Today's News

  • Amateur radio Field Day will be held June 22-23

    On-air demonstrations, satellite communications and emergency preparedness activities are on tap for members of the Old Capital Amateur Radio Club as they gear up to celebrate Amateur Radio Week, June 22-23.
    During Amateur Radio Week, enthusiasts will put on demonstrations, give talks to community groups and take part in other activities to raise awareness about Amateur Radio.

  • Deem – 50 years

    Rod and Sharon Deem of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday.
    The Deems, who met while Rod was teaching in Altamont, were married on June 2, 1963, in Altamont.

  • Howard – 50 years

    Ronnie and Mary Howard will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15.
    A special, early celebration was held at the Wisconsin Dells.

    Ronnie and Mary were married on June 15, 1963, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Elmo.
    They are the parents of two sons: Matthew and his wife Rhonda, and Jeffery and his wife Chris.
    They have six grandchildren: Brady, Madison, Maisie, Courtney, Brandi, and Jacqulyn and her husband Jordan Grace.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings, pictured in 1938, lived in Loogootee.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team finished fourth in the state wrestling tournament, bringing home a trophy for the fourth year in a row.
    A panel of Fifth District Appellate Court judges upheld the conviction of Shobonier man Rocky Bennyhoff. Bennyhoff was convicted of reckless homicide for his part in a 1995 wreck that resulted in the death of two Vandalia teens.
    George Ryan, the Illinois Secretary of State who was a candidate for governor, was the guest speaker at the Lincoln Day dinner in Vandalia.

  • Duels were used to settle personal issues

    As far as my research shows, there has never been a duel fought in Vandalia. There have been a couple of hangings, whippings meted out by the local sheriff, according to law, a few murders and a tarring and feathering or two, but no duels.
    Duels were an accepted way for gentlemen of honor to settle “difficulties” of a personal character in the early days of Illinois.

  • Sharing the road with ag vehicles not an easy task

    Usually, we run editorials about safely sharing the roads with farm equipment in April. We do it then because in most years, that’s when our farmers are most active traveling to and from fields during the planting season.
    Not this year.
    This spring’s persistent rains have produced soggy fields that – until recently – made it impossible for farmers to get into the fields. Thus, the planting season didn’t even get under way until well into May. And it’s not done yet.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:

    John Edward Mars III
    Kelcey Lee Ann Elder
    John William Hutchins
    Cumberland, Maine
    Hannah Joy Vanderhart
    James Warren Benson
    Lisa Kay Matthews
    Nicholas Merritt Schulze
    Sarah Brianne Ehrat
    John Henry Lhommedieu

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Harold B. O’Neal Jr., 57, Memphis, Tenn., was arrested on June 4 on charges of failure to report an accident and failure to notify of damage. Bond was $1,500.
    • David E. Blankenship, 53, 1407 W. Main St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 4 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,500.
    • Gregory B. Stoner, 46, 415 E. Cumberland Road, St. Elmo, was arrested on June 4 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 6

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, June 7

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-6 p.m. at Brownstown High School.
    Saturday, June 8