. The shelter, the first ran by the county, has already had its first residents as well, according to recent reports. Prior to the shelter being built, captured animals were held with Dr. Durbin’s office in…

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Altamont Board of Education Discusses Food Service Contract with Opaa!

BY CARISSA SITKI The Altamont Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m. where the Board discussed a food contract with Opaa! Food Service Inc. that is up for renewal. Opaa’s Regional Director of Operations, Cindy Galati of Belleville was present at the meeting. “The main issue that I’ve…

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Remembering St. Elmo Photojournalist, Kent Janes

BY CARISSA SITKI A tragic house fire during the morning hours of Friday, April 16, claimed the life of beloved St. Elmo resident, Ralph “Kent” Janes, age 77, according to the Fayette County Coroner. For many years, Janes was a photographer and writer for the St. Elmo Devonian newspaper. Though the paper ceased publication, Janes…

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Jonathan “Jon” Eugene Barcus

Jonathan “Jon” Eugene Barcus, age 78, of Effingham, Illinois passed away at 9:20 p.m. Thursday April 15, 2021 at the Aperion Care Nursing Home in St. Elmo, Illinois. There will be a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at Pagel Funeral Homes in St. Elmo, Illinois. Memorials may go to the donor’s…

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Ruth Talley

Ruth Talley, 98, of Nokomis, died at 6:50 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Nokomis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Private family burial services will be held at a later date at Liberty Cemetery, rural Brownstown. Memorials may be made to the donors’ choice. Gieseking Funeral Home, Brownstown is assisting the family with arrangements. Ruth…

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Catherine (Owen) McCaskey

Catherine (Owen) McCaskey of Blue Springs, MO passed away on April 13, 2021.  She was born November 23, 1926, to Benjamin Franklin and Mary Elizabeth (Rhodes) Owen in St. Elmo, Illinois.  She married Alfred Neal McCaskey in 1954 and had three children, Sharon, Earl, and Sandra.  She is survived by Neal, her children, their spouses,…

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