Today's News

  • Strobel-Cripe

    Emily Strobel and Jake Cripe have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Birth

    Jaxson Timothy Dale Wilkerson
    Heather Mechel Beck and Timothy Andrew Moeller of Hillsboro are the parents of a boy born at 5:31 p.m. on June 3, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.
    Jaxson Timothy Dale Wilkerson weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Cindy and Dale Whitford of Litchfield, and Scott Beck of Vandalia. Paternal grandparents are Patrick and Rhonda Wilkerson of Muskegon, Mich., Bruce and Cheryl Richards of Carlinville, and Regina Albert of Oakford.

  • College News

    Anderson University
    Morgan LaDawn Duff was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.
    To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

    Spring graduates at the University of Illinois Springfield included three area residents:
    • Bingham-Jackie Michelle Johnson, liberal studies, cum laude graduate.
    • Fillmore-Mandy Smith, visual arts.

  • Reunion

    The Herman Dothager family reunion will be held on Friday, July 4, in the pavilion at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • Tools for School taking donations

    Tools for School, a program for only Fayette County in-need students to select free school supplies, is working on its 2014 fundraising campaign.
    Last year, more than 600 school children – kindergarten through junior high, from Brownstown, Farina, Ramsey, St. Elmo, St. Peter and Vandalia – were served by Tools for School.
    Monetary donations received from businesses, churches, organizations and individuals are used to purchase notebooks, paper, pens, crayons and other supplies noted on the Fayette County school supply lists.

  • Achievement Academy recognizes Lutz

    The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Nicolas Lutz of Vandalia has been recognized as a student of excellence in social studies.

  • Maske awarded Seneca Foods scholarship

    The National FFA Organization awarded a $1,000 Seneca Foods Corp. scholarship to Jarod Maske of the Ramsey High School FFA.
    The scholarship is sponsored by Seneca Foods Corp. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
    Maske plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Lake Land College-Illinois Community College.
    This scholarship is one of 1,786 awarded through the National FFA Organization’s scholarship program this year.
    Currently, 126 sponsors contribute more than $2.2 million to support scholarships for students.

  • Honor Rolls

    Fourth Quarter
    High Honors
    Fifth grade – Brooke Benhoff, Addison Eddy, Ean Forbus, Brenna Hayes, Matthew Lay, Gretta Simon and Alaina Click.
    Sixth grade – Andrew Carroll, Madison Miller, Amber Pease, Shay Peterson, Cecelia Ritter, Hayden Seaton and Samantha Stokes.
    Seventh grade – None.
    Eighth grade – Britney Bolyard.
    Fifth grade – Abbigail Beck, Melany Challans, Kiera Hayes and Levi Rhodes.

  • Goodwill Ribbon-Cutting

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday at the new Goodwill store in the Thompson's Home Center building at 1405 Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman is flanked by Goodwill employees and Chamber members as he cuts the ribbon.

  • Starmax Cinemas Ribbon-Cutting

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Starmax Cinemas on Mattes Avenue on Friday, June 13.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman, center, is flanked by owners Rick and Maranatha Cripe and their staff.