Today's News

  • 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.

  • Bombers held to 3 hits in opener

    Brownstown/St. Elmo was held to just three hits in a season-opening loss to Effingham St. Anthony.
    Bryton Pruett, Nate Philpot and Nick Rosborough singled for the Bombers in the away contest.
    Jace McWhorter took the loss, giving up five runs while allowing six hits, striking two and walking three.
    The Bombers open at home this Friday against Altamont.

  • Lady Vandals tennis opens with loss to Shelby

    The Lady Vandals tennis squad opened their season with a loss at Shelbyville on Tuesday, 9-0.
    Jaden Johnson held tough in her first set at No. 4 singles, falling 7-5, but could only pick up one game in the second set.
    Two freshmen, Riely Ward and Victoria Smith, got their first taste of varsity tennis at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, but faced some tough, experienced Shelbyville seniors

  • Lady Vandals get two more wins

    The Vandalia Junior High Lady Vandals picked up two more wins in the past week, defeated Carlyle last Thursday and pounding Pana for the second time this season on Tuesday.
    Holly Lidy got the win in the 8-2 victory against Carlyle, giving up five hits and one run, striking out eight and walking three in six innings.
    Delaney Kopp pitched the seventh inning, giving up a run, and two hits.
    Offensively, Kopp was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Anna Osborne drove in two runs for the Lady Vandals.