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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Shawn M. Durbin, 21, 3070 Wonder Trail, Fillmore, was arrested on Aug. 25 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $5,000, and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Rick J. Daniels, 56, Smithboro, was arrested on Aug. 25 on petition to revoke his bond for failed drug tests and failure to appear for tests. Bond was $100,000.
    • A 17-year-old Vandalia resident was arrested on Aug. 24 on an alleged probation violation. The youth was taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.

  • News Briefs

    Mark Meadows elected a VVFD chief
    At its monthly meeting on Aug. 13, the members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department elected Mark Meadows to the position of second assistant chief.
    Meadows, a VVFD member since 2004, succeeds Michael Brown, who resigned earlier this summer upon moving to Atlanta, Ga., for his job. Brown, a member since 1998, was elected second assistant chief in February 2013.

    Brownstown VFW holding Gut Check

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 28

    ✔ The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold its annual crop survey on Thursday morning, and its annual crop survey report and steak dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Farm Bureau building at 1125 N. Sunset Drive in Vandalia. Tickets for the dinner are $5 each and may be purchased at the Farm Bureau office or from any Farm Bureau director.
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.

  • Work to raise funds for pool project continues

    Having completed drawings that show the finished product, engineers for the Vandalia Swimming Pool project are now working on designs for the project.

  • Kids' cardboard show, races added to car show at lake

    The fifth annual car show at Vandalia Lake this weekend will include races, but cars and trucks in the show will not be used in those races.
    Instead, the races will have children competing against each other in cardboard cars that they have created.
    The Vandalia Lions Club is again sponsoring the show, which will be held on Saturday in the lake marina campgrounds.

  • Battling the Heat

    Isabella Walk, the daughter of Brian and Amanda Walk, wipes the sweat from her brow while riding in the Prairie Days Parade on Saturday.

    She was riding with her sister, Jordan. Their entry promoted this year's FuNFest, set for Oct. 4. Jordan is fighting neurofibromatosis, and the FuNFest raises money for the battle against that disease.

  • Lincoln here on Sept. 6r

    As he did as a young lawyer, traveling from circuit to circuit, Abraham Lincoln will be traversing through Central Illinois.
    And the Vandalia Statehouse will be one of Lincoln’s stops.
    The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced late last week that a Lincoln historic interpreter will visit state historic sites in Lerna, Bement and Vandalia next Saturday.
    The Statehouse is the final stop in his journey, with Lincoln scheduled to be at the state’s oldest existing capitol from 7-9 p.m.

  • A Path is Chosen

    After holding a number of public hearings and receiving comments from residents, the Illinois Department of Transportation has formed preferred alternatives for four lanes of U.S. Route 51 through this area.

  • Bradley's TD, 3 INTs highlight scrimmage

    VANDALIA – Junior Bobby Bradley scored on a 40-yard touchdown run one play after an interception by sophomore Preston Ruckman for the only scoring in last Friday’s Red/White scrimmage, giving the Red team a 6-0 victory.

    Bradley rumbled down the field and scored with 3:44 left in the 20-minute scrimmage for the longest play of the game. He finished with 59 yards on five carries.

  • Report: Patton will get called up

    South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton will soon be called up the Texas Rangers, according to a report in Monday’s edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    According to the report, Patton is the only Rangers prospect that General Manager Jon Daniels would confirm will get a September call-up when MLB rosters expand to 40 players.