Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Guests
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller and Mitch Harpster, all of Jackson, Mo. On Saturday, the family put a new roof on grandma Mary’s house. On Sunday, Dane and Belinda and Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin attended Family Day at Lutheran Care Center.
    Story with a Happy Ending
    Around the first of September, there was an accident on Interstate 57 in which a dog was in the back of a pick up truck in a crate. The truck rolled several times and the dog was ejected.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Back in Touch with a Special Friend
    “Once upon a time,” way back in high school days, and even before, when we went to Edwards School, which was located several miles south of Bluff City, a schoolmate, Reeta Thompson, and I became very close friends – best friends, to be exact.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, September 21
    • Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Bible study, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • St. Elmo Board of Education budget hearing at 7:15 p.m., regular meeting at 7:30 p.m., in the unit office.
    Thursday, September 22
    • St. Elmo Christian Church Road Rally fundraiser; see more info in the St. Elmo News.
    Saturday, September 24

  • Cancer fund's 'Party in the Park' is Saturday

    Embedded in the floor of the gazebo at the Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia is a plaque bearing the words: “Success lies in what we do for others.” Those are seemly appropriate words so near the site of the Fayette County Cancer Fund's “Party in the Park,” a fundraiser to help cancer patients fight their battles against the disease.

  • New route for VCHS homecoming parade

    The route for this year’s Vandalia Community High School homecoming parade is radically different, with several factors contributing to the change.

  • National Road Kiosk Dedication
  • City cannabis, paraphernalia law on the books

    To address a change in state law, the Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to make possession of a small amount of marijuana or drug paraphernalia a city ordinance violation.
    But approval of the ordinance did not come without significant debate.
    The measure passed in a 6-1 vote, with aldermen Jerry Swarm, Andy Lester, Ken Hubler, Russ Stunkel, Joel Rebbe and B. John Clark voted for it, and Dorothy Crawford casting the lone dissenting vote.
    Crawford initiated the lengthy discussion, citing her reasons for not supporting such an ordinance.

  • Council picks lower of two choices for hikes

    Presented with two options for increases in water and sewer rates for the coming year, Vandalia aldermen chose the one proposing lower increases, making one adjustment to that proposal.
    Approved in a 5-2 vote was a proposed increase of 3.11 percent in water rate. And while that proposal called for no increase in sewer rates, alderman approved a 1-percent hike.
    The city’s auditing firm, Timmerman and Co. Ltd. of Vandalia, gave aldermen two options for water and sewer rates as it presented the city audit earlier this month.

  • Democratic Dinner
  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, September 22

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association meets at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ Evans Public Library’s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.