Today's News

  • Alert salesman aids quick arrests for burglaries

    Less than 20 hours after it received the first of numerous burglary reports, Vandalia Police arrested two individuals believed to be responsible for those thefts.
    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray said that those arrests were possible because of an alert salesman at a store where there was an attempt to use a stolen credit card.
    On Monday, Gordon A. Michaelson, 37, of Rosco, and Scott A. Kilgore, 45, of Matteson, were charged with a Class 3 felony charge of theft of more than $500. Kilgore was also charged with possession of a fraudulent ID card, a Class 4 felony.

  • Beckman new county chairman

    A Vandalia resident who has served on the county board for about 13 years has been chosen to serve as its chairman.

  • County OKs pay hikes for 3 groups of employees

    The Fayette County Board approved contracts that provide most county employees with a 2½-percent pay raise in each of the next three years.
    The board approved an agreement with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council that gives employees in the sheriff’s office pay increases.

  • Preserving historic structures

    A Vandalia couple committed to preserving some of the town’s residential history is, for the most part, resigned to the fact that the city may lose a big part of its commercial history.
    But, they hope that residents can band together in some shape or form to prevent future losses.

  • Awaiting a second opinion

    Vandalia officials are expected to receive a second opinion on what should, or can, be done with three downtown buildings that were damaged in a roof collapse early last week.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Raccoon Visitors
    A friend, Donna (Mrs. Joe) Langley, shared a “critter story” with us, and I asked her permission to share it with our readers.
    If you have ever seen a baby raccoon, you can picture how cute these little guys were and how concerned their (probably-sleep-deprived) mother raccoon surely was, as you read this raccoon story as Donna shared it:
    “A mother raccoon had been bringing her baby up on our deck each evening to look for food. One night when I closed the garage door, a large raccoon ran out.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Concerts
    Belinda Harpster and Amy Reiss of St. Peter spent Friday and Saturday nights at the home of Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo. On Friday night, they attended the Bret Michaels concert at the Town & Country Fair in Washington, Mo. They attended the Boston concert on Saturday night.
    St. Peter Prairie Days
    In commemoration of its 40th anniversary, the Prairie Days Committee is inviting businesses, civic organizations and area churches to enter floats in the Prairie Days parade on Aug. 22 this year.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, August 13
    • See the Tools for School article following the announcements.
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant,
    • All teens and adults are encouraged to attend the human trafficking program from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Northside Christian Church at 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia. It is being sponsored by Fayette County Home and Community Education.

  • Dealers Donate Pedal Tractors to FB Women's Committee
  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 13

    ✔ Tools for School for in-need students in Fayette County communities is open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia. Students must accompany adults in order to receive school supplies. Enter through the north door of the church.