Today's News

  • Beekeepers group to hold meeting here Saturday

    The 2012 Illinois State Beekeepers Association’s summer meeting will be held at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus this Saturday.
    This meeting is being hosted by one of this area’s local clubs, the St. Clair Beekeepers Association.
    Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the program runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dewey Caron, emeritus professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware and affiliate professor in the department of horticulture at Oregon State University.

  • Farina 4th celebration will be held on July 7

    Farina will hold its Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 7, at the Farina Village Park.
    The schedule for the celebration is as follows:
    • 1 p.m. – Parade signup.
    • 2 p.m. – Parade begins.
    • 2:30 p.m. – Food stand opens.
    • 3-9 p.m. – Kids’ games.
    • 4 p.m. – American Legion opening ceremony, including the presentation of colors and the national anthem by Kyla Stevens.
    • 4-9 p.m. – Bingo.
    • 4:30 p.m. – Cake walk.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This aunt and niece, pictured in 1967, live in the Vandalia area.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The city of Vandalia was considering rejoining the I-70 Growth Association, several years after dropping its membership.
    Amy and J.D. Vieregge of Vandalia bought the 28th house built by a building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center. The house is located on East Fork Drive.
    Wilbert and Elenora Yagow of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and Wilmer and Pauline Yagow of Kinmundy were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

  • John Doyle Lee implicated in massacre

    “About 40 years ago John D. Lee, the leader of the Mountain Meadow massacre, was living in the north part of this township [Sefton], near where John Reynolds now lives. Mr. Reynolds remembers him distinctly as a still, morose man of considerable ability, and not well-liked by his neighbors, probably on account of the Mormon doctrines preached by him, which were very unpopular at that time.” Page 82, History of Fayette County, Illinois – 1878.

  • Celebrate the Fourth safely

    As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July next Wednesday, it’s more important than ever to celebrate safely.
    Not only do we face the usual dangers related to fireworks, this year’s dry conditions make it extra important that we celebrate safely. And with triple-digit temperatures forecast for the next several days, the dry conditions will only get worse. When things are this dry, it doesn’t take much to get a brush fire started.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Jacob Allen Smith
    Ashley Brooke Ruholl
    Richard Wayne Morrell
    Kelli Rae Jones
    Joseph Donald Keppler
    Heather Dawn Gillmore

  • News Briefs

    Vandalia Idol prelims, finals Saturday

    Because of conflicts in the community, Soroptimist International of Vandalia has changed the schedule for the Vandalia Idol competition.
    The audition and finale will now be held on one night, this Saturday. The program will begin at 6 p.m.
    Twelve individuals have registered for this year’s competition. Four competitors will advance to the final round of competition.
    The judges for this year’s Vandalia Idol are Catherine Burgess, Nancy Childress and Scott Gercken.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • A 15-year-old youth was arrested on June 25 on an alleged probation violation. The youth was transferred to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.
    • Jacob D. Tedrick, 23, 922 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 25 on an alleged violation of probation. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jeffrey A. Beck, 39, RR 2, Brownstown, was arrested on June 25 for failure to appear in court in Vermillion County. Bond was $5,000, and he was transferred to that county.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, June 28

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a special program at 10 a.m. Scovill Zoo in Decatur will bring animals for children to learn about and touch.
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, June 30