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Today's News

  • Memorial Day
  • An Eye in the Sky

    After his agency was among those called within eight days to search for three missing children, Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith believed it was time to move forward on something he had been thinking about.

  • Meyer advances to state finals; 2 Vandals, 3 Patoka entries advance to state

    Emma Meyer advanced to the state track and meet finals on Thursday, and her brother, Ethan Meyer, and Curtis Gordon advanced to the boys state track meet, also on Thursday.

    Patoka also earned four entries at the state meet next weekend in Charleston.

    Emma Meyer pole vaulted 10 feet to advance to the state finals on Friday at Eastern Illinois University.

    She had also advanced to the state track meet in the 100-meter run, but withdrew from her heat.

  • Memorial Day

    • 11 a.m. – Brownstown VFW Post 9770 Memorial Day service at the Veterans' Memorial Wall in the village park.

    In the event of rain, the service will be held at United Methodist Church, just east of the village park.
    • 1 p.m. – Walk Across America at Vandalia Statehouse.
    • 1:30 p.m. – St. Elmo American Legion Post Memorial Day service at the Veterans' Memorial Wall at the Phillips Building.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Mayor Rich Walker was elected mayor of the Southern Illinois Mayor’s Association.
    Ramsey Superintendent Richard Nelson was named new superintendent of the Lovington School District. He had served as Ramsey superintendent since 1981.
    Two Vandalia seniors received $1,000 scholarships. Jeff Scott was named recipient of the James Littleford Scholarship and Angie Harmeier received the Matthew Newman, M.D., Illinois Eye Consultant Scholarship.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This woman was born and reared in Ramsey, in a family of seven girls and two boys.

  • Remember those who gave all

    This is the weekend that many will be holding cookouts, parties and other activities to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. It's a time when family and friends gather together for a good time.
    But we ask that you also remember those who gathered together for quite a different reason more than 100 years ago or about 70 years ago ... and many times in between and after. Those men and women joined together at various times in our country's history to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.

  • Greenville tops Vandals at regional

    Zach Schaal held Greenville to just two hits while also contributing offensively, but a mid-game defensive miscue put an end to the Vandals season on Monday.

  • BES seventh-graders 3rd at state

    The seventh-grade Brownstown-St. Elmo girls track team capped a successful season by taking third place at the Illinois Elementary School Association 7A State Track Meet on Saturday in East Peoria.

  • Meyer, Miller headed to state track meet

    Vandalia’s Emma Meyer and Anna Miller advanced to the state track and field meet with their performances at the Gillespie Sectional last Wednesday.