Today's News

  • Vandalia Memories
  • 'Free Papers' in Fayette County

    In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day and the struggle that took place so far away from my childhood home of Vandalia, I would like to share with our readers the real-time cases from 1840 of four black people, one woman and three men, who had to prove their freedom in Fayette County court.

  • Northside welcomes new youth director

    Brian Hammond is another new face at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia. He joins the Rev. Curtis Sweeney, who is stepping in to lead the church family as the Rev. Carl Rhodes is retiring. Carl and Pat, his wife, plan to spend some time with their children and grandchildren.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jamey M. Rhodes, 19, 1015 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Kelvin K. Jefferson, 52, Indianapolis, Ind., was arrested on Jan. 17 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • John A. Zeitler, 62, Crestwood, Mo., was arrested on Jan. 17 on charges of driving without a valid license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper display of registration and no rear registration light. Bond was $1,500.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters’ Winter Coats Not Removable
    Baby Bucky Burro and his barn friend, Lady, the little senior mini-horse, both look cute in their fuzzy winter coats, but the unseasonable warm weather must be a little uncomfortable for them as the temperature climbs into the 50s and 60s. Hopefully, though, nature will keep their winter coats intact, as we still have February and March to get through.
    Bill is keeping their barn floor cleaned out, putting fresh straw down and shutting their barn doors at night to help keep the cold air out.

  • St. Elmo News

    Sunday, January 22
    • Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, 2 p.m., Brownstown First United Methodist Church.
    • Sunday Night Live high school youth, 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church parsonage.
    Monday, January 23
    • Fayette County Board of HCE will not meet until Jan. 30; see the reason following the announcements.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., Vandalia National Road Interpretive Center.

  • Frogtown News

    Winter Slowdown
    The town came to a standstill over the weekend, with church canceled and everyone staying inside in anticipation of the ice storm.
    Fortunately, it never made it to St. Peter.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship canceled due to the predicted ice storm.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Janet Cox
    -Dennis Hinrichs
    • Mourning a loss
    -The family of Ed Morton
    • Those with long-term health concerns:
    -Kevin Courson
    -Mark Dunaway

  • FFA Alumni selling raffle tickets

    The Vandalia FFA Alumni are selling raffle tickets for a quarter beef, which includes the processing fee, with the drawing on Feb. 1. There will be four winners.
    Tickets are one for $10 or six for $50.
    The beef was donated by Brian Cripe, South Central FS, Sloan Implement  of Vandalia, Midland States Bank, Woolsey Brothers, First National Bank, MTS and Bluff Equipment.
    Those interested in purchasing a ticket should contact FFA adviser Mandy Totten at Vandalia Community High School at 283-5150.

  • Honor Rolls

    Second Quarter
    High Honors
    Freshmen – Kyle Cautle and Griffin Squibb.
    Sophomores – Luke Barton, Miriam Blomberg, Madison Durbin, Deidre Hall, Logan Lotz and Olivia McLean.
    Juniors – Luke Bergmann, Louisa Brandl, Michaela Engel, Ean Fox, Adrianne Herbert, Baylie Maske, Deven Metcalf, Sydney Miller, Kaelyn Nannini, Alexandria Reid, Nathan Uphold and Makenzi Wilson.

  • South Central Homecoming