St. Elmo Area News

“I Wake Up in War”: Infantryman Recalls Final Days of Tet Offensive

Ron Harre, a Ramsey resident born and raised in Brownstown, decorates his bedroom in Vietnam memorabilia: a hand-embroidered jacket with a map of the country on the back, caps, a carefully-arranged shadowbox, a collection of patriotic statuettes and displays on a shelving unit. But like many Vietnam veterans, Harre’s experiences aren’t limited to the medals…

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Persistence, Faith, and Love: Ina Maroon’s Story

If anyone in Altamont can claim a storied life, it’s Ina Maroon. In her 80’s, Maroon looks back at her days raising five children, facing struggle after struggle and coming out a survivor each time. And on the morning of Tuesday, April 23, Maroon took time out of her preparations for a move and sat…

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Service with a Smile: Supporting the Community with S&W Supermarket

Since early March of 1978, Altamont residents have been turning to S&W Supermarket for the essentials close to home—produce, fresh meat and cheese, boxed and canned goods, frozen foods, and household sundries alike. And in a time when many small towns have lost their grocery and general stores, the city of Altamont still has a…

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Local Students Learn Valuable Trade Skills at Okaw Area Vocational Center

In a presentation to the Altamont Chamber of Commerce on Monday, April 8, Nick Casey and Altamont student Gabe Asplin spoke about the benefits of the Okaw Area Vocational Center, a workforce training program that has supplied central Illinois with skilled tradeworkers since 1968. Casey, the Okaw Area Vocational Center director, introduced the program as…

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“The Lord Was Good”: Remembering a Year in Phan Rang

(Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series featuring the Vietnam War veterans of St. Elmo and the surrounding area. If you or a loved one served in Vietnam and want to tell your story, get in touch with us at news@altnewsban.com or (618) 483-6176.) 50 years later, David Cox sits at his…

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Drops in the Bucket: The One-Cent Tax, All in One Place

BY SHELBY NIEHAUS Communities across Fayette county have been preparing for the April elections with meetings, fliers, and outreach concerning one item on the ballot: the County School Facilities Sales Tax. In an effort to prepare our readers for election time, the St. Elmo Banner offers a brief primer to the so-called “one-cent tax” and…

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Citizens Observe Modest Christmas Celebration in St. Elmo

Though relatively few locals turned out for the festivities, the City of St. Elmo still observed its annual Christmas in St. Elmo event on Sunday, Dec. 2. Vendor booths, including Altamont’s Craft’n Couple (Jennifer and Rob Gentry) and Ray and Tina Scott of Tina Scott’s Gourds and More of St. Elmo, set up wares inside…

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