Today's News

  • Pedestrian fatally injured in crash early Monday

    A Mulberry Grove woman was killed when struck by a vehicle as she walked along U.S. Route 40 near St. Elmo early Monday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Crystal L. Snider, 32, was walking along Route 40 about two miles west of St. Elmo shortly after midnight when she was hit by a 2002 Buick Rendezvous driven by Arik Warner, 30, of Brownstown.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, who pronounced Snider dead at the scene at 1:12 a.m., said that Snider was walking with a friend when the crash occurred.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Oct. 8

    ✔ Evans Public Library's homeschool group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in attending should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ 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.

  • Pedestrian killed in early Monday morning crash

    A St. Elmo woman who was walking along U.S. Route 40 early Monday morning was killed when she was struck by a passing vehicle.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Monday morning that 32-year-old Chrystal Snider and a friend were walking three-10ths of a mile east of County Road 1950E when an eastbound car driven by Arik Warner struck Schnider.

    Bowen pronounced Snider dead at the scene of the accident at 1:12 a.m.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Area Prep Roundup (Oct. 1)


  • Enloe early figure in state's history

    Some time ago, I was asked by John Coleman of Bond County if I would like to see an old ledger book of Asahel Enloe.

  • BSE completes sweep of EIC Tournament


  • Survey shows teens need help

    The numbers are staggering:
    • Almost 60 percent of sophomores in Fayette County have tried alcohol or regularly drink it.
    • Almost half of them have tried cigarettes or currently smoke.
    • 15 percent have tried marijuana or use it regularly.
    • 36 percent have been sexually active before the age of 17, of those, only 15 percent say that they always practice safe sex.
    • Almost a third reported feeling "sad or hopeless" for two weeks or more in a row.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two children, at a local daycare, play beauty shop, with the girl using a hair dryer on her playmate.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 – Interstate Commerce Commission and Clinton County officials touted Enhanced 911 emergency phone services as Fayette County voters were preparing to vote on an Enhanced 911 referendum.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s downtown revitalization committee announced its City of Candles project. The committee was encouraging local residents and business owners to put electric candles in their windows during the upcoming holiday season.

    25 Years Ago