Today's News

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Michael Lawrence Sturgeon
    Janet Sue Loggins
    Charles Lee Feltner Sr.
    Judith Ann Gursky
    Jon Robert Hamburg
    Derick Wade Warner
    David Edward Whaley
    Lisa Ann Young
    Darrel Wayne Richards

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Ronald L. Henderson, 39, 810 N. 800, Shobonier, turned himself in on a Washington County warrant on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $30,000.
    • Alex H. Oakley, 21, 128 E. Birch, Brownstown, was arrested on June 15 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,500.
    • Kala R. McMain, 26, Effingham, was arrested on June 14 on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of methamphetamine. Bond was $10,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 18

    ✔ The South Central Illinois Law Dogs are hosting the three-day national Law Dogs rally in Vandalia through Saturday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Parents
    Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., spent Thursday and Friday nights with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    They went out on Thursday night to celebrate Dane and Belinda’s 27th wedding anniversary.
    Harper spent the day with her grandma Belinda on Friday while Mahala attended a business meeting, and they returned home on Saturday morning.
    Visit Children

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Wild Predatory Critters
    •  Questionable Critter #1 – Just recently a fairly large, dark red bushy, critter entered out yard and was heading straight for Rhonda and Blackie’s chicken house.
    Bill’s dog, Katy, sounded the alarm and was barking furiously, and jumping quite a distance up and against her dog pen. I watched as the critter kept coming closer, stop and look at Katy, then move forward again.
    Curious as to what it was, I finally got a good look at its head, and it had the facial features of a fox (sharp nose, etc.)

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, June 18
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Friday, June 19
    • An opening critique and reception for the 2015 Amateur Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show will be held at 7 p.m. in the Artworks Gallery at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
    Saturday, June 20

  • Nomination period for FSA county committees started on Monday

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees began on Monday.

  • Swofford cleans up in new business

    D. Wayne Swofford Jr.’s mother, Mrs. Don (Charlotte) Swofford, taught her children that no matter what the circumstances were financially, that soap and water were cheap and there was no excuse not to be clean and to have a clean house, that even if you don’t have fancy things, you can still be clean.

  • Vandalia School District, teachers OK new agreement

    The Vandalia School District Board of Education and Vandalia Unit Teachers Association on Wednesday agreed to a new, three-year contract.

    The contract includes adding 1 percent to the base salary and using the current salary schedule for each of the three years.

    Among the items in language that were changed are:

    A) $25 per month increase for those taking district health insurance for the current school

    year only; no new monies will be added to the insurance component for the 2016-17 or

    2017-18 school years.

  • Summer Lunches for Kids now offered

    The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way next week in area communities.
    The free lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 10-Aug. 14, in Vandalia at Lincoln Park, across from the Vandalia Statehouse; and the gazebo in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    The free lunches will also be available on Wednesdays at:
    • Shobonier – Township building across from the post office.
    • Vera – Township garage parking lot.
    • Ramsey – Lions Park.