Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, February 2
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sunday, February 5
    • Scout Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 10:35 a.m. worship service. Following the service, an appreciation lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall.
    Monday, February 6
    • American Red Cross community blood drive, 2-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.

  • Woman talks of meeting Lincoln

    One of the earliest residents of Decatur was a woman named Jane Martin Johns. Born on June 28, 1827 in Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio, she was married on Oct. 29, 1845, in Circleville, to Dr. H.C. Johns.
    In May 1849, by pure chance, which included getting thrown from his horse 10 miles west of Decatur and breaking his collarbone, Dr. Johns chose that place as his new home. He had been on a deer hunt when his horse spooked.

  • Too many gaming licenses?

    Two weeks ago, discussion about gaming held during a Vandalia City Council meeting was published in this newspaper. When I read that Vandalia had 16 licenses and Decatur 20, I thought it was a misprint. It was not.  

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister are shown in a photo taken in 1966 at their grandparents' home in Mulberry Grove. She works in downtown Vandalia, and her brother is retired.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – Vicky Perkins of Vernon won $100,000 in the Illinois Lottery.
    Joe Cearlock was president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for 1992. Other officers were: Dave Mahon, treasurer; Kevin Childers, secretary; and Paul Zeman, vice president.
    Vandalia wrestlers John Kaiser, Todd Emerick and Chad Bowers advanced to the Vandalia Sectional after placing in the top three places in regional action Saturday at Litchfield.
    Birth - Kayla Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor of Vandalia.

  • VJHS wins 29th annual Vandalia Eighth-Grade Tournament

    Vandalia’s Mitchell Casey and Markus Isaiah combined for 27 points to lead the host team to the championship of the 29th Vandalia Eighth-Grade Tournament last Thursday.

  • Lady Vandals pick up two victories

    The Lady Vandals outscored Flora 16-13 in the fourth quarter to escape with a 47-46 win on the road on Monday.
    Vandalia was down 11-9 after one quarter and 19-15 at the half. The Lady Vandals on the strength of four of Olivia Marquardt’s game-high 15 points, three baskets from freshman Megan Kern and a three-pointer from freshman teammate Lanee McNary narrowed the gap to two heading into the final quarter.

  • Area Hoops

    St. Elmo/Brownstown 59
    Dieterich 54

    St. Elmo/Brownstown – Feezel 11 3-8 – 26, Kroll 5 0-0 – 10, Maxey 4 0-0 – 10, Brown 3 0-1 – 7, Brooks 1 1-2 – 3, Philpot 1 0-0 – 2, Denton 1 0-1 – 2. Totals 27 4-12 – 59.
    Three-point goals – Maxey 2, Brown 1.

    Christ Our Rock Lutheran 59
    South Central 58

  • NTC Tournament Action

    St. Elmo defeated WSS in the third-place game 64-52, with Landon Feezel scoring 24 and Isaac Maxey 17.

    South Central won the seventh-place game, defeating Neoga, 48-46. Trent Geiler led South Central with 13 points.
    Effingham St. Anthony won the tournament title, defeating Altamont, 74-69.