Today's News

  • Crop Survey: Corn 41, Beans 21

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau Marketing Committee held its annual crop survey, with six teams of 26 surveyors collecting samples throughout the county.

    The survey showed estimated yields of 41.65 bushels per acre for cor and 21.49 acres for soybeans. Samples ranged from 0-170 bushels for corn and 2-51 bushels for soybeans. In the first photo, Nate Prater shows his team members a soybean sample north of Vandalia. In the second photo, from right, Prater, Paul Ruholl, Tim Brauer and Tim Schaal examine corn samples. Schaal is the marketing committee chairman.

  • Weathering the Drought

    Billowing dust plumes follow farmers’ trucks as they drive the parched gravel roads near Vandalia. And the crops lining those roads clearly illustrate the toll taken by the worst drought in decades.

  • Sutton is among the elite chosen for NASA camp

    Thomas “Tom” Sutton, who completed his freshman year at Vandalia Community High School in the spring, was one of only eight chosen from the state of Illinois to attend the coveted 2012 NASA WINGS Camp.

  • County board talks about several financial issues

    Fayette County’s ongoing issues with its finances were discussed for a couple of reasons at Tuesday’s county board meeting.
    During a finance committee report, board Chairman Steve Knebel said the county continues to struggle with the challenge of meeting payroll without dipping into funds generated through the sale of the county’s coal rights.
    County Treasurer Rose Hoover told the board that the county did not have to take monies from the capital improvement fund for payroll at the end of July.

  • Tuesday fire guts house

    A fire late Tuesday morning caused substantial damage to a Vandalia home.

  • City to consider beer garden request

    The Vandalia City Council is scheduled to act Monday on a request for a beer garden during a special event in the downtown business district this fall.
    The request has been submitted by a group of downtown merchants who are planning a car, truck and cycle show along Gallatin Street on Saturday, Oct. 20.
    The council last week approved the closure of Gallatin Street from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on that day, and they also heard from some of the event organizers.

  • Jenne named county's E911 coordinator

    A St. Peter man who keenly knows how Enhanced 911 will benefit Fayette County residents has been chosen as the county’s E911 coordinator.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council voted to allow para-sailing at Vandalia Lake. The city would have five licenses, with the cost of a license being $500.
    The Vandalia Main Street Program executive board held a public reception for its first program manager, Carole White.
    Alvin and Georgia Meyer of Vandalia were observing their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Lyda Ecke, a longtime resident of Vandalia, was celebrating her 100th birthday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: The Hunt children of Ramsey. They are, front row, from left, Fred, Joe and Stan; and back row, from left, Bo and Ben.
    Identifying them were: Velma Ballard, Gene Etcheson, Elaine Michel, Diane Hortenstine, Betty Cothern, Donna Chrisman and Danny Donaldson.
    This week’s Scrambler:  reeht rae wot sgihnt ot mai ta ni flei; rifts, ot egt twah uyo twan, nad treaf ahtt ot jynoe ti. lyon eht swiets fo nem vaecehi teh nodces.

  • P.G. Donaldson was county storyteller

    I enjoy reading first-hand accounts of what life was like for early Fayette County settlers.
    Presley Garner Donaldson, who was born in Hurricane Township in 1839, is one of my favorite Fayette County storytellers. P.G., as he was called, self-published his down-home stories in 1908 under the title, “Life and Adventures of P.G. Donaldson.” The book was printed at the Jewett Printery in Cowden.
    Following is one of his tales.