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Today's News

  • Chancey traces family ties to Union vets

    Although the military history of his family goes back to the Revolution, to Commodore Chauncey in the War of 1812 on the Great Lakes and up through most of the wars including current day.

  • Come to Vandalia for good olde tyme

    The Christmas decorations are up, the city's tree is in place at the top of Gallatin Street and the merchants have their stores stocked with all sorts of Christmas presents.
    It's Christmas time in Vandalia!
    This Friday's Olde Tyme Christmas celebration officially kicks off the of the holiday season in Vandalia. Events run from 5-9 p.m. in stores throughout the downtown area. You'll find special pricing, fully stocked shelves and helpful merchants, ready to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured in 1957 at age 20 while he was serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, has lived in Fayette County all his life.

  • School board petitions available at district office

    Nominating petition forms for the April 9, 2013, school board election in Vandalia Community Unit School District No. 203 are now available.
    Forms may be picked up in the office of the board secretary at 1109 N. Eighth St. on any business day, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    A school board candidate’s petition must be filed in the same office between 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, and 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.
    Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the secretary’s office.

  • News Briefs

    St. Peter, rural Farina get 911 addresses

    Fayette County E911 Coordinator Kevin Jenne announced on Tuesday that residents of St. Peter ZIP Code 62880 and rural Farina residences in the 62838 ZIP Code will be receiving letters with their new, official 911 addresses this week.
    The new addresses will replace the rural route box numbers that residents are currently using.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Derick J. Castic, 25, 314 N. Ash St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Nov. 12 for failure to appear in court on traffic charges and in a civil case. Bond was $5,200.
    • Isaiah Fletcher, 23, 1164 Massachusetts, Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Nov. 10 on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $10,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 15

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ 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, November 16

  • Olde Tyme Christmas is Friday

    • Lighting of city Christmas tree – 5 p.m.
    • Downtown merchants open from 5-9 p.m.
    • Vandalia Statehouse open from 5-8 p.m.
    • Chestnuts roasting over an open fire
    • Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at Something Special Florist
    • Story time at Evans Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

  • Hattie Anderson turns 100 years old

    Hattie Anderson, who was born on Nov. 12, 1912, now lives at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care.

  • Veterans Day

    Programs in Fayette County over the weekend paid tribute to this country's veterans.

    First photo: David Cox and Richard Lowe retire the American flag at the St. Elmo American Legion Post's Veterans Memorial. Second photo: Brownstown High School choral students (from left) Lakin Evans, Hannah Koehler, Krystyn Fitch, Caitlyn Reeter and Sydney Rosborough perform in "A Musical Salute to Veterans." Third photo: Brad Brannon stands at attention at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 program in Vandalia.