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Today's News

  • Durbin donates to Patoka FFA

    Durbin Vet Clinic recently donated $528 to the Patoka FFA chapter. The donation was made possible by a Pfizer Animal Health program.

  • Frogtown News

    Death
    Helen Stine, 90, of Brownstown, died on Sept. 22. The funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Thursday of last week.
    Benefit
    Several people from St. Peter attended the benefit for Rita Siemer, mother of Amy Reiss of St. Peter, in Sigel on Saturday.
    Among those attending were Dane and Belinda Harpster, Larry and Sue Urban, Jed and Lori Goeckner, Shannon Brauer, Robbi Meade, John and Judy Schnarre, Leland and Amy Reiss, and Braden Will.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 190.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky, the (adorable) Little Donkey …
    … enjoyed the weekend very much, as the great-grandchildren from Decatur were on the Homestead over the weekend, and spent a lot of their time petting him.
    When he would see one (or more) kids coming towards his barn, he would run to his window and stick his head out to be petted. He especially enjoyed running alongside his fence, racing with Gage.
    He looked very debonair and handsome in his new, red halter and beautiful long ears, as Emily, Cheyenne, Savannah and Austin petted him and talked to him.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, October 3
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, October 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club members will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides to the Happy Hollow Pumpkin Patch and Summer Breeze Winery, both south of St. Elmo. The first stop will be at the pumpkin patch; club business meeting and refreshments will be at the winery.

  • Vandalia's mysterious cupola building

     I like mysteries. One of the longest-running unanswered Vandalia mysteries for me has centered around the "Anthenaeum," a capitol-era theatre facing the public square from its location on Fourth Street.

  • Leiken wins regional title by one stroke

    Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken won the girls regional tournament at Effingham Country Club on Wednesday, shooting an 81 to win by one stroke.

    Competing individually, Leiken just inched past St. Anthony's Miranda Rohlfing to earn medalist honors. She placed third in her regional last season.

    On Monday, Leiken will play at the Teutopolis Sectional, which is also being played at Effingham C.C.

    Full result of her regional can be found here: http://center.ihsa.org/reports/gog94265.htm

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This father and son were pictured 35 years ago.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A large crowd was on hand for the unveiling of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s new welcome sign.
    Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
    The Fayette County Board agreed to get estimates on work needed on the county courthouse.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik reported that 16 memorial trees had been purchased for the lawn of the county courthouse and jail.

  • MGFPD sets two informational meetings

    The Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District will hold two public meetings in the near future to inform area residents about its plans to expand its boundaries.
    The informational meetings scheduled are:
    • Saturday, Oct. 13 – Bethel Baptist Church, 5 p.m.,
    • Saturday, Oct. 20 – Bear Grove Township building in Hagarstown, 5 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar said the district began the process of expanding its boundaries about being requested to do so by people living in rural areas.

  • Long-time Crossing Guard Honored

    The city of Vandalia on Monday honored Linda England, who has served as a school crossing guard for 16 years.

    England recently resigned due to health reasons. Presenting England, center, with a plaque at Monday's city council meeting were Police Chief Larry Eason, left, and Mayor Ricky Gottman.