.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Christmases (long) Past….
    …No, not the Charles Dicken’s “Scrooge” kind of memories, but pleasant … or at least not terrible ones.
    I was probably just about 4years old for my earliest ones. We lived in Vandalia, on South First street, just about two houses away from the railroad tracks and on the east side of the street.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Graduation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the graduation of their daughter, Mahala Harpster, from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Saturday, Dec. 17.
    She received a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agri-business.
    Others attending the graduation were Mitch and Gretchen Harpster, Amanda Eller and Nathan Jacquin. Following the ceremony, the family dined at Shogun Japanese restaurant in Cape Girardeau.
    St. Peter Church

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Dec. 21
    • The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 6 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    Saturday, Dec. 24
    • The First Church of God will have a candlelight come-and-go Communion from 5-7 p.m.
    • The First United Methodist Church will have a candlelight come-and-go Communion from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Freedom Reigns in Christ Church will have a Communion service at 6:30 p.m.
    • The St. Elmo Christian Church will have a candlelight Communion service at 6 p.m.

  • Aid sought for Lincoln School

    Last year, the Vandalia Park District Board asked the Corbell-Denny Memorial Foundation to allow the Cub Scout Pack and other Scout groups, as needed, to transfer their meetings and activities to Lincoln School.
    Due to questions about the safety and building structural soundness of Evans Scout House – the result of log deterioration and termite damage for several years – the park district wanted to eliminate any potential problems for the Scouts by finding them a safer home, while a final decision on the future of the Scout House is being made.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 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, December 23

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at St. Elmo Elementary School. All individuals presenting themselves as donors will receive a long-sleeve American Red Cross T-shirt.

  • Vandalia Police Dec. 22, 2011

    Dec. 8
    • Jeff Burnam, 402 W. Jackson St., reported at 8:01 p.m. that his vehicle had been egged. No damage was reported.
    • An officer took a complaint at 3:43 p.m. of a mailbox being damaged at 220 N. Adams St.
    • Officers were called to an apartment in the 1500 block of North Eighth Street for a report of a domestic dispute and possible child abuse. The Department of Children & Family Services was notified of the complaint.
    • Two warning tickets were issued, one for speeding and one for improper display of a license plate.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log Dec. 22, 2011

    • Stacey L. Armstrong, 43, Effingham, was arrested on Dec. 19 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. Bond was $5,000.
    • James W. Berner, 31, 214 N. Superior St., Ramsey, was arrested on Dec. 19 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $200 cash.
    • Donald W. Britton, 50, Springfield, was arrested on Dec. 19 for failure to appear in court on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $5,000.

  • Stombaugh family donating cemetery sign

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to accept a memorial for a former fire chief that will also serve as a permanent sign for Vandalia’s two main cemeteries.

  • New school levy with 4.76-percent increase approved Tuesday

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved a tax levy request of $3,985,340 at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Those funds were estimated using a tax levy rate of $5.18 per $100 of assessed valuation, which is down slightly from last year’s rate of $5.26.
    The requested tax funds reflect an aggregate levy increase of 4.76 percent. The taxable Equalized Assessed Valuation in the district is anticipated to rise by 4.98 percent – from $99,277,014 in 2010 to $104,224,962 in 2011.

  • Rogers couple gets service dog for young girl

    Sophia is a disabled little 5-year-old girl who has spinal muscular atrophy and has asked for a service dog through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.