Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl grew up in Ramsey and married a Vandalia man who's handy.

  • Frogtown News

    Celebrates Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter celebrated Belinda’s birthday on Friday by going to the River-to-River Yard Sale from Cave-In Rock to Cape Girardeau.
    They spent Friday and Saturday nights with their daughter, Amanda Eller and family in Jackson, Mo.
    Overnight Guest
    Pastor Bill Emrick of Indianapolis, Ind., spent Sunday night at the home of Dane and Belinda Harpster.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    It’s Not Too Late …
    … to visit our Fayette County Fair, quick, while the sun is shining. We, the human inhabitants of the Homestead, enjoyed going over to the fairground Sunday evening and following our tradition of eating a Knights of Columbus fish sandwich.
    Steve Barker was at the window to take our order, while cooks were filling the orders and frying up the fish with crispy coating on the outside and tender well-cooked fish on the inside.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, July 20
    • Fayette County Fair 4-H and junior general projects show, 8 a.m. The 4-H items will be removed after the awards presentation at 6 p.m.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Charles E. Evans, 60, Farina, was arrested on July 8 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,500.
    • Staci M. Litaker, 43, 1528 W. Randolph St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 8 on charges of criminal trespass to real property, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $10,000.
    • William A. Sides, 37, 1229 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 7 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.

  • Route 51 wreck results in fatality

    A Dixon man sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia last Friday afternoon.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 20

    ✔ The story for the story time at the Vandalia Statehouse at 10 a.m. is "Lily's Victory Garden." After the story, local master naturalist Brad Brannon will give a demonstration, and children will plant their own seeds.
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.

  • Fair Weather Fun
  • Man removed from sentencing

    A Farina man was sentenced to prison last week for damage he allegedly caused while housed in the Fayette County Jail, but he wasn’t in the courtroom to hear the sentence.
    That’s because the sentencing judge ordered Darrel K. Moulton, 35, removed from the courtroom for his behavior.
    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor sentenced Moulton to four years in prison last Tuesday, about two months after Moulton signed an open plea on a charge of criminal damage to government-supported property.

  • Program can pull criminal activity from electronics

    The Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office will use bond money that the county received in a child pornography case to help in the investigation in that and other types of criminal offenses.
    The county board approved the $15,000 purchase of the computer program, which Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis explained is used “in the investigation and apprehension of individuals who have (illegal) things on their phones.”