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Today's News

  • County Board hears Extension, 4-H presentations

    The Fayette County Board last Tuesday heard a presentation on the University of Extension and the Fayette County 4-H program.

  • Soroptimists now taking banquet reservations

    The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, April 12, at Days Inn in Vandalia, at 6:30 p.m.
    Reservations should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth at 283-2989 or 267-7637 no later than Monday, April 8. Limited seating is available, so those planning to attend are encourage to make reservations early.
    The local Soroptimist Club is honoring three women in the Soroptimist International of America programs.

  • Working on a history book

    The Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society (FCGHS) is hard at work compiling information for the publication of a history of Fayette County.
    The book will include family histories, plus histories of the county, communities, churches, schools and organizations.
    Book history will start at about 1800 and continue through to the present.
    “The family histories will be written by families with Fayette County connections. This will set it apart from books written by one individual,” said Judy Brazle, book committee chairperson.

  • In Uniform

    A1C Matthew Hoffman
    Matthew Hoffman graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas on Dec. 27, 2012.

    Hoffman was then stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas for eight weeks, and he came home on leave on March 8.
    A munition system apprentice, he is now stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.
    Hoffman is the son of Jeff and Lori Hoffman, and Stephanie Hoffman, and the grandson of Linda Schulte, Brenda Burtschi and Bob Hoffman.
     

  • Births

    Aiken Aden Gary Emerick
    Lucas and Sally Emerick are the parents of a son born at 11:55 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Card Shower

    Evelyn A. (Chatham) Talbott
    A card shower has been requested for Evelyn A. (Chatham) Talbott, who celebrated her 88th birthday on Wednesday, March 20.

    She is the mother of Dennis Chatham and his wife Linda, Darlene and her husband Allen Caylor, and Dianne Richards.
    For those wishing to send cards, her address is: 1019 N. Fourth St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • 100th Anniversary

    In 1913, there was a Home Study Circle and Woman’s Club in Vandalia, among other clubs.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This photo shows a team that participated in the Vandalia men's softball league nearly 40 years ago.
     

  • Support the band; go to the concert

    Music is a special thing. It moves the soul and touches us in ways that few other things can.
    When it’s well taught, it creates unique learning experiences that cannot be duplicated in other areas of our educational system. And it instills an appreciation for music that will go with our students for a lifetime.
    In the Vandalia School District, we currently are in the enviable position of having strong instructors who are imparting the musical skills and passion to our students.

  • Children tell Sarah Washburn's story

    Sarah Washburn died at her home in Otego Township on a Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 1896, in the 63rd year of her life.
    An obituary, published in The Vandalia Union newspaper, told that she was born in the state of Virginia on Sept. 12, 1833, and came to this county as a young woman. She was three times left a widow, was the mother of six children and stepmother to as many more.