Today's News

  • Hebenstreit – Curll

    Kelly Hebenstreit and Jeremy Curll, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Ramsey – Miller

    Shaun Allen Ramsey and Dana Evonne Miller, both of Marshall, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • National Public Health Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, signed a proclamation declaring the week of April 7-11 as National Public Health Week.

    With Gottman is Rhonda Andrews, administrator of the Fayette County Health Department. The proclamation recognizes that "strong public health systems are critical for sustaining and improving community health."

  • Births

    Reed Oliver Likas
    Aaron and Aleah Likas of St. Louis, Mo., are the parents of a boy born at 1:21 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

  • 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?