Today's News

  • Tools for School work under way

    Tools for School, a program for only Fayette County in-need students to select free school supplies, is beginning its work for 2016.
    Step one of the program is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicated their students need. Groups or individuals who wish to donate supplies are asked to contact the church to see what is needed.

  • Five arrested on mob action charges

    Three adults and two juveniles have been charged for allegedly attacking a male and female at an area residence.
    Information filed on Monday charged April Gates, 38; Brady W. Gates, 19; Ashley M. Swain, 19; and two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, all of Vandalia.
    All five individuals have been charged with mob action for allegedly acting together in attacking a male and female on Friday evening. Mob action is a Class 4 felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Barrett D. Pelts, 26, 215 N. Kane St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 21 on a charge of possession of cannabis. No bond information was listed.
    • Ashley M. Pelts, 25, 215 N. Kane St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 21 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. No bond information was listed.
    • Degen T. Kebke, 27, Indianapolis, Ind., was arrested on June 20 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 23

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, June 24

    ✔ Summer Lunches for Kids is offered from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Vandalia, Shobonier and Vera, and from 11-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Ramsey and from 11:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Brownstown.

  • Card Shower

    Irene Reed
    A card shower has been requested for Irene Reed, who will celebratre her birthday on June 20.
    Cards may be sent to: Irene Reed, 105 N. Olive St., St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.

  • Briefs

    'Believing God' series at Northside
    “Believing God: Experiencing a Fresh Explosion of Faith,” a 10-week DVD series, begins next Thursday at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    By Beth Moore, the series is “an in-depth study into the lives of Abraham, Moses and others as examples of people who believed God.
    Faye Watson is the facilitator for the series, which is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Thursday at the church. Those who plan to attend and want to have a workbook can contact Watson, 267-8487.

  • Reunions

    The descendants of John Frank and Pearl (Leininger) Libell and his sister, Lela Ellen (Libell) Linton, met on June 5 at Vandalia City Park.
    Thirty-four people attended, enjoying food, family and visiting.

  • Hunt – 50 years

    Ben and Peggy Hunt of Ramsey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 5, at a private family celebration at Ramsey Christian Church.

  • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club was invited to Mike and Laura Mulhern’s home on Lake Yaeger in Litchfield for a picnic lunch and a tour of Lake Yaeger on pontoon boats on Thursday, May 26, with 20 members and three guests attending.
    After everyone arrived and the food was ready, Dean Black asked for a moment of silence for Marty Gorman, a member who died recently. He always enjoyed coming to the meetings when he was able.
    Black then gave the meal prayer. Club members enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs, and all of the trimmings.

  • Frogtown News

    Farewell to Little Josie
    As we have shared with our readers, the health of our little dog, Josie, has been deteriorating for some time. She was 16years old on Mother’s Day.
    Josie was special in that she was so tiny when she was born. She was half the size of her three siblings and she was not breathing, nor was her heart beating when she was born.   
    Bill gently thumped her heart, then massaged it with one finger until she started breathing.
    She had been healthy, affectionate, happy and playful until the signs of age began showing.