Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 231.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, April 13
    • The Avena Township Park Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.

  • Honor Rolls

    St. Peter Lutheran School
    Third Quarter

    Luke Bergmann and Baylie Maske.
    Caleb Harpster.
    Kinsyl Bell, Brett Harmeier, Lauren Lotz and Deidra Schaal.

    High Honors
    Hannah Rubin and Emily Chapman.
    Coltan Harpster.

    Straight A’s
    Karsyn Garrison and Adrianne Herbert.
    Rachel Bray and Kacie Crain.

  • Deadline for McKee loan is May 1

    May 1 is the deadline for the interest-free loan funded by the Ella McKee Foundation through First National Bank.
    Ella McKee was a Fayette Countian who chose to bequeath a large sum of money to establish an ongoing program whereby qualified young people could obtain a post-high-school education.
    The First National Bank of Vandalia was named trustee to create the Ella G. McKee Foundation to invest and reinvest the assets, and disburse the income “solely for educational purposes and no other.”

  • Lighthouse Pregnancy Center holds annual banquet

    The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center' annual fundraising banquet was held March 24 at Mother of Dolors Parish Center in Vandalia.
    The banquet was well attended, with more than 200 guests and supporters of the center.
    The featured speaker was Kathy Sparks of Granite City. Sparks shared her testimony of having once worked as a medical assistant in an abortion clinic. She now serves as executive director of Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers in Granite City, Belleville and Edwardsville.

  • Fayette County Museum has three special displays

    In addition to the many permanent exhibits on display at the Fayette County Museum, monthly special exhibits are shown. The three special museum exhibits for April are Bibles from Our Collection, the Vandalia Madonna and Fayette County churches.
    The annual Fayette County School Children Art Show will be held April 21-25. It is sponsored by Artworks Gallery and is held in the exhibit area above the museum.

  • Birth-Tobias Pearse Carpenter

    Kieran Brown and Rachel Carpenter of Carbondale are the parents of a boy born at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 23 inches long. He was named Tobias Pearse.
    Grandparents are Todd and Lisa Wagner of Vandalia, Paul and Christine Pearse of London, England, and Robert and Jodene Carpenter of Hoffman.
    Great-grandparents are Dean and Cathy Bernhardt of Vandalia, Cleo and Janet Wagner of Mulberry Grove, and Kathleen Pearse of London, England.

  • Bolyard – Vantine

    Trish Bolyard and Scott Vantine have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    The future bride is the daughter of Rick and Marilyn Bolyard of Brownstown.
    The future groom is the son of Donna and the late Norman “Frank” Vantine of Etna, N.Y.
    They met online and dated long distance for three years before he moved to Illinois in 2010.
    The couple are planning a May 14 wedding in Rogier Park in Vandalia.

  • Hill – 55 Years

    William “Bill” and Lois Hill will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • Vandalia Freight inducted to ASA Hall

    When Rich Well and several others secured sponsorship for their fast-pitch softball team from Guaranteed Air Freight in 1994, they never dreamed a day like Saturday would be possible.

    But in just its fourth year of existence, Vandalia Freight found itself playing in the Amateur Softball Association national tournament.

    And in 11 of the next 12 years, the club returned, eventually winning national titles in 2005 and 2007.