Today's News

  • Demolition completed – now what?

    What happens with what remains after buildings at the northwest corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets in downtown Vandalia were demolished? That issue spurred several different discussions at Monday’s city council meeting.

  • Frazier, Daulbaugh named to Y posts

    The person who has served as the interim chief executive officer of the Family YMCA of Fayette County has had the interim part of his title removed.

  • Project Going Swimmingly
  • Pedestrian fatally injured in crash early Monday

    A Mulberry Grove woman was killed when struck by a vehicle as she walked along U.S. Route 40 near St. Elmo early Monday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Crystal L. Snider, 32, was walking along Route 40 about two miles west of St. Elmo shortly after midnight when she was hit by a 2002 Buick Rendezvous driven by Arik Warner, 30, of Brownstown.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, who pronounced Snider dead at the scene at 1:12 a.m., said that Snider was walking with a friend when the crash occurred.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Oct. 8

    ✔ Evans Public Library's homeschool group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in attending should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Harvest Festival is this Saturday

    Oh, Master Gardeners and Volunteers,
    How Does Your Garden Grow?
    “With volunteers to toil, in the good, rich, soil
    and willing hands to water, weed and hoe.”

  • Man struck by train early Sunday


  • Golden Circle Menus

      Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit. Meals are prepared by Deb's Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation is $2.60 for meals.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This husband and wife, in a photo taken before the 1956 prom at Vandalia Community High School, both graduated from VCHS and the University of Illinois.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 –  The cost of extending sewer lines to Vandalia’s western Interstate 70 interchange was less than expected. Thus, Mayor Rich Walker was proposing additional infrastructure improvements, including new sewer lines and manholes along the river bottoms in the city.
    Judge Dennis Middendorff ruled that Stuart Heaton, a Bluff City man convicted of murder in 1992, could continue to use a Chicago law firm. Jenner & Block took on Heaton’s case on a pro bono (free) basis.