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Today's News

  • St. Elmo News
  • St. Elmo News
  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Klan in Fayette County

    In May 1923, the Ramsey News-Journal newspaper reported that seven hooded Knights of the Ku Klux Klan entered the Christian church at Herrick and presented the pastor with $50 for the church building fund.

  • Be safe during eclipse

    We will experience a rare natural eclipse next Monday, when the moon gets between the earth and sun, and casts a shadow over the earth.
    In this part of the country, the eclipse will begin shortly before noon and end at roughly 2:44 p.m., with the maximum eclipse being about 1:20 p.m.
    It will, indeed, be quite a sight to see ... but one that can only be viewed by taking precautions.
    The National Aeronautics and Space Agency provides the following safety guidelines:

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Rachel Engel of Farina was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair. Jaida Etcheson won the Little Miss Fayette County competition.
    Brad Horner of Vandalia received a state proficiency award in sheep production.

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – The Vandalia City Council approved a plan to extend Sunset Drive south from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street. The project estimate was $183,000.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The three boys in this photo, which was taken about 50 years ago, were raised in Brownstown, but all now live in the Vandalia area.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kenya D. Randall, 38, Baltimore, Md., was arrested on Aug. 14 on charges of possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver 30-500 grams, possession of less than 500 grams of cannabis, obstructing justice and open alcohol in public. No bond amount was listed.
    • Stepfon A. Hawkins, 31, Baltimore, Md., was arrested on Aug. 14 on charges of possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver 30-500 grams, possession of less than 500 grams of cannabis and driving without a license. No bond amount was listed.

  • St. Peter man in custody for fatal shooting

    A St. Peter man is in Fayette County Jail on $1 million bond for allegedly firing a fatal gunshot wound on Friday.

     

    Alexander R. Beccue, 24, was taken into custody early yesterday afternoon for allegedly Joshua K. Smith early Friday morning.

    Smith was taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatment and died early Friday afternoon.

  • Patoka's plans for solar eclipse

    All Patoka students in grades K-12 will be experiencing fun and learning on Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse, but somewhat different depending on the grade.
    In the morning, all K-6 classrooms will be visited by someone from the Patoka Library.
    This volunteer will read to the students the book “The Big Eclipse,” by Nancy Coffett. This book reading will explain in their terms the eclipse, and how and why it’s happening, and also covers viewing safety.