Today's News

  • 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.

  • Locked car doors prevent break-ins

    The Vandalia Police Department has reported handling numerous reports of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks. But, in most of those cases, the perpetrators didn’t actually have to break into the vehicles.
    Addressing the Vandalia City Council on Monday night, VPD Sgt. Jeff Ray said that some residents are not making it difficult for criminals to steal their property.
    “With almost every vehicle break-in, the vehicle was unlocked,” Ray said.

  • Alderman wants more effort on notices of hearings

    As the Vandalia City Council made mention of an upcoming Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting, one alderman said he’d like city officials to consider putting a little more effort into informing residents of proposed zoning changes.
    But, another alderman said he thinks that that would be a waste of time and money.
    During Monday’s council meeting, an Aug. 22 zoning board hearing on a special use permit request filed by Margaret Summann and her father, Charles R. Sharp, was mentioned.

  • City asks residents to participate in labor survey

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that he is talking with two prospects, and that he wants the residents of Vandalia – and the entire region – to help land those prospects.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Jason Ryan Graumenz
    St. Peter
    Lindsay Ann Wasmuth
    St. Peter
    Matthew Allen Morrison
    Kara Leann Mueller
    Patrick Daniel Laster
    Brenda Lee Selby
    Edward Raymond Kerr
    Sharon Louise Kerr

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School distributions this week

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students in need in grades kindergarten through junior college, will be in operation at First Presbyterian Church on the following dates and times:
    • Thursday, Aug. 9 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 10 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-noon.
    Those picking up supplies are to enter the church, located at 1221  W. Fillmore St., through the north door.