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Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Mini-Vacation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter and grandchildren Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., rented a cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Friday through Sunday.
    On Saturday, they visited Dollywood. On Sunday, they went into Gatlinburg and visited Ripley’s Aquarium.
    Sunday evening, they attended the Dixie Stampede show, and later visited with performer Dusti Crain, a native of this area. They all returned home on Monday.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 174.
    Rita Yagow was the organist.

  • HCE members contribute to the fair

    The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board met on Monday, July 28, at the Fayette County Extension Office in Vandalia.
    The club president, Flo Allen, called the meeting to order and led the pledge to the American flag.   
    Secretary Joyce Mueller read the minutes and took the roll call, with nine members responding: Present were: Sefton Unit-Flo Allen, Shirley Klitzing and Panzi Blackwell; St. Elmo-Anna Jean Rhodes; Vandalia Day-Carol Bridges, Ashley Davis, Joyce Mueller and Debbie Segrest: and Wheatland-Karen Hyde.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, August 13
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Educational special August activity, 11 a.m., Brownstown Hitchin’ Post.
    Thursday, August 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, August 15

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 150th

    Last summer, I was invited to attend a meeting of the 150th anniversary planning committee from St. Paul Lutheran Church, which was already well into the planning of 2014’s events that would highlight the 150th anniversary of the church.

  • Alumni awards well deserved

    Over the years, we've done a good job of honoring the standout athletes who have worn the Vandalia Community High School colors. They get plenty of attention and awards during their competitive years – and in recent years a structure has been in place to nominate them for inclusion in the VCHS Hall of Fame.
    That's great and their efforts should be recognized.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These brothers, pictured about 30 years ago, were born and reared in Ramsey.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Delbert Maroon was sworn in as regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.
    Trent Kull, a 1985 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated to the rank of second lieutenant from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
    South Central High School personnel were getting ready for their first school year. The South Central District was formed by consolidating the Farina LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma districts. Joe Ross is superintendent.

  • Dedication held for Fayette County Museum's organ

    A dedication ceremony was held on Sunday for the organ that was recently moved to the upper floor of the Fayette County Museum.

  • Woman faces up to six years on DUI charge

    An Effingham woman who has been arrested in a number of states on a number of alcohol-related driving charges has agreed to a penalty of up to six years on her latest charge.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 14

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the Field of Dreams pavilion between the high school baseball diamonds.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.