Today's News

  • Route 51 again open to traffic

    U.S. Route 51 between Patoka and Vernon is again open to traffic.

    A Marathon Pipeline spokesman at the scene of a Sunday leak at the Patoka Tank Farm said that Route 51 was reopened at 8 a.m. today (Monday).

    Angela Graves of Marathon said Monday morning that the company is estimated that about 1,000 barrels of crude oil were leaked, adding that it is "a rough estimate."

    Cleanup of the site, she said, would likely take several days to complete.

  • Food Bank at VCHS on Saturday; volunteers needed


  • Virden-35 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Virden celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday.
    Friends and family are invited to honor the couple at an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Rehoboth Baptist Church camp, located five miles north of Vandalia on U.S. Route 51 or five miles south of Ramsey.
    The former Iris Hughes, daughter of the late Marion and Marjorie Hughes of Rosamond, and Dennis Virden, son of the late Ralph and Verna Virden of Ramsey, were married on June 23, 1979, in Pana.

  • Snow-45 years

    Don and Vicky Snow of Jacksonville will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on July 20.

  • Strobel-Cripe

    Emily Strobel and Jake Cripe have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Birth

    Jaxson Timothy Dale Wilkerson
    Heather Mechel Beck and Timothy Andrew Moeller of Hillsboro are the parents of a boy born at 5:31 p.m. on June 3, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.
    Jaxson Timothy Dale Wilkerson weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Cindy and Dale Whitford of Litchfield, and Scott Beck of Vandalia. Paternal grandparents are Patrick and Rhonda Wilkerson of Muskegon, Mich., Bruce and Cheryl Richards of Carlinville, and Regina Albert of Oakford.

  • College News

    Anderson University
    Morgan LaDawn Duff was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.
    To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

    Spring graduates at the University of Illinois Springfield included three area residents:
    • Bingham-Jackie Michelle Johnson, liberal studies, cum laude graduate.
    • Fillmore-Mandy Smith, visual arts.

  • Reunion

    The Herman Dothager family reunion will be held on Friday, July 4, in the pavilion at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • Tools for School taking donations

    Tools for School, a program for only Fayette County in-need students to select free school supplies, is working on its 2014 fundraising campaign.
    Last year, more than 600 school children – kindergarten through junior high, from Brownstown, Farina, Ramsey, St. Elmo, St. Peter and Vandalia – were served by Tools for School.
    Monetary donations received from businesses, churches, organizations and individuals are used to purchase notebooks, paper, pens, crayons and other supplies noted on the Fayette County school supply lists.

  • Achievement Academy recognizes Lutz

    The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Nicolas Lutz of Vandalia has been recognized as a student of excellence in social studies.