Today's News

  • Ross served county, state & nation

    In my last column, we were introduced to attorney H.P.H. Bromwell, who ran a newspaper in Vandalia in 1852, went on to join the bar and then became a Fayette County judge. Bromwell moved to Denver, Colo., in the 1870s, when it was still a territory, and helped Colorado become a state.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1988 – Darrell and Lana Potter and Larry and Pat Coughlin of St. Elmo opened the Midwest Country Antique Mall, the only antique mall located between Terre Haute, Ind., and St. Louis, Mo.
    Improvement work on the intake structure at Vandalia Lake was completed.

    40 Years Ago

    1978 – Charles Rummelin, who died in June 1977, willed the bulk of his estate to worthy causes that would enhance the general health and welfare of the community of Vandalia.

  • Shop local ... and document

    If you go outside Vandalia to purchase items not available locally, what were those items and where did you go to buy them.
    Those are the questions that the Vandalia Director of Economic Development Director Amber Daulbaugh and Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce would like to answer in the next couple of months.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These four siblings attended Vandalia schools grades K-12.

  • Feds release info on Fayette County Bank failure

    Federal authorities released on Tuesday information on the failure of Fayette County Bank last year.
    The Federal Reserve Board stated that in accordance with the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, it “conducted an in-depth review of the failure of Fayette County Bank, because the failure presented unusual circumstances warranted an in-depth review.
    According to the Federal Reserve, Fayette County Bank began operations as a state chartered bank on Feb. 26, 1915, in St. Elmo, and became an insured depository institution on Jan. 1, 1934.

  • Mayor gives his side of story on Saturday accident

    Responding to comments on social media that he termed slanderous, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman gave during Monday’s city council meeting the details of an auto accident on Saturday in which he was involved.
    Gottman said that he was backing from the drive at his mother’s residence when he hit a parked vehicle.

  • St. Elmo Schools hire Towler

    During a special session on Monday, the St. Elmo Board of Education hired Ashley Towler as the bookkeeper for the St. Elmo School District.
    Towler takes the position after serving as the secretary at Brownstown Junior/Senior High School.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Megan R. Zinkgraf, 20, 415 E. 1390 Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 1 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Christopher A. Goetz, 24, Pacific, Mo., was arrested on Oct. 1 for failure to appear in court. No bond information was listed.
    • Bryer N. Wempler, 30, 2340 US HWY 40, Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 1 for an alleged probation violation. Bond was $5,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 4

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia invites all women and young ladies to its business meeting at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse. All guests are welcome to purchase lunch, if they wish. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl at janice.hejl@gmail.com or 322-6538.

    Friday, October 5

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department will hold a children and family flu clinic for children and their parents only. By appointment only; call 283-1044, to make an appointment.