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Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 23

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should 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.

  • Smith starts business in his hometown

    A graduate with Brownstown High School’s class of 1987, Brian Smith took Bob Senior’s shop class in high school for as many years as he could (all four years), and his interest and passion for that continued on.

  • Child pornography trial nears end

    The case of a Vandalia man charged with possession of child pornography could go to the jury as early as Wednesday.

  • Bridge work close to being done

    The completion of a project that calls for the replacement of two bridges at a major intersection in Vandalia will be completed by early April, if not sooner.

  • Three TIF grants awarded

    The Vandalia City Council on Tuesday approved Tax Increment Financing agreements to help two businesses and a church with improvement projects.
    The agreements help Dennis Grubaugh with the renovation of a downtown building, The Chuckwagon with a parking lot project and First United Methodist Church with a demolition and parking lot project.
    The TIF agreement with Grubaugh gives him up to $14,900 for a project estimated to cost $29,800.

  • Deficit budget

    On the second of two votes, the only one that really mattered, the Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved a budget for the current fiscal year.
    But, because of the fact that it’s a deficit budget, many of the board members, even those who voted for it, continued to voice concerns about the county’s financial situation.
    That budget has revenues projected at $4,160,554 and expenditures at $4,660,355.17, creating a deficit of $499.801.17.

  • Improving & Preserving Some of Our History

    Knowing the historical significance of the Old State Burial Ground in Vandalia, Dorothy Donley took her granddaughter their for a visit last year.

  • Enbridge Donates Truck to SEFPD
  • Second part of Johns' history

    Jane Johns moved with her husband Dr. H.C. Johns and children to the hamlet of Decatur in 1849, although she absolutely did not want to leave Circleville, Ohio.
    In her book, “Personal Recollections, 1849-1865,” she wrote, “Illinois is heaven for men and horses, but hell for women and oxen,” and this phrase may have prompted her husband to promise to Jane that within five years of living in Illinois, they would attain great wealth from fattening cattle off the land at no cost.

  • Vandalia Memories