Today's News

  • Mo Bandy Plays For Woolsey Brothers' Customers

    Herb Woolsey, left, is pictured with musician Mo Bandy, who performed at Woolsey Brothers Farm Supply's 51st annual customer appreciation lunch and dinner on March 1.

    More than 650 guests participated in the event, which included a business report from Woolsey, a meal catered by Good Old Days restaurant in Brownstown and entertainment by Bandy and his band.

  • How we stacked up

    The Illinois Field Office of National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2011 county estimates for corn and soybeans.
    Farmers in Woodford County led the way in corn yields, with an average of 186.5 bushels per acre, the highest in the state. That was more than 29 bushels above the state average of 157.
    Fayette County registered an average corn yield of 137.9 bushels per acre.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Karen Redfern
    What a beautiful day for EO on Monday. The weather was 75 degrees as we entered Wesley Hall. Pianist Donna Smith greeted us  with some wonderful piano tunes.
    Birthdays recognized were Andri Hulskotter and Christina Penny, Robert Wagner, Mary Woolsey, Carl Rhodes, Randy Schukar and Pat Rhodes.
    After folks from Vandalia Rehab, FAYCO, Long Term Care and others were assembled,  the program was presented by the Rev. Jim Fackler. He reflected on the Lenten season, focusing on what Jesus did.

  • Church Briefs

    Game dinner to raise archery funds  

    Nimrod Outdoor Ministries is hosting a free wild game dinner on March 27 at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church.
    The event will be a fundraiser for the youth archery ministry. Included will be door prizes, raffles and an auction. The grand prize is a new Diamond bow and tree stand package.
    Dinner will be a free-will offering. All proceeds will be used for new equipment for the youth ministry program.
    For information, call Tony Flowers at 337-967-4482.

    Lenten Luncheons

  • Embracing balance is God's model for our lives

    Have you ever had the feeling of being completely overwhelmed?  Maybe overwhelmed by work or school. Maybe you feel more like a taxicab than a mom. Maybe you’re losing sleep at night as you constantly cram for tests or are writing papers for school. Have you ever felt like your life is chaotic and out of balance?
    The reality is we all have – and it is something that each  one of us can wrestle with on an ongoing basis.
    Look at what Job said: “I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:26)

  • Sam Flowers splits his time at two Liberty businesses

    As we continue on our tour of Downtown Vandalia’s stores and business opportunities, we visit Liberty Trading Store, which deals in coins and guns, and talk to Sam Flowers, who is multi-talented and “can do about anything he sets his mind to do.” That quote was not from Sam, who is more modest and quiet-spoken, but from others who know and work with him.
    Liberty Trading & Sam
    The son of Tony and Teresa Flowers, Sam grew up in Vandalia and graduated from Vandalia Community High School.

  • Primary election is Tuesday

    When they go to the polls next Tuesday, Fayette County voters won’t have many decisions to make. And of those, none will be at the local level.
    There are no Fayette County races in the primary election, during which county residents will choose party nominees for the November general election.
    County officer positions up for election this year include state’s attorney, circuit clerk, coroner and regional superintendent of schools.
    Also this year, all 14 seats – two in each of the county’s seven districts – are up for election.

  • Keeping Up Appearances

    As they reviewed the latest request for Tax Increment Financing assistance, members of the city’s TIF advisory heard about the possibility of using some TIF funds to revive a downtown enhancement project.
    The TIF advisory committee meeting was called to look over a request submitted by Will Baldock for planned improvements to the property that formerly housed the Star service station.

  • Addressing work for 911 done

    The committee charged with the implementation of 911 phone service in Fayette County has reached a milestone.
    And that committee remains hopeful that it can meet its goal of having the emergency phone service available by late next year.
    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel, who also serves as the chairman of the county’s 911 committee, announced at Tuesday’s county board meeting that the committee has turned over all of its addressing information to the U.S. Postal Service.

  • News Briefs

    VCHS play is this Friday, Saturday

    The annual Vandalia Community High School play will be performed at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday in the VCHS gym.
    This year's play is "The Perils of Lulu."
    Admission is $3 for students and $4 for adults.

    OUR PLACE still taking cards

    OUR PLACE Youth Center is still accepting all types of used cards.
    Being accepted are Christmas, birthday, thank you, sympathy and get well cards.