Today's News

  • National dirt track racing series coming to Brownstown

    A national dirt racing tour will make a stop at Fayette County Speedway this Friday night.

    The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour returns to Brownstown at 7 p.m., and racers in the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will be also be racing.

    For local racers, all races will be worth double points.

    The gates to the speedway will open at 3 p.m., and ticket prices are:

    •Pit passes: $35
    •Ages 13 and up: $25
    •Ages 8-12: $10
    •Ages 7 and under: free

  • PHOTO: ECI beats Jr. Legion

    East-Central Illinois Liberty, a traveling team coached by Vandalia's Rich Well and Nick Casey, defeated the Vandalia Jr. Legion squad, 14-3, last Tuesday at Vandalia Mutual Field.

  • Irwin Telescopic helps local schools

    Something special is going on among the employees at Irwin Telescopic Seating Co. in Altamont, previously known as Folding Bleacher Co.

  • Police investigate second robbery

    For the second time in about seven weeks, a Vandalia convenience store has been robbed at gunpoint.
    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray said that city officers were called to the Circle K station at 127 W. Gallatin St. at about 3 a.m. on Saturday for a report of an armed robbery.
    According to Ray, a male entered the store and displayed a handgun to a Circle K employee and demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash.

  • City OKs TIF for South Central FS

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a Tax Increment Financing agreement with South Central FS for the cooperative’s new facility near the city western Interstate 70 interchange.
    It also began working on the extension of water and sewer lines to that area that would both serve the new FS facility and aid in the future development of that area.

  • City working with rail line buyers

    The city of Vandalia took the first step on Monday to working with a local resident to revive the local rail line as a way of boosting local economic development efforts.

  • Sr. Legion Firecracker Classic canceled

    Vandalia's Sr. Legion team was scheduled to play in the Mattoon Firecracker Classic this weekend, but rains in that area plus delays in the Jr. Legion half of that tournament has forced the Sr. Legion portion of the event to be canceled.

    Post 95 will still be in action, however, traveling to Bluford for a doubleheader on Thursday at 4 p.m., hosting St. Anthony in a nine-inning game on Friday at 6 p.m. and traveling to Lincoln on Sunday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

  • Farina sets Fourth of July plans

    The Farina 4th of July Celebration will start at 2 p.m. with signup for the parade at the old grade school and the horses at Kelly Welch's house.

    The parade with start at 3:00, with games starting in the park at 4:00. Bingo and the cake walk will begin at 5 p.m., as does the entertainment of the South Central High School and Middle School Music Departments.

    At 5:45 p.m., well-known magician Chris Egelston will perform. There will be demonstrations of Zumba and karate in the park.

  • Frogtown News

    Zak French and Rachel Schnmidt were married on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights. The Rev. Tom Molini performed the ceremony. Zack is the son of Mike and Jill Butts of St. Peter.
    Charles “Chuck” Dunaway formerly of this area, died on June 14, 2013. Services were held at Zion Lutheran Church in New Palestine, Ind.
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  • Brownstown-Sefton

    From The Chicken Roost
    Blackie and Rhonda’s Mystery Eggs – Blackie and Rhonda’s (hens) have always made a production of producing nice, big, brown eggs. However, recently, there was a reduction in the size of the eggs in both hens!
    We could understand maybe a slight change in one, but we are puzzled why both seemed to slack off in the size of their eggs at the same time.
    Sneaky Pate, the wily wolf, had been sighted a couple of times, but would anxiety and/or fear cause a reduction in egg size?