Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Virginia A. Koontz, 28, 1910 W. Randolph St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 26 for an alleged probation violation. Bond was $10,000.
    • Melvin L. Hartfield, 45, Wichita, Kan., was arrested on Dec. 26 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond information was listed.
    • Anthony L. Pharrow, 58, Cypress Gardens, Fla., was arrested on Dec. 25 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.

  • Feezel has spirit of giving

    Jimmy Feezel seems to have been born with the spirit of giving, the true spirit of Christmas, not seasonal, but all year long.

  • Council approves three TIF pacts

    The Vandalia City Council on Tuesday approved Tax Increment Financing assistance for three local projects.
    The council voted to give Tina Kingery up to $6,029.50, half of the estimated cost for improvements to her business, Country Folk, at 110 S. Third St.
    It also approved TIF assistance to two parties for improvements to the property at 1051 W. Veterans Ave.

  • No city tax hike

    Given two options for a new tax levy, the Vandalia City Council on Monday went with a third, one coming from aldermen.
    The council was asked to OK a levy with an increase of 6.87 percent or one with a considerably larger increase, 18.26 percent. In the end, they voted for a levy with no increase.
    As is custom, Dale Timmermann presented information on the city’s new levy during a public hearing prior to Monday’s city council meeting.

  • The End of an Era

    Marlys Hayner was there at the beginning and she was there at the end. For the duration of that 35-year period, Hayner helped to coordinate the program that has provided Christmas baskets for needy families in Fayette County.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 21

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at 6 p.m. at the Legion Home. The Legion men will cook fried chicken, and members are asked to take side dishes to share.

    Friday, December 22

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will not hold bingo on Dec. 22 and 29.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Robert E. Matthews, 30, 518 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 18 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Margaret L. Bolyard, 43, Mt. Vernon, was arrested on Dec. 18 on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound. Bond was $1,000.
    • David E. Ivey, 36, 519 S. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 17 on a charge of criminal trespass to real property. Bond was $1,500.

  • Frogtown News

    Terry and Sandy Kizziar of Gruver, Texas, spent Thursday to Tuesday at the home of Sandy’s sister, Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. On Saturday, Belinda and Sandy visited their mother, Helen Limes, at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 186.
    The Pastor is the Rev. Ryan Meyer.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Gaige Phillips served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Darrell Wollin and Kevin Wodtka.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The words “Remember the reason for the season” have become familiar the past few years, to remind us that, although other words have been added when thinking about Christmas (gifts, expense, hurry, hurry, hustle, busy times, events, parties, and so on), the most important thought to keep in our minds is “Jesus is the reason for the season!”

  • St. Elmo News

    Friday, December 22
    • Classes will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for the winter break. There will be no school until Thursday, Jan. 4.
    Sunday, December 24
    • First Church of God-Christmas Eve worship service, 9:30 a.m.; no Sunday school. Come-and-go Candlelight Communion 4-7 p.m.
    • First United Methodist Church-Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship service, 10:35 a.m.; and  candlelight Communion, 6 p.m.