Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael S. Harshani, 21, Pana, was arrested on March 6 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. No bond information was listed.
    • Zane A. Doyle, 19, 225 S. Eighth St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 5 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,500.
    • Eric L. Hasenfratz, 41, High Ridge, Mo., was arrested on March 4 on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $20,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 8

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at South Central High School in Farina. To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or go online to redcrossblood.org.
    ✔ Evans Public Library’s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Anyone intersted in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary will meet at 6 p.m. at the Legion Home.

  • Vandalia Police

    March 5
    • 4:02 p.m. – Officers arrested Travis Dutton, 36, of Vandalia, in the 200 block of North Kennedy Boulevard on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.
    • 8:18 p.m. – During a traffic stop at Veterans Avenue and Sunset Drive, officers arrested Richard Dutton, 56, of Altamont, on charges of driving while his license is revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Adena Eltzroth, 35, of Vandalia, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a hypodermic needle.

  • Chamber president touts benefits of shopping locally

    Like others who have served in the position before him, this year’s president of the Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce urged chamber members, and all local residents, to shop locally as much as possible.

  • Next step in comprehensive plan process

    Now that Vandalia officials and city department heads have had their chance to give input on a plan for the city’s future, it’s now time for city residents to make their contributions.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced on Monday that on March 15, Vandalia residents can make their contributions to the development of a new comprehensive plan.
    That public meeting will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore Street.

  • Safety for city workers urged

    Whether it be to repair water line breaks, fill potholes or paint road markings, Vandalia’s public works department employees are often working on or alongside roads in the city many times throughout the year.
    With that in mind, motorists need to slow down when they see city employees busy with those tasks.
    “People need to drive safely through work zones,” Alderman B. John Clark, chairman of the council’s streets committee, said at Monday’s council meeting.

  • Aldermen, Filer discuss matters related to city water supply

    The Vandalia City Council discussed just about all aspects of the city’s water distribution during its Monday meeting.
    The discussion started when Alderman Dorothy Crawford, chairman of the council’s water and sewer committee, reported on a “massive leak” late last week that “almost emptied both towers.”

  • Frogtown

    Attend Visitation
    Belinda Harpster and Mahala Jacquin attended the visitation of Belinda’s friend and former classmate, David Sulsberger, in Flora on Friday evening.
    Old Friends in Town
    The Rev. Bill and Roxanne Emrick, of Indianapolis, Ind., were in the area over the weekend. They visited Lutheran Care Center in Altamont on Saturday. On Saturday night, they met Dane and Belinda Harpster for dinner. They attended church on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where Rev. Emrick was the former pastor. 

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    In The Homestead Mailbox…
    … was a Valentine’s Day surprise from the mystery mailbox visitor who left the little lighthouse! This time there were two lighthouses, a bigger one and a smaller one, both very pretty and interesting … and so mysterious.
    It is fun receiving them, but we are so curious about who is leaving them. I guess the fun would be a little diminished if we found out, but the enjoyment of getting them would still be felt, plus the mystery from who they came from. We do appreciate you, whomever and wherever you are.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, March 1
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. The program is a Tupperware party given by Sarah Beasley. The public is invited to attend.
    Saturday, March 3
    • St. Elmo Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., American Legion Home. Cost is a $5 donation. There also will be a 50/50 drawing, with proceeds will go to the scholarship fund.
    Sunday, March 4