Today's News

  • 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.

  • Vandalia has permission form for solar eclipse

    Vandalia School District students will be allowed to view the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, but in order to do so, they must fill out and return the permission document as shown here.

  • ROE No. 3 office schedules two TRS meetings in area

    The Regional Office of Education No. 3, in conjunction with the Teachers Retirement System, will hold group meetings to provide information about TRS benefits and to explain the retirement process.
    Members of the retirements systems who have questions about their benefits and the retirement process should plan to attend one of the group meetings:
    • Cafetorium at Effingham High School, 1301 W. Grove St.-Wednesday, Aug. 30, 4:30 p.m.
    • Cafeteria at Taylorville High School, 815 Springfield Road-Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m.

  • Business collecting supplies for area school districts

    Willms and Yakel Insurance Agency is part of the effort to provide school supplies for local children.
    Through its Back to School Community Program, the agency, located at 411 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, is accepting donations of school supplies through Aug. 31.
    General supplies being accepted include spiral notebooks, tissues, three-ring binders, No. 2 pencils, crayons, markers, color pencils and hand sanitizer.
    The donated supplies will go to schools in Vandalia, Brownstown, St. Elmo and Ramsey.

  • VCHS Band Camp
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two good friends joined the miliary in 1954, and both went to Camp Chaffee for basic training. One then went to Germany and the other went to Taiwan. Both worked in communications and both are now retired.