Today's News

  • Expert Service

    Two decades ago, Altamont boyhood friends Troy Poe and Steve Stoldt worked together as mechanics in an Effingham shop.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Hummingbirds Filling Their “Tanks”…
    …for the trip south for the winter.
    Several readers have commented on the increased activity around their hummingbird feeders, filling up with nutrients for their trip to their winter headquarters.
    They are amazing little creatures. One wonders if they make “pit stops” along the way south to refuel their delicate little bodies.
    Homestead Barn Critters Still in Summer Coats

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Amanda Eller and family, in Jackson, Mo.
    On Saturday, the family enjoyed a cookout at the home of Ben, Amanda, Madison, and Dru Eller.
    Those attending were: Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo., and her fiancé Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., and Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, September 13
    • Embarras River District United Methodist Women fall Annual meeting, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Neoga United Methodist Church.

    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Funfest in observance of wine month will be held at the Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James from noon-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. to attend a concert on Saturday; and the normal hours of 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • ROE 3 receives grant for alternative education

    Regional Superintendent of Schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties Julie Wollerman announced that her office was recently awarded two competitive grants to assist in funding ROE 3’s Alternative Education Programs.
    A Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Programs grant was awarded to ROE 3 by the Illinois State Board of Education.
    This is a competitive grant that is awarded on an annual basis, and this is the 20th year that ROE 3 has received this grant to provide services to the at-risk students in the three-county area.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Tabatha L. Sides, 46, 825 Sunset Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 11 for failure to appear in court or pay on a small claims judgment. Bond was $350 cash.
    • Andre D. Odell, 20, 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. G10, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 11 on charges of illegal consumption of alcohol and illegal possession of alcohol. Bond was $1,000, and he was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 13

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, September 15

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two boys, the youngest boys in a family of seven children (three girls and four boys), both served in the military.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Based on an ordinance, water rates for residents of Vandalia were increased by 7.01 percent and sewer rates were hiked by 1.48 percent.
    After hearing residents in the area of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street voice complaints about speeders, the Vandalia City Council agreed to consider making the intersection of Sunset and Fillmore streets a four-way stop.

  • Can Vandalians be called river rats?

    I moved from Vandalia to Springfield in the fall of 1970. It was about this time that I found out we Vandalians, or at least this particular one, are considered "River Rats" by some of the "flatlanders" up north.
    The first time I heard the phrase, I protested! My folks lived on North First Street,  and the Kaskaskia River flowed a short distance from our back yard, but I didn’t think much about it. I knew the river was behind our house somewhere, hidden by the trees, but did not spend time looking for it. A river rat, indeed!