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Today's News

  • Mayor getting new city official acclimated

    Tuesday was the first day on the job for Vandalia’s new director of economic development, and Mayor Rick Gottman said he is focused on getting Brian Stout acclimated.
    Gottman told aldermen that he and Stout are meeting with Jeanne Gustafson, the director of economic development in Salem, this Thursday, and that he plans to set up meetings with others holding that position in other towns.

  • It's more than coats, shoes

    A short time before Christmas, more than 300 children in Fayette County schools received gifts of new winter coats and shoes.
    But, as we've often stated in this space, those gifts given the Methodist Men of Vandalia reflect much more than those physical items – it's about giving back to the community.
    The story on today's front page is our latest example of how volunteerism is alive and well in Vandalia and Fayette County.

  • The 1951 plane crash recalled

    On the morning of Aug. 27, 1951, folks in Vandalia were shaken up when sounds of a small airplane in distress filled the morning sky.
    Witnesses told The Vandalia Leader that the airplane was observed making three or more spirals through the clouds, and next they observed its rapid angular descent with throttle wide open, virtually skimming treetops.
    The four-passenger Bonanza Beechcraft airplane made a nose-dive into Carl Boggs’s car parked along South Sixth Street near Old Capitol Monument Works, where Boggs was employed at the time.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Carey Oldfield of Vandalia, the 1996 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was in Springfield to compete in the Illinois Miss County Fair pageant.
    Fayette County was hit with several bursts of snow and freezing rain.
    The Vandalia wrestling team held on to the No. 1 spot in Class A in the state.

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – St. Louis-based Laclede Steel selected Vandalia for its new pipe finishing and warehouse facility. It was to employ 54 workers.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    Shown in this photo are two Vandalia girls who both now live in the St. Louis area.

  • Frogtown News

    Happy New Year, Everyone!
    Fun Fair Supper & Auction

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    A New Year with New Opportunities
    I have always liked to kind of clean clutter on the first day or two of January, whether it be on my desk or in the kitchen cabinets, drawers and closets, etc.
    But I don’t always get those tasks accomplished as I wish I could!
    I don’t really make new year’s resolutions any more, but I do like to try to learn at least one new thing every year. (Don’t always get that done, either, at least not the things I want to learn.)

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 5
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. The program will be bingo and those attending are to take a wrapped $5 gift.
    Sunday, January 8
    • Rescheduled Children’s Christmas program, 10:35 a.m., First United Methodist Church.
    • First United Methodist Church Sunday Night Live youth, 6-7:30 p.m.; high school in parsonage and grade school/junior high in Fellowship Hall.

  • Birth

    Catherine Nicole Brackett
    Chris and Danielle Brackett of Altamont are the parents of a girl born at 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 3, 2016, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    Catherine Nicole Brackett weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20.5 inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Bob and Tammie Owen of Farina, and paternal grandparents are Jeff and Jane Brackett of Newton.
    Cleta Colclasure of Farina and Eugene Owen of Farina are great-grandparents.