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Viramontes named overall science fair winner

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Written by Administrator Monday, 04 May 2015 11:05

BY NATHAN SCHOLES

The St. Elmo High School Science Fair was held on Tuesday, April 28. Over the past few weeks, students conducted original research on topics such as soil drainage, the effects of energy drinks, and teeth staining.

The winners in the three competition categories were: Fatima Viramontes, biology, and overall fair winner; Kyler Wells, earth science; and Jimmy Carson, physical science.

The fair was judged by local citizens and overseen by SEHS science teacher James Megenhardt.

 

St. Elmo school board cuts staff

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Written by Administrator Monday, 27 April 2015 09:50

BY NATHAN SCHOLES

The St. Elmo Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. After executive session, the board passed resolutions to honorably dismiss ancillary staff members Pam Parrish, L. Michelle Miller, and Donell Sefton. All were full-time employees; Sefton was reduced to half-time.

In other business, the board approved the payment of membership dues for the Illinois Elementary School Association and accepted the immediate resignation of Ed Hall as eighth grade basketball coach.

A special meeting was set for April 29 at 8 p.m. to approve the canvass of votes from the April 7 election. A student discipline hearing was held prior to the regular meeting.

 

Autumn Breeze owners invest hearts in alpacas

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Written by Administrator Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:32

BY PANZI BLACKWELL

Rod and Sissy Rogers call their farm home and property “Autumn Breeze.” Located in the rural area south of Brownstown, it could also be called a ranch, although there are no cows, pigs or horses in sight.

Instead, alpacas and llamas roam the pastures, protected from predators by their guardian, a big llama named Sunny.

Sunny, is a friendly welcoming fellow when the Rogers are present, but if his charges (his family of alpacas and the resident llamas) are threatened, then he will fight predators to protect the winsome little animals who are related to the camel family, but are much smaller, cuter, and appear much more lovable.

   

Fayette County Police Reports 4-14-15

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Written by Administrator Monday, 13 April 2015 12:56

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Breanna M. Lofland, 23 of  Brownstown, was arrested on Mar. 30 for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge. Bond as $2,500.

Jason M. Buie, 33 of Brownstown, turned himself in on a felony warrant on Mar. 26. Bond was $25,000.

Brock J. Dunaway, 32 of St. Elmo, was arrested on Mar. 26 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and domestic battery. Bond was $3,500.

 

St. Elmo, Pinnacle celebrate expansion with ribbon-cutting

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Written by Administrator Monday, 13 April 2015 10:39

BY NATHAN SCHOLES

With the snip of a red ribbon on Wednesday, April 8, Pinnacle Foods and the City of St. Elmo put the finishing touches on a year-and-a-half of work that saw $50 millioninvested in the local plant and 90 new jobs brought to the area. The undertaking was the largest capital project in Pinnacle Foods history.

In the fall of 2013, Pinnacle Foods purchased the Wish-Bone brand fromUnilever. Pinnacle ChiefSupply Chain Officer Tony Fernandez explained that St.Elmo was selected as the sitefor production of the saladdressings given the city’scentral geography, spaceavailable for expansion, andemployee culture. In additionto the barbecue andmaple syrup brands alreadyproduced at the plant, over 50 flavors of salad dressingwill be added to the product list.

   

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