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Today's News

  • Water issue resolved

    What looked to be a lengthy meeting to discuss water line extensions to residents of the Vandalia Lake area turned out to be nothing much more than a brief informational meeting.
    Monday’s meeting was called by Mayor Rick Gottman to deal with complaints some lake area residents voiced last Monday about the city blocking Fayette Water’s extension of water lines to their homes.
    What those residents, and city aldermen, found out on Monday is that the city really has nothing to do with those water lines.

  • Let the Celebration Begin
  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Randall L. Buie, 52, St. Elmo, was arrested on Oct. 25 on a charge of disorderly conduct and an alleged probation violation. No bond information was listed.
    • David J. Henke, 54, Charlotte, N.C., was arrested on Oct. 25 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and driving in the wrong lane. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 27

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers are invited to attend this informational meeting. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • HCE holding Alzheimer's awareness program Nov. 5

    The name “Alzheimer’s,” and meaning of it, was practically unheard of by most people in the late 1950s. There was a mention, but very little written about it in most medical books.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia Vandals clobbered Breese Central, 30-6, to end the football season with a perfect 9-0 mark. The Vandals were to host Piasa Southwestern in the first round of postseason playoffs.
    Josephine Burtschi, a noted Vandalia historian who established The Little Brick House, died at the age of 87.
    A white male in a Chevrolet Blazer robbed First Bank in Vandalia, getting away with an undisclosed amount.

  • Good luck, Vandals

    If there's one thing you can say about the Vandalia Vandals football team, it's that they never give up.
    The Vandals wrapped up their regular season last Friday, securing a share of the South Central Conference crown with a win over Greenville that broke a 17-year losing streak to the Comets.
    Now, the Vandals gear up for a playoff battle with Tolono Unity this Saturday at 2 p.m. It looks to be a tough contest against a team that has become a perennial postseason participant.

  • Memories of trick-or-treating

    The season is upon us … I mean the season of “trick or treat.”
    My trick or treat days did not begin until I was about 7 years old – 1958.
    In those days, the candy gathering took up both Saturday and Sunday nights. My folks were parents of six kids, so at any given Halloween, there were at least four of us, each with a grocery sack, out begging for candy.
    My maternal grandmother, Edna Gum, lived in a little bungalow on the corner of Eighth and Randolph streets, and this was our base of operations.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young boy grew up and retired in Sefton, graduated from and worked for the University of Illinois College of Agriculture.

  • Church Briefs

    St. James chili supper, quilt auction

    St. James Lutheran Church at 727 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia will hold its annual chili supper and a vintage quilt auction from 4-7 p.m. this Thursday, prior to the Lions Club Halloween Parade.
    The menu includes chili, hot dog or peanut butter sandwich, dessert and drink. The cost is $6 per person.

    Bethel hosting Trunk or Treat