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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 – A children’s activity area was added to the schedule for the Grande Levée. The area was sponsored by Baroque Folk, and was staffed by members of Vandalia Girl Scout Troop No. 381.
    Tonya Cox was valedictorian of the class of 1993 at Vandalia Community High School, and Arpad Walker was salutatorian.
    Tiffany Slater was valedictorian of the graduating class at Patoka High School, and Jennifer Britt was salutatorian.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: This resident of St. Elmo and graduate of Brownstown High School served a long tenure on the Fayette County Board, including a stint as its chairman.

  • Another loss could be worse

    Sadly, downtown Vandalia lost another business and building to fire late Monday night and early morning. While we mourn yet another such loss to a business district that has taken big hits due to catastrophy.
    And while we lament over the fire that destroyed Capitol View Restaurant at Fourth and Gallatin streets, we have to at the same time remain thankful that the loss could have been much, much bigger.
    The credit for that goes to Vandalia's volunteer firefighters, with assistance from Brownstown firemen.

  • Frogtown News

    Short Trip
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter traveled to Kentucky to attend the 400-Mile Yard Sale.
    They spent the night in Paducah on Thursday and traveled to Hopkinsville on Friday.
    On Saturday, they went to Jackson, Mo., to watch grandson, Dru Eller compete in a baseball tournament.
    They returned home on Sunday.
    Birth
    Sam and Shayla Stock are the parents of a son, born on May 29, 2018. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long, and has been named Kru Richard.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Brownstown VBS Schedules
    • Brownstown First Christian Church – June 4-8, 6-8:15.
    “Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus.” VBS kickoff carnival Sunday, June 3, 4-6 p.m.
    • Liberty Christian Church – June 18 – 21.
    “Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus.”
    Tarzan, the Little Frog is back…
    … and we think he is courting a little girl tree frog. He is again hanging around our back deck and often sings to us when we are out side.

  • St. Elmo News

    Announcements 

  • Matar awarded Medal of Valor

    A Charleston firefighter and paramedic who is a former Vandalia resident and volunteer firefighter was awarded a Medal of Valor on Monday night for his actions during a fire on Interstate 57 early last month.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Bradley J. Ulery, 19, 207 E. Third St., Ramsey, was arrested on June 4 on a charge of no valid driver’s license. Bond was $1,500.
    • Lawrence M. Simpson II, 46, 1858 Old Park Ave., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on June 4 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. No bond information was listed.
    • Joseph L. Durmm, 41, 921 N. 880 St., Shobonier, was arrested on June 4 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Wednesday, June 6

    ✔ Bingo is held at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, starting at 7 p.m., with Lightning at 5:30 p.m.

    Thursday, June 7

    ✔ A Mission Possible rummage sale for charity to benefit SAFE (Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies) will be held this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at The Back Pain Center, 427 W. Orchard St. The rummage sale is from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday. Mission Possible is a charity within Irwin Seating Co. in Altamont. Proceeds will be used to support the SAFE missions and the families it serves.

  • Thrill Hill bridge now open

    Though the state still needs to complete an inspection on the new Thrill Hill bridge, that bridge is now open for traffic.