Today's News

  • Grace Kurtz funeral showed her status

     We were sitting at my kitchen table when I told my friend, Dale Reeves, that he was allowing me a rare opportunity. Dale had placed a small photo album in front of me containing pictures taken by the late Edith Hausmann that he had purchased at an antique store.

  • Keep harvest safe for farmers, others

    Area farmers have been through the wringer because of this year’s historic drought and blistering heat during July and August. But they have one more hurdle to negotiate before they can put the 2012 crop year behind them.
    They must safely harvest their crops.

  • News Briefs

    Museum seeks yard sale donations

    The Fayette County Museum is seeking donations of items for the yard sale it will hold on Saturday, Sept. 29, during the Grande Levée and Harvest Fest.
    Donations may be dropped off at the museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday of next week, and between 1 and 4 p.m. this Satuday.

    Second Fun Fest set for Oct. 6

  • Fatal wreck near St. Peter

    A Louisville woman died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident near St. Peter on Sunday afternoon.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Laura K. Schnautz, 48, was driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla north on Ill. Route 185, about two miles east of St. Peter, and continued north on a gravel field road when her vehicle left the roadway on the right and struck a concrete culvert.
    The accident occurred at about 1 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Anthony D. Kuck, 19, Greenville, was arrested on Sept. 18 for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of cannabis. Bond was $7,500.
    • Cynthia D. Palmer, 38, Kinmundy, was arrested on Sept. 18 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • John J. Miles, 33, 237 N. West St., Brownstown, was arrested on Sept. 18 for failure to appear in court in Kendall and LaSalle counties. Bond was $4,108.

  • Mayor urges support of Legion's flag project

    About a year and a half after they lined Gallatin Street with American flags, members of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 noticed that the flags need to be replaced.
    Vandalia’s mayor encouraged the public on Monday to support the Post 95 project through which flags are displayed on Gallatin in good-weather months.
    Rick Gottman said at Monday’s city council meeting that the Legion is accepting donations for the flags, which cost $35 each.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 20

    ✔ 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, September 21

  • Jeff Bradley helps VFW, become Eagle Scout

    Jeff Bradley became a member of the Boy Scouts of America 11 years ago. He is 17 now, a senior at Vandalia Community High School and an Eagle Scout.
    Bradley has earned the required 21 merit badges, and for his Eagle project, he provided a new sign for the Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

  • Fire department options spelled out at meeting

    The future funding and operations options for the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department became more clear at a meeting on Saturday.

  • New school budget includes deficit

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday passed a budget for the current school year that shows a $1.58-million deficit in the four operating accounts over which the board has spending control.
    And even though the district still has a balance of $3.82 million in the bank to help it bridge the funding gaps, the state requires any districts in a deficit spending situation to develop a “deficit-reduction plan” to work its way out of the shortfall.