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Today's News

  • Governor touts importance of tourism

    Governor Bruce Rauner recently emphasized the role tourism plays in the economic health of Illinois communities at the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau annual meeting and awards luncheon. This year’s theme was “The Power of Tourism.”
    “As the third-largest employer in Illinois, the tourism industry is vital for the state’s economy and has created 20,000 new jobs over the past two years,” Rauner said.

  • Dressed in Seasonal Attire
  • Area volleyball teams knocked out of regionals

    Area volleyball teams saw their seasons come to an end with losses in regional play.
    The Lady Vandals closed out their season with a loss on Monday, and St. Elmo/Brownstown and South Central lost in the second round of regional play on Tuesday.
    Vandalia fell to Central A&M, 20-25, 22-25, in the first round of the regional tournament at Shelbyville on Monday.

  • Vandals face 9-0 Fairfield in postseason play

    A high-powered offense meets a stingy defense – that’s the scenario for the Vandals’ playoff game this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Fairfield.
    Finishing the year with a 6-3 record, the Vandals were designated a No. 15 seed in the southern bracket of the IHSA Class 3A playoffs.
    Their first round opponent is No. 2 seed Fairfield, which finished the regular season undefeated at 9-0.

  • Vandals come up short in shootout

    Within the first 2½ minutes of the Vandalia-Pana matchup at Pana on Friday, fans on both sides of the field realized that they were in for quite a game.

  • Frogtown News

    Installation Service Held
    Two hundred and thirty-one people were in attendance for the installation service of the Rev. Ryan Meyer at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Sunday. A potluck was held following the service.
    He will be preaching his first service on Sunday, with services resuming at 9 a.m.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 157.
    The vacancy pastor was the Rev. Josh Frazee.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Addyson Schaal served as acolyte.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Longhorn Cow-girls …
    … are enjoying the new spurt of green grass since the recent rains.
    Friend Josh brought some new bales of hay to them, so they are being well fed, what with Josh’s good hay and our caring Creator’s contribution of rain and sunshine that makes the pasture grass grow.
    Lady, the little mini-mare, might be gaining a little, but she needs to gain a lot.

  • St. Elmo News

    Announcements
    Thursday, October 26
    • Fayette County Health Dept. flu clinic, 8:30-10:30 a.m., St. Elmo City Hall.
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, October 27
    • Friday is the last day that RNA is collecting items for male and female veterans. Collection box is at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Saturday, October 28
    • Saturday is Royal Neighbors of America #5784 Make a Difference Day.
    Sunday, October 29

  • Merkley pleads, sentenced second time in 2012 case

    A Brownstown man who was sentenced to 10 years in prison five years ago for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, then had his case sent back to Fayette County, last week agreed to a seven-year sentence.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Justin Andrew McNealy
    Vandalia
    Kristy Ann Ballough
    Vandalia
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    James Nicholas Parmenter
    Vandalia
    Kristin Marlene Grove
    Vandalia
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    Joshua Scott Handegan
    Vandalia
    Nikki Lynn Smith
    Vandalia