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Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Sausage Supper
    The annual sausage supper, hosted by the Men of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. in the school gym.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Saturday night was 215. Attendance on Sunday was 79.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz. Luke Bergmann served as acolyte.
    Elders were Reggie Grandt and Jay Rothe.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Coleen Blomberg
    -Gladys Graumenz
    -Leann Hardiek
    -Clyde King

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 24
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, January 26
    • The Clothes Closet, now located in the First United Methodist Church parsonage, 9 a.m.-noon.
    Sunday, January 27
    • After the First United Methodist Church morning worship, there will be a birthday potluck in the Fellowship Hall. Tables will be decorated in monthly themes. Also, there will be a dessert auction.

  • Huddle House restaurant to open near Holiday Inn

    The couple behind a restaurant coming to Vandalia next summer are no strangers to the community.

  • Wildlands Outdoor Equipment Ribbon Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Friday at Wildlands Outdoor Equipment, which shares a storefront with D&S IT Solutions at 422 W. Gallatin St.

    Owned by Mat Hanabarger, center, the business sells camping and hiking equipment, plus military surplus items. 

  • D&S IT Solutions Ribbon Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Friday at D&S IT Solutions.

    Located at 422 W. Gallatin St., the business offers sales, service, networking and repair for all Windows-based computers – laptops, desktops, tablets or servers. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The owners of the business are Nathan Dothager and Cody Scott, second from left and third from left.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three young people from Vandalia are pictured in 1954.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – U.S. Rep. Dick Durbin (D-Springfield) held his first town meeting in Fayette County since picking up all of this county through a redrawing of congressional district boundaries. The town meeting drew about 50 people.
    H. Edward Smith, a former employee of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), visited with students of Vandalia Junior High School.
    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harner of rural St. Elmo were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan 23.

  • Names of Fayette County towns have story

    Nearly 20 years ago, I compiled a list of Fayette County towns, villages and neighborhoods. My main source for the list was back issues of "Fayette Facts," where, in addition to information on schools, churches and cemeteries for each township, various place names within the township were listed. Many of the villages have long since disappeared.

  • Openness at VCC helps public see challenges there

    For most area residents, the only view of the Vandalia Correctional Center is the one they get from driving past on Ill. Route 51.
    From that vantage point, they can see the fences, the buildings and the 1,500-acres of land on which the facility is located. They may occasionally observe inmates in the exercise area, when the weather allows. But those superficial glimpses are about the extent of the contact most residents have with the county’s largest employer.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • A 17-year-old Vandalia youth was arrested on Jan. 22 on a charge of burglary. No bond information was listed on the arrest log.
    • Richard G. Jacques, 47, 312 N. Oak St., Farina, was arrested on Jan. 21 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500, and he was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Brian E. Mathrusse, 24, Roy, Utah, was arrested on Jan. 23 for failure to appear on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle. Bond was $2,500.