Today's News

  • Vandalia Memories
  • 'Free Papers' in Fayette County

    In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day and the struggle that took place so far away from my childhood home of Vandalia, I would like to share with our readers the real-time cases from 1840 of four black people, one woman and three men, who had to prove their freedom in Fayette County court.

  • Northside welcomes new youth director

    Brian Hammond is another new face at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia. He joins the Rev. Curtis Sweeney, who is stepping in to lead the church family as the Rev. Carl Rhodes is retiring. Carl and Pat, his wife, plan to spend some time with their children and grandchildren.

  • Frakes trial set for Feb. 20

    A jury trial for a man charged last summer with three counts of child pornography is now scheduled to be held a month from now.

  • Stout starts getting busy

    Vandalia’s new director of economic development and tourism told the city council on Monday some things he will be doing as he gets acclimated to the position.
    Brian Stout told aldermen that one of his first projects will be meeting with local business people, “trying to put together some strategic plan and kind of seeing where they’re at.”

  • Putting faces on our mural

    Vandalia’s first mural created by professional artists will feature the city’s railroad depot, with seven people standing in front of the structure.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jamey M. Rhodes, 19, 1015 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Kelvin K. Jefferson, 52, Indianapolis, Ind., was arrested on Jan. 17 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • John A. Zeitler, 62, Crestwood, Mo., was arrested on Jan. 17 on charges of driving without a valid license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper display of registration and no rear registration light. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 19

    ✔ 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, January 20

    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters’ Winter Coats Not Removable
    Baby Bucky Burro and his barn friend, Lady, the little senior mini-horse, both look cute in their fuzzy winter coats, but the unseasonable warm weather must be a little uncomfortable for them as the temperature climbs into the 50s and 60s. Hopefully, though, nature will keep their winter coats intact, as we still have February and March to get through.
    Bill is keeping their barn floor cleaned out, putting fresh straw down and shutting their barn doors at night to help keep the cold air out.

  • St. Elmo News

    Sunday, January 22
    • Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, 2 p.m., Brownstown First United Methodist Church.
    • Sunday Night Live high school youth, 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church parsonage.
    Monday, January 23
    • Fayette County Board of HCE will not meet until Jan. 30; see the reason following the announcements.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., Vandalia National Road Interpretive Center.