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Today's News

  • Alumni event one of three on Sept. 30

    This year’s All-School Reunion held by the Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation will be part of a day full of activities in Vandalia.
    The reunion will be held in the evening of Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, under the following schedule:
    • Social hour – 5-6:30 p.m.
    • Dinner – 6:30-8 p.m. The menu includes fried chicken, ham, beef and noodles, twice-baked potato, green beans, carrots, farmer’s salad, rolls and pie.
    • Distinguished Alumni Award presentation – 8 p.m. (See Page 1B)

  • Disturbances cause delay in trial

    A bench trial has been set for a St. Elmo man jailed on drug charges who has been disruptive in court during recent pretrial hearings.

  • Flying to the Top

    Having completed two years at Kaskaskia College, Bryan Radliff was headed to Southern Illinois University for a degree in administration of justice.
    Although the 1984 graduate of Vandalia Community High School was unsure about a career once he finished college with his bachelor’s degree, he was sure of one thing that he really liked doing.
    Thus, it may have been more than a coincidence that in the SIU course catalog, aerospace science was listed near administration of justice.

  • Revisiting the story of Tramel

    The story of Joe Trammel is one I have visited before in this column. Along with George Welsh and Jefferson Hastings, he was charged with the murder of an Oconee farmer by the name of Morris.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl grew up in Ramsey and married a Vandalia man who's handy.

  • Frogtown News

    WEEK OF JULY 9
    Celebrates Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter celebrated Belinda’s birthday on Friday by going to the River-to-River Yard Sale from Cave-In Rock to Cape Girardeau.
    They spent Friday and Saturday nights with their daughter, Amanda Eller and family in Jackson, Mo.
    Overnight Guest
    Pastor Bill Emrick of Indianapolis, Ind., spent Sunday night at the home of Dane and Belinda Harpster.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    It’s Not Too Late …
    … to visit our Fayette County Fair, quick, while the sun is shining. We, the human inhabitants of the Homestead, enjoyed going over to the fairground Sunday evening and following our tradition of eating a Knights of Columbus fish sandwich.
    Steve Barker was at the window to take our order, while cooks were filling the orders and frying up the fish with crispy coating on the outside and tender well-cooked fish on the inside.

  • St. Elmo News

    Announcements
    Thursday, July 20
    • Fayette County Fair 4-H and junior general projects show, 8 a.m. The 4-H items will be removed after the awards presentation at 6 p.m.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Charles E. Evans, 60, Farina, was arrested on July 8 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,500.
    • Staci M. Litaker, 43, 1528 W. Randolph St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 8 on charges of criminal trespass to real property, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $10,000.
    • William A. Sides, 37, 1229 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 7 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.