Today's News

  • Arrest log at Fayette County Sheriff's Office

    • Margaret J. Barnett, 44, RR 2, Vandalia, was arrested on July 27 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

    • Courtney K. Swick, 28, 927 W. South St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 26 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while her license is suspended. Bond was $3,000.

    • John Holt, 21, RR 1, Cowden, was arrested on July 26 on a charge of criminal damage to property. He was released on the order of the state’s attorney’s office.

  • St. Peter's Lutheran School registration

    St. Peter's Lutheran School will hold registration for the 2010-11 school year next Monday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Tuesday, from noon-6 p.m., in the school office.

    Preschool/dayeare registration will be held in the preschool office at the same times.

    Students entering kindergarten and sixth grade should submit a school health physical and up-to-date immunization record at the time of registration.

  • Patoka School District Registration

    The Patoka School District will hold registration Aug. 4-6.

    Registration for students in grades kindergarten through eight will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon and from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, and from noon-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6.

    Registration for students in grades 9-12 will be held from 8:30-noon and from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6.

  • Vandalia Lions Club installs officers

    The Vandalia Lions Club recently installed officers for the coming year. Above, from left to right, are: Shelby Shurtz, secretary; Bob Alstat, second vice president; Bill Brown, treasurer; John Blythe, past president; Kevin Budny, president; Les Smith, vice president; Bette Stolte, director; and Cecil Williams, director.

  • St. Elmo News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes
    Wednesday July 28
    • Royal Neighbors of America #4784 will meet at 1 p.m. in the Phillips Building.
    Thursday, July 29
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants will meet at noon at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, July 30
    •  Family Fun Night, 6 p.m. First Baptist Church.
    Saturday, July 31
    • Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, on Third Street, in the block just west of the grade school.

  • County board OKs loan to FCHD after seeing plans for new home

    The work on renovating the new home of the Fayette County Health Department will get under way in the near future.

    The architect’s drawings for the new FCHD home, the former site of Leo Brown Lumber in the 400 block of West Edwards Street in Vandalia, were presented to the Fayette County Board last week.

  • Jaedyn Worker wins Jr. Miss title

    Jaedyn Worker of Vandalia was crowned the 2010 Junior Miss Fayette County during a pageant on Tuesday night.

    Elizabeth Miller was first runner-up, and Breklyn Mitchell was named second runner-up. The People's Choice winner was Elizabeth Biggs, Abigail Cunningham won Miss Congeniality, and Miller was named Miss Photogenic.

  • Post 95 ousted from district tourney after controversial week

    Regardless of the outcome of Post 95's run in the district tournament, there was an indication that this year's postseason madness would leave a bad taste in the mouth of Vandalia fans.

    At the completion of the regular season, Post 95 thought it had a record of 7-3, with the most wins in the district, but would place second, as T-Town posted a higher winning percentage with a record of 6-2, and Salem would place third at 6-3.

  • The story of Illinois' first governor

    The first governor of Illinois, Shadrach Bond, is an interesting fellow. He was inaugurated on Oct. 6, 1818, before the state was admitted to the Union.

    When the capitol moved from Kaskaskia to Vandalia, so did Shadrach Bond. His wife, Achsah, a strong pro-slavery advocate, did not come with him, but remained on their farm in Monroe County with their slaves.

  • Smoking ban enforcement will be a challenge

    Communities throughout Illinois have struggled with how to enforce a law that has banned smoking in public places since Jan. 1, 2008. Those include Springfield, which put into place a local law two years before that.

    Now, Vandalia joins Springfield as those seeking to crack down on violators.

    Springfield’s ordinance violation has prohibited smoking in public places since 2006. And, based on an editorial in the April 14 issue of The State-Journal Register, city officials are still fighting with the issue.