Today's News

  • Michel inducted as chair of realtors association

    Sandy Michel, managing broker of Real Living Vandalia Real Estate, recently was inducted as the 2012-2013 chairman of the board of the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors.

  • Tipsword ceremony is Sunday

    Area history buffs and those with the name Tipsword in their lineage will want to come to the Beecher City Area Kluthe Center this Sunday afternoon.
    Charla Bartscht Fischbach of Shelbyville is on a mission to recognize Effingham County’s oldest settler, Griffin Tipsword.
    He was a Revolutionary War Soldier who died between 1840 and 1845, and is buried in the Tipsword Cemetery just south of Beecher City.

  • Mole Day Proclamation

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring this Tuesday as Mole Day in Vandalia.

    Mole Day is a day created as a way to foster students' interest in chemistry. Shown with the mayor are Vandalia Community High School students Paige Ehrat, Caitlin Alverson and Jordan Boren.

  • Jan Merriman, mother support each other in cancer battle

    The year 2010 one that Jan Merriman would like to forget.
    In that 12-month period, her father-in-law was diagnosed with skin cancer.

  • VCSF All-School Reunion

    About 225 people attended the Vandalia All-School Reunion held at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.

  • Honor Flight

    The 20th Central Illinois Honor Flight, taking World War II veterans to see their memorial in Washington, D.C., left Marion at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

  • Benefit planned for 5-month-old

    A benefit fundraiser is being planned for 5-month-old Kinley Walker, who is awaiting a liver transplant at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.
    Kinley is the daughter of Troy and Hannah (Schroeder) Walker of St. Elmo. Troy graduated from St. Elmo High School and Hannah graduated from Altamont High School. Troy is involved in farming and sells Beck’s Seed, and Hannah works at the Wellness Complex of Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.
    Kinley has two sisters, Morgan, age 13 and Reagan, age 10, who both attend school in St. Elmo.

  • Lions announce Halloween parade winners

    Midland States Bank is the sponsor of the second-place float award.

  • Mulberry Grove man died in motorcycle crash

    A Mulberry Grove man died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday evening.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that Danny White, 58, was riding a motorcycle on U.S. Route 140 about one mile west of County Road 300 East at about 6 p.m. when he failed to make a turn and crashed.

    Bowen pronounced White dead at the scene of the crash at 6:24 p.m.

  • St. Elmo beats Brownstown for regional title

    St. Elmo beat county rival Brownstown, 25-16, 25-22, to win its first regional championship since 2010 and end the Lady Bombers' program.

    Brownstown will co-op at St. Elmo next season.

    Seniors Savannah Feezel and Katie Stites led the attack, with sevenand six kills, respectively. Senior Megan Maxey added three aces, and senior Perry Manley had 17 assists for the Lady Eagles (27-9).

    For Brownstown (12-19), Courtney Howard had four kills, and Tara Johnson had three aces.