Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The boy and older girl still live here; the boy works for the Corps of Engineers, and the girl works at a local bank. The two younger girls also grew up here and now live in Indianapolis, Ind.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council agreed that it was too late to move ahead with plans to put before city voters a referendum on a change in the form of local government.
    Travis Blain ran for 160 yards as the Vandalia Vandals defeated Nokomis, 21-0, in football action.
    The new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center was ready to begin operations.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Madricka, the mother burro …
    … baby Buckwheat Burro’s mother, gave us a scare Monday morning, as she was lying down and couldn’t seem to get up.
    She had been eating well, drinking water and seemed to be fine until this morning.
    We called her OB-GYN veteranarian, Dr. Bristow, who arrived shortly after our call with his assistant, Taylor, and they thoroughly examined Madricka, and as she is so sweet and gentle, she cooperated nicely as they took her temperature, drew blood and checked her body for any problems.  

  • Frogtown News

    Sunday School Kickoff
    Next Sunday, Sept. 11, will be the first Sunday school session at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. It will begins at 10:30 a.m. and end at 11:15 a.m.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 132.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Cameron Brandt served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Brien Guy and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Eva Alcorn
    -Joe, Carissa and unborn Emrick twins

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, September 1
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, September 3
    • See the day’s complete schedule in the St. Elmo News.
    Sunday, September 4
    • See the day’s complete schedule in the St. Elmo News.
    Monday, September 5
    • See the day’s complete schedule in the St. Elmo News.
    Tuesday, September 6

  • HCE hosting ovarian cancer program Sept. 10

    September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and the Fayette County Home and Community Education organization wants to help in the effort to make women more aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.  

  • St. Peter Prairie Days
  • News Briefs

    VCHS yearbooks handed out this week

    Copies of the 2016 Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook, have arrived and are being distributed this week.
    Yearbooks are handed out from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. through Thursday in the high school cafeteria.
    Anyone needing to make arrangements to pick up a yearbook can contact Amy Vieregge by phone, 283-5155, or email, avieregge@vandals203.org.

    Crop survey, steak dinner are Thursday

  • Duck hunters plead to Carlyle Lake thefts

    Three Metro East hunters who were arrested in July of last year in relation to thefts at the Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area late in 2014 have pleaded guilty in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced late last week that 49-year-old Michael Kortkamp and his son, 21-year-old Robert Kortkamp, both of O’Fallon, have pleaded guilty to theft.

  • Lower bond asked

    A jury trial scheduled for later this month for a Vandalia man charged with 10 counts of child pornography charges is being delayed as pretrial issues continue to be resolved.
    One of those issues is a request from the attorney for Ryan J. Koontz, Shin Cho of St. Louis, Mo., to have Koontz’s bond amount reduced.
    Cho filed on Monday a motion seeking to have Koontz’s bond lowered from $300,000 to $150,000, meaning that the amount that Koontz would be required to post would be reduced from $30,000 to $15,000.