Local News

  • Remembering those who rest anonymously

    Though it’s been a long time since Betsy Brannon Mills lived in Vandalia, she still has a deep love for the community and its people, including those who lived here long before she was born.

  • Residents air concerns about new dog park

    As they discussed the ongoing development of a dog park, Vandalia Park District commissioners listened to concerns about the park from residents of that area.
    Commissioner Steve Hawkins reported at the park board’s March meeting that the development of the dog park in the district park at the east end of Madison Street had included the installation of a fence on the south side of the park.

  • Park board OKs ordinance for swimming pool bonds

    The Vandalia Park Board of Commissioners last Tuesday took another step toward funding the major rehabilitation of its community swimming pool.
    At a special meeting, commissioners approved an ordinance for alternate bonds, which would generate $390,000 toward the pool project, estimated to cost about $1.275 million.
    They planned to meet again this week to approve another ordinance, one for general obligation bonds that would generate another $353,000.

  • Mitchell sentenced to prison

    Adrian Mitchell, 24, of St. Elmo, was sentenced to prison on Monday after admitting that she had violated her probation.
    Mitchell, who was originally convicted on a charge of theft, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
    The office of Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison filed a motion to revoke her probation.
    Judge M. Don Sheafor Jr. sentenced Mitchell to 40 months with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

  • Bethel Baptist announces Easter services

    Bethel Baptist Church, located northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185, has announced its schedule for Easter services:
    • Thursday, April 2 – Maundy Thursday services. Worship will be centered on "The Seven Last Words of Christ."
    • Easter Sunday – 7 a.m., sunrise services; 7:30 a.m., Easter breakfast; 9 a.m., Sunday School; and 10:15 a.m., Bethel choir Easter cantata – "Run to the Cross."
    The public is invited to participate in the church's services.


  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 26

    ✔ The 26th annual Antique Tractor Show at Village Square Mall in Effingham will be held through Sunday. It is sponsored by the Triple A Allis-Chalmers Club Inc. For more information, call 238-4775 or 483-6241.
    ✔ 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.

  • Final 'Season of Entertainment' Performance
  • Brownstown VFW Post 9770 shows off its new home

    Members of Brownstown VFW Post 9770 showed off their new home to area residents during an open house and chili/soup supper on Saturday, March 14.

  • New Post 9770 Home

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman and Brownstown Village President Ginny Wilbur, center, do the honors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Saturday at the new home of Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

    More about the new VFW building will appear in next week's issue.

  • Barbara Fairchild Performs in Vandalia