Today's News

  • What is it?

    At Historical Vandalia Inc.'s Sixth Season of Events program on Sunday, attendees were asked to identify the use of antique household tools shown by Stan Severs of Argenta.

    First photo, Jean Stombaugh studies one of those items. Second photo, Severs asked attendees to identify an item brought by Shirley Mattes; it's a tool used to pull cream from the top of a milk container. Third photo, Bret Brosman writes down his guess on one of Severs's items.

  • Beards for Bucks

    Male personnel in the Vandalia and Fayette County law enforcement agencies are growing facial hair this Thanksgiving, but it’s not to keep them warm.
    Instead, those men are being allowed to disregard policies on facial hair this month in order to help raise funds for local projects.
    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray is allowing his male officers and dispatchers to grow beards, goatees and mustaches if they agree to participate in the department’s Shop with a Cop.

  • Child pornography charges filed

    A judge will determine next Wednesday whether a Vandalia man arrested last week on child pornography charges will face trial on those charges.

  • Kruenegel – Tischhauser

    Jamie Lynn Kruenegel of rural Shobonier and Adam Nicholas Tischhauser of Greenville have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Walks Present Donation to NF Center

    Brian and Amanda Walk and their daughters, Jordan and Amanda, recently presented a donation of $21,367.48 to the Washington University NF (Neurofibromatosis) Center.

    The donation represents the amount raised at the fourth annual  fuN Fest on Oct 4 at Gatch Lake. In the four years that the Walks have been holding the fuN Fest, they have raised $88,687.88.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, November 27
    • Have a happy and thankful Thanksgiving!
    Sunday, November 30
    • The Avena Township Park Board will host Santa in the Park from 2-4 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
    • First Advent Service of the Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, 4 p.m., Brownstown United Methodist Church. Ed Wojnar of the Altamont Circuit will speak.
    Monday, December 1

  • Golden Years hosts mobile food pantry

    It was a busy day at the Golden Years Club building in Brownstown on  Thursday, Oct. 30, as they opened the club’s doors to Sister Sandra and the Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry of Effingham, which partnered with Brownstown United Methodist Church, Golden Years seniors and numerous other local volunteers to  provide food for one hundred area families.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and his brother-in-law, Brandon Spitzmiller of Peoria, spent the Thursday through Sunday with Mitch’s parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.  
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 163.   
    The Rev. Alan Holtz was the organist.  
    Brodie Chambers served as acolyte.
    Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Mark Dunaway

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Barn Appreciated by Barn Critters
    The critter barn is now sheltering the donkeys, Madricka and her young son, Buckwheat (Baby Bucky), and of course, Lady, the senior mini-horse.
    The first night, Madricka objected to the barn door being closed and even butted her head against it. However, she is fine with that now and they have all stayed inside the barn when the weather is inclement.

  • News Briefs

    MRMC Insurance wins display contest

    McKellar, Robertson, McCarty and Click Insurance won the window decorating contest held as part of Olde-Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia.
    The insurance firm received the traveling trophy, which is now on display with the window display, which features military uniforms in a theme of "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
    The Sunshine House won second place, and The Red Door won third place.

    VPD seeking key holder information