Today's News

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    Osborne to give concert on Oct. 24

    Vandalia native Summer Osborne, who has been pursuing a career in music for the past decade, will present a concert at the Vandalia Moose Lodge on Sunday, Oct. 24.
     The event, which runs from 5-8 p.m., will feature Osborne on the guitar and piano, as well as Shannon Curtis, a pianist from Los Angeles.
    Though she’s based in St. Louis, Osborne has played throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast. She’s now recorded five CDs.

  • Frogtown News

    By Belinda Harpster

  • St. Elmo Area News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Ribbon-cutting held at new Rural King

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently at the new location of Rural King in Vandalia. On hand for the event were members of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and the Rural King staff – including store manager John Beck, front row, to the right of Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman.

  • C.E.F.S. honors W-M for community service

    C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. recently showcased its 45th year of accomplishments – demonstrating that community action helps people and changes lives. During the C.E.F.S. annual meeting, several people and organizations were recognized as valuable community partners that  have enhanced services to those in need.

  • Joe's Pizza and Pasta offers variety of Italian food

    Though he wouldn’t want it any other way, Brian Ward, manager of Joe’s Pizza & Pasta, said it’s been “pretty crazy” since Vandalia’s newest restaurant opened its doors two months ago.
    “We’re trying to make the people of Vandalia happy,” said Ward, who is a 25-percent owner in the store. “We offer a wide variety of pizza, pasta, salads and subs, while keeping our prices reasonable.”

  • Kaskaskia College

    Drawing class at Vandalia Campus

    The Kaskaskia College Community Education Office will offer a drawing class at the KC Vandalia Campus.
    The class will be held on Saturdays, Oct.16 and 23, from 10 a.m.-noon. The registration number for the class is COED 7003 VA01W.
    Students will learn how to use charcoals for rendering subjects such as still life’s and landscapes, and focus on color, harmony and composition. A supply list will be provided prior to the start of the class.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    By Panzi Blackwell

  • Skydiver dies in accident

    A Missouri man died from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident on Saturday evening at Vandalia Airport.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that Jonathan Bullar, 24, of Maryland Heights,  made a jump with a group of skydivers from about 6,500 feet and that his parachute failed to deploy.
    Bowen pronounced Bullar dead at the scene at 6:53 p.m.
    Bowen’s office and the Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate the accident. An autopsy was performed on Monday at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Brownstown man fatally injured in wreck

    A Brownstown man died from injuries sustained in an accident south of Shobonier on Friday morning.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said Matthew L. Sefton of rural Brownstown, 52,  was traveling south on U.S. Route 51 near County Road 800 North on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he struck the rear of an SUV.
    The Illinois State Police said that the SUV, driven by David A. Meseke, 46, of Vandalia, was stopped on the highway, preparing to make a left turn.
    Sefton was pronounced dead by Bowen at Fayette County Hospital at 10:48 a.m. on Friday.