Local News

  • Fourth annual Vandalia Lions car, truck show held at lake

    The fourth annual Vandalia Lions Club Car and Truck Show was held over the weekend at the Vandalia Lake marina campgrounds.

  • St. Peter Prairie Days
  • New Radar Gun

    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray is shown using the city department's new Pro Laser III infrared Lidar System radar gun.

    The purchase of the $1,500 speed gun, used to measure the speed of vehicles, was made possible through Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison's equipment grant. The grant program is funded by forfeitures and seizures through Morrison's office.

  • News Briefs

    Band Trivia Night is Sept. 14
    The third annual Vandalia Band Parents Trivia Night and silent auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Vandalia Junior High School gym.
    The cost for the trivia contest is $15 per person or $120 for an eight-person team in advance, or $17 per person or $135 for an eight-person team the night of the event. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded.
    Prizes will be awarded to the table with the best theme and for the best dessert.
    For more information, call 283-3181 or 339-0941.

  • St. Peter youth killed in bicycle-car accident

    A St. Peter youth sustained fatal injuries in a car-bicycle accident early last Friday morning.
    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, 15-year-old Nathan Horath was riding a bicycle south on Ill. Route 185, about a mile and a half east of St. Peter, when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Sandra Gelsinger of Brownstown.
    Bowen said that the accident occurred at about 5:30 a.m., prior to daylight, and that the youth was riding the bike near the center of the roadway. Bowen also said that weather conditions were poor at the time of the accident.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 29

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, August 30

    ✔ Evans Public Library will hold Fantastic Friday for ages 5-10 at 4 p.m. To sign up, call the library, 283-2824.

  • Vandalia Memories

    \This photo, submitted by both Steve Jerden and Larry Emerick, shows the Clark residence off of the Kaskaskia River.

    The Clark home was at the northeast corner of First and Edwards streets, in the now-vacant lot across from Stombaugh's Heating and Air-Conditioning. At right is the railroad bridge over the river. More photos, as well as information and comments from current and former residents, is available on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page that was started by Kathy Schultz.

  • Improvements at Brownstown Library

    Remember when the Brownstown Branch Library occupied a room in the Village Hall? It was moved to a nearby building, where it continued to grow, with improvements added.  

  • Patoka, St. Elmo holding Labor Day festivals

    Two area communities will be celebrating the end of summer this weekend.
    The Patoka Fall Festival is a three-day celebration that kicks off on Friday evening, and St. Elmo’s Labor Day Celebration gets under way on Sunday evening.
    The Fall Festival begins at 6 p.m. with carnival rides, mechanical bull rides, a catch a pig contest and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
    At 7 p.m., Patoka resident Jamie Nattier and others will provide musical entertainment.

  • $1 million bond in cannabis case

    Bond has been set at $1 million for a St. Peter man arrested late last week on a drug charge.
    Anthony Wayne Harpster has been charged with unlawful production of cannabis sativa plants in information filed by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison.
    The Class 2 felony charge alleges that Harpster possessed between 50 and 200 cannabis plants on three pieces of property in Lone Grove Township.