Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Spends Weekend with Grandparents
    Henry Harpster, age 5 months, of Jackson, Mo., spent the weekend with grandparents Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. Those who came to visit Henry were Mahala and Harper Jacquin, Stacey and JoHanna Bergmann, and Sue Adams.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 168.
    The organist was Rita Yagow
    Acolyte was Mitchell Brauer.
    Attending elders were Darrell Wollin and Allen Magnus.
    Remember in Your Prayers
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  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, August 4
    • Registration at St. Elmo Jr.-Sr. High School and Elementary School, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Friday, August 5
    • Registration at St. Elmo Jr.-Sr. High School and Elementary School, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Monday, August 8

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    So what can you do with a blank piece of paper at recess? Write about Evergreen Outreach’s wonderful entertaining meeting!  

  • Siblings donate 1911 Vandalois to high school

    The name Lawler has been a very familiar and respected name in the Vandalia, as Nelson Lawler was the first school bus driver for the Vandalia schools, and he was very well liked by all who knew him, including the students on his bus routes.

  • Blackerby named assistant PD chief

    After lengthy discussions about Police Chief Jeff Ray’s recommendation that the city create a second-in-command officer position, the Vandalia City Council took that action.

  • City splits duties, fills building, code posts

    Having made the decision to split up the duties of Vandalia’s current code official into two position, city officials filled those positions within the past week.
    The council also discussed filling the position of city administrator.
    The action to fill the building/zoning official and code enforcement officer positions comes within about a week of the retirement of Keith Meadows, the city’s code official since mid-2002.

  • Helmet maker leasing part of local building

    A company that provides football helmets at all levels of competition, including the National Football League, will be moving part of its operation into Vandalia.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that Schutt Sports has acquired 20,000 square feet of the 60,000-square-foot building that formerly housed Statewide Tire.

  • Kidnapping bond $500,000

    A Farina man charged with illegally taking his son into custody is being housed in Fayette County Jail on $500,000 after being charged with aggravated kidnapping.

    Darrel K. Moulton, 34, was arrested by authorities at his home in the Loogootee area shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday, more than seven hours after he allegedly took his son from a Vandalia residence without legal authority and an Amber Alert was issued.

  • Workshop on soil health next Monday in Altamont

    Local farmers wanting to learn more about ways to improve the health of their soil can attend a workshop next Monday at the Carriage House Event Center in Altamont from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    The Soil Health Partnership event, sponsored jointly by the Effingham County Soil and Water Conservation District and NRCS, will focus on how improving soil health can create lasting economic and environmental benefits.

  • The Big Latch On

    Friends, family members and community residents are invited to join local women who breastfeed this Friday for the local participation in a worldwide event.
    The Big Latch On is taking place at registered locations around the world, including Vandalia.
    According to Casey Carroll, the breastfeeding peer counselor at the Fayette County Health Department, the local Big Latch On is being held in the upper grassy area of Rogier Park, near Taylor Street.
    Registration for participants begins at 10 a.m., and the event gets under way at 10:30 a.m.