Today's News

  • Foxworth is speaker at final Lenten Luncheon

    The final Lenten Luncheon of the year was held at Northside Christian Church, with the message of this year’s theme, “The Good News That Brought Christ to the Cross.”

  • ICC, city agree on rail plan

    A little more than two months after proposing large-scale changes to two downtown rail crossings in Vandalia, the Illinois Commerce Commission has agreed to one change in that area of town.
    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman told the city council on Monday that the ICC had agreed to the plan supported by the city. That plan includes only one change – limiting Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets to eastbound traffic.

  • Losing a landmark

    Vandalia is losing one of its major landmarks, a community building that has been unusable in recent years because of a couple of health and safety issues.

  • Hubler unseats Clark

    In the only contested race in Vandalia on Tuesday, Kenneth Hubler defeated incumbent Neil Clark for a seat on the Vandalia City Council.
    In the race for a Ward I seat, in which only 37 of the eligible voters turned out, Hubler gained 22 votes to Clark’s 15.
    Overall, less than 7 percent of the registered voters went to the polls on election day.
    Hubler was one of three aldermen elected on Tuesday. Russ Stunkel, in Ward II, and B. John Clark, in Ward III, won re-election to their seats. Stunkel received 27 votes, and Clark received 67.

  • Attempted murder charge filed

    One day after a Vandalia man was arrested on four counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, one of those counts was upgraded to attempted first-degree murder.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The two kids in this photo, which was taken in the early 1940s, are cousins; their mothers were sisters. Both live in the Shobonier area.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – The Vandalia City Council voted to designate four parking spaces downtown for special uses – two for 15-minute parking in front of First Bank and First National Bank and two for disabled/handicapped parking.
    Ramsey Lions Club members were planning their annual community sale.
    The Rev. Edward Lucas of First Pentecostal Church was honored by his congregation for 25 years as a minister.

    30 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Memories

    Fred Cohoon posted on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page this photo of the students at Woodyard School taken in September 1932.

  • The Lincolns are returning to town

    In a little more than a week, Vandalia will be host to the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Presenters annual convention. Vandalia’s own “Abe,” Lewis Clymer is this year’s host being joined by his daughter, Joy, in welcoming the Lincoln Presenters. In fact, the entire town is getting in on the action.

  • Parks forum is Thursday

    Do you have a strong opinion on whether the Vandalia Park District should allow the presence of alcohol at softball games and special events in the city's parks? If so, next Thursday is the time to voice those opinions.
    The park district is holding a public hearing on the issue at 6 p.m. next Thursday in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.