Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Name That (Wild) Bird!
    The last few days, we have noticed tiny little birds flying around the Homestead and the lane. They are small, like wild canaries, are in flocks, as canaries fly. But they don’t seem to have the bright colors. They don’t come close enough to get a really good look at them, but seem very tiny.
    The little hummingbirds (all two of them), Rufus and Alice, are hitting the feeder pretty hard. We wonder if they are preparing to go back home early this year.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, August 23
    • The Illinois Home and Community Education Districts 6-7’s annual meeting will be held at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn. Registration will be from 9-9:30 a.m.
    Friday, August 24
    • St. Elmo Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. in the home of Mark and Jennie Ann Heischmidt. Anyone interested in helping save the Elmo Theater is welcome to attend. Those attending can take a dish to share; meat will be provided.

  • News Briefs

    All-School Reunion banquet is Sept. 22

    Reservations are now being accepted for the banquet being held as part of the Vandalia Community High School All-School Reunion.
    The reunion is held during the VCHS homecoming weekend, with the banquet set for the evening of Saturday, Sept. 22.
    A social hour with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., and dinner is from 6:30-8 p.m.

  • Marriage licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Gordon Ray Thacker
    Mulberry Grove
    Carolyn Faye Taylor
    Chad Edward Combs
    St. Elmo
    Angela Renae Kistler
    St. Elmo
    Sheldon Dean Satterthwaite Jr.
    Allison Jo Brunk
    Dale Laverne Colclasure
    Janie Rae Lagow
    Jacob Lee Nalley

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Codie M. Barker, 21, 627 N. First St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 20 for failure to appear in court on a charge of operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,000.
    • Jose C. Marti, 38, Orlando, Fla., was arrested on Aug. 20 on a Kankakee County warrant for driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $5,000.
    • Steven D. Cox, 34, Decatur, was arrested on Aug. 20 for failure to appear in court on felony and traffic charges. Bond was $13,000, and he was turned over to the Illinois Department of Corrections on an IDOC warrant.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 23

    ✔ 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, August 24

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This little boy is now 78 years old. He has lived in Fayette and Bond counties his entire life.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Judge Dennis Middendorff of Carlyle denied a motion filed by attorneys for convicted murderer Stuart Heaton that asked for new DNA tests on evidence from the 1991 murder scene.
    WARECO employees Stacy Younker and Cody Miller prevented a disaster when they quickly extinguished a fire at one of the gas pumps at the station on West Gallatin Street.
    Merle and Georgi Adermann of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

  • Cunningham survived capture by Indians

    Phebe Tucker and Thomas Cunningham were married at Prickett’s Fort on the Monongalia River in April 1776.
    As a young family, they settled near Thomas’ brother, Edward Cunningham, with their log cabins being 60 feet apart on Bingamon Creek. The nearest settlement was 10 miles away.

  • New water source worth considering

    With the Kaskaskia River shrinking to a trickle and Vandalia Lake levels dropping due to this summer’s drought, it’s a prime time to think about alternative water sources. Add to those woes the ongoing problems the city has had keeping its river intake functioning, and the possibility of another source is particularly attractive.