St. Elmo Area News

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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Niehaus Receives Pfizer COVID Vaccine

Former News Banner Editor Stands Up to the Pandemic BY CARISSA SITKI With shipments of COVID-19 vaccines making their way across the United States, it would appear that the pandemic may be nearing its end. There have been two vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States, the…

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A Shot in the Arm

Fayette Receives First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine BY RICH BAUER VANDALIA LEADER UNION Fayette County received its first 100 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine last Wednesday, December 16, and all doses were gone, with no one reporting any side affects as of Monday, December 21. And that could be expected, according to Kendra Craig, an…

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Fayette County Records Second COVID-19 Related Death

At noon on Thursday, April 23, the Fayette County Health Department announced the county’s second death of COVID-19. The deceased was a woman in her 90’s and a resident of the same congregate facility as the county’s first COVID-19 death. FCHD offered their condolences to the deceased’s family in their Facebook announcement.

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Pritzker: Illinois’ ‘Curve is Bending the Right Way’; Local Figures Updated

BY REBECCA ANZEL, Capitol News Illinois   Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday state efforts to mitigate the novel coronavirus’ impact on Illinoisans, and residents’ efforts to “protect” their communities, are working. The numbers of new confirmed cases and COVID-19-related deaths continue to rise, but the governor said “our curve is bending the right way.” The…

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