Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 25 years ago, shows two cousins.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fayette County Hospital and Christian Health Care Services signed a five-year agreement.
    Helen Meseke was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – After a three-hour,  closed-session meeting, the Vandalia Board of Education voted to re-employ 16 first- and second-year teachers for the 1984-85 school year.

  • Levi Davis was a friend of Lincoln

    While cruisin’ the Internet a while back,  I clicked on eBay, an on-line auction site, where you can find all types of items for sale – from antiques and collectibles to cars.

  • How much are our schools worth?

    Last Thursday’s fundraising concert by the Vandalia School District bands was a feel-good evening that showcased the musical talents of students in the junior high and high school. From top to bottom, the students demonstrated their talent and love for music.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Charles W. Forbes, 34, 318 S. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 1 for failure to appear in Marion County court on a felony charge. Bond was $2,000.
    • Timothy M. Shellenbarger, 24, 1410 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on April 1 on a charge of battery and on a Shelby County felony warrant. The Fayette County charge was dropped, and he was transferred to Shelby County.
    • Brittany S. Hicks, 21, 1032 W. Johnson St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 31 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 3

    ✔ 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.

  • McHaney is new 4th Circuit chief judge

    Michael D. McHaney was recently elected as chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

  • Business Expo is next Saturday

    The local chapter of a business networking organization will be sponsoring a business expo at Vandalia Elementary School gymnasium on Saturday, April 12.
    The expo, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include booths prepared by members of BNI Network Masters from Vandalia and Greenville.
    Admission is free. Members of the Vandalia Community High School FFA chapter will provide food and beverages.

  • Heart health series next week at KC Vandalia

    Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious disability.
    The University of Illinois Extension office, in partnership with Kaskaskia College, will offer a two-part series, “Healthy Heart,” at Kaskaskia College’s Vandalia Campus next Monday and Wednesday, from 1-3 p.m.
    This two-part series focuses on increasing participant awareness of the risk factors of CHD – hypertension, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and other warning signs.

  • Knecht's book covers the history of St. Paul Lutheran


    “The shock of arriving in a foreign land must have been overwhelming for our forefathers because what they perceived in their minds looked different after that arrived. While they would never forget the land from whence they came, once they set foot on American soil, their lives were haunted by dislocation.”