St. Elmo Area News

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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Green marks 90th birthday

Keith Green of Altamont, formerly of St. Peter, will be celebrating his 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Family Gathering Center behind Lutheran Care Center. Cards may be sent to him at 707 Hoffmeister Drive, Altamont, IL, 62411.

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Brownstown seniors bid adieu to BHS

Led by co-valedictorians Chloe Carson and Jacob Bloemker and salutatorian Melissa Wiley, the Brownstown High School Class of 2017 donned their caps and gowns and accepted their diplomas before a crowd of family and friends on Saturday, May 13. Several scholarships were handed out: The Kassy Fulk Memorial Scholarship – Elissa Baron; Charlie Finfrock Scholarship…

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Brownstown sends eighth graders on to high school

Brownstown Jr.-Sr. High School held graduation ceremonies for its eighth grade students on Thursday, May 4. The Brownstown eighth graders recognized were, front row, from left: Hope Struble, Kaylee Yobst, Haley Golden, Keely Duran, Malanie Parkison, and Cassie Payne; back row: Andi Chandler, Makyla Stombaugh, Olivia Campbell, Nicholas Rosborough, Blaise Lansford, Adaliade Matlock, and Gilbert…

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Gammon to replace Belden as alderman

As a result of the April 4 election, a new face will be joining the St. Elmo City Board. Ken Gammon ran unopposed and will replace the outgoing Sharon Belden, whose term expired. Gammon is a newer resident of St. Elmo, having moved to the area after marrying his wife, Becky, in 2004. His hometown…

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