Today's News

  • Planting begins; share the roads

    If you’ve spent any time recently on the back roads of Fayette County, you know what it means to share the road.

  • Gen. Thomas Ransom 'one of the best'

    Thomas Ransom was born on Nov. 29, 1834, in Norwich, Vt., the son of Col. Truman B. Ransom, who, for a time, was president of Norwich University, a liberal arts college with instruction in civil engineering and military science.

  • Museum Open House

    Phil Shroyer (right), a member of the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board of Directors, explains to Todd McKellar the planned improvements for the old Presbyterian Church, which serves as the home of the Fayette County Museum and Artworks Gallery.

    An open house was held at the building on Sunday as part of Historical Vandalia's efforts to raise funds for new wiring, insulation, lights and fans.

  • Museum Visitors

    Betty and John David Greer, center and right, were among the visitors to the open house at the Fayette County Museum on Sunday afternoon.
    Steve Durbin, left, of the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board of Directors explained what has been done to the old Presbyterian Church, and what will be done in the future. John David Greer remembered going to Sunday school in the building as a child.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Corner
    A Sudden, Startling, Blood-Curdling Scream…
    …erupted right at our feet the other night while we were peacefully (and drowsily) watching a TV show, scaring us almost out of our wits and sending Josie, the 12-year-old “puppy” into a frenzy.
    It was just Callie, the (former) woods cat, when she apparently saw some unidentified predator at the patio screen door.

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.
    On Saturday, Mahala gave them a small tour at her job at Land O’ Lakes/Purina Farms. The remainder of the day was spent shopping and visiting a couple of wineries.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, April 4
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, April 5
    • All schools in Fayette County have been contacted for the students to submit art work for the Fayette County Art Show, which starts on Thursday and runs through Monday in the upper level at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. The Fayette County Museum is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

  • Friedel won't seek re-election

    The fact that Stephen Friedel waited until after the primary election to announce whether he would seek re-election is evidence that it’s been a hard decision to him to make.

  • Group OKs Fourth Street plans

    A recommendation was finalized on Monday for streetscape improvements on two blocks of South Fourth Street.
    That meeting also included a brief report regarding one alderman’s proposal for diagonal parking along Gallatin Street.
    Joining city officials in forming the recommendation for improvements to the one-block areas north and south of Gallatin Street were business and building owners in those blocks.

  • City bans loitering on downtown lots

    Two weeks after discussing problems at two city parking lots, Vandalia aldermen banned loitering in those lots, as well as a third city lot
    The ordinance approved by the city council on Monday bans loitering in the lots at the southwest and southeast corners of Fifth and Johnson streets at all times.
    The ordinance states that those two lots may be used by only business owners, employees and customers.