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Today's News

  • The Way We Were Dec. 22, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 6-1 to create the office of city administrator, with a job advertisement to go out later in the week.
    Clem Schaal of St. Peter was recognized by the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. for his 10 years of service on the board.
    A renovation to the front entrance of Fayette County Hospital was moved up to the first phase of the construction and renovation project at FCH.
    Wayne and Aileen Schmitt of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Gettings stories in book an early present

    As I was working on preparations for the upcoming Christmas celebration, my thoughts turned to last year when, for me, Christmas came early.

  • Caring & Sharing keeps on giving

    Thirty-five years ago, a group of Fayette County Health Department employees banded together to make Christmas a little brighter for six local families.
    That special holiday program quickly grew into Fayette County Caring & Sharing, which has for several decades provided Christmas baskets for more than 400 less-fortunate families in the county.
    In its early years, all of those Christmas baskets were distributed at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia. Today, that church’s parish center is just one of a handful of distribution sites.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Christmases (long) Past….
    …No, not the Charles Dicken’s “Scrooge” kind of memories, but pleasant … or at least not terrible ones.
    I was probably just about 4years old for my earliest ones. We lived in Vandalia, on South First street, just about two houses away from the railroad tracks and on the east side of the street.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Graduation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the graduation of their daughter, Mahala Harpster, from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Saturday, Dec. 17.
    She received a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agri-business.
    Others attending the graduation were Mitch and Gretchen Harpster, Amanda Eller and Nathan Jacquin. Following the ceremony, the family dined at Shogun Japanese restaurant in Cape Girardeau.
    St. Peter Church

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Dec. 21
    • The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 6 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    Saturday, Dec. 24
    • The First Church of God will have a candlelight come-and-go Communion from 5-7 p.m.
    • The First United Methodist Church will have a candlelight come-and-go Communion from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Freedom Reigns in Christ Church will have a Communion service at 6:30 p.m.
    • The St. Elmo Christian Church will have a candlelight Communion service at 6 p.m.

  • Aid sought for Lincoln School

    Last year, the Vandalia Park District Board asked the Corbell-Denny Memorial Foundation to allow the Cub Scout Pack and other Scout groups, as needed, to transfer their meetings and activities to Lincoln School.
    Due to questions about the safety and building structural soundness of Evans Scout House – the result of log deterioration and termite damage for several years – the park district wanted to eliminate any potential problems for the Scouts by finding them a safer home, while a final decision on the future of the Scout House is being made.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 22

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, December 23

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at St. Elmo Elementary School. All individuals presenting themselves as donors will receive a long-sleeve American Red Cross T-shirt.

  • Vandalia Police Dec. 22, 2011

    Dec. 8
    • Jeff Burnam, 402 W. Jackson St., reported at 8:01 p.m. that his vehicle had been egged. No damage was reported.
    • An officer took a complaint at 3:43 p.m. of a mailbox being damaged at 220 N. Adams St.
    • Officers were called to an apartment in the 1500 block of North Eighth Street for a report of a domestic dispute and possible child abuse. The Department of Children & Family Services was notified of the complaint.
    • Two warning tickets were issued, one for speeding and one for improper display of a license plate.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log Dec. 22, 2011

    • Stacey L. Armstrong, 43, Effingham, was arrested on Dec. 19 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. Bond was $5,000.
    • James W. Berner, 31, 214 N. Superior St., Ramsey, was arrested on Dec. 19 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $200 cash.
    • Donald W. Britton, 50, Springfield, was arrested on Dec. 19 for failure to appear in court on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $5,000.