Local News

  • County 4-H'ers show livestock at state fair

    Fayette County 4-Hers competed against exhibitors from throughout the state in the Junior Livestock Shows at the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 8-18.  
    In Junior Beef, Seth Purcell exhibited the second place Maine Anjou Heifer, 9/3/11-9/24/11.
    Jordan Schaal took top honors in Junior Sheep with her champion Dorset wether; champion Shropshire Wether; first-place Dorset Wether 114-156 pounds; first-place Shropshire Wether 114-137 pounds.

  • Horsin' Around

    Clients of FAYCO Enterprises experienced a new kind of outing last Thursday afternoon, and the executive director of the facility hopes it’s the first of many.

  • Fayette County 4-H'ers earn Superior Awards

    Nearly 2,200 4-H exhibits from across the state were evaluated and displayed during the Illinois State Fair, and Fayette County 4-H’ers were part of that exhibition, with 14 members making the trip to Springfield Monday, Aug. 12, to have their project work evaluated.
    They earned the right by being selected in the top of their division at the Fayette County 4-H Show June 28-29 in Brownstown.

  • Frogtown News

    Visit with Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter met Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., in Vandalia on Friday. They enjoyed dinner at The Copper Penny, then later visited at the Eller lake house.
    Sunday Visitors
    Sunday visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Rick Feather, Greg Garrett and Amy Reiss.
    Prairie Days News

  • Briefs

    Shimkus to visit FAYCO next Wednesday

    U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill., 19th District) will visit FAYCO Enterprises in Vandalia from 12:30-1 p.m. next Wednesday.
    Before and after his visit, FAYCO staff will be offering tours to the public.

    Evans Library offering ‘Read for Fines’

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia has started a new program that offers children a new way to pay off fines.

  • Lions Car and Truck Show is this weekend

    The fourth annual Vandalia Lions Club Car and Truck Show will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Vandalia Lake.
    The show, formerly known as the Midwest All-Ford Nationals, features 36 classes for vehicles from 1900-present.
    Three awards will be awarded in each class, as well as four special awards being presented for both custom and stock vehicles. Along with best of show in each category, awards will be given for paint, engine and interior.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 22

    ✔ 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 23

  • Sisters repurpose old items of all types

    Vicki Bearden and Lori Kruenegel are not only sisters, but also partners in crafting unique one-of-a-kind home décor pieces, either of their own design or as the customer requests.

  • More students in most Vandalia schools

    Reports from building principals at Tuesday’s meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education indicate that student registration numbers are up this year at most schools in the district.
    Leading the increases are the high school (493 students) and the Okaw Area Vocational Center (279 students), both up by about 50 students. Jefferson Primary School (299 students) is up by about 15 students, thanks to one of the largest kindergarten classes in recent years, with 125 students.

  • City will ask Graham for building

    Vandalia officials are hoping that after it ceases operations at its local plant, Graham Packaging will give the facilities to the city.
    After meeting in closed session for about 35 minutes on Monday, the city council voted to have Mayor Rick Gottman send a letter to Graham officials, telling them that the city would be interested in receiving the facilities as a donation.
    Gottman has said that this would be an alternative to selling the building for scrap, and that the city could use it as part of its efforts to lure another industry to the building.