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Today's News

  • Growing crops ... & young minds

    “I’ve had 35-year-old people who have lived in this community all of their life ask me why farmers are blowing all of the corn out the back of the combine.”

  • Election 2017

    While most of us are focusing on the general election this November, some individuals are already looking ahead to next spring, when a consolidated election is held for municipalities, school boards and park districts.

  • Three arrested on meth charges

    Three individuals were arrested on methaphetamine charges on Friday as a result of an ongoing investigation.

  • 'Party in the Park'
  • 'Pop' Miller told old baseball stories

    I had the good fortune to meet Floyd “Pop” Miller and his wife, Vivian, of Mulberry Grove when I joined the Fayette County Genealogical Society in the late 1980s.

  • Congratulations, award recipients

    Homecoming 2016 for Vandalia Community High School was more than just an occasion to welcome back those who received their sheepskin from VCHS – it was also a time to recognize some individuals who excelled as a result of their time at the local high school.
    On Friday evening, VCHS welcomed Jerry Evans, Drew Bell, Blake Doehring, Brock Doehring, Matt Peyton, Drew Schneider and Marty Johnson into the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The two brothers in this photo, taken in about 1950, have lived in or around Ramsey their entire lives.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, and also agreed to put the hiring of a director of community development “on the back burner.”
    Odie Washington, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, was the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.
    Vandalia defeated Hillsboro, 28-6, in varsity football play to remain undefeated and take over the conference lead.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Talking About The Weather & the Critters …
    …or  he reaction of the critters – usually when inclement weather is coming, or taking place, the Longhorn Cowgirls, do not pay much attention to it. It seems their breed prefers the wide-open spaces, rather than the protection of a building.
    Several years ago, we rented the late neighbor Gwen Sapp’s pasture, just so our longhorns would have the shelter of the big shed on it – not so.

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Friday to Sunday with Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo. Ben competed in the MGA Golf Tournament at the Cape Girardeau Country Club, winning first place. Amanda, Belinda, and Madison shopped on Saturday, while Dane and Dru hung out. On Sunday, they attended Dru’s doubleheader baseball game, where he pitched, was the catcher for an inning and played shortstop.
    Baby Shower