Today's News

  • Armed Forces Tribute
  • Graduation Day
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Vandalia’s post-prom casino night was attended by about 100 students.
    Queen and king of the VCHS prom were Melinda Sue Yarbrough and Gary Graumenz.
    Brownstown Junior High School eighth grade boys track team tied with Peoria Pleasant Valley for the state title. Curtis Schwarm had two seconds and a third, and was a member of the second-place relay team.
    Teachers retiring from the Vandalia District included Ellen Black, Jessie Mae Halbrook, Elizabeth Molett, Marjorie Blythe May, Melvin Donnelley and Eli Hefron.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady, pictured about 60 years ago, was born in Vandalia. She now travels extensively to foreign countries, and followed her grandfather in ministry work.

  • Fehren home renovated for American Legion

    When I was in junior high, I was a member of the American Legion Junior Auxiliary that met one Saturday a month at the Crawford-Hale American Legion home in Vandalia.  Our meetings were held in a room  on the main floor that is now used for the military museum.

  • Remember vets on Memorial Day

    On Monday, our nation will pause to observe Memorial Day. We'll have a day off from work and we'll probably have a picnic with our family.
    After all, that's what the holiday is all about, right? It's the end of school. It's the kick-off to summer.
    Wrong. Memorial Day is much more than those things. It's a day we've set aside to remember those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms and to secure our nation. Many of those paid the ultimate price – sacrificing their lives so that we can be free.

  • Memorial Day information for Carlyle Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for a fun and safe weekend celebrating Memorial Day. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities, Carlyle Lake offers an abundance of recreation opportunities.
    While participating in water related recreation activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.

  • Fair Association Hosts Concert

    The Fayette County Fair Association hosted a night of music at the fairgrounds in Brownstown earlier this month.

    Performers included rising country music star Chris Cavanaugh, local musician Chandler Durbin and Sheena Flowers of the local band "Twisted Road."

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    From the Chicken Roost
    Rhonda and Blackie (hens) have been off the roost for some early morning bugging. They are also enjoying the sunshine and can be seen lounging in the sunshine.

  • Frogtown News

    Graduation Party
    Rachel Cavaletto, daughter of John and Andria Cavaletto of Walnut Hill and the late Michele Cavaletto, graduated from Centralia High School on Sunday, May 18.  Following graduation, a party was held at the Cavaletto home.