Today's News

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    In the beginning, the Lord led Dale and Susan Worthington to have seven talented children, ages 6-17, who share His grace and love by playing music at His beck and call.  Their large van and covered trailer contains instruments, speakers, microphones, stands and, I bet, a mile of electrical cords.

  • "Sidewalk Prophets" visit Vandalia as FUM displays family life center
  • Three taken to hospital, couple ticketed following I-70 wreck

    Three individuals were taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatment, and two of them charged with offenses, following an accident west of Vandalia that closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 for several hours.

    According to the Illinois State Police-District 12, a preliminary investigation shows that a 1999 Ford Expedition driven by Bryan R. Giannini, 53, of York, Pa., was eastbound on I-70 when it crossed into the center median near the 57-mile marker, crossed back into the eastbound lanes and rolled over on its driver's side.

  • Vandal alum selected as new CG-B coach


  • Stout with high expectations despite loss of Nestleroad


  • St. Elmo kiosk tells story of '30s oil boom

    The Historic National Road Association of Illinois has placed 20 attractive, commemorative Kiosks in 19 communities along the National Road, all containing interesting historical information about the villages and towns, and the road. Fayette County has three of them in St. Elmo, Brownstown and Vandalia.

  • Farm Bureau's crop survey is next Monday

    Fayette County farmers will get a pretty good idea early next week on what they can expect for corn and soybean yields this fall.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau’s marketing committee will hold its annual crop survey on Monday, with teams scattering throughout the county to gather corn and soybean estimates.
    Those estimates will be pulled together to get average yields for those crops this year.
    And those estimates will likely be pretty accurate, since the Farm Bureau’s survey has been extremely close to yield figures over the years.

  • Harvest Festival improved

    While one major part of Vandalia’s fall festival has been dropped from the schedule, another popular event is taking its place.
    And, a new attraction is being added to the festival schedule.
    Due to cutbacks, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is not holding the Grande Levée this fall.
    In recent years, the Grande Levée – a celebration featuring period crafts, art and music – has been held in conjunction with the Vandalia Tourism Commission’s Harvest Festival.

  • Another consolidation vote

    Seven years after the proposed consolidation of the Brownstown and St. Elmo school district was voted down, residents of those districts will likely again vote on that issue.
    In meetings early last week, each of the school boards in the districts appointed five individuals to a Committee of 10 that will work toward a goal of putting consolidation before voters at the consolidated election in March.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jerrad R. Simpson, 26, 1138 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 25 for failure to appear in court on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $2,500.
    • Wendell D. Lash, 44, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on Aug. 25 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, no valid registration and violation of classification. Bond was $3,000.
    • Brent E. Thull, 36, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Aug. 24 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,500.