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Today's News

  • Ethel Augenstein still going strong at 95-plus

    Ethel Augenstein’s name has been almost synonymous with good food during her 95 1/2 years.

    Although she held down other jobs in her earlier years, she found her way to various restaurants, schools and church kitchens in the area, and there she remained, assuring anyone who partook of her cooking good food.

    Ethel, however, did get out of the kitchen(s) long enough to live an interesting and active life, a fulfilling life as a wife and mother, and a useful life to her community, organizations, and her church…and still is. 

  • Look at making changes to town branch

    Sunday evening’s deluge was not your typical summer thunderstorm.

    The strong cell that dumped wave after wave of torrential rain on Fayette County caused considerable damage in low-lying areas.

    Neighborhoods near the Town Branch in Vandalia were particularly hard hit.

  • Storm damage assessment continues

    Three days after what many are describing as the worst storm they’ve ever witnessed in Vandalia, city officials are continuing to gather information that they hope will be sufficient to warrant financial aid from the state.

    Vandalia’s public works employees are continuing to pick up debris from the Sunday evening storm, which brought high winds and more than 6 inches of rain in less than two hours, and Public Works Director John Moyer estimated on Monday that the cleanup could take up to a week.

  • Price stays young by exercising, serving his community

    Though he came from very humble beginnings, the Rev. Norris Price has fashioned a life that is rich in all the important ways.

    At the age of 77, he is still vital, healthy and involved. And he maintains an intellectual curiosity that keeps life interesting.

    “I grew up in the country southwest of Ramsey,” Price said. “I suppose we were considered poor. There wasn’t much cash, but we never went hungry. And we had a lot of fun.”

    From an early age, he demonstrated a thirst for knowledge and a fascination with people.

  • Mormon influence felt in Fayette County

    In early spring 1839 George Washington Hickerson had a vision – and in 1866, when he wrote his life story, his vision was preserved for posterity.

    One of the three children of William Loving and Malinda Luster Hickerson, George, along with brother, Andrew Jackson Hickerson, served in the Black Hawk War from Fayette County. George wrote in his memoirs that he was elected major of the militia in Fayette County.

  • Do you have storm damage?

    The city of Vandalia is collecting damage reports as it attempts to receive assistance from the state. File a report at Vandalia City Hall as soon as possible.

  • School district still holding strong financially

    In its final meeting of the fiscal year, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a revised budget for the nearly completed year and heard from the superintendent that the district remains in good financial shape.

     “The hay’s not in the barn yet,” said Superintendent Rich Well, noting that the fiscal year didn’t end until midnight Wednesday, “but we’re looking very good. We’re where we are right now because we’ve been good stewards of our money.”

  • McNutt enjoys serving the elderly, those with special needs

    Many words could describe Eleanore McNutt – upbeat, optimistic, energetic, creative, fun-loving, caring, modest, cooperative and willing to work. The list of good qualities could go on.

    Among her most notable qualities are her compassion and compatibility for elderly adults and for those special people who need a special person to understand them.

  • Smith rushes to aid neighbor

    Like many other Vandalia residents, Christopher Smith was watching the onset of Sunday evening’s thunderstorm. He knew that it was going to be a big storm when he saw lightning strike just a short distance from his home.

    Instead of running for cover, however, Smith ran to help a neighbor.

    Smith said that he and a friend were at his house in the 1400 block of North Seventh Street, listening to a scanner to get information about the weather.

  • Vandalia coaching legend dead at 82

    Since football was reinstated at Vandalia High School in 1950, the Vandals have had 12 winning seasons. Of those 12, one season jumps out more than the others – the 1963 season, in which the Vandals went 9-0.

    On June 17, Don Schnake, 82, the architect of the Vandalia's lone perfect season, died following a short battle with lung cancer.

    Schnake spent eight years on the sidelines as head coach of the VCHS football team, compiling a record of 29-34. He had two winning seasons during his tenure, the perfect season of 1963 and an 8-1 mark in 1964.