St. Elmo Area News

Lowe Named as 2018 St. Elmo Citizen of the Year

  Longtime St. Elmo Lion and WWII veteran Richard Lowe was presented as St. Elmo’s Citizen of the Year for 2018 during a 6 p.m. ceremony at Community Park on Labor Day. Mayor Ernie Myers gave a short speech in Lowe’s honor. Dozens of citizens were in attendance to hear of the award. The following…

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Wilhour Memorial 5K to Honor Beloved Wife, Mother

Haley (Miller) Wilhour, the daughter of Bruce and Sandra Miller of rural Beecher City, lived what many could call a blessed life. She married her high school sweetheart, Jason Wilhour, the summer after her graduation, and happily raised four children with him. She loved her husband and her children, helping her church family at Church…

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Sefton and Lach Claim Crowns at Fayette County Fair

BY MARK HOSKINS Last Monday evening, Brownstown saw two of their own earn county fair titles as Kaylee Sefton was named Miss Fayette County and Ella Lach won the Little Miss Fayette County crown. Sefton, 20, attends Lake Land College and is pursuing a nursing degree. She then plans to transfer to SIUE to obtain…

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Brownstown Car-B-Q Serves Ribs, Pulled Pork, Experiences

BY SHELBY NIEHAUS “You just gotta be here,” Grant Sefton says. From the center of his corner lot in Brownstown, he looks around at classic trucks and cars, rusted out, half-buried in the ground, and converted into art objects: fountains, flowerbeds, and signs. A gravel road leads around the fountain and past a cluster of…

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Myers Resigns as Alderman; City Raises Water Rate

The St. Elmo city board held their monthly meeting last week on Thursday, July 5, a day later than usual because of the 4th of July holiday. In a major shake up for the city board, Dylan Myers has resigned his position as Alderman Ward I. In a letter to the city board, Myers stated…

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Greenhouse Skin and Spa Opens Doors in Downtown St. Elmo

BY MARK HOSKINS In a world of ever increasing mass production and globalized commerce, it is rare to have access to locally sourced, handmade products in your neighborhood. That is exactly what Ashley Potter is offering customers at Greenhouse Skin & Spa in downtown St. Elmo. The newly opened business offers a variety of services…

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Brownstown Jr. High Eighth Graders Promoted

BY MARK HOSKINS The eighth graders at Brownstown Jr. High will be taking the next step on their journey toward adulthood. During a ceremony last Thursday, The eighth graders were promoted as they move on to high school. Principal Jeff Wooters welcomed the crowd gathered in the gym and spoke a few words of association…

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Board of Education Approvals Personnel Changes

BY MARK HOSKINS The St. Elmo Community Unit School District #202 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, April 16. Among several items, the board approved several changes to personnel. First, the board accepted the resignation of Carly Dorr as the Jr. High Cheerleading Co-sponsor. The board also adopted a resolution authorizing the…

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WWII Vet Lowe Honored by American Legion

    On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Weakly-Rowland American Legion Post No. 420 in St. Elmo honored a member of the greatest generation when they unveiled a plaque honoring Richard M. Lowe for his service in World War II. “Heroes are those who gave their life for this country. I’m not one of those yet,…

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