Local News

  • Museum open house is Saturday

    The Fayette County Museum Holiday Open House will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. this Saturday.
    The open house at the museum, which is located north of the Vandalia Statehouse at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Main Street, will feature musical entertainment by Baroque Folk.
    The group of local musicians will be in period dress as they perform period music on period instruments.

  • Statehouse open house is Saturday

    ll continue many of its long-standing traditions as it holds the annual Christmas Open House.
    The holiday event, which runs from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, will again feature tours of the Statehouse while it is illuminated with more than 250 candles.

  • In the Spotlight

    Bethany Oberlink and Dustin Lawson dance after being named queen and king at Brownstown High School's homecoming dance on Saturday.

  • Brad Ledbetter enters county sheriff's race

    A retired Illinois State Police master sergeant with more than 2½ decades of experience in law enforcement is among the latest to enter the race for sheriff in Fayette County.

  • County puts off another transfer

    The Fayette County Board was ready to act Tuesday on two significant changes to the budget they approved just last month, one of those being another large transfer of funds to cover county expenses.
    But, after considerable discussion, the board decided to OK just one budget change, using $76,000 of its monies to pay workers’ compensation expenses.
    The board held off on another transfer of $250,000 from its capital improvement fund, giving members more time to consider and discuss their options to such a transfer.

  • Pinnacle adds 90 jobs at St. Elmo

    Pinnacle Foods announced late last week that it has acquired a new product line, and that it will locate that new line at its St. Elmo facility.
    That new product line will more than double the number of employees at the St. Elmo plant.
    To be added at the St. Elmo are Pinnacle’s recently acquired Wish-Bone and Western salad dressings, according to Tony Fernandez, executive vice president and chief supply chain officer for Pinnacle.

  • Rotary Club Christmas Parade canceled

    The Vandalia Rotary Club Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday morning has been canceled due to cold weather.

  • News Briefs


    Scouting for Food bags to be picked up


    Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will again be participating in Scouting for Food this year.

  • Law Dogs now holding Hero Collection Drive


    The South Central Illinois Law Dogs and Ladies are asking for the public’s participation in their Help a Hero Collection Drive.

    Through the drive, the Law Dogs and Ladies are preparing Christmas packages for aging veterans.

  • Calendar


    Thursday, December 5