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Today's News

  • Birthday

    Beulah Brown
    A bright and cheerful 90th birthday celebration for Beulah Brown was held at the home of Phyllis Rames.
    More than 20 women came to wish Beulah happy birthday and many more.
    Those present reminisced about her many years in Brownstown and Vandalia, and there were a few stories about her growing up just west of Effingham. She shared stories about her hundreds of students and travels.

  • Card Shower

    Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel of Vandalia will celebrate her 95th birthday on Wednesday, April 24.

    For those wishing to send cards, the address is: 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. 103, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Williams-Harrison

    Brittany Williams of St. Elmo and Eric Harrison of Shafter have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Drewes-Jones

    Mallory Jillian Drewes and Nicholas Curtis Jones have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • VonBehren - Etcheson

    Kayla VonBehren and Jacob Etcheson were united in marriage on Sept. 1, 2012, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young fireman, pictured in 1986, knew at the age of 2 that he wanted to be a fireman. He works at a Vandalia business and is a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Feuding neighbors common over the years

    This scene has played itself over several times in our county’s history.
    A farmer invests in a bull with a good bloodline. He advertises to his neighbors that – for a fee – the bull is available for breeding purposes.
    Down in Wilberton Township, Mr. Schaefer bought a bull. His neighbor’s fence just happened to collapse and, wouldn’t you know it, the next crop of calves had the unmistakable markings of Mr. Schaefer’s bull.

  • Get out and vote on next Tuesday

    Next Tuesday, area residents will go to polling places across the county to elect mayors, city council and village board members, school board members, and township officials. They also will decide on electrical aggregation propositions, trustees for community colleges and regional offices of education, park board members and library board members.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 4

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, April 6

  • Loogootee man dies in wreck

    A Fayette County man died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident late Monday afternoon.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Jay R. McConkey, 49, of Loogootee, was driving a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck on County Road 1500 North, about one mile east of St. James, when the vehicle left the roadway on the right.
    The state police said that the truck traveling along the right ditch for several hundred feet, then crossed the roadway to the left and went into a field, overturning several times.