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Today's News

  • Modern Woodmen Donation
  • Frogtown News

    Visit Lake of the Ozarks
    Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin spent the weekend at the Jacquin Family lake house at Lake of the Ozarks.
    VBS
    Registration is under way for Vacation Bible School at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The VBS will be held July 25-29, from 6-8 p.m. Forms may be picked up in the church narthex.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 142.
    The organist was Rita Yagow.
    Acolyte was Jacob Hawkey.
    Attending elders were Darrell Wollin and Allen Magnus.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Saturday, July 9
    • Start of the Fayette County Fair.
    • See HCE fair participation info in an article following these announcements.
    • Fayette County 4-H & Junior Horse and Pony Show, 9 a.m. and 4-H and Junior Rabbit Show, 3 p.m.
    Sunday, July 10
    • 4-H and Junior Poultry Show, noon; 4-H Goat Show, 4 p.m.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Citing “immediate family concerns,” Republican candidate Marsha Sidwell Combs pulled out of the November state’s attorney’s race in Fayette County.
    Lorraine and Andy White of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jeanne and Ivan Witbracht were also celebrating their golden anniversary.
    Tom Turner, who had served as principal of South Central Elementary School, was chosen for the principal’s job at Patoka Elementary School.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little girl's family moved to Vandalia when she was a high school freshman. She worked as a school secretary for 48 years and has been retired for 22 years.

  • Celebrating the 4th in olden days

    To celebrate the Fourth, I thought it might be interesting to learn how the early settlers of days past celebrated this day.  

  • Rally shows support for schools

    A rally in downtown Vandalia last Wednesday afternoon that urged the passage of a state budget obviously caught the eyes of our governor and state legislators. And that rally would not have been successful were it not for a number of local people.
    First, there are two local individuals who have been in the forefront of the effort to have equitable school funding in Illinois, a state that ranks dead last when it comes to that unequity – Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well and Sandoval Superintendent Jennifer Garrison, a Vandalia Community High School graduate.

  • Education budget rally draws hundreds

    Less than 12 hours after a large group of school officials from throughout the state congregated for a rally urging legislators to approve a new state budget, lawmakers did just that.

  • Leo members help spruce up the downtown

    If you have noticed some young people picking up trash and sweeping grass off the sidewalk around the Vandalia Statehouse, you saw members of the Vandalia Leo Club. This service to our community was suggested to the Vandalia Lions Club by the mayor, Ricky Gottman, when he spoke at one of their meetings.