Today's News

  • Donkey Basketball
  • HCE honors Zimmermanns

    During a meeting of the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, Donna Blair, the community and family issues officer, said that an area family should be nominated for the annual Illinois Association of Home and Community Education Great American Family Award.

  • VVFD wants to create department museum

    Vandalia’s volunteer fire department told city officials last week about its interest in creating a museum at the building it purchased last summer.
    Fire Chief Keith Meadows told the city council’s public safety committee that VVFD members had talked about creating a museum in the front of the building at Sixth and Johnson streets that was formerly the home of Atmos Energy.
    In that museum, Meadows said, the department would like to display old equipment, including three of the department’s earlier trucks.

  • Former St. Elmo church destroyed by fire

    A fire early last Thursday destroyed a building that served a St. Elmo congregation for close to a century.

    St. Elmo firefighters responded to the fire at the former home of First Christian Church, at Third and Ash streets, shortly before 1:30 a.m., and received mutual aid assistance from the Brownstown, Vandalia, Altamont and Shumway departments.
    The building served as the home of First Christian Church from 1903-98, with a new home for the church built east of town in 1998.

  • City cites owner of old Walmart

    Because the building has not been maintained since its former occupant left, Vandalia officials were hoping that the owner would consider donating the former home of Walmart to the city or a local charity.
    Now, because the owner of that building has declined to even respond to that request, according to Mayor Rick Gottman, the city has issued ordinance violations in an attempt to get the problems with the property rectified.
    Walmart moved into its new Supercenter in June 2011, leaving its former home at Veterans Avenue and Randolph Street empty.

  • Keeping research going

    Two parties who hooked up last year to continue ag research in Fayette County have agreed to continue that partnership.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees have signed a three-year agreement through which KC’s agriculture students can continue research work at the former home of the University of Illinois Agronomy Research Center south of Brownstown.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 22

    ✔ "Bling It On," a fundraiser for the Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary will be held from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Thursday and from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, will be held in the Fayette County Hospital Community Room in the main lobby. It will offer infant, youth and adult sports clothing, personalized items, jewelry and handbags.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library. 283-2824.

  • Lady Vandals Girls Basketball Awards
  • St. Elmo/Brownstown Basketball Awards
  • Bombers, Lady Eagles defeated last week

    Brownstown/St. Elmo lost to Hillsboro, 11-1, last Friday at Bob Page Field in Brownstown.
    Nate Philpot, Caleb Atwood, Bryton Pruett and Alex Higgs each had one hit for the Bombers. Philpot had the team’s lone RBI, and Pruett had a double.
    Philpot took the loss, giving up four runs and just three hits, striking out seven and walking four.

    St. Elmo/Brownstown fell to Clay City/North Clay last Thursday, 8-5, in a home contest.