Today's News

  • Be safe during eclipse

    We will experience a rare natural eclipse next Monday, when the moon gets between the earth and sun, and casts a shadow over the earth.
    In this part of the country, the eclipse will begin shortly before noon and end at roughly 2:44 p.m., with the maximum eclipse being about 1:20 p.m.
    It will, indeed, be quite a sight to see ... but one that can only be viewed by taking precautions.
    The National Aeronautics and Space Agency provides the following safety guidelines:

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Rachel Engel of Farina was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair. Jaida Etcheson won the Little Miss Fayette County competition.
    Brad Horner of Vandalia received a state proficiency award in sheep production.

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – The Vandalia City Council approved a plan to extend Sunset Drive south from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street. The project estimate was $183,000.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The three boys in this photo, which was taken about 50 years ago, were raised in Brownstown, but all now live in the Vandalia area.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kenya D. Randall, 38, Baltimore, Md., was arrested on Aug. 14 on charges of possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver 30-500 grams, possession of less than 500 grams of cannabis, obstructing justice and open alcohol in public. No bond amount was listed.
    • Stepfon A. Hawkins, 31, Baltimore, Md., was arrested on Aug. 14 on charges of possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver 30-500 grams, possession of less than 500 grams of cannabis and driving without a license. No bond amount was listed.

  • No funding, but school starts

    As the Vandalia School District began a new school year on Wednesday morning, district officials were waiting to see if state legislators could agree on a plan to begin releasing state funds to schools.
    Because legislators had yet to agree on a funding mechanism that would allow the release of General State Aid payments, Vandalia and other districts had not received the first GSA payment last week.
    The second GSA payment is scheduled for next Tuesday.

  • A New School Year
  • Solar Eclipse

    Next Monday, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S. The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918.

  • St. Peter man charged with murder

    A St. Peter man who was released from prison about 10 months ago is back in prison after being charged with murder.

  • St. Peter man in custody for fatal shooting

    A St. Peter man is in Fayette County Jail on $1 million bond for allegedly firing a fatal gunshot wound on Friday.


    Alexander R. Beccue, 24, was taken into custody early yesterday afternoon for allegedly Joshua K. Smith early Friday morning.

    Smith was taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatment and died early Friday afternoon.

  • Patoka's plans for solar eclipse

    All Patoka students in grades K-12 will be experiencing fun and learning on Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse, but somewhat different depending on the grade.
    In the morning, all K-6 classrooms will be visited by someone from the Patoka Library.
    This volunteer will read to the students the book “The Big Eclipse,” by Nancy Coffett. This book reading will explain in their terms the eclipse, and how and why it’s happening, and also covers viewing safety.