Today's News

  • Weekend activities at Carlyle Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing for a fun and safe weekend in celebrating Independence Day at Carlyle Lake.  Family-oriented activities will be taking place throughout the weekend, and all activities are free and open to the public.
    The highlight of the weekend activities will be the Fireworks Spectacular shot from Point 1 at dusk on Saturday, June 29.  
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers educational programs in the campgrounds and beaches every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the recreation season.

  • 4-H Foundation to raffle off Cardinals tickets

    Ehrhardt Tool and Machine of Granite City has donated four St. Louis Cardinals tickets to the Fayette County Extension Foundation to auction off at the Fayette County Livestock Committee’s 4-H Auction.
    The auction will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.  The tickets will be the last item auctioned off at the 4-H Auction that evening.
    The tickets are for seats behind the third base dugout for the Sept. 23 game against the Washington Nationals. The face value of the tickets is $440.  

  • Armadillo Found
  • Five Generations
  • Reunion

    The Hoffman family reunion was held on June 16 at Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    Four Hoffman families were represented at the reunion, those of Leonard, Harry, Edmund and Arnold.
    A member of the Harry Hoffman family, Ed Hoffman, will celebrate his 100th birthday on Aug. 9.
    Members of Albert Hoffman’s family present were: Evelyn Probst of Ramsey; Connie Weller of Bethalto; Gail Greer of O’Fallon; Peyton Greer of Austin, Texas; May Della Probst of Bingham; Alan Probst of Fillmore; and Keith and Donna Probst, Connor and Gretchen of Estherville, Iowa.

  • Saying Farewell

    Irene Webber, left, and Katie Schukar, right, reminisce with Bob Lindberg, retiring executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, at a reception held in his honor last Thursday.

    Both women had children who needed the services offered at a sheltered workshop and were instrumental in getting FAYCO established in 1976. With Lindberg's retirement, Kim Taylor will be taking over the leadership of the organization.

  • Illinois Farm Bureau rolls out new brand tagline: 'Farm.Family.Food.'

    The Illinois Farm Bureau last week launched an updated brand and new tagline – “Farm. Family. Food.” – in an effort to tell both IFB members and the general public more about who the organization represents and for what it stands.
    “While IFB is known as an advocate for agriculture, we would like to better reflect to our members and public the full scope of what we do,” said IFB President Philip Nelson.

  • United Fund Distribution

    The Fayette County United Fund recently distributed funds to a number of area organizations, which are represented in the photo above.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured with his younger sister about 65 years ago, grew up in Seminary Township. He lives in Vandalia and his sister lives in Ohio.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Beulah Brown of Vandalia was named the recipient of a Governor’s Award for Unique Achievement. The award recognized Brown’s outstanding contributions to caring for elderly people.
    Robert and Corrine Baggett of Vandalia took a Caribbean cruise to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.
    The student council at Vandalia Community High School spent a little more than $1,000 for outdoor steel furniture that was installed outside the VCHS gym.