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Local News

  • Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen

    Farelisse Lassor, of Vandalia, competed in the French Lick, Ind., Casino Pageant on March 31, winning the crown of Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen.

  • VFW Auxiliary Places Veterans' Wreaths

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary at Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia again participated in the national Wreaths Across America program.

  • Maas elected chaplain of U.S. Daughters of 1812

    The Kaskaskia Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 installed new officers during a meeting held in Greenville, on Feb. 19.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This old photo of Gallatin Street, taken from atop Lutheran Hill, kicks off our new Vandalia Memories feature.

    In this feature, we will publish old photographs of Vandalia that have been posted online at Vandalia Memories, a Facebook page started in June 2010 by Kathy Schultz of Vandalia. This photo was posted by Rose Fisher.

  • Dedication held for Fayette County Museum's organ

    A dedication ceremony was held on Sunday for the organ that was recently moved to the upper floor of the Fayette County Museum.

  • Woman faces up to six years on DUI charge

    An Effingham woman who has been arrested in a number of states on a number of alcohol-related driving charges has agreed to a penalty of up to six years on her latest charge.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 14

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the Field of Dreams pavilion between the high school baseball diamonds.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • News Briefs

    Pet supplies accepted for library fines through Aug. 19

    In celebration of its summer reading program, “Paws to Read,” Evans Public Library will be accepting donations of pet supplies in place of fines or lost book charges.
    The library will collect donations through Aug. 19. All items will be donated to Second Chance Animal Rescue.
    For every item donated, $1 in fines or charges will be removed. New or gently used items accepted include blankets, rawhides, food bowls, treats, leashes and collars.

  • Food Bank in St. Elmo this Saturday morning

    The Central Illinois Food Bank will return to Fayette County on Saturday with the fourth food distribution of the year.
    This distribution will take place at the Pinnacle Foods parking lot at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and run until all food is distributed.
    Volunteers are asked to arrive between 9 and 9:30. Support for this Food Bank distribution is being provided in part by the St. Elmo Lions Club.

  • Young Fundraisers

    The children at Amy Pittenger's day care in Brownstown operated a lemonade stand last Tuesday to raise money for Second Chance Animal Rescue.

    The children raised $105 for Second Chance by selling passersby cool drinks and cookies. Above, from left to right, are 4-year-olds Ella Satterthwaite, Ariana Kistler and Addison Koonce. Also participating was Kinley Fitch.