Today's News

  • Vandals' season ends with loss in regional

    A three-run homer capped a seven-running fifth inning that lifted Greenville over Vandalia in regional play at Greenville on Monday.

  • Wilhour back at state

    As she was settling into her starting block of the 300-meter low hurdles at last Thursday’s sectional track meet, Brownstown/St. Elmo’s Claire Wilhour heard the public address announcer say that she had just been bumped from second to third place – and a spot in the state meet – in the long jump.

  • Conceal Carry Class for School Personnel
  • Poppy sales set for May 25

    By Joyce Mueller
    National Poppy Day is Friday, May 25, and poppies will be available for donations on that day.
    Tracing back to 1918, the poppy is a call to honor living veterans as well as those who lost their lives in service to this country.
    After the battles of World War I, the blood red poppy suddenly bloomed and flourished in burial grounds in France and Belgium, turning the graveyards into fields of brilliant red.

  • Old State Burial Ground work day is this Saturday

    The second annual work day for improvements at the Old State Burial Ground in Vandalia is this Saturday.
    The Community Action Day at the cemetery, located on Edwards Street between First and Second streets, is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    The main focus will be cleaning headstones, but volunteers are also needed to help put out 87 flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day, removing debris, mapping, photographing headstones and record-keeping.

  • Calendar

    Friday, May 18

    ✔ "Movies Under the Stars," sponsored by State Farm agent Clint Simpson and the Vandalia Lions Club, is held at the Lions Pavilion at Vandalia Lake. The movie is "The Incredibles." Snacks and sodas will be available for purchase.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Trevor J. Alstat, 24, 1229 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 15 for an alleged probation violation. Bond was $2,500.
    • An 11-year-old Brownstown resident and a 15-year-old Indianapolis, Ind., resident were arrested on May 14 on charges of arson, knowingly criminally damage property more than $500, criminal trespass to real property and disorderly conduct. They were taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.

  • Arm Prairie Church finds its long-lost bell

    The Arm Prairie Christian Church was built in 1879, with the completion of construction possibly running into 1890, roughly making the church building close to 140 years old.

  • County OKs solar systems law

    After considerable discussion, the Fayette County Board last week approved an ordinance that will allow solar energy systems in unincorporated areas of the county.
    But, board members were told, that action does not create “a situation where there is going to be a tsunami of solar panels everywhere.”
    The ordinance, Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis said, allows solar systems on county property and in unincorporated residential areas. It does not allow for such systems within municipal boundaries in the county, she said.

  • Graduation Days