Local News

  • Patoka, St. Elmo holding Labor Day festivals

    Two area communities will be celebrating the end of summer this weekend.
    The Patoka Fall Festival is a three-day celebration that kicks off on Friday evening, and St. Elmo’s Labor Day Celebration gets under way on Sunday evening.
    The Fall Festival begins at 6 p.m. with carnival rides, mechanical bull rides, a catch a pig contest and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
    At 7 p.m., Patoka resident Jamie Nattier and others will provide musical entertainment.

  • $1 million bond in cannabis case

    Bond has been set at $1 million for a St. Peter man arrested late last week on a drug charge.
    Anthony Wayne Harpster has been charged with unlawful production of cannabis sativa plants in information filed by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison.
    The Class 2 felony charge alleges that Harpster possessed between 50 and 200 cannabis plants on three pieces of property in Lone Grove Township.

  • Following the rules & having fun

    It wasn’t what one would call the typical first day of school.

  • Workin' on the Railroad

    Traffic on the east-west CSX line through Vandalia has resumed after an interruption due to repair work on the railroad bridge over the Kaskaskia River.

    A source told The Leader-Union recently that divers with Undersea Engineering in Pensacola, Fla., were used to fill a void on one of the bridge piers. The void, he said, was discovered as a result of a side scan done by CSX.

  • County 4-H'ers show livestock at state fair

    Fayette County 4-Hers competed against exhibitors from throughout the state in the Junior Livestock Shows at the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 8-18.  
    In Junior Beef, Seth Purcell exhibited the second place Maine Anjou Heifer, 9/3/11-9/24/11.
    Jordan Schaal took top honors in Junior Sheep with her champion Dorset wether; champion Shropshire Wether; first-place Dorset Wether 114-156 pounds; first-place Shropshire Wether 114-137 pounds.

  • Horsin' Around

    Clients of FAYCO Enterprises experienced a new kind of outing last Thursday afternoon, and the executive director of the facility hopes it’s the first of many.

  • Fayette County 4-H'ers earn Superior Awards

    Nearly 2,200 4-H exhibits from across the state were evaluated and displayed during the Illinois State Fair, and Fayette County 4-H’ers were part of that exhibition, with 14 members making the trip to Springfield Monday, Aug. 12, to have their project work evaluated.
    They earned the right by being selected in the top of their division at the Fayette County 4-H Show June 28-29 in Brownstown.

  • Frogtown News

    Visit with Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter met Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., in Vandalia on Friday. They enjoyed dinner at The Copper Penny, then later visited at the Eller lake house.
    Sunday Visitors
    Sunday visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Rick Feather, Greg Garrett and Amy Reiss.
    Prairie Days News

  • Briefs

    Shimkus to visit FAYCO next Wednesday

    U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill., 19th District) will visit FAYCO Enterprises in Vandalia from 12:30-1 p.m. next Wednesday.
    Before and after his visit, FAYCO staff will be offering tours to the public.

    Evans Library offering ‘Read for Fines’

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia has started a new program that offers children a new way to pay off fines.

  • Lions Car and Truck Show is this weekend

    The fourth annual Vandalia Lions Club Car and Truck Show will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Vandalia Lake.
    The show, formerly known as the Midwest All-Ford Nationals, features 36 classes for vehicles from 1900-present.
    Three awards will be awarded in each class, as well as four special awards being presented for both custom and stock vehicles. Along with best of show in each category, awards will be given for paint, engine and interior.