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Today's News

  • Head blight threatens Illinois' wheat plants

    Research results from the 2011 Fusarium head blight evaluations are now available on the University of Illinois Variety Testing website for growers to consider when choosing wheat varieties this fall.

  • Harvest In High Gear

    Aaron Draege, in the combine, and Allen Handigan, in the tractor pulling grain cart, harvest corn Monday in a field southwest of Vandalia.

    Area fields are yielding up to 180 bushels per acre, with some spots producing considerably less due to the difficult weather conditions this growing season.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 6

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured 73 years ago, grew up in the Mulberry Grove area.

  • The Way We Were Oct. 6

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk and city treasurer, but approved an ordinance setting all alderman salaries at $4,000. Before, half of the aldermen were making $4,000 and half were making $3,600.
    The Vandalia Vandals football team earned a spot in the postseason playoffs by trouncing Shelbyville, 48-0.

  • First murder in Ramsey never solved

    The first murder of Ramsey Township took place early in the evening of Nov. 22, 1872.  It was a cowardly act, and the perpetrator was never found and charged.
    Thomas Francis "Frank" Little was sitting in the front room of his home with his sisters, Laura, Sarah Deborah and 12-year-old Emily. A lamp was lit, and Frank and the girls were seated around the room, spending the evening in song.

  • Information on suicide given at school program

    Suicide. Few other topics leave us with more questions and fewer answers.
    It’s a problem that isn’t discussed enough to allow us to understand the causes, let alone give us tools to help prevent those around us from seeing it as a way out when the going gets tough.
    Dr. Elizabeth Laden-Gross hopes to change all that.
    A volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Laden-Gross will be addressing students, teachers and community residents in Farina and Vandalia next week.

  • Shriner Newspaper Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday as Shriners' Hospitals Newspaper Days Roadblock Day in Vandalia. With Gottman is Tim McMillan, president of the Old National Trail Shrine Club. This Saturday, local Shriners will be handing out newspapers telling the story of Shriners' Hospitals for Children and accepting donations.

  • Suicide prevention programs are set

    Dr. Elizabeth Ladin-Gross, a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will visit the South Central and Vandalia school districts next week.
    Ladin will speak to physical education students at SCHS throughout the day on Tuesday, will meet with faculty and staff after school and make a community/parent presentation from 6-7 p.m. in the SCHS gym.

  • Man acquitted at jury trial

    A Vandalia man charged with taking an exhaust fan from outside a downtown business was acquitted by a Fayette County jury earlier this week.
    After deliberating only a short time on Tuesday morning, the jury returned a not guilty verdict in the trial for Jeremiah R.L. Kenner.
    Kenner, 33, 318 N. Fifth St., was charged in March with theft more than $500. The charge alleged that Kenner stole an exhaust fan from outside Old Capitol View Restaurant and Lounge at 401 W. Gallatin St.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-OCt. 6

    • Scott P. White, 39, 106 S. Maple St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Oct. 4 for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge and a small claims matter. Bond was $5,300.
    • Isa A. Abdur-Rahman, 37, Jamaica, N.Y., was arrested on Oct. 3 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and speeding. Bond was $1,500.
    • Marvin A. Rodriguez, 41, Castlerock, Colo., was arrested on Oct. 3 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.