Today's News

  • Ann Stock is speaker at fourth Lenten Luncheon

    Ann Stock of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church spoke at the fourth Lenten Luncheon held by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance, held at Mother of Dolors.

  • Funding fight continues

    Seventeen school districts in the state have joined together to work for school funding reform, and the Vandalia School District leadership is a key player.
    As part of that effort, the Vandalia district is among 17 in the state to file a lawsuit against the state, governor and Illinois State Board of Education last week.
    The filing of that suit comes at a time when school districts in the state are struggling to make ends meet because they are not receiving all of the funds that the state owes them.

  • Serving at-risk students

    “Very few kids ever testify in front of a legislative committee, and our kids have testified before a legislative committee.”

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Zachary Thomas Martinez
    Shelby Renee Sieben
    Eddy Eugene Arnolds
    Angela Renee Drury

  • We Apologize

    Some vote totals from last week's election as reported in last week's issue were incorrect.
    In St. Elmo, write-in candidate  Dennis Haslett received 41 votes in the mayoral race. Incumbent Ernie Meyers was elected with 225 votes.
    Haslett's name was not included in the summary report.
    In Ramsey, Steve Markwardt received 224 votes in being elected to a two-year term as a village board trustee. His total was inadvertently not included.
    We apologize for the errors.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    those in Springfield making these decisions,” he said.
    Since setting those new standards in 1997, the “standards have increased in rigor, and meeting them required new resources, such as textbooks, curriculum and professional development, for which the state provides no assistance,” the superintendents’ group said.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 13

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at the Legion Home. The executive committee meets at 5:30 p.m., and the regular meeting is at 6 p.m.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Cogburn Rooster Busy Bugging
    Cogburn, the banty Homestead rooster, who has usually crowed whenever we drive in (supposedly to let the other critters know we have returned), failed to do so yesterday. Checking to see what was going on, we saw that he was busy scratching in the dirt, obviously doing some early-in-the-season bugging, to please his ladies, Blackie and Rhonda (hens) with a surprise treat.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster attended the fifth birthday party of grandson Owen Harpster in Jackson, Mo., on Saturday. Others attending were: Mitch, Gretchen, Aaron and Henry Harpster, Natalie Stein, Carolyn Stein, Heidi Crowe, Cleve and Rhonda Hunter, Tom, Patti and Brandon Spitzmiller, and Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, April 13
    • First day of school spring break.
    • Fayette County Extension Workshop sponsored by the Fayette County HCE and U of I Extension for 4-H ages 8-18, 9-11 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    • Fayette County Schools Annual Art Show starts this Thursday in the upstairs on the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. It runs through Tuesday, April 18. The museum is open from 9:30-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and will be open this Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.