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  • Brady visits Vandalia

    With some polls showing that his lead was shrinking, or that he and his opponent are now dead even, the Republican gubernatorial candidate said last week in Vandalia that he doesn’t concern himself with those numbers.
    “The poll that we are most worried about is on Nov. 2,” Bill Brady said during a stop at the Statehouse.

  • Brownstown man fatally injured in wreck

    A Brownstown man died from injuries sustained in an accident on Friday morning.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said Matthew L. Sefton, 52, was southbound on U.S. Route 51 near County Road 800 North on a motorcycle when he struck the back of a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Fayette County Hospital at 10:48 a.m.

    A Missouri man died from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident at Vandalia Airport on Saturday evening.

    Bowen said Jonathan Bullar of Maryland Heights made a jump from about 6,500 feet, and his parachute failed to deploy.

  • Scouts holding fundraiser

  • In Uniform

    ETSN Marion M. Mayfield
    ETSN Marion M. Mayfield is now stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, abord the USS Texas SSN775.
    Mayfield, the son of Layne and Brenda Mayfield of rural Vandalia and a 2006 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, enlisted in the Army in December 2008.
    He started basic training at Great Lakes Recruit Training Center in January 2009 and graduated in March of that year.
    He then started Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn., graduating on Jan. 14 of this year.

  • Birthdays

    Marilyn Francis
    Marilyn Francis of Vandalia will celebrate her 80th birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
    Her children and grandchildren are requesting a card shower. Cards may be sent to her: c/o Nancy McDowell, 410 S. Moreland St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • State Champions

    First photo: Madison Howard (right) won  grand champion yearling doe and premier exhibitor for all other meat goat breeds at the Illinois State Fair with her goat, "Florida."

    Second photo: Maisie Howard won reserve grand champion yearling doe for all other meat goad breeds with her goat, "California." Madison and Maisie are the daughters of Matt and Rhonda Howard of Brownstown.

  • State Champions

    First photo: Madison Howard (right) won  grand champion yearling doe and premier exhibitor for all other meat goat breeds at the Illinois State Fair with her goat, "Florida."

    Second photo: Maisie Howard won reserve grand champion yearling doe for all other meat goad breeds with her goat, "California." Madison and Maisie are the daughters of Matt and Rhonda Howard of Brownstown.

  • HCE Week

    Photo Panzi Blackwell

  • Soroptimist convention here this week

    The city of Vandalia and Soroptimist International of Vandalia recently announced that Soroptimist International of the Americas South Central Region District 1 will be having its annual convention in Vandalia this Friday through Sunday.
    Attendees will be coming from all over, including Region Governor Jaquie Bond from Kansas City. Local Soroptimist member Joy Clymer is the director for District 1, and Jennifer Hester is the president of the Vandalia club.

  • Doyle injured in wreck

    A rural Vandalia man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Harmon A. Doyle, 59, was northbound on U.S. Route 51 in a 2005 Nissan Altima when the vehicle left the roadway on the right.
    The state police said Doyle came back onto the roadway and then went to the left, going off the roadway and down an embankment before overturning. Doyle was thrown from the vehicle.
    He was taken to Fayette County Hospital with serious injuries.