Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl grew up in Ramsey and married a Vandalia man who's handy.

  • Frogtown News

    Celebrates Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter celebrated Belinda’s birthday on Friday by going to the River-to-River Yard Sale from Cave-In Rock to Cape Girardeau.
    They spent Friday and Saturday nights with their daughter, Amanda Eller and family in Jackson, Mo.
    Overnight Guest
    Pastor Bill Emrick of Indianapolis, Ind., spent Sunday night at the home of Dane and Belinda Harpster.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    It’s Not Too Late …
    … to visit our Fayette County Fair, quick, while the sun is shining. We, the human inhabitants of the Homestead, enjoyed going over to the fairground Sunday evening and following our tradition of eating a Knights of Columbus fish sandwich.
    Steve Barker was at the window to take our order, while cooks were filling the orders and frying up the fish with crispy coating on the outside and tender well-cooked fish on the inside.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, July 20
    • Fayette County Fair 4-H and junior general projects show, 8 a.m. The 4-H items will be removed after the awards presentation at 6 p.m.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Charles E. Evans, 60, Farina, was arrested on July 8 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,500.
    • Staci M. Litaker, 43, 1528 W. Randolph St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 8 on charges of criminal trespass to real property, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $10,000.
    • William A. Sides, 37, 1229 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 7 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.

  • Mural helps promote Vandalia's history

    In the beginning, ideas were brought forth and discussed on the subject of focusing on Vandalia’s history and points of interest that have gone unnoticed in recent years, including the Little Red Caboose

  • Research + Education

    About a decade ago, while going through some Fayette County Farm Bureau documents, Ron Marshel ran across the deed documents for land that the organization donated to the University of Illinois for farm research.

  • County hikes fees

    Upon receiving the results of a cost study recommending that the county increase many of its fees, the Fayette County Board approved those increases.
    The board also approved an agreement to have the firm that performed that cost analysis to serve as an operations consultant to the county.
    Bruce DeLashmit of the Bloomington-based Bellwether LLC told board members that the cost study of the county clerk and sheriff offices showed that fee increases are needed.

  • St. Peter woman hurt in wreck early Tuesday

    A St. Peter woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 at Vandalia early Tuesday morning.
    According to Vandalia Police reports, a city officer responded to an accident just west of Ill. Route 185 and Janett Avenue.
    Police said that Jaclyn Wieda, 20, was driving east on Interstate 70 when she lost control of her vehicle, went into the median and crossed both westbound lanes.
    The vehicle then entered a ditch on the north side of I-70, became airborne and landed on County Road 1660 North, coming to rest in a cornfield, according to police.

  • Calendar

    Friday, July 13

    ✔ "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt" is the story for the storytime at the Vandalia Statehouse. It will feature stories from area quilters, and children will "make your own special quilt.

    Friday, July 14