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Today's News

  • Fayette County 4-H'ers show well at state fair

    Fayette County 4-H’ers competed against exhibitors from throughout the state in the Junior Livestock Shows at the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 7-17.  
    Seth Purcell placed third with his Hereford/Polled Hereford steer 1,275-1,345 pounds in the Junior Show.
    Purcell placed second in the Land of Lincoln Cattle Show with his Hereford/Polled Hereford steer 1,365-1,407 pounds, and placed second in the Livestock Show with his Hereford/Polled Hereford steer 1,365-1,407 pounds

  • Doyle – Burrow

    Erin Doyle of Ramsey and Nicholas Burrow of Altamont have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Tally – Knebel

    Emily Elizabeth Tally of Vandalia and Travis Mitchell Knebel of Smithboro were married in a ceremony at 4 p.m. on June 7, 2014, at Steve Knebel’s farm in rural Vandalia, with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.

  • Ericksen-50 years

    John and Sandy Ericksen will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters Tolerating Heat Wave
    (Rancher Bill feeling heat)
    In answer to several inquiries, the critters all seem to be handling the hot temperatures, as they are eating, drinking water, sleeping and resting well, and behaving as usual.  
    Their head caregiver, Bill, is feeling the discomfort more, although he is eating, and drinking water and lemonade in unusual large quantities, especially when he is weed-eating, mowing, and feeding and watering for the above mentioned critters.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, August 27
    • Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Thursday, August 28
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • In the afternoon, maps for the city garage sales will be available at city hall, Casey’s, Dollar General, St. Elmo Pet Clinic, St. Elmo Foods and Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Friday, August 29
    • City garage sale maps will be available.
    Saturday, August 30
    • St. Elmo Labor Day Weekend Celebration starts.

  • A hot time on the Prairie
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings were born and reared in Ramsey.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan, a Democratic candidate, was in Vandalia for a fundraiser.
    St. Peter residents were busy planning Prairie Days.
    Cevin Dugan, son of Billyanna Dugan of Vandalia and the late Clifford Dugan, was named a partner in Bruegge Funeral Homes in Breese and Germantown.
    Special services commemorated the 125th anniversary of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

    30 Years Ago

  • After 26 years, it's time for new adventures

    One hundred and fifty years ago, when H.S. Humphrey launched The Vandalia Union on the tempestuous seas of Fayette County journalism, he had no idea what the future held for his publication.