Today's News

  • KC hosting seminar about agro-terrorism

    Kaskaskia College, in partnership with Louisiana State University, will offer to emergency services personnel (fire, police and EMS), county Extension agents, local and state public health officials, and individuals in the agriculture industry (including producers, processors and transporters) a day of free training relating to agro-terrorism.
    The training will be held from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Lifelong Learning Center located on the main campus of Kaskaskia College in Centralia.

  • State police give 2011 statistics

    Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Morrie Fraser, announced a summary of district activity for 2011.  District 12, headquartered in Effingham, includes the counties of Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion and Richland.  
    During 2011, Illinois State Police District 12 handled 38,023 incidents, which included 10,077 requests for service from the public or other law enforcement agencies. The remaining 27,946 incidents were self-initiated by troopers.  

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, Feb. 9
    • 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., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Sunday, Feb. 12
    • The Vandalia Statehouse at 2 p.m. will host the annual Lincoln’s Birthday program. Dan Guillory of the Looking for Lincoln project will be the speaker.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Star, the Little White Dove…
    Star, the little white dove, seems to be moping this morning. I think she is ready for spring, to have the sun shining through her window and to hear the little wild birds singing outside.
    I played some of her tapes this morning (she especially likes her John Denver songs), but she didn’t perk up as much as she usually does. Her very favorite Gene Autry tape has bit the dust.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – Vicky Perkins of Vernon won $100,000 in the Illinois Lottery.
    Joe Cearlock was president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for 1992. Other officers were Dave Mahon, treasurer; Kevin Childers, secretary; and Paul Zeman, vice president.
    Vandalia wrestlers John Kaiser, Todd Emerick and Chad Bowers advanced to the Vandalia Sectional after placing in the top three places in regional action Saturday at Litchfield.
    Birth - Kayla Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor of Vandalia.

  • Lincoln's local leap more legend than fact

    According to legend, Abraham Lincoln jumped from a second floor window of the Vandalia Statehouse building to defeat a quorum.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured at age 17 in 1943, was born and raised in Shobonier.

  • Get the synthetic drugs off shelves

    An article in last week's issue of The Leader-Union announced that the Vandalia Police Department will begin confiscating synthetic drugs known as K2 and K4, and arresting those who possess or sell them.
    Though it's a move that should've been taken long ago, we hope that it will remove products from distribution that have been widely abused by our young people.

  • Lincoln events are everywhere

    If you are a history buff, this coming weekend is tailor-made for you. Everywhere you look in Vandalia, something historic or Lincoln-connected is being celebrated.
    First, the third anniversary of the National Road Interpretive Center will be observed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with a special program at 4 p.m. If you haven't been to the center, take a few minutes and see all the information and artifacts that are available about the famous road that terminated in Vandalia.

  • Local woman writes books on two personal issues

    Kate Carlson said that the two books she has written “are kind of a combination of one story, but then again, each has its own story.”