Today's News

  • Harpster-Jacquin

    Mahala Harpster of Villa Ridge, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Holaday-Graumenz

    Mackenzie Holaday and Mitchell Graumenz have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Ehrat-Schulze

    Sarah Ehrat of Vandalia and Nick Schulze of Effingham have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • One Last Battle

    The Brownstown High School cheerleaders perform a stunt as the Bombers starting lineup was introduced prior to Friday's home contest against St. Elmo.

    It was the final basketball game between the two basketball squads, as Brownstown and St. Elmo will have cooperative squads in all sports beginning with the next school year.

  • One Last Battle
  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 7

    ✔ 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, February 8

    ✔ "Liberty Road Band" will be performing from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Patoka Civic Center. Admission is $5. A potluck will be held.
    Saturday, February 9

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Andela M. Mace, 34, RR 2, Farina, was arrested on Feb. 4 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a misdemeanor charge. Bond was $100 cash.
    • Cindy M. Hodson, 53, 420 N. Second St., Vandalia, turned herself in on a warrant for a charge of theft more than $500. Bond was $10,000.
    • Jeremy R. Lippert, 20, Salem, was arrested on Feb. 5 for failure to appear in Marion County court on a charge of theft. Bond was $2,000.

  • Building Permits

    The city of Vandalia’s building and zoning department recently released the building permits for the second half of 2012.
    • Gail Smith – electrical upgrade at 538 S. Cypress St.
    • Robert Hayner – boat dock at 2232 Lake Hills Drive.
    • Joe Hubbard – Boat dock at Vandalia Lake lot 25.
    • David Blankenship – Privacy fence at 1411 W. Main St.
    • Kenneth Cunningham – Boat dock at lake lot 7.
    • Jane Lawinger – Sunroom at 1600 W. Fillmore St.

  • Reports of newspapers' demise exaggerated

    Back in 1897, James Ross Clemens was ill. Not-so-careful passing on of information resulted in word that Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name of Mark Twain, was dying in London.

  • Asking questions unfolds McManmie story

    Sometimes it just helps to ask.
    That is how I learned what I now know about Pvt. Isaac McManmie of Company G, 21st Arkansas Infantry, Confederate States of America (C.S.A.)