Today's News

  • New truck driver training sessions at KC are set

    Kaskaskia College has announced that new sessions of courses in the truck driver training session are scheduled to begin Aug. 19 and Sept. 16 in Centralia.
    KC has a 100-percent employment rate for those who complete the program, which is is a certificate program designed for an individual with no commercial driving experience.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Josie Attempts to be a Stowaway
    For the past two weeks or more, when we are “home,” we have been down the lane working at the new-to-us dream home, except when I am writing or trying to get caught up on the household duties here.
    Josie, the little 13-year-old “puppy,” does not like this situation, as it must seem to her that we are gone most of the time.
    I am too busy these days to sit by her or give her much personal, hands-on attention.
    When I am writing, sometimes she will get up on the arm of the couch to be close to me.

  • Frogtown News

    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter and grandchildren Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., spent Thursday through Sunday at the home of Mahala Harpster of Villa Ridge, Mo.
    On Friday, they visited Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Mo., and on Saturday, they went to Six Flags.
    They all returned home on Sunday.
    Visits Grandparents
    Tyson Urban, of Fort Wayne, Ind., spent last week with his grandparents, Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 165 . Luke Bergmann served as acolyte.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, August 8
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – An evening house fire in Vernon claimed the lives of Elzy and Pauline Gehrken.
    Brownstown Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Jones reported that the district needed to take on a construction project to ease overcrowding at the elementary school. The district filed an application for state funds to help with the project.
    The Vandalia City Council approved an ordinance allowing for massage therapy and tanning parlors in the city.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This 5-year-old, pictured in 1934, is an Oklahoma native but has lived in St. Elmo most of her life.

  • Book tells tale of trip to South Carolina

    Credit for the following adventure goes to my son, Mat. A couple of weeks ago,  he asked if I had ever heard of a Capt. Andrews from South Carolina, who was paid to come to Vandalia to pick up an old man, who wanted to come home. This was an entirely new story for me.

  • Area's generosity shown once again

    We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating again.
    Fayette County residents are among the most generous people anywhere. Period.
    We’ve seen people pitch in when natural disasters strike their neighbors. We’ve seen them gather around friends and family when they lose loved ones. And we’ve seen them respond selflessly when someone is stricken with a medical condition.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 8

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will meet at the Legion Home. The meal is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, August 9

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo from Vandalia Memories is a postcard from the collection of Larry Emerick.

    The postcard is an old view of Gallatin Street, with the 400 block in the foreground. At the left side of the postcard is the building that now houses Something Special Florist, and on the right side is the Hotel Evans, a five-story structure that was destroyed by a fire in the late 1960s.