Today's News

  • Cavaletto decides not to seek re-election in '18

    State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in the upcoming November 2018 election.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, September 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., Brownstown Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, September 15
    • Men’s outdoor Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.
    Saturday, September 16
    • Soup luncheon, 11:30-12:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church. Everyone is welcome.
    Sunday, September 17

  • Frogtown News

    Honor Flight
    On Oct. 17, Ray Schnake will be participating in an honor flight to Washington, D.C.
    This is a program that honors men and women who served in the armed forces during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. At the end of the flight day, veterans are given letters and cards from family and friends reminiscent of military mail call.
    Ray’s family is asking friends to participate by sending a card. The address is: Ray Schnake, c/o Joan Bortolon, 57 Country Place, Springfield, Ill. 62703.
    New Minister

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Longhorm Family Sends Out for Fast Food ...
    ... meaning that a good rain is needed on their pasture, as the long green grass is turning to short brown stubble. So they put in an order for a whopper-size bale of good hay from friend Josh.
    We have noticed that Geneva, the brown/white cow, will eat the hay and leave the dry grass, but “Red,” one of the red cows, will still nibble at the stubby brown grass. We figure she is saving the hay until there is no grass left to eat.

  • Journal tells a lot of local history

    Billyfrank Morrison of Clarksville, Tenn., did not know whose journal he had purchased at an estate auction in Louisville, Ky.; however, as he paged through the 3 ½-inch-by-6-inch blue notebook, he noted Illinois village names such as Avena, St. Elmo, Brownstown, Loogootee and St. Peter, along with Bush District and Brazel School. This led him to Fayette County and to me.
    Page one bears the date of Aug. 17, 1910 and the exclamation, “Eighteen years old today! Eighteen years since I entered this world of joy and sorrow and what have I done?”

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this youngster was taken when she was in kindergarten. She went through Vandalia Community High School, and worked at First National Bank in Vandalia while in high school and college. She now lives out of state, but returns home often.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – A groundbreaking ceremony was held for an 80,000-square-foot warehouse for Owens-Brockway in Vandalia.
    The Vandalia City Council voted to require residents to register at city hall when they held garage sales. Residents were limited to two garage sales per year.

  • Knights of Columbus MH Day
  • VCHS '67 class reunion set for Sept. 29-30

    The Vandalia Community High School class of 1967 will hold its 50-year reunion the weekend of Sept. 29-30.
    A casual meet-and-greet will be held on Friday, Sept. 29, at the Ramada Inn, starting at 7 p.m. Finger foods and soft drinks will be provided.
    The VCHS (all-school) Alumni Reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Reservations are required for the banquet, which starts at 6:30 p.m.; to make reservations, call 283-4251.