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Today's News

  • Survey: good numbers, wide range of yields

    If the 24 men who canvassed fields throughout Fayette County last week were on target, and they traditionally are, county farmers can expect pretty good corn and soybean yields this fall.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dwight Hagy resigned from the Vandalia Post Office after 23½ years as a government employee.
    VI Enterprises employees were on strike.
    The fall schedule for the Family Y of Fayette County included youth, adult and family programs.
    The I-70 Road Riders Honda Motorcycle Club donated a $600 savings bond to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield.

    30 Years Ago

  • Abe will visit our Statehouse this Saturday

    Maybe you have heard the news that Abraham Lincoln is “hitting the road” this Saturday to visit three places important to him during his life.

    The first stop will be in Benton, from 9-11 a.m., at the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site.
    It was at the Bryant cottage that Lincoln and Stephen Douglas agreed to a series of debates. These historic debates were held at various sites around Illinois.

  • Visit with Lincoln this Saturday night

    While all of us surely know that Abraham Lincoln served in the Vandalia Statehouse, some may not know what he did while he was there. The opportunity to learn about that comes this Saturday night.
    A Lincoln historic interpreter is taking a road trip on Saturday, with the last of his three stops being the Statehouse. Lincoln will visit Illinois’ oldest existing capitol from 7-9 p.m.
    While there, Lincoln will talk about his early days in the Illinois Legislature, which included making his first public stance against slavery.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Pictured here as a second-grader about 40 years ago, this young man is now seean on the streets of Vandalia daily.

  • Two area residents die in weekend wrecks

    Two Fayette County residents were killed in separate accidents during the holiday weekend, and the county coroner is hoping that local residents can provide some help with one of those fatalities.
    The first of those accidents occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday near the Brownstown exit of Interstate 70 at the 68-mile marker.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Jeanette A. Sasse, 71, of Shobonier, mistakenly drove a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe east down the 68-mile marker exit ramp and into the westbound lanes of I-70.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 4

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Gaige S. Jackson, 23, 225 W. Poplar St., Brownstown, was arrested on Sept. 2 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a misdemeanor charge. Bond was $10,000.
    • Shannon N. Lambert, 34, Salem, was arrested on Sept. 1 on a charge of driving while license is suspended or revoked and on a Shelby County misdemeanor warrant. Bond totaled $3,500.

  • Citizen of the Year

    Tom Fedrigon, left, was named St. Elmo's "Citizen of the Year."  Fedrigon receives the honor from St. Elmo Mayor Ernie Myers during St. Elmo's Labor Day Celebration on Monday evening.