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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Haron Denton, 35, 1826 W. Jefferson St., Apt. 3, Vandalia, was arrested on March 19 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond information was listed.
    • Christopher R. Lindley, 20, 1556 Newport Road, Mulberry Grove, was arrested on March 19 on charges of reckless driving and illegal consumption of alcohol. Bond was $2,000.
    • William A. Sides, 32, 1229 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 19 on a warrant for escape. Bond was $5,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 22

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, March 23

    ✔ Alternative Education Programs classes will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for school improvement.

  • Seeking Help with ID's

    local residents in identifying individuals who appear in this photo, which Harrison believes was taken in 1894-95.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Homestead Address Change…for  the Chicken Roost, That is
    The girls, Blackie and Rhonda (hens), moved over the weekend from the little pen to the big chicken pen with an adjoining suite, complete with two roosts of different altitudes, rain-proof roof  (and drop-side-walls when needed), elevated water pan (to keep dirt out of their water when scratching for bugs) and their favorite nest for laying eggs, which is an old foot tub/bucket.
    They both would rather use it than the nice plastic, pretty pink crate we had bought for them.  

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Tuesday and Wednesday last week in Gray Summit, Mo., with daughter Mahala.
    On Tuesday evening, they were dinner guests of Dale, Donna, Nathan and Nick Jacquin of Washington, Mo. On Wednesday, they finished unpacking and taking care of unfinished business.
    Mahala began her new job on Thursday at Purina Farms.
    Community Breakfast …
    … is Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran School gym, from 7-10 a.m., sponsored by St. Peter Community Pride Committee.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 22
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sunday, March 25
    • The Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches will have a Lenten service at 4 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church on Avena Road. The speaker will be the Rev. John Eisfelder of St. Elmo First United Methodist Church.
    Monday, March 26
    • The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Fayette County Extension Office, Vandalia.

  • Opening of cheese shop is the realization of a dream

    The walk down Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia to visit the new businesses continues with Cathy Sanders in her Liberty Old Towne Cheese Shop and the adjoining Lamp of Liberty Coffee and Ice Cream Shop.

  • Senior Spotlight: Alex Henna

    Senior catcher Alex Henna showed off her strong arm on Monday, throwing out several runners in key situations during an 8-5 loss to Lincolnwood.

    One of those throws squashed a rally from the Lady Lancers.

    “She threw out at least two runners (today),” Buscher said. “On one, she blocked the pitch, picked it up and still threw her out.

    “It could have been a nightmare, but we got out of it because of her great play.”

  • State way behind on funds to schools

    Eight months into the fiscal year, the Vandalia Community School District has received only one of the quarterly categorical payments from the state. That amounts to a shortfall of about $500,000 in funding for items such as transportation, special education and the food program.
    Additionally, the district has received no state funds for the Pre-K program that it reintroduced this year.
    In the vocational area, the district has received only one of the four annual payments.

  • Loitering ban on city lots planned

    The Vandalia City Council took action to prohibit loitering on a downtown parking lot, then discussed at length taking the same action for two city lots.