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Today's News

  • St. Elmo News
  • Tractor Sunday at Augsburg
  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Klan in Fayette County

    In May 1923, the Ramsey News-Journal newspaper reported that seven hooded Knights of the Ku Klux Klan entered the Christian church at Herrick and presented the pastor with $50 for the church building fund.

  • Be safe during eclipse

    We will experience a rare natural eclipse next Monday, when the moon gets between the earth and sun, and casts a shadow over the earth.
    In this part of the country, the eclipse will begin shortly before noon and end at roughly 2:44 p.m., with the maximum eclipse being about 1:20 p.m.
    It will, indeed, be quite a sight to see ... but one that can only be viewed by taking precautions.
    The National Aeronautics and Space Agency provides the following safety guidelines:

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Rachel Engel of Farina was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair. Jaida Etcheson won the Little Miss Fayette County competition.
    Brad Horner of Vandalia received a state proficiency award in sheep production.

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – The Vandalia City Council approved a plan to extend Sunset Drive south from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street. The project estimate was $183,000.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The three boys in this photo, which was taken about 50 years ago, were raised in Brownstown, but all now live in the Vandalia area.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kenya D. Randall, 38, Baltimore, Md., was arrested on Aug. 14 on charges of possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver 30-500 grams, possession of less than 500 grams of cannabis, obstructing justice and open alcohol in public. No bond amount was listed.
    • Stepfon A. Hawkins, 31, Baltimore, Md., was arrested on Aug. 14 on charges of possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver 30-500 grams, possession of less than 500 grams of cannabis and driving without a license. No bond amount was listed.

  • No funding, but school starts

    As the Vandalia School District began a new school year on Wednesday morning, district officials were waiting to see if state legislators could agree on a plan to begin releasing state funds to schools.
    Because legislators had yet to agree on a funding mechanism that would allow the release of General State Aid payments, Vandalia and other districts had not received the first GSA payment last week.
    The second GSA payment is scheduled for next Tuesday.

  • A New School Year