Today's News

  • Fifer wins district, regional Soroptimist WOA honors

    The Vandalia Soroptimist Club has received notice that Tracy Fifer has won the District I and the South Central Region Women’s Opportunity Award.

  • Fairgrounds Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the revamped Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.

    Pictured, from left to right, are fair board members Nick Tompkins, Ryan Tompkins and Kent Durbin, Brownstown Mayor Ginny Wilbur, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman, board members Kim Gelsinger and Steve Behrends (back), Vandalia Chamber of Commerce representative Kelly Washburn, fair board member Jennifer Richards and Vandalia Chamber of Commerce representative Sally Emerick.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two lifelong friends, pictured in about 1959 at the Fayette County Fair, were both from Ramsey at the time the picture was taken.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – A 7-inch snowfall was a welcome sight for farmers.
    Ramsey Lions Club and firefighters made plans for a new event – Ramsey Daze.
    Brownstown’s seventh grade volleyball team lost to eventual state champion, Beason, in first-round action of the Seventh Grade State Volleyball Tourney at Louistown.
    Tiffany Slater, 13-year-old Patoka School student from Vernon, won the division Spelling Bee in Centralia, sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She advanced to the regional finals in St. Louis.

  • Benjamine Halford killed man in self-defense

    Hurricane Township in the northwestern corner of Fayette County was a hotbed of Southern sympathy during the Civil War.
    There was a great deal of unrest throughout the county because a group of outlaws, numbering in the hundreds, roamed throughout a five-county area including Bond, Montgomery and Fayette, terrorizing the people, murdering, thieving and burning bridges.
    The following story was shared with me by Audrey Probst and Jean Vail, and took place in the home of Elias Richmond on Richmond Hill at the eastern end of the village of Fillmore.

  • Last chance to comment on the route of bypass

    Have you tried to imagine what Vandalia traffic patterns will be like when the four-laning of U.S. Route 51 finally reaches our area?
    Do you envision it simply following the current route, but wiping out front yards and businesses as it is widened to handle four lanes through the heart of the city?
    Do you see it cutting off of U.S. Route 51 north of  Vandalia Correctional Center and skirting around the west side of Vandalia Lake?

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Wesley A. Logue, 22, 518 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 25 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,500.
    • Lance J. Jones, 39, Mountain View, Mo., was arrested on March 24 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • April D. Stewart, 23, 303 N. Pine St., Apt. C, St. Elmo, was arrested on April 23 on charges of domestic battery, possession of drug paraphernalia, child endangerment and criminal damage to property. She was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 27
    ✔ The 20th annual antique tractor show at Village Square Mall will be held Thursday through Sunday. The mall is located on Ill. Route 45 south of Effingham. It is sponsored by the Old National Trail and East Central Illinois Two-Cylinder clubs and the County Line Sod Busters. Those interested in displaying tractors or getting more information may call 483-6241, 217-536-6315 or 673-2346.

  • Truckers' chaplain speaks, performs at Lenton Luncheon

    Chaplain Dock Hinman of the Association of Christian Truckers was the speaker at last week’s Lenten Luncheon, also providing inspirational music, accompanying himself on his guitar.

  • A helping hand ... and leg

    Brenda Dunaway knew right after the birth of her son, Colton, that there was a problem. The nurse alerting her of the problem also told her who she could turn to for help.