Local News

  • Clothes Closet open to all St. Elmo people

    The First United Methodist Church’s stately parsonage on Walnut Street in St. Elmo is no longer used as a parsonage, but it continues to fill a need for the community.

  • No action on Mabry license

    The Fayette County Board was scheduled on Tuesday to vote for the third time on a request from a couple planning to operate a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.
    But there was no vote, despite the wishes of several board members.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel asked that the request from Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry for a liquor license be tabled until the September meeting.
    Board member Jean Finley didn’t want to table the matter. “I’d like to vote on it and get it over with,” she said.

  • Park board gets rough estimate for pool work

    To Lisa Robbins, the Vandalia Swimming Pool is more than just a place for people of all ages to cool off on a hot summer day – much more.

  • Residents trash waste ordinance

    Close to 200 people attended a public hearing that the Fayette County Board held on Tuesday to hear residents’ opinions on a proposed solid waste ordinance.
    And most of those present were ready and willing to offer the opinion that passage of such an ordinance would be a bad idea.
    In the end, county board Chairman Steve Knebel said that what has been presented as a proposed ordinance would not be approved, and that the idea of having any type of such ordinance may die out.

  • Elks will hold orthopedic assessment clinic

    The Effingham Elks 1016 Lodge, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corp., will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic for children who do not have private health insurance on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
    The clinic is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and by appointment only at Bonutti Orthopedic Clinic, 1303 W. Evergreen Ave. in Effingham. Dr. Timothy Gray will be the clinician in charge.
    To make an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 1-800-272-0074 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • 'Meet the Author' next Wednesday at museum

    The Fayette County Museum and Artworks Gallery are hosting a “Meet the Author” session at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.
    The featured author is Joanne Hardy, who will talk about her book, “The Girl in the Butternut Dress.”
    Hardy grew up in Clay County and now lives in Palm Desert, Calif.
    Her historical novel is about a young girl facing the extraordinary challenge of divided loyalties during the Civil War. It is based on true stories from Southern Illinois.

  • CEFS public transit makes improvements

    July 1 kicked off a new program year for the Central Illinois Public Transit Program.
    “We have a great need for public transportation in our service delivery area and we expect that need to continue to grow,” said Kevin Bushur, chief operations officer and interim CIPT director.

  • Cheering On St. Jude Runners

    Several family members and friends of 6-year-old Carson LaDage (center of picture, holding the sign with an arrow) last Friday turned out to cheer on a group of runners as they passed through Vandalia.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 8

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will meet at the Legion Home. The meal is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    ✔ 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 9

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo from Vandalia Memories is a postcard from the collection of Larry Emerick.

    The postcard is an old view of Gallatin Street, with the 400 block in the foreground. At the left side of the postcard is the building that now houses Something Special Florist, and on the right side is the Hotel Evans, a five-story structure that was destroyed by a fire in the late 1960s.