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Today's News

  • Milash is top cookie seller

    The year 2012 is not only the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting, but it also marks the year that Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) transitioned the annual Cookie Sale Program from a fall sale to a spring sale.
    The sale was a great success, and Sarah Milash of Shobonier was the Top Seller for the Fayette County area.

  • DAR Good Citizens Award Winners

    The Benjamin Mills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted its Good Citizen Award Ceremony in Greenville on March 24.

  • Birth

    Alexandria Laine Conant
    Scott and Alison Conant of Effingham are the parents of a girl born at 3:39 p.m. on March 28, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 21 inches long. She was named Alexandria Laine.
    Grandparents are Mikel Jahraus of Farina, Diane Jahraus of Altamont, and Gary and Janet Conant of Alma.

  • Engagement

    Holly Childers of Vandalia and Aaron Newcom of Wood River have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Leslie and Daisy Hipsher of Brownstown are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady, who was 18 at the time this photo was taken, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of her graduation from Vandalia High School this year.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Wanda Walton retired from First Bank in Vandalia after working there 44 years.
    A reorganization of the Vandalia School District’s central office was approved. The reorganization included the reassignment of Jeff Endres, the district’s business manager for 13 years, to a teaching position.
    The city of Vandalia was still working to get rid of the odor spreading from the city’s sewage treatment plant.
    The Vandalia Main Street Executive Board began the work necessary to get a program manager hired.

  • Mayor thwarted plan for KKK parade

    In May 1923, The Ramsey News-Journal newspaper reported that seven hooded Knights of the Ku Klux Klan entered the Christian Church at Herrick and presented the pastor with $50 for the church building fund.
    It was generally believed they were members of the Ramsey Klan, although it had been reported that there was a goodly number of the Klan in and around Herrick.

  • Donations aid local food bank

    When people are in need, the residents of Fayette County are always quick to help.
    That reputation was confirmed once again in recent weeks when a call went out that funds for the Central Illinois Food Bank had been cut, and that it would no longer be available to bring its mobile food bank to Fayette County.

  • Jenners involved in revitalizing our downtown

    Continuing on visiting along Gallatin Street, we stop in at Lia’s Gift Shop & Home Décor.