Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This photo, taken in 1963 or 1964, shows three siblings. The older girl now lives in Ramsey. The younger girl lives in Kentucky. And the boy farms in rural Ramsey.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Plans were explained for the Deken Sports Park complex being planned in St. Elmo. Included in the plans are three baseball/softball diamonds.
    FAYCO Enterprises held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new 14,500-square-foot addition in Vandalia.
    Under a plan presented by Sheriff Michael Kleinik, memorial trees were to be planted on the grounds of the Fayette County Courthouse.
    The Vandalia Tourism Commission announced plans for its fall Corn Day festival, a celebration like those held in Vandalia 50 years earlier.

  • KC Phase II opens new opportunities

    The dream of continued growth at the Vandalia campus of Kaskaskia College moved one step closer to reality with last week’s unveiling of the college’s plans for Phase II of the project.
    It’s an exciting next step for the campus, which opened with the 22,000-square-foot Simma-Kelly Education Building in 2008. Prior to that, the college operated out of rented facilities in Vandalia.

  • Furniture maker Otto Bouc made replicas

    Back in the mid-1930, as Illinois historians and architects worked to restore the offices in the Vandalia Statehouse to look the way they did in the days of Lincoln, a search was underway to identify original pieces for placement in the historic building.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Katy’s Convalescence Going Well
    Bill’s puppy, Katy, underwent elective surgery (spayed) last Thursday at Dr. B’s and all went well. Dr. Hemker and all the girls gave her tender, loving care and they reported that she was really a “good girl.”
    Because of the heavy rains, soaked grass, and mud, she is confined right now to the screened-in back porch, but as she was to take it easy for a few days, that is working out OK, too.

  • Frogtown News

    Christopher Aiden Pontious, son of Adam and Julie Pontious, was baptized on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Salem Lutheran Church.
    Weekend Visitors
    Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo., and her fiancé, Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., spent the weekend with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Visit Nursing Home
    Belinda and Mahala Harpster visited Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center on Sunday. They took Mahala’s Dalmatian, Norman, to visit the residents.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, September 6
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of HCE, 1:30 p.m.,
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, September 7
    • A benefit for 5-year-old Jack Nall, son of Rob and Laura Nall, will be held at Friendship Manor Nursing Home, which is seeking donations of baked goods and craft items to sell and/or cash donations for the Nall family.

  • Patoka's Labor Day Celebration

    The village of Patoka offered a wide variety of activities and attractions over the weekend as part of its Labor Day Celebration.

    In the first photo, Mary Ann Hinkel calls out the numbers for bingo on Saturday afternoon. The village's holiday schedule was altered by heavy rain on Saturday; the second photo shows celebration attendees running for cover as a storm arrives on Saturday afternoon.

  • Hitchin' Post offers a wide variety on its menu

    Though the sound of the horses’ hooves and stagecoach wheels turning have faded long ago into our heritage and history, the stories and memories handed down through the ages have preserved at least a glimpse into those days.

  • Water hike a possibility

    Vandalia residents could see their water and sewer bills increasing by about 2 percent in the coming year.
    That’s if the city council agrees to let a city ordinance automatically kick in a rate increase for water service.
    In presenting the city’s audit for the past fiscal year, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. gave the council on Tuesday figures on the city’s water and sewer expenses for the year ending April 30.