Today's News

  • Vandalia's early days as capital

    With Kaskaskia as territorial capitol of the infant state, the first state constitutional convention met on Aug. 18, 1818, and issued a report “relative to a permanent seat of government…” Land was donated from the proprietors of Pope’s Bluff, Hill’s Ferry and Covington.  

  • Beautification group is serious

    Do you think that members of Vandalia's new beautification committee are not serious about doing what they can to improve the appearance of our community? Then you weren't downtown on Monday morning.
    On one of the hottest days so far this summer, a group of women were hard at work, taking decorative blocks from the city parking lot that houses the Little Red Caboose and using them to create plant beds in the other parking lot at that intersection.

  • Zimmerman educates about eating disorders

    In an effort to make people aware of the dangers of eating disorders, 16-year-old Rachel Zimmerman shared her battle with an eating disorder in the form of a speech for the Fayette County Fair 4-H speech competition.

    On Monday, June 27, Zimmerman delivered her speech before the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board to be judged.

  • Two arrested in Saturday raid

    Fayette County’s sheriff called on a regional tactical unit to conduct the raid of a Hagarstown residence early Saturday morning that resulted in the arrest of two individuals on felony charges.

  • Still watching spending

    Prior to the auditor telling Fayette County Board members that the county’s current assets declined again during the last fiscal year, the board chairman continued urging department heads to watch spending.
    Rod Croxford of the CPA firm Franklin and Vaughn told board members that the county’s current assets declined by about $580,000 last year.
    “That’s not good,” Croxford said. However, he added, the drop in the previous year was about $730,000, “so you stopped the bleeding somewhat.”

  • And the Winner is ...
  • Lincoln Heritage Festival
  • Little Miss Interview
  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Hi, Ho! It’s Not Too Late …
    …to come to the Fayette County Fair! As is our Homesteader’s tradition, we (namely Bill and Panzi) went to the fairgrounds early (Sunday afternoon) to see the 4-H kids’ animals and walk through the building for the various competitions  (cookies, art works, photography, crafts, floral arrangements, etc.).
    And Eating the Delicious Fair Foods
    We stopped at the pork building and enjoyed a delicious lunch of brats, French fries and iced tea … and also a visit with Charlie Depew.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, July 14
    • Fayette County 4-H show day at the fair for all general projects. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. The awards presentation is 6 p.m. Junior general projects can be checked at 8 a.m.
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    • New Horizons Bible school, 6-8 p.m.
    Friday, July 15