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Today's News

  • Memorial Day
  • An Eye in the Sky

    After his agency was among those called within eight days to search for three missing children, Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith believed it was time to move forward on something he had been thinking about.

  • Using Facebook

    The use of social media could have been a factor in the Vandalia Police Department taking someone into custody a short time after receiving a report of vandalism.
    At 8:34 a.m. on Friday, police received a report of a 1978 Vandalia Park District truck parked at the district garage had been damaged.
    Police reported that the windshield of the truck had been cracked and that both taillights had been busted out.

  • Walk Across America
  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 28

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group can contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Motorcycle Awareness Month

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Awarenss Month in Vandalia. With Gottman are members of the Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE.

    The chapter has more than 300 members in Montgomery, Fayette and Bond counties. ABATE is a non-profit organization that supports lobbying for motorcycle and ATV rights in the state legislature, as well as providing educationl programs in driver education classes at local high schools.

  • Breast cancer program June 7

    A presentation on breast cancer awareness will be given by the Fayette County Health Department on Sunday, June 7, at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    The presentation and luncheon, from noon-2 p.m., are free and open to the public.
    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with the church by calling 283-1970 by Friday, June 5.
    For more information, contact Kelly Curll at the health department, 283-1044, ext. 1302.

  • McCarter to host town hall meeting on synthetic drugs Thursday

    The rise of synthetic drugs in Illinois and across the nation is keeping law enforcement, health professionals and drug counselors working overtime. An important tool to combat the serious health threat is to get families involved through education and awareness, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter.

    Sen. McCarter is hosting a district-wide town hall meeting on synthetic drugs on Thursday at the Vandalia Junior High School, from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

  • Gordon, Meyer advance to state track & field finals

    Curtis Gordon advanced to the state finals in both the pole vault and 110-meter hurdles, and Ethan Meyer moved on to the state finals in the triple jump.

    Gordon was among the pole vaulters meeting the qualifying height of 13 feet, 6 inches, and he qualified in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.50 seconds.

    Meyer had the third-best jump, 42 feet, 10 1/4 inches, to advance to Saturday's finals.

  • Many stories at the Statehouse

    As an interpreter at the Vandalia Statehouse, there is a wealth of known history to share with our visitors; however, the unknown is intriguing.
    Much happened within the walls of this historic building that we do not know about, and the personalities who made Vandalia home for the months of the legislative session were many.
    Enter Archibald Williams of Quincy, a self-made lawyer from Kentucky, who would become Lincoln’s fast friend. Williams was said to have had a physical resemblance to Lincoln, and rivaled him in homeliness.