Today's News

  • Gaffney back in restaurant business

    The owner of a former downtown Vandalia restaurant is back downtown, with a new restaurant bearing a new name and at a new location.

  • Two vets going on Honor Flight

    They are not the first nor will they be the last, but on April 3, two local veterans, Gary
    Oldham and Dick Paul will be, as far as I known, the only Fayette County men taking part in the Honor Flight to see veteran memorials in Washington, D.C.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 - Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar talked about positive upturns in the state’s economy during a visit to Vandalia. Edgar was the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    While in Vandalia, Edgar proclaimed the Vandalia Statehouse as the state’s first Heritage Site.
    Five males – four adults and a juvenile – were arrested for breaking into and burglarized Vandalia Community High School. The five males were arrested in St. Louis after being stopped for a traffic violation.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: All three of these children are originally from this area. Two were born in Loogootee, and one was born east of Loogootee.

  • Good to see Farm Bureau, KC continue pact

    Last summer, the Fayette County Farm Bureau Board of Directors signed an agreement through which Kaskaskia College agriculture students could use the former home of the University of Illinois Agronomy Research Center. The two parties have agreed to continue that relationship, which bodes well for many people.
    The agrement provides the college's ag students with  120 acres on which they can perform research while getting hands-on farming experience.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, March 29
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick in Litchfield.
    • Maundy Thursday service, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Friday, March 30
    • Ministerial Alliance Good Friday service, 6 p.m., Freedom Reigns in Christ Church. First Assembly of God Pastor Robert Miller will preach.
    Sunday, April 1
    • Happy Easter
    • Attend the church of your choice to celebrate Easter at the Sunrise services and regular worship services.

  • Frogtown News

    Celebrate Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter traveled to Jackson, Mo., on Friday to spend the weekend with son, Mitch Harpster and family. Friday evening, they met with Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller for dinner. 
    On Saturday, they celebrated the sixth birthday of grandson Owen Harpster at his home with a meal, cake, and punch.
    Attending were: Tom and Patty Spitzmiller, Natalie Stein and Mark Hamilton, and Aaron and Henry Harpster.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Cowgirl Cows enjoying grazing …
    … on fresh, new sweet pasture grass, but still want the extra servings of grain that have supplemented they hay. The pasture looks lush and green, and they have seemed content with it and their hay, but they must have realized that they are not getting as big a servings now, and have been protesting.
    When Bill looks out in the early morning, they are lined up at the fence, looking at the back door and mooing loudly for the extra servings of grain.

  • St. James, Zion Lutheran Holy Week schedule

    St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee have announced their Holy Week schedule:
    • Maundy Thursday – 7 p.m., St. James Lutheran, 727 W. Gallatin St.
    • Good Friday – 7 p.m., St. James Lutheran.
    • Sunday Easter worship – 7:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church; and 8 a.m. breakfast and 9:30 a.m. service at St. James Lutheran.