Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, January 6
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    • Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., city hall.
    Thursday, January 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • New state laws go into effect

    On Jan. 1, 237 new laws went into effect in Illinois, including measures that impact fighting crime, government transparency, business, hunting, health and family.  
    When it comes to fighting crime, several news laws are making public safety a top priority.
    For example, individuals who continue to endanger citizens on Illinois roadways by repeatedly driving under the influence of alcohol, will have another barrier that can prevent them from getting back behind the wheel.

  • VPD's Top Gun
  • Hunt competing in state pageant

    The 57th Annual Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will take place at the IAAF Convention held on Jan. 14-17 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, and Miss Fayette County Fair Queen Jenna Hunt will compete along with 69 other contestants from throughout the state.

  • Heaveners travel to lend aid to Native Americans

    Ruth Heavener’s parents loved to travel, which Ruth, as a child, enjoyed immensely. And she wanted her own child to have the same enjoyment and educational experiences in our beautiful country that she was privileged to have.

  • Saturday fire destroys rural residence

    A fire early Saturday afternoon destroyed a residence east of Shobonier.
    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to the home of the Jeff and Evonne Stephenson on North 1100 St., a short distance south of the St. Peter Blacktop, at 12:32 p.m. on Saturday.
    Upon their arrival 12 minutes later, firefighters found the mobile home to be fully involved in flames.
    Vandalia Fire Chief Keith Meadows said that the Stephensons were at a neighbor’s residence when they saw smoke coming from their residence.

  • Vandalia man held on kidnapping charge

    A Vandalia man is being held in Fayette County Jail on $50,000 bond after being arrested last week on a charge of kidnapping.
    One day after his arrest, Christopher G. Griffith, 19, was formerly charged with that offense in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    According to a Vandalia Police report, city officers were dispatched to Walmart at 6:23 p.m. last Tuesday for a report of a person “possibly being held against his will.”

  • Enterprise Zone work begins

    Vandalia officials are beginning the work necessary to continue participating in a state incentives program designed to spur development in Illinois communities.
    Mayor Rick Gottman reported at Monday’s city council meeting that the city will start the process of applying for an extension of the Vandalia/Fayette County Enterprise Zone designation.
    The Enterprise Zone designation was awarded to the city at the end of June 1988 by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, now the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

  • NASS will begin conducting survey

    Beginning in January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct the annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey.
    ARMS is USDA’s primary source of information on the financial condition, production practices and resource use of America’s farm businesses and the economic well-being of America’s farm households.
    Information obtained from ARMS is used to estimate net farm income and agricultural productivity.

  • Fitch with Lawinger, DeLong

    The law firm of Lawinger, DeLong and Associates LLC has welcomed Emily L. Fitch as a new associate attorney.