Local News

  • EF2 twister hits St. Elmo

    Fayette County emergency management officials were hoping to hear anytime now that the county has been declared a disaster area after a tornado ripped through the St. Elmo area on Sunday.
    And while that tornado caused extensive damage, it did not cause any fatalities or, apparently, serious injuries.

  • Olde Tyme Christmas Schedule

    Friday, 5-9 p.m.
    Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Cookies are big at Olde Tyme Christmas

    In past years, each member of Soroptimist International of Vandalia was charged with making eight to 10 dozen cookies. This year, each member will bake 12-15 dozen.
    That’s because of last year’s sale, when many people coming downtown for Vandalia’s Olde Tyme Christmas made the Soroptimists’ Cookie Walk their first stop.
    “We sold out in one hour and five minutes,” said Soroptimist Jan Rosborough, who co-chairs the Cookie Walk with Megan McCarty.
    “I never saw anything like we had last year,” Rosborough said.

  • Local Veterans Tell Their Stories

    Northside Christian Church in Vandalia hosted a Veterans Day program on Monday morning, with the church pastor, the Rev. Carl Rhodes, serving as master of ceremonies.

    In addition to telling about his experiences during the Vietnam War, Rhodes asked other veterans to talk about their service; among those were Jim Smith (first photo) and Earl Brackenbush (second photo), who wore his government-issued uniform to the program.

  • County OKs tight budget

    As the Fayette County Board presented the county’s budget for the upcoming year at a hearing on Tuesday, discussion was focused mainly on one department, the sheriff’s office.
    Then, during its regular monthly meeting, the board OK’d that new budget, over the objection of Sheriff Aaron Lay.
    At the budget hearing, board Chairman Steve Knebel said the bottom line figure for the county’s new budget is $9,908,336.

  • First Baptist Church hosts seminar on drug trends

    Area educators and law enforcement officials were among the large crowd learning about current trends in drug abuse.

  • Bells will be ringing at Olde Tyme Christmas

    Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia will have a new sound to it this year. That sound will be bells ringing in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street.

  • Hysterical Historical Markers

    William Furry, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society, presented a program Sunday on "Hysterical Historical Markers," in which he described strange and humorous signs he's found around the state.

    The program was sponsored by Historical Vandalia Inc.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 14

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will host P.A.C.K., beginning at 5:30 p.m. Children are invited to visit the library and read with DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; call the library, 283-2824, to register.

  • Deadline for emergency food and shelter fund applications is Friday

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive $10,707 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.