Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, June 19
    • School board annual budget hearing, 5 p.m., unit office; and regular meeting, 5:15 p.m., unit office.
    • The Vit-Em-In class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Saturday, June 21
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet at 214 N. Walnut, 9 a.m.-noon.
    • Tasha Dial book signing, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Elmo Public Library.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This team of local athletes was the champion of the men's fastpitch softball league in 1988. All but one of them were reared in Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Grande Levée was to include period crafts, tours, music and lots of homemade foods.
    Jody Eyman was queen of the Bond-Fayette TMH prom.

    35 Years Ago

    1984 – Robert E. McCart and Michael D. Kleinik were appointed to sergeant positions on the Vandalia Police force this week.

  • You can join the effort to Save Our Pool

    For more than a year, you have been hearing about the need for extensive renovations to the Vandalia Park District’s swimming pool. This Friday, you can see for yourself many of the areas that need attention.
    And you can be a part of getting that work done.
    As it holds its first Moonlight Madness of the summer, the pool staff will also hold a water carnival, a special event that is part of the staff’s ongoing efforts to contribute to the pot of money for pool renovations.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 19

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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..
    Friday, June 20

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Stacie J. Willis, 45, Decatur, was arrested on June 17 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $200 cash.
    • Jessica E. McCarty, 20, 1210 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on a charge of possession of drug equipment. Bond was $1,500, and she was being held for Warrenton, Mo., authorities.
    • Corey A. Hemphill, 26, East St. Louis, was arrested on June 16 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.

  • Son, grandson build self-watering planter for Brownstown women

    Lucille Fisher always loved to make a garden and she seemed to have a green thumb, as her vegetable gardens have produced enough to feed her family, put up some for the winter and share with others.

  • Security measures added at schools

    The Vandalia Board of Education learned on Tuesday about additional security equipment being installed at two buildings in the district.
    Superintendent Rich Well told board members that the new security equipment is being installed at entrances to the administration building and the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    That equipment will include security doors and video surveillance equipment for both buildings, the only two in the district that currently do not have those security measures.

  • Pool fundraiser includes water carnival

    As part of its ongoing efforts to help raise funds for the rehabilitation of the Vandalia Swimming Pool, the pool staff is offering special activities during its first Moonlight Madness of the summer.
    This Friday’s Moonlight Madness will include a pool carnival that will feature pool activities and games.
    The pool fundraiser will feature games from 4-9 p.m., and swimming from 6-11:30 p.m.

  • Restroom vandalism again a problem in parks

    The arrival of summer weather has again coincided with vandalism in restrooms in Vandalia’s parks.
    At its meeting last Thursday, Vandalia Park District trustees discussed possible ways of addressing the ongoing problems with the restrooms.
    Park district Superintendent Kent Torbeck said that the vandalism has included stuffing the toilets and then flushing them, smearing substances on the walls and “throwing trash everywhere.”