Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 20

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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.

  • Engineers: Buildings need to come down

    The second opinion is the same as the first – three buildings at Vandalia's main downtown interection need to be demolished.

    Vandalia officials received on Thursday a written report in which structural engineers Dave Clark and Mike Vandergast gave the findings of their inspection of buildings at 501, 503 and 507 W. Gallatin Street on Monday.

    The engineers with ESI Consultants LTD. in Charleston said that the buildings should "be demolished as safely and expeditiously as possible."

  • Fehren built that building

    When I heard the news Monday of the collapse of the roof of a building located on the 500 block of Gallatin Street I had trouble in my minding figuring out where this was. Had the reporter mentioned the Pitkin building or the name of Mathias Fehren, my mind would have zeroed in on the correct building, but those names are ancient history.

  • Arrests prove that people help fight crime

    On the front page of this issue, we have a story telling how two individuals were arrested for a number of local burglaries. Those arrests were possible through the help of a private citizen.
    Among the items stolen on Sunday were credit cards, and when one of the cards couldn't be validated at a Salem business, the employee handling the transaction got suspicious. So, he wrote down the license plate of the car driven by the person attempting to use the card.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

     This week's photo: This photo of two brothers was taken about 60 years ago. One lives in Altamont and is retired from World Color Press, and the other lives in Indiana and is retired from two companies he owned in that state.

  • Meeting on cover crops on Monday

    According to the recently released Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, “The adoption of cover crops as a routine management practice may provide the best means of achieving large reductions in nutrient losses, particularly in the southern two-thirds of the state.” This strategy calls for a 45-percent reduction in phosphorus reaching the Mississippi River.

  • FNB celebrating 150th anniversary on Saturday

    First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka and Mulberry Grove is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and parties are being held in each community First National Bank serves.
    The Vandalia celebration is this Saturday, from 4-8 p.m., at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.  
    The celebration will include free food, such as pulled pork sandwiches; prize drawings, facepainting, a rope maker, and a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course.

  • HCE holding human trafficking seminar Thursday

    The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board is presenting a free seminar on awareness of the sordid practice of human trafficking – the bondage, bartering and selling of humans for profit.

  • Alert salesman aids quick arrests for burglaries

    Less than 20 hours after it received the first of numerous burglary reports, Vandalia Police arrested two individuals believed to be responsible for those thefts.
    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray said that those arrests were possible because of an alert salesman at a store where there was an attempt to use a stolen credit card.
    On Monday, Gordon A. Michaelson, 37, of Rosco, and Scott A. Kilgore, 45, of Matteson, were charged with a Class 3 felony charge of theft of more than $500. Kilgore was also charged with possession of a fraudulent ID card, a Class 4 felony.