Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, April 27
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.                            
    Friday, April 28
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    Saturday, April 29
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council was closer to hiring the first city administrator for the town. The field of 43 applicants was narrowed to four finalists, and they were interviewed by aldermen.
    The Deb Keeling family was chosen as the first partner family for a Fayette County Habitat for Humanity house.
    Rebecca and Jack Hill of Ramsey were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in this photo, taken in 1946, was born and reared in a small town west of Vandalia.

  • The history of Wright's Corner

    I was recently asked where the ideas for my articles come from.
    My reply was that sometimes the subject of an article is suggested by a question I am asked or by something I had read that piqued my interest and spurred my want to know.
    The following article, on Wright’s Corner, is an example of this.  While having chemo this past Thursday, a woman told me that she had read my articles for some time and had been wondering when I would get around to writing about Wright’s Corner.

  • Driving? Put that cell phone down

    The next time you go to pick up your cell phone while driving, remember the June 2015 accident that resulted in the three deaths caused when a driver hit a school bus or the accident in March of this year when 13 people died after the church bus in which they were riding was hit by a texting driver.
    This is Distracted Driver Awareness Week and all levels of local law enforcement are putting an increased emphasis on looking out for drivers talking or texting on a cell phone.

  • Review of dementia book available at Evans Library

    Review by Shannon Nosbisch, co-founder of Effingham Area Alzheimer’s Awareness
    When Linn Possell’s mother was diagnosed with frontal-lobe dementia or fronto-temporal dementia, Possell struggled with staying connected to her mother. In the book “Alzheimer’s – A Beautiful Spirit Celebrated,” she describes what strategies she took to remain connected.
    She hopes to help others embrace a different way of experiencing and interacting with their loved ones who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

  • National Week of Prayer gets under way Sunday

    The local observance of the National Week of Prayer gets under way on Sunday evening.
    • Sunday, 6 p.m. – Unity Baptist Church, Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road.
    • Monday, 7:30 a.m. – Vandalia Tourist Information Center, North Fifth and Fletcher streets.
    • Tuesday, 8 a.m. – Vandalia Community High School gym.
    • Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. – Fayette County Courthouse entrance.

  • Dynamic Dental's Free Dental Day is May 5

    Dynamic Dental Group in Vandalia is again holding a Free Dental Day.
    The fourth annual event will be held from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the dental practice, located at 2102 W. Randolph St. in Vandalia.
    No appointments are being taken, and patients must be at least 18 years of age.
    Patients can choose one cleaning, extraction or filling.
    Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. They are encouraged to arrive early and dress appropriately for the weather.

  • Route 140 Accident