Today's News

  • Taylor anniversary reception is Saturday

    Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor of rural Shobonier are being honored at a reception this Saturday as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.


    A reception hosed by their children will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the reception room at Los Amigos Restaurant in Vandalia.

    John Taylor, the son of the late George and Mary Taylor of Litchfield, and Patricia Smith, the daughter of Addie Smith and the late Cliff Smith of East Alton, were married on Dec. 21, 1974, in Godfrey.

  • South Central boys knock off Vandals

    FARINA — South Central held off Vandalia's late rally and earned a 67-61 victory over the Vandals on Tuesday night in the season-opener.

    The Cougars had a 15-point lead by halftime, but the Vandals made things interesting late. Vandalia cut South Central's lead down to two points in the fourth quarter before the hosts got it done in crunch time to secure the win.

    Tuesday's boxscore is below.

    Look for more on this game in the print edition.

  • Brownstown family hosts two foreign exchange students

    Simon Korte traveled from his homeland of Germany and Jacabo Maria Trabada from his home in Spain to visit the United States.  

  • What is it?

    At Historical Vandalia Inc.'s Sixth Season of Events program on Sunday, attendees were asked to identify the use of antique household tools shown by Stan Severs of Argenta.

    First photo, Jean Stombaugh studies one of those items. Second photo, Severs asked attendees to identify an item brought by Shirley Mattes; it's a tool used to pull cream from the top of a milk container. Third photo, Bret Brosman writes down his guess on one of Severs's items.

  • Beards for Bucks

    Male personnel in the Vandalia and Fayette County law enforcement agencies are growing facial hair this Thanksgiving, but it’s not to keep them warm.
    Instead, those men are being allowed to disregard policies on facial hair this month in order to help raise funds for local projects.
    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray is allowing his male officers and dispatchers to grow beards, goatees and mustaches if they agree to participate in the department’s Shop with a Cop.

  • Child pornography charges filed

    A judge will determine next Wednesday whether a Vandalia man arrested last week on child pornography charges will face trial on those charges.

  • Kruenegel – Tischhauser

    Jamie Lynn Kruenegel of rural Shobonier and Adam Nicholas Tischhauser of Greenville have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Walks Present Donation to NF Center

    Brian and Amanda Walk and their daughters, Jordan and Amanda, recently presented a donation of $21,367.48 to the Washington University NF (Neurofibromatosis) Center.

    The donation represents the amount raised at the fourth annual  fuN Fest on Oct 4 at Gatch Lake. In the four years that the Walks have been holding the fuN Fest, they have raised $88,687.88.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, November 27
    • Have a happy and thankful Thanksgiving!
    Sunday, November 30
    • The Avena Township Park Board will host Santa in the Park from 2-4 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
    • First Advent Service of the Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, 4 p.m., Brownstown United Methodist Church. Ed Wojnar of the Altamont Circuit will speak.
    Monday, December 1

  • Golden Years hosts mobile food pantry

    It was a busy day at the Golden Years Club building in Brownstown on  Thursday, Oct. 30, as they opened the club’s doors to Sister Sandra and the Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry of Effingham, which partnered with Brownstown United Methodist Church, Golden Years seniors and numerous other local volunteers to  provide food for one hundred area families.