Today's News

  • Lady Vandals close out season, finish 8-18


  • Vandalia's season ends in heartbreak


  • Frogtown News

    Jeremy and Danielle Chasteen are the parents of a daughter, Elle Meredith, born on Oct. 22, 2015.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces. She was welcomed home by her sister, Claire.
    Grandparents are Andy and Karla Drewes, and Jerry and Connie Chasteen.
    St. Peter’s
    Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 201.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Attending elders were Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne.
    A special guest speaker was seminary student Adam Carnehl, the Adopt-a-Student of the LWML.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    New Coats for Barn Critters
    Baby Bucky Burro, his mama, Madricka, and Lady, the senior mini-horse, are wearing their new winter coats. Lady’s coat is particularly pretty, as she chose a little different color that becomes her. Usually it is sort of a dapple gray, but the dominant color is a shade or two darker this year, and Bill describes it as looking rather like an Appaloosa now.
    Madricka just looks lovely, as always, and baby Buckwheat looks cute and cuddly with his fuzzy new coat.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, October 29
    • The ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant, Litchfield.
    Saturday, October 31
    • St. Elmo Trick-or-Treat Night, 6-8 p.m.
    • Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church parking lot.
    Sunday, November 1
    • Time changes at 2 a.m. on Sunday from Daylight Savings to Standard time; set your clocks BACK one hour.
    • Detour Youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Dana L. Kirkland, 28, Decatur, was arrested on Oct. 26 on a warrant for a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $25,000.
    • Paige L. Lorton, 35, Shelbyville, was arrested on Oct. 26 for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge. Bond was $3,000.
    • Starla D. Hostetler, 44, Pana, was arrested on Oct. 25 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $6,500.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These siblings were born and reared in Fayette County. She is married with two sons, and he has three sons. They have two brothers and two sisters, and both work in the St. Elmo area.

  • Sexting causes moral, legal issues

    Sending a sexual text message that include an inappropriate photo can cause all kinds of problems, especially when the parties involved are underage teens.
    As students at Vandalia Community High School learned last Thursday, nude photos of underage teens are considered child pornography, and both those sending and receiving them are subject to criminal prosecution.

  • The 'Milk War' back in the 1930s

    Several years ago, I was asked by John Goldsmith of Greenville what I knew of the 1920s “Brownstown Milk War.” Up to that time, I had never heard of the “war,” so consulted my local Brownstown expert, the late Ben Forbis, He confirmed that there was such a thing and it took place in the early 1930s.
    I then turned to one of the best sources, back issues of The Vandalia Union. Most newspapers publish a recap of news events throughout the year in a December or January edition. Any kind of “war” was sure to be reported.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Oct. 29

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steak House.
    ✔ 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.