Today's News

  • Morrison to seek re-election

    Fayette County’s state’s attorney for the past three years wants to continue serving in that post for a second term.

  • Pool staff's haunted house opens Friday

    The Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool staff is offering local residents a chance to both enjoy the Halloween season and contribute to the pool renovation project.
    The pool staff is again hosting a haunted house at the former Washington School building in the 300 block of South Eighth Street, with all of the proceeds going to the pool work.
    The dates and hours for “Hospital of Horrors” are:
    • Friday and Saturday – 7-11 p.m.
    • Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24 – 7-11 p.m.

  • St. James Lutheran celebrating 150 years

    A number of activities are planned as a Vandalia congregation celebrates 150 years of existence, though the history of its membership goes back even further than that.

    St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church was formed on April 1, 1865, as the congregation of St. Jacobus Evangelical Lutheran decided to divide into two churches.
    The St. Jacobus congregation was organized on June 23, 1844, with 44 charter members, including people who came to Vandalia with the Ernst Colony group.

  • Community Garden's Harvest Festival
  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Jared Alan Lichtenfels
    Mt. Vernon
    Kimberly Gail Stock
    Mt. Vernon
    Derrick Martin Weaver
    Jessica Irene Horst
    Dale Lee Hebenstreit
    Brooki Lynn House
    Logan Floyd Mahon
    St. Elmo
    Jordan Marie Blankenship
    St. Elmo
    Richard Samuel Whitehead

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Melissa C. Stevens, 37, RR 2, St. Elmo, turned herself in on a warrant for an alleged probation violation. Bond was $25,000.
    • Bryce T. Dutton, 29, 1330 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 13 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Brant D. Mullen, 24, Effingham, was arrested on Oct. 12 for failure to appear in court on a charge of unlawful display of a license plate. Bond was $2,500, and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Oct. 15

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Oct. 15)

    NTC Baseball Tournament
    Both South Central and Brownstown/St. Elmo were defeated in semifinal play last Wednesday night, setting up a third place showdown. South Central was run-ruled, 11-1, in five innings versus Altamont. BSE was also run-ruled, falling to St. Anthony, 12-2, in six.
    The third-place game took 13 innings, as South Central was able to edge out a 4-3 victory. Dre Hill came in clutch with a bases-loaded RBI bunt to give the Cougars the walk-off victory.   

    South Central vs. Altamont

  • South Central honors Garrett, Schaal on Senior Night, pick up win versus Odin


  • Vandals pick up homecoming shutout