Local News

  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The 15th annual Fayette County Relay for Life is being held this weekend in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    The event gets under way when the grounds open at 4:30 p.m. Cancer survivor registration begins and “Rick Stanberry and the Family of One” will be performing at that time.
    The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
    • 5-8 p.m. – Kids’ Zone, featuring games, face-painting and balloon animals.

  • Fayette Water about ready to start next phase

    The Fayette Water Co. is getting close to starting an extension project that will provide water to people living northwest of Vandalia.
    That means that the deadline for people in that area to sign up for water service is nearing. One such chance to signup will come during a meeting in about 2 1/2 weeks.
    The latest Fayette Water project will provide water for residents of the Vandalia Lake area, as well as residents of Sharon and Shafter townships.
    It will install 10 miles of water lines northwest of Vandalia to serve those residents.

  • John P. Provinzano, 60, Highland

    John Pietro Provinzano, 60, of Highland, formerly of Vandalia, departed this life on May 26, 2012, at 1:37 a.m., at his home, surrounded by loved ones.

    Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland, with Deacon Ron Hesson of St. Paul’s Parish officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Mattoon. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday, both at the funeral home. Memorials: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

  • Hometown Heroes

    Roger Ledbetter was a childhood friend of mine.  We lived north and then west of the twin pumps  near Brownstown – back to the area of the Bluff City blacktop – back in the 1950s and ’60s.

  • Hometown Heroes

    It’s no surprise that Doug Engeljohn is committed to serving the residents of St. Elmo as both a member and the chief of the city’s fire department.

  • VFW Patriotic Art Contest Winners

    The Vandalia Community High School winners in the VFW Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest are shown with VFW officials.

  • Brownstown students help Shriners Hospitals for Children

    BES students who
    collected tabs for
    Shriners Hospitals
    for Children

  • Vandalia Pool opens on Monday

    The Vandalia public swimming pool will open on Monday and will continue to operate throughout the summer.
    Because Monday is Memorial Day, the pool will be open from 1-5 p.m. only, but regular hours for the pool will be:
    •Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
    •Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. and private parties from 6-8 p.m.
    Single-day admission to the pool is $4, with children ages 4 and under admitted free, and swimmers may return for the 6-8 p.m. sessions if they have their hand stamped.
    Season passes are also available.

  • Sunday storm damage

    The storms that moved through Fayette County on Sunday afternoon and evening included winds that appeared to blow hardest through Brownstown, where the damage included a large tree behind the Christian Church being uprooted. The winds also damaged a number of trees across the street in Brownstown Central Park.

  • Pontious women participate in Honor Flights

    The three members of the Pontious family – Robyn, Kelly Washburn and their mother, Susie – have all traveled as guardians to World War II veterans on Central Illinois Honor Flights to Washington D.C.