Today's News

  • Fall Festivals

    The area was full of fall festivals this past weekend.

  • Community Garden festival is Saturday

    The seed for the Little Community Garden in Vandalia was planted about 12 years ago and has flourished and grown under the capable hands and loyal commitment (plus inspiration and  perspiration) of local Master Gardeners and willing volunteers.

    As the garden grew, so did the number of people who joined in the works that have to be done to raise a clean and neatly kept, productive plot of ground, while also adding to its natural beauty with the addition of blooming, colorful flowers and trees.  

  • Council rejects adding liquor licenses for gaming

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday not to increase the number of liquor licenses, which would have allowed two businesses to receive gaming licenses.
    In a 6-2 vote, the council essentially rejected the requests from 4 Aces, which had planned to put gaming machines at 1611 Veterans Ave., next to Midland States Bank; and Spin2Win, which planned to have machines at 337 Mattes in Vandalia Commons.

  • Four arrested as 1 is sought

    A team of several law enforcement agencies that descended upon a residence in rural Beecher City last Wednesday for the arrest of one individual ended up taking four people into custody.
    And more arrests are likely as an investigation in that case continues.

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  • Lions hosting Harlem Ambassadors

    The Vandalia Lions Club is bringing the Harlem Ambassadors to town.
    The Ambassadors will face the Fayette County Knights, "an eclectic group of local leaders and celebrities," in a basketball game in the Vandalia Community High School gym at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15.
    The game will feature "Harlem-style comedy basketball featuring high-flying slam dunks, games with kids and hilarious comedy."
    Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students ages 4-16. They are available at First National Bank in Vandalia.

  • Mulberry Grove tops BES in EIC championship

    Derek Childress scattered seven six hits in recording a shutout win for Mulberry Grove in the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament championship game at Deken Park in St. Elmo.

  • Vandals top Litchfield in double OT, 50-48

    The Vandals kept their hopes for postseason play alive with a homecoming win over Litchfield on Friday, but did so after fighting off a strong comeback effort by the Purple Panthers.

  • Our disasters include tornadoes, quakes

    Visiting last week with my sister, Sandy, our conversation turned to earthquakes.
    Sandy left Illinois, and its accompanying earthquakes and tornadoes, when she was 18. She married James “Zeke” Sampson, a Navy man, and he took her to the world of hurricanes and rapid deployment.
    After living in Norfolk, Va., where she witnessed several hurricanes and had her first son, the family was stationed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station, Puerto Rico, with its tropical depressions and daily 3 p.m. deluges.