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Today's News

  • Maas plans U.S. Daughters ceremony

    Extreme heat would not have deterred Joseph Thomas from his duties in the militia during the War of 1812.  Neither did it deter descendants and members of the United States Daughters of 1812 and Illinois Society of the War of 1812 from commemorating his service.
    Jessie Maas, a member of the Kaskaskia Chapter USD1812, from Vandalia, planned the ceremony held at the Little Flock Cemetery in Flat Branch Township, Shelby County.

  • Anniversary

    Merle and Georgi Adermann of Vandalia will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this Sunday.


    Merle Adermann and Georgi Stombaugh were married on July 29, 1972, in Vandalia.
    Georgi is a registered nurse at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia, and Merle works as maintenance director at Brookstone Estates in Vandalia.
    They are the parents of three children: Dana Brown (deceased), Katie Adermann of Taylorville and Matthew Adermann of Taylorville. They have three grandchildren: Darin and Mattie Brown, and Lola Dana-Jean Hackney.

  • Tools for School distributions set

    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:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 8 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • 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.

  • Man charged with stabbing appears in court

    A Shobonier man who was arrested last month for allegedly injuring two men with a knife at a Vandalia bar is facing 10 counts of criminal offenses.
    Carl H.M. Sprague, 24, made his first appearance in court after being charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of armed violence, four counts of aggravated battery and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 26

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Presenting donors will receive a rock and roll T-shirt, while supplies last.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, July 27

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Christie S. Burtron, 40, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on July 24 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended. Bond was $1,500.
    • Darren M. Rhodes, 41, 103 S. Elm St., Brownstown, was arrested on July 24 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a small claims matter. Bond was $100 cash.
    • Jay C. Miller, 21, Neoga, was arrested on July 23 on a charge of criminal damage to property more than $300. No bond information was listed.

  • Patty Sprague honored for work at OUR PLACE

    “Now unto Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”

    Ephesians 3:20 

    This is Patty Sprague’s favorite scripture, which she feels has given her the strength through the years.

  • Weldon will accept up to 30 years

    Knowing that he will not be in prison for more than 30 years, a Vandalia man who allegedly committed a number of crimes over a two-day period in December has pleaded guilty to nine charges.
    Kenneth J. Weldon, 30, signed an open plea of guilty to nine charges last Wednesday as Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel stipulated that he would not seek a prison term of more than 30 years.

  • River intake progress

    The city of Vandalia is hopefully moving closer to a solution with its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.
    Alderman Terry Beesley announced at last week’s city council meeting that a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looked the intake over during a visit on Thursday, July 12.
    “He says, just by looking at it, it should work,” Beesley said, with many present for the meeting laughing at that comment.
    “Right now,” Beesley said, “it does work.”

  • A welcome addition to the Avenue of Flags

    Growing up in Vandalia, Linda Welch saw the American flags lining the roadways in Fairlawn Cemetery. But, back then, she didn’t know the significance of those flags.