Today's News

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene Jett
    Now that the heat wave and drought have broken, the Evergreen Outreach gathering  was back at First United Methodist Church on Monday. However, make note, next week we will be back at FCH Long Term Care.

  • If our identity is rooted in Christ, it changes everything

    A few days ago, I went to a local store to pick up a few things. As I was leaving, I heard young voices saying, "Mr. Dave, Mr. Dave." I walked on, but they got louder and more intense. I turned, waved and said "Hi."

  • Patoka's Community Day of Caring

    ExxonMobil employees joined hands with volunteers in the community for the fourth annual Community Day of Caring in Patoka last Friday.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    In Response to “Critter” Inquiries
    Yes, Katy (the black Lab/blue heeler mix puppy) is growing like a weed and at present seems to be all legs.
    She is 16 weeks old this week, is looking good with a shiny coat. She had gained 4 more pounds prior to her doctor’s visit last week, is lively and playful, wags her tail a lot and is scheduled to visit her gynecologist in the not-too-far future for the recommended voluntary surgery and rabies shot. She is up to date an all other procedures, shots and tests.

  • Frogtown News

    Matthew and Tina Benning of St. Peter are the parents of twin daughters, born on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.
    Ella Karyne weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 18 inches long, and Kaly Grace weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 17 ½ inches long.
    They are welcomed home by their big brother, Marcus, age 3.
    Grandparents are Carl and Karen Benning, Carol Oliver, and Gary and Beth Emerick.
    Visit Parents

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, Aug. 8
    • The summer reading program will have a program at 1 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library – the Troy Roark Glow-in-the Dark Juggling Show.
    Thursday, Aug. 9
    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
    Friday, Aug. 10

  • Water Tower Rescue

    Vandalia Police Department Sgt. Jeff Ray scales to the top of the city's water tower atop Thrill Hill last Tuesday to check on an employee of Hurst-Roche Engineers who encountered medical problems while inspecting the tower and was unable to climb down the tower ladder.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Rachel Engel of Farina was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair. Jaida Etcheson won the Little Miss Fayette County competition.
    Brad Horner of Vandalia received a state proficiency award in sheep production.

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – The Vandalia City Council approved a plan to extend Sunset Drive south from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street. The project estimate was $183,000.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken 64 years ago in 1948, shows five brothers who grew up in Ramsey.

  • Gov. Reynolds' book recorded state's history

    As a volunteer interpreter at the Vandalia Statehouse, it is my job to relate the story of Vandalia during the years it served as Illinois’ capital, 1819-1839, and of Vandalia's current capitol building, built in 1836.