Today's News

  • Vandals take victory in pair of local rivalries

    VANDALIA – If Matt Beck continues responded like he did last Saturday, coach Luke Hohlt may need to bench him more often.

    With so many players deserving of playing time, Beck was the odd man out last Friday, sitting out his first game of the season.

    But he took his assignment without complaint, and then followed it up with three hits in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, an 8-6 win against Brownstown/St. Elmo, Vandalia's third straight victory.

  • Mulberry Grove beats Okawville at Vandalia, but falls to Brownstown/St. Elmo

    The Aces split games played at Vandalia last Saturday, defeating Okawville in game one, but losing to Brownstown/St. Elmo in game two.

    Offense was easy to find, however, as Mulberry Grove beat Okawville 12-7, and lost to BSE, 20-10.

    BSE senior Jacob Behrends had two home runs in the game, and Mulberry Grove junior Alex Goodin also homered.
    There were just 17 hits, despite the 30 runs, as 16 errors were committed.

  • Frogtown News

    70th Confirmation
    Class Reunion
    The Confirmation class of St. Peter Lutheran Church of 1944 attended church service on Sunday morning, April 6, for their 70th anniversary.
    Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Daris Knauer of Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. Hilmer Rothe of Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bernhardt of Vandalia; Elmer Meyer of St. Peter; and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Graumenz of St. Peter.  Other guests attending were Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Knauer.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, April 17
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Friday, April 18
    • The Fayette County Schools Children Art Show starts in the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Ministerial Alliance Good Friday service, 6 p.m., First Baptist Church.
    Saturday, April 19

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    OOPS! Correction on Village Yard Sales Dates
    • Village yard sales days are Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7.
    • Village cleanup day is Friday, June 13.
    Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
    Coming Events
    • First Baptist Church sunrise service at the Cross at Wren Bridge on Easter at 6:14 a.m.
    • United Methodist Church Easter Sunday sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at the church.

  • The Union is 150 years old; let the celebration begin

    One hundred and fifty years ago this week, H.S. Humphrey took a step of faith and launched The Vandalia Union.
    The date was April 16, 1864. The war between the states was droning on, and the carnage was building.
    President Abraham Lincoln would be re-elected to a second term that fall.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Industrial Development Coordinator Todd Thoman resigned to accept a job as assistant director of marketing and economic development in Pekin.
    WPMB-WKRV’s Home Show attracted 2,700 people.
    Women of Distinction awards were presented by Soroptimist International of Vandalia to Erma Gibbons, the late Hazel Berlin, Gail Tish, Helen Barr, Violet Berry, Florence Eakin, Kathryn Brooks and Harriet Snyder.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken several years ago, shows several members of the Leo Brown Lumber bowling team that won first place in the bowling league.

  • Alonzo Matherly was a newspaper man

    At the time I attended Emmy Hackleman’s auction a few years ago, I didn’t know of a family connection between Emmy’s deceased husband, Charles, and Alonzo “Lon” Matherly, a former owner of The Vandalia Union newspaper.

  • County pay plan a good beginning

    Though it represents only a small step on the road to fiscal responsibility, the county board’s adoption last Thursday of a new pay schedule for four county officers is, indeed, a step in the right direction.
    The revised salary schedule applies to the offices of county clerk & recorder, county treasurer, supervisor of assessments and county sheriff.