Today's News

  • Business Briefs

    Chamber’s race night rescheduled for March 16
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s “A Night at the Races” fund-raising event has been rescheduled for Friday, March 16, because of conflicts with its previously scheduled date of this Saturday.
    Held at the Vandalia Country and Golf Club, it begins with dinner at 6 p.m. and features eight taped horse races, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.

  • 80 Years

    For eight decades, the Allen family has furnished Vandalia area homes with quality furniture.

  • Frogtown News

    Obtains Employment in Missouri
    Mahala Harpster of St. Peter received word on Friday that she had obtained employment at Land O’ Lakes/Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Mo.
    She will be moving in the next couple of weeks. Mahala graduated in December from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in animal science/agri-business. She is the daughter of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 185.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Critters Wiser Than Some of Us? (Just Musing)             
    Although shorts and flip-flops on bare feet were seen this past weekend on humans, we notice the critters are still wearing their fuzzy, winter coats. Thus, when the strong, cold winter winds blew in snow over the weekend, the critters did not have to hurriedly pull on warmer coats, socks and shoes.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, March 8
    • A telenet lesson, “Going Green,” will be given at the Fayette County Extension Office, Vandalia, at 10 a.m. This is for Home and Community Education Units, and the public is welcome to attend.
    • The Lunch Bunch will meet at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board will not meet until Tuesday, March 13.
    • The Fayette County livestock meeting, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.

  • News Briefs

    VCHS play is
    next weekend

    The annual Vandalia Community High School play will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17.
    This year's play is "The Perils of Lulu."
    Admission is $3 for students and $4 for adults.

    OUR PLACE still
    taking cards

    OUR PLACE Youth Center is still accepting all types of used cards.
    Being accepted are Christmas, birthday, thank you, sympathy and get well cards.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kevin L. Houser, 30, Newton, was arrested on March 5 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. No bond information was listed.
    • Jerry D. Alsbury, 20, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on March 5 on a charge of obstructing justice. Bond was $5,000, and he was transferred to Shelby County.
    • Cody R. Berry, 26, Springfield, was arrested on March 5 on a warrant on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. No bond information was listed.

  • Marriage Dissolutions

    The following marriage dissolutions have been recorded in the office of Fayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Sue Ruot:
    Dustin J. Pruett, Brownstown
    Lindsey J. Pruett, Vandalia

    Adam C. Warner, Brownstown
    Gracie M. Warner, Brownstown

    Timothy L. Burd, Mulberry Grove
    Janette A. Burd, Vandalia

    Ricki L. Beall, Vandalia
    Janet Y. Beall, Vandalia

    Josh Lofland, Vandalia
    Lora M. Lofland, Vandalia

    Christopher L. Rine, Vandalia

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 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 United Methodist Men will hold their annual pancake and sausage supper from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. The proceeds will be used to support the United Methodist Men's projects.

  • Altamont man dies in Sunday morning wreck

    An Altamont man was killed in a one-vehicle accident east of St. Elmo early Sunday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Matthew D. Manley, 20, was driving a Chevrolet east on U.S. Route 40, about two miles east of St. Elmo, when his vehicle left the roadway on the north side and struck an embankment.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, who pronounced Manley dead at 4:38 a.m., said the vehicle came to rest in a creek bed.
    The St. Elmo Fire Department responded to the scene for extrication.