Local News

  • Helping Kids with Cancer

    Sew Liberty recently hosted a "sew-in," making pillowcases for kids with cancer. Using colorful fabric donated to the cause, volunteers made 22 pillowcases.

    Four women participated in the event, including the owner of Sew Liberty, Jennifer Flowers, and her mother, Kim Pope, from Colorado Springs. Also participating were Viola Blankenship and Nancy Shipman. The pillowcases will be given to hospitals for children who are fighting cancer.

  • Calendar-Dec. 1, 2011

    Thursday, December 1

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, December 3

    ✔ St. Elmo's Holiday Celebration will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Holiday activities begin this weekend

    The Christmas season in Fayette County gets into full swing with a variety of activities over the next few days.

  • Smoking trial is this week

    A little more than a month after one liquor license holder in Vandalia admitted to allowing smoking in its establishment, a second license holder is taking its case to trial.
    Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3862 was issued a ticket in August for allegedly violating the city’s ordinance prohibiting smoking at the end of July.
    On Oct. 25, Commander Terry Oldham represented the post in pleading guilty to that ticket. The post was fined $250.

  • Filing for primary election begins

    As candidate filing for the spring primary election got under way on Monday, a race in next fall’s general election was formed.

  • Rotary's Christmas Parade is Saturday

    Santa Claus will be welcomed into Vandalia this Saturday as he will participate in the annual Vandalia Rotary Christmas Parade.

    The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Fayette County Courthouse parking lot and travels east on Gallatin Street to Fourth Street, where it turns south and disbands at the First National Bank parking lot.

    Santa, however, will continue to Lincoln Park, where he will be available to talk with children in the park’s gazebo from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Olde Tyme Christmas
  • Brownstown Drug Seminar

    Brownstown Police Chief Ted Miller (below) gave a brief seminar last Monday evening to educate local residents about current drug trends. Miller shows some of the different types of apparatus used to smoke various types of drugs.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, Nov. 24
    • Happy Thanksgiving!
    Sunday, Nov. 27
    • Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches will have an Advent service at 3 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church, which is handicapped accessible.
    Monday, Nov. 28
    • Monday is the last day to make reservations for the Royal Neighbors of America Christmas dinner, which will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    Those planning to attend need to call Della Stewart at 829-3394 or Irene Reed at 829-5156.

  • Woman's Club Winner

    The winner of the GFWC Vandalia Woman's Club drawing, Candy Sivia, receives a County Market gift certificate from club member Peg Dees. The club uses the funds raised through this and other activities for local philanthropic projects.