Today's News

  • City thanks 4 outgoing aldermen

    Two weeks before welcoming their four new aldermen, Vandalia officials said goodbye to four individuals who served as aldermen for a combined 68 years.

  • Getting their heads together

    The only National Road Interpretive Center in Illinois moved one step closer to completion on Monday, with the unveiling of busts of four men who were instrumental in the construction of the only federally funded and federally built highway in the nation.

  • Deadline for Ruemmelin requests is May 1

    Charles J. Ruemmelin, a quiet man with piercing brown eyes spent many of his working hours at the Fayette County Courthouse where he researched and prepared abstracts of title.
    Not active in civic organizations, Ruemmelin moved to Springfield to live near his sister after his mother’s death.
    After his sister’s death, Ruemmelin chose First National Bank to serve as trustee of his estate to establish and administer the Charles J. Ruemmelin Foundation.

  • School Menus

    Monday, April 18 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, April 19 – Choice of cereal, doughnut.
    Wednesday, April 20 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Thursday, April 21 – No school.   
    Friday, April 22 – No school.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Monday, April 18 – Hot dog on bun, baked beans, corn chips, sliced pears and milk.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Morning Coffee by the Campfire
    Early Sunday morning was just too nice to let it pass by us. Years ago, before we moved on the Homestead, we would go camping every year. One of the most treasured enjoyments was having our coffee early in the morning by the campfire.

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 231.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, April 13
    • The Avena Township Park Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.

  • Honor Rolls

    St. Peter Lutheran School
    Third Quarter

    Luke Bergmann and Baylie Maske.
    Caleb Harpster.
    Kinsyl Bell, Brett Harmeier, Lauren Lotz and Deidra Schaal.

    High Honors
    Hannah Rubin and Emily Chapman.
    Coltan Harpster.

    Straight A’s
    Karsyn Garrison and Adrianne Herbert.
    Rachel Bray and Kacie Crain.

  • Deadline for McKee loan is May 1

    May 1 is the deadline for the interest-free loan funded by the Ella McKee Foundation through First National Bank.
    Ella McKee was a Fayette Countian who chose to bequeath a large sum of money to establish an ongoing program whereby qualified young people could obtain a post-high-school education.
    The First National Bank of Vandalia was named trustee to create the Ella G. McKee Foundation to invest and reinvest the assets, and disburse the income “solely for educational purposes and no other.”

  • Lighthouse Pregnancy Center holds annual banquet

    The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center' annual fundraising banquet was held March 24 at Mother of Dolors Parish Center in Vandalia.
    The banquet was well attended, with more than 200 guests and supporters of the center.
    The featured speaker was Kathy Sparks of Granite City. Sparks shared her testimony of having once worked as a medical assistant in an abortion clinic. She now serves as executive director of Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers in Granite City, Belleville and Edwardsville.