Today's News

  • Calendar

    Friday, August 31

    ✔ The Vandalia Lions Club is holding its annual Candy Day, acepting donations for its vision and hearing programs.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Fantastic Friday at 4 p.m. Children up to age 10 are invited to listen to stories and build an art bot. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Patoka Fall Festival gets under way with a carnival, food vendors and bingo at 5 p.m., and C-Bar Rodeo at 7 p.m.

  • Bicentennial plans progressing

    Vandalia will be taking a step back in time and looking towards it future, as it celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding, June 13-16, 2019. Mark your calendars now to visit Illinois’ oldest capital, the site where Abraham Lincoln began his legislative career.
    In preparation for the 2019 celebration, Mayor Ricky Gottman and the city of Vandalia have appointed a board of directors to lead festivities. The board has been working since August of 2017 to plan a celebration fit for Vandalia’s vast history.

  • Pritzker stumps in Vandalia

    The Democratic candidate for Illinois governor emphasized the differences between him and the incumbent candidate during a stop in Vandalia last week.

  • Promoting the Statehouse

    The state’s comptroller made her first visit to the Vandalia Statehouse last week, doing so as an effort to attract other Illinoisans to the Illinois’ oldest existing capitol.

  • 30 years in child porn case

    A four-year child pornography case that included an interesting turn came to an end with a Vandalia man sentenced to prison for 30 years.

  • It's all fun & games
  • Frogtown

    Anderson William Jones was baptized on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He is the son of Nick and Mallory Jones. Anderson’s godparents are Reid Drewes and Danielle Chasteen.
    Merle Storck, 90, of Farina, died on Sunday, Aug. 12.
    The funeral was held on Thursday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Prairie Days
    Prairie Days is almost here and the committee is again asking for donations of cakes for the cake walk.

  • St. Elmo News

    Friday, August 24
    • Men’s summer Bible study, 6:30-7:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.
    Sunday, August 26
    • Registration deadline for entering the Junior Mayor Contest. See info below.
    Monday, August 27
    • Fayette County Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Fayette County Extension Office.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., National Road Interpretative Center, Vandalia.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Celebration for Arnolds’ 45th Anniversary
    The traffic was heavy on the road to the Golden Years building on Saturday, and the parking lot was filled as friends and family gathered to help David and Nancy Arnold celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.
    Their daughters, Tina Wolfe and Cindy Hall, planned the event, which drew the gathering of wellwishers (at the last count) to the excess of 100.
    Nancy, looking like a pretty bride, sat at a table that held their wedding picture, on a large poster, on which the guests registered their names.

  • Cougars open with 11-0 win

    Chase Dodson homered and Logan Lotz tossed a three-hitter as South Central opened their season with an 11-0 win against Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick.
    Dodson was 2-for-2 with two RBI’s, and Aaron Patten drove in three runs for the Cougars.
    Lotz struck out five and surrendered just one walk in three innings. Andrew Lybarger struck out four and held BCHR hitless in two innings.