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Today's News

  • 'We all felt like we shouldn’t have been in the loser’s bracket in the first place'

    ROBINSON – For the first time ever, Vandalia reigned supreme over the East Division Sr. Legion District Tournament.

    After losing its first game, Post 95 rallied to score 48 runs in four games in the loser’s bracket, capping the comeback with a 13-3 win against Olney in last Friday’s double-elimination championship game.

  • Vandalia Registration

    Vandalia Community Unit School District #203 will hold district registration at the Vandalia Junior High School on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Parents who have access to the Internet can go to the school website, www.vcs.fayette.k12.il.us, where they will find a link to TeacherEase, along with Vandalia Jefferson Primary and Vandalia Elementary School registration information. Parents are reminded that all miscellaneous paperwork will need to be turned in at registration, along with their child’s registration fees.

  • Frogtown News

    Mini-Vacation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter traveled to Shipshewana, Ind. on Monday of last week. They attended the flea market there on Tuesday and Wednesday, and returned home on Thursday.
    Visit Daughter
    Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter attended the flea market at Shipshewana, Ind., on Tuesday of last week. On Wednesday, they went on to Chase, Mich., to spend a few days with their daughter, Keri Latin and her family.
    School Registration

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Don’t Forget – Free Summer Sack Lunches for Kids …
    …Wednesdays, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., dispensed from the Brownstown United Methodist Church east door. It is sponsored by the Sefton Unit HCE and First United Methodist Church.
    From the Chicken Roost
    Blackie and Rhonda (hens) are taking the hot, chilly, hot, chilly weather changes right in stride, with no noticeable change in the egg production, which has been 100 percent of late (two eggs a day).

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Saturday, July 26
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 N. Walnut.
    Monday, July 28
    • The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    • The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Ragle/Ragel Reunion
    The 39th Ragle/Ragel reunion was held July 13 in the St. Elmo Centennial Building.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This Vandalia couple (center) were married 62 years ago in June and still live here.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The St. Peter Business Development Committee kicked off its efforts with a picnic in Community Park for representatives of agencies that  could assist the village in its business development efforts. Lawrence A. Rubin chaired the committee.
    Bob Jackson of Mulberry Grove signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Kaskaskia College.
    The Vandalia Community High School Class of 1929 held its 60-year class reunion.
    Kendra Sanders of rural Vandalia was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair.

  • Barbed wire was important in Vandalia history

    It has been my good fortune to meet other "history-minded" people, such as myself, during my forays into the history of Fayette County and her people.
    One of these was the late Emory Meador who, from time to time, would loan me newspaper clippings and books that he thought would interest me. One of the books was titled, “The Barbed Wire 111 Bible” by Jack Glover.

  • Hiring administrator is right move for city

    The Vandalia City Council is right to begin the process of filling its city administrator position after operating for about 4½ years without one.
    Since the position became vacant in 2010, Mayor Rick Gottman has stepped in to perform many of the duties formerly done by the city administrator. Also helping fill the void has been executive secretary LaTisha Paslay.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Karen L. Hemingway, 50, 215 E. Second St., Ramsey, was arrested on July 22 on a charge of driving without a valid license. Bond was $1,500.
    • Bobby E. Owens, 25, 214 Walnut St., St. Elmo, was arrested on July 22 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while his license is suspended, illegal transportation of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and disobeying a stop sign. Bond was $3,000.
    • Corey M. Parks, 32, 635 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 22 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,500.