Today's News

  • Diveley continues her efforts to help others

    Dee Dee Dively can be described as a “unique and caring person” who, since a young girl, has answered the call to help others. She went to work as a nurse’s aide at the old Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia before graduating from high school.  

  • Clay named VCHS football coach

    Though he will continue to walk the sideline at Vandalia Vandals varsity football games, Jason Clay will now be doing so in a different capacity.

  • Smith reinstates chief deputy post

    The new budget passed by the Fayette County Board on Friday includes the reinstatement of the chief deputy position in the sheriff’s office, and Sheriff Chris Smith has appointed a long-time officer in that department to the post.

  • Fire on Tuesday damages home

    A Vandalia home sustained significant damage from a fire on Tuesday evening.

  • Carryover keeps county in black

    The Fayette County Board approved on Friday night a budget that has its general fund in the black at the end of the new fiscal year. But it’s again using carryover funds to make that happen.
    In a 12-1 vote, the board approved a budget with a general fund that has revenues totaling $4,736,535 and expenditures totaling $4,865,238.
    Board Chairman Jeff Beckman said that the county is adding $128,703 in carryover funds from the last fiscal year to the new revenues figure, giving the county a total of $4,865,238 in revenues.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Betsy Longhorn Feeling Under the Weather
    Betsy Longhorn is a long-time member, actually the senior member, of the Homestead Critters. She has been with us for 21 years and is at least 22 years old (but doesn’t look a day over 15).
    She has always been shorter in stature than the full-blooded longhorns, because she is part corriante. We had been approached several times over the years by ropers who wanted to buy her for practice. We were told her breed is good for roping.

  • Frogtown News

    Timber MaKay Middleton, daughter of Cody and Lydia (Engel) Middleton was baptized on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Timber’s Godparents are Danielle Chasteen and Mike Wollin.
    Short Visit
    Ben and Amanda Eller, and Mitch Harpster, all of Jackson, Mo., came up on Sunday afternoon to get some things from their grandmother’s house.
    They also visited with their parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Saturday night was 99.

  • St. Elmo News

    Friday, January 22
    • St. Elmo Education Foundation will have its annual soup supper, 5-7 p.m., in the high school cafeteria. The menu includes vegetable soup or chili, peanut butter or chicken salad sandwich or hot dog, dessert and drink for $6 for adults and $4 for children under age 12.
    Sunday, January 23
    • Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Youth Night Breakthru, 6:30 p.m., Freedom Reigns in Christ Church.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Jan. 21)

    VCHS Boys Basketball
    Vandalia opened up the Okawville tournament with a loss to the tournament hosts, 84-59. Okawville carried a 35-24 lead into halftime. The Rockets closed out the game outscoring Vandalia 49-35.
    VA: Marcus Zimmerman 3 2-2 8, Nathan Casey 9 3-4 24, Richie Well 3 2-3 8, Trevor Smalls 2 0-0 4, Kelly Jones 3 2-6 9, Kain DuFaux 2 2-5 6. Totals: 22 (4) 11-21 59. Three-pointers: Casey 3, Jones. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Jones

    VCHS Girls Basketball

  • Honor Rolls

    At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the Fayette County Board approved language changes for the positions of chief deputy and jail administrator in the contract with the Fraternal Order of Police.
    Under the resolution approved by the board, “classification seniority shall cease to accumulate for the period during which any employee holds the chief deputy or jail administrator position.”