Today's News

  • Gottman wins re-election; Myers wins in St. Elmo

    Ricky Gottman won a fourth term as Vandalia’s mayor, taking a little more than 58 percent of the vote in defeating challenger Brian J. Stout.

  • Unofficial Fayette County Vote Totals

    Ricky J. Gottman-739
    Brian J. Stout-531

    City Clerk
    Peggy Bowen-1,150

    Ward I-Jerry Swarm-130
    Ward II-Dorothy Crawford-247
    Ward III-Mike Hobler-276
    Ward IV-John A. Lester-436

    ST. ELMO
    H.L. “Ernie” Myers-303
    Larry R. Tish-137
    Dennis R. Riley-4

    City Clerk
    Patricia L. Mathis-391

    City Treasurer
    Mary E. Magnus-398


  • Gottman wins re-election; Myers wins in St. Elmo

    Mayor Ricky Gottman won a fourth term as mayor, defeating Brian J. Stout, 633-465.I

    In St. Elmo, Ernie Myers defeated incumbent Larry Tish, 278-118, to win the mayoral race.


  • Mayoral Questionnaire-Brian J. Stout

    Occupation: Insurance claims adjuster.
    Education: Attended Indiana Bible College and Vale National Claims School and graduate of Kaskaskia College and Missouri Auction School.
    Family: Wife, Chelsea; and two daughters, ages 2½ and 1.
    Church, club memberships: Metro Community Church.
    Offices held in past, elected and otherwise: N/A
    Why did you decide to run for office?

  • Mayoral Questionnaire-Ricky J. Gottman

    Occupation: Director of facilities and support services of Fayette County Hospital (35 years); mayor of the city of Vandalia (12 years); and chief deputy coroner of Fayette County (21 years).

  • Brownstown Library plans activities, events

    Several exciting upcoming events are planned at the Brownstown Branch Library, and even those sho don’t have a library card, come and join in the fun.
    On Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m., the public is invited to a jewelry-making class led by Leah Washburn. Take any material you would like to use and find how to make it into something lovely to wear or gift.
    There are big changes coming to the Brownstown Branch Library with a makeover. Therefore, the library will be closed April 22-26 to accomplish all the changes needed to update and upgrade.

  • Marquardt, Patterson win Idol titles

    The final night of Vandalia Idol saw two Vandalia Idols chosen.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Star is No Longer Earthbound
    We lost our little feathered friend recently. Star, the little white dove who had brought so many enjoyable moments to our lives, outstretched fanned out her pretty wings for the final time the eve of spring and left a real void at her window.
    She was 18½ years old and had been with us all of her life. When she first came to the Homestead, we also had Angel, the ring-neck dove, and we placed their large cages side by side in the big window.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, April 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    At last, the daffodils were up and the sun was shining as we held our Evergreen Outreach meeting on Monday. Everyone was ready and happy to be together again, since we were snowed out last week by 12 inches of snow. Whew – glad that is over!
    Sharing our faith through prayer, scripture and song made it a glorious meeting. The nice lobby/living room of Vandalia Rehabilitation was packed! Beulah Brown tried to pull a fast April fool’s joke and made everyone look outside when she exclaimed it was raining! Tsk, tsk.