Today's News

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    National Road birthday party Thursday

    The National Road Association of Illinois Interpretive Center in Vandalia will celebrate its sixth anniversary from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday.
    The celebration will include an address by Linda Hanabarger on the history of the National Road and Vandalia at 11 a.m. and a talk by Kathy Schultz on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page at 3 p.m.

    KC to hold charcoal drawing class

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • John D. Shelton, 32, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 9 for failure to appear in Clay County court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Michael A. Bubb, 63, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on Feb. 9 on a charge of possession of cannabis. No bond information was listed.
    • Randall L. Buie, 50, 306 E. Cumberland Road, St. Elmo, was arrested on Jan. 9 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,200.
    • Keith R. Myles, 21, Glen Carbon, was arrested on Feb. 8 on a charge of possession of cannabis. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The National Road Association of Illinois Interpretive Center in Vandalia will celebrate its sixth birthday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Linda Hanabarger will talk about the history of the National Road and Vandalia at 11 a.m., and Kathy Schultz will talk about the Vandalia Memories Facebook page at 3 p.m.

  • Toy drive is in memory of 6-year-old

    Chloe Nichole West was only 13 months old when she was diagnosed with pre B AL leukemia, which she battled for the next six years, until she passed on May 23, 2013. Her paternal grandmother, Jeanie West, shared Chloe’s story and expressed the desire for others to send new toys to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Chloe parents are Brian and Rebecca (Kathy) West.

  • Remembering Abe

    Lincoln's Birthday celebration included the Lincoln Victory Ball on Saturday (first photo) and a program on Sunday, with Kevin Kaegy (second photo) speaking at the Vandalia Statehouse on Ann Rutledge; at right is Linda Hanabarger.

  • 2-hour parking

    Because of complaints about two separate matters, a Vandalia City Council is again going to take a look at the two-hour parking limit on Gallatin Street.
    Alderman Mike Hobler asked that the issue be referred to the council’s streets committee last Monday after Police Chief Jeff Ray told aldermen about complaints related to the parking ordinance.
    Ray said that a number of individuals who rent apartments in Gallatin Street buildings have complained about not being able to park for extended periods, including overnight.

  • Land for new water plant

    The city of Vandalia took the first step toward the construction of a new water treatment plant by purchasing land for that facility.
    In a meeting that lasted just a few minutes on Monday evening, the city council approved the purchase of property on Jackson Street from the Rev. and Mrs. Peter Kolb.
    The property is located just west of the current water plant, with the sale including four lots, along with some additional property, according to Alderman Andy Lester.

  • Gift from Buffet Foundation

    Early on in his first term as Fayette County’s sheriff, Chris Smith is making it known that he will try innovative ways to generate revenue for his department’s operations.


    Chaston Womack has joined the 100 Club.
    A Vandalia Community High School junior, Womack recently recorded the 100th victory of his prep wrestling career.
    He joins Vandalia teammates Dalton Blankenship, Ryne Lipsey and Jake Stewart in the 100 Club.
    Womack began the season with 71 wins. He recorded win No. 100 of his career at Petersburg-PORTA on Jan. 24.
    "It was a great feeling," Womack said of getting to 100 career victories. "It's a good accomplishment.  A lot of people strive for it."

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This young girl was born and reared in Vandalia, and she still lives here, working as a registered nurse. Both of her parents live in Vandalia, and she has a brother.