St. Elmo Area News

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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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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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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St. Elmo Receives $550,000 DCEO Grant

Funds to be Put Toward Water Main Project BY CARISSA SITKI During the Wednesday, April 7, St. Elmo City Board meeting, Mayor Ernie Myers announced that the City had received their $550,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for the 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). St. Elmo will be putting…

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Dozens of Children Participate in St. Elmo Easter Festivities

BY CARISSA SITKI Warm and sunny weather on Saturday, April 3, made for a great Easter Eve as St. Elmo children gathered for several fun-filled holiday events throughout the City. The days events began with an Easter egg drive-thru at Aperion Care which took place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Easter Bunny was…

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Fulk Runs 48 Miles in 48 Hours

BY CARISSA SITKI Local educator, St. Elmo volunteer firefighter, St. Elmo school board member, and health enthusiast, Josh Fulk, completed an ultra running event over the weekend in which he ran 48 miles in 48 hours and raised $1,553.00 for Responder Rescue. Fulk, a resident of St. Elmo, participated in retired Navy SEAL and motivational…

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Brownstown Woman Sets up Foundation, Business In Vandalia

BY JOHN BROUX, EDITOR VANDALIA LEADER UNION A Brownstown native has returned to the area to start a business and a non-profit foundation to help COVID patients, vets, and others who may need a helping hand. Jacquelyn “Jax” Grace, has recently moved back to the area to start the Purpose of Grace concierge, which was…

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COGS Meeting Held in St. Elmo

BY CARISSA SITKI The first meeting of the Cooperation of Organizations, Groups, and Services (COGS) in St. Elmo took place on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. The purpose of COGS is to better connect and network with the many people that serve the St. Elmo community. In attendance of the COGS meeting were representatives…

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Waldorf Motel Becomes St. Elmo Apartments

BY CARISSA SITKI The Waldorf Motel has been in St. Elmo, Illinois since 1953, but now the building is in the process of becoming the St. Elmo Apartments. Around three months ago, Brian and Amanda Bannister, owners of Bannister Properties, purchased the motel from the Patels and have begun renovations to transform it into an…

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Fontaine Appointed as Alderman Ward II

BY CARISSA SITKI During the St. Elmo City Board meeting held at the American Legion on Jan. 6, 2021 at 6 p.m. Danielle Fontaine was appointed to fill the vacancy for Alderman Ward II. The vacancy was left by Jordan Mahon, when she resigned last August due to her moving out of the district. Fontaine…

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