St. Elmo Area News

Fifth Graders Display Projects at “Native American Museum”

Mrs. Lloyd’s fifth graders at Brownstown wrapped up a unit on Native Americans by displaying their group projects. Each group made a poster board with information about their tribe, including where the tribes lived, what they wore, weapons used, and more. In addition to the poster board, the students made a model of their assigned…

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School Board Adopts New Budget, Policies, and Hires

The St. Elmo Community Unit School District #202 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 26. After a brief budget hearing, the regular session proceeded by approving the minutes from the Aug. 21 board meeting.  Bills and financial reports were given along with monthly administrative reports. The board next adopted the Fiscal…

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Heckert named Citizen of the Year

After spending 70 years living and working in St. Elmo and dedicating countless hours towards better his community, Bob Heckert was honored last Monday when he was named the 2017 St. Elmo Citizen of the Year. “It’s a true honor to be recognized by the whole community,” Heckert said.  “Although there are so many deserving…

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56th Higgs Family Reunion to be Held Sunday, September 10, 2017

All descendants of George and Rachel Beck Higgs (his first wife) and George and Adeline Ward Higgs (his second wife) are encouraged to gather Sunday, September 10, 2017 at noon at Pavilion 3 in Schmidt Park, Altamont, IL. There will be a 12:30 potluck dinner. Please bring a dish or two to share. Drinks and…

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Farm Bureau hands out food at Pinnacle

As they have in recent years, the Fayette County Farm Bureau was on-site at Pinnacle Foods in St. Elmo, handing out food to all comers on Saturday, Aug. 12. The food drive served approximately 350 people after the organization raised around $1500. The Bureau’s Brandi Cripe, who serves on the women’s committee and as secretary…

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Avena Park renovations planned

After removing the pool, the Avena Township Park Board is looking into several ways to improve the park in St. Elmo. “We are very interested in sprucing it up,” secretary-treasurer Daryl Calvert said. Fall zones surrounding current equipment are being installed or improved. Calvert said that the board would like to add a climbing or…

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Healy excited to be part of St. Elmo district

New St. Elmo Superintendent Julie Healy officially took the reins of the district on July 1. She is the former superintendent of the North Wayne district, based out of Cisne, Ill. Healy brings with her three decades of experience in education andover 10 years of experience in administration. Though busy getting settled in her new…

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Rich takes reins of St. Elmo Police Department

At the June meeting of the St. Elmo City Board, interim police chief Brock Rich was elevated to the permanent post, taking charge of a police department of which he’s been a part since November 2013. Rich said he has seen progress in the department since that time and wants make sure it continues. Originally…

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St. Elmo seniors soar into next chapter

St. Elmo High School seniors, donning navy blue caps and gowns, received diplomas before a gymnasium full of family and friends at the annual graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 20. Class co-valedictorians Jordan Fedrigon and Sydney Moss, who was also named Senior of the Year, addressed the class in a joint speech. Salutatorian Tessa Philpot…

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