Today's News

  • Don Etcheson recalls days of family store in Shafter

    “W.E. Etcheson, General Merchandise” was the large sign under which Donald Etcheson was (figuratively) born 82 years ago, and lived from infancy until young manhood.
    Don Etcheson probably has more memories of the old Shafter Store, which was located on Ill. Route 185, than most people do.
    This is not surprising, as he grew up there in the days when Shafter was rather a hub of business and activities.

  • Local NRCS office collects food for local food pantry

    As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is aiming to collect at least 50,000 pounds of food for food pantries in this country. The local NRCS office is joining in on that effort.
    The local NRCS office, located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture building at 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia, is participating in the national “Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families” program by collecting foodstuffs for the local food pantry at the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. office in Vandalia.

  • New downtown merchants group formed

    Merchants in downtown Vandalia have decided to combat the sluggish economy by taking matters into their own hands. To help jump-start business activity in that historic district, they have formed an association.
    Simply called the Merchants Association, the group attracted about 20 people to a kickoff meeting last Tuesday, and leaders have made plans to host a rummage sale on Gallatin Street on Saturday, Sept.11.

  • Construction on FCH SCU to begin soon

    The Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday learned that the state department of public health has approved the plans for the renovation of the hospital’s Special Care Unit, and construction is likely to start within a month.

  • Family YMCA dedicates new facility

    After years of planning and months of construction, the new home for the Family YMCA of Fayette County was dedicated on Saturday.
    The grand opening included a full slate of activities and entertainment, as well as a dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon.
    “This is one of the best facilities we have in Vandalia,” said Mayor Rick Gottman. “It is a very important project to enhance the quality of life here.”

  • Arrest log at Fayette County Sheriff's Office

    • Margaret J. Barnett, 44, RR 2, Vandalia, was arrested on July 27 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

    • Courtney K. Swick, 28, 927 W. South St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 26 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while her license is suspended. Bond was $3,000.

    • John Holt, 21, RR 1, Cowden, was arrested on July 26 on a charge of criminal damage to property. He was released on the order of the state’s attorney’s office.

  • St. Peter's Lutheran School registration

    St. Peter's Lutheran School will hold registration for the 2010-11 school year next Monday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Tuesday, from noon-6 p.m., in the school office.

    Preschool/dayeare registration will be held in the preschool office at the same times.

    Students entering kindergarten and sixth grade should submit a school health physical and up-to-date immunization record at the time of registration.

  • Patoka School District Registration

    The Patoka School District will hold registration Aug. 4-6.

    Registration for students in grades kindergarten through eight will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon and from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, and from noon-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6.

    Registration for students in grades 9-12 will be held from 8:30-noon and from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6.

  • Vandalia Lions Club installs officers

    The Vandalia Lions Club recently installed officers for the coming year. Above, from left to right, are: Shelby Shurtz, secretary; Bob Alstat, second vice president; Bill Brown, treasurer; John Blythe, past president; Kevin Budny, president; Les Smith, vice president; Bette Stolte, director; and Cecil Williams, director.

  • St. Elmo News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes
    Wednesday July 28
    • Royal Neighbors of America #4784 will meet at 1 p.m. in the Phillips Building.
    Thursday, July 29
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants will meet at noon at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, July 30
    •  Family Fun Night, 6 p.m. First Baptist Church.
    Saturday, July 31
    • Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, on Third Street, in the block just west of the grade school.