Today's News

  • Farm production expenses fall

      After setting a record high in 2008, U.S. farm production expenditures decreased by nearly $20 billion in 2009 – the first major decline in nearly a quarter century, according to the Farm Production Expenditures 2009 summary released this week  by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
    The average production expenditures per farm fell 6.4 percent in 2009, from $140,075 to $131,137. Total U.S. expenditures totaled $287 billion, down from $307 billion in 2008.  

  • Making hay while the sun shines

    Clayton Whitten bales hay Tuesday afternoon on land along Zent Drive north of Vandalia. Recent rains have made for strong hay crops – if farmers can time it right to cut it, dry it and bale it before the next rains come. With temperatures in the mid 90s and humidity high, it was a hot job on Tuesday.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    By Panzi Blackwell

  • Frogtown News

    By Belinda Harpster

  • St. Elmo News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes


  • Two from VCHS attend band camp

    Maresha Mitchell, left, and Alexa Campbell of Vandalai Community High School attended the Smith/Walbridge Drum Major Camp at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. They are shown with Gary Smith, a former director of the Marching Illini at the University of Illinois. At the camp, Mitchell and Campbell received leadership and training they will put to use with this year's Marching Vandals.

  • State school sales tax holiday begins Friday

    With the first statewide back-to-school sales tax holiday starting this Friday and running through Sunday, Aug. 15, the Illinois Department of Revenue is reminding families to plan on shopping for the new clothes and school supplies their children need to get a good start at school this year.
    A list of items qualifying for the 5 percent sales tax break is available at www.tax.illinois.gov and can be downloaded or printed from any computer, and used to help plan necessary back-to-school purchases.

  • College Achievements

    St. Louis College of Pharmacy
    Katie L. Ochs of Vandalia has been named to the dean’s list with honors for the spring 2010 semester at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
    To make the dean’s list with honors, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester.
     Ochs is the daughter of Vince and Cathy Ochs and is a 2005 graduate of Vienna High School.
     Founded in 1864, STLCOP is the oldest college of pharmacy west of the Mississippi River.

  • Teen injured when truck collides with train

    A Vandalia teen sustained serious injuries on Saturday when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a train.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Nathaniel C. Henna, 16, was northbound on County Road 1050 East when he drove upon a rail crossing and was struck by a northbound train owned by CSX Railroad Transportation Co.
    The crash caused damage to the left front portion of the train and to the entire front portion of the truck driven by Henna.

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School dates set

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students needing assistance, has set the dates for supplies pickup:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 12 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 13 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 14 – 9 a.m.-noon.

    Vandalia Rehab holds supply drive