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Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.\

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four siblings were born and reared in Vandalia.

  • Jerauld wrote of life here in the 1850s

    In a letter dated April 9, 1914, Sarah McAfee Jerauld responded to a request by the editor of The Vandalia Union to write of her experiences for the anniversary issue of the newspaper.
    She wrote, “When I moved to Vandalia in March 1852, there was not a foot of brick pavement in town and only 10 brick houses.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was seeking volunteer greeters for the tourism center.
    Between 250 and 300 honored Jim Staff at a retirement reception. Staff served in the field of education for 38 years and was superintendent of schools for Fayette County since 1959. Effingham and Bond counties were later added to his region.
    Jane Eaton won the 11th annual St. Andrews Ladies Open Golf Tournament.

    30 Years Ago

  • Celebrate safely this weekend

    The Fourth of July is a celebration of our country’s independence that always includes gathering of friends and family, community festivals and, in general, a lot of summer fun.
    Unfortunately, many times it also includes injuries due to unsafe use of consumer fireworks.
    As area residents prepare for the three-day holiday weekend, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is urging everyone to leave the fireworks to the professionals trained to handle them.

  • FAYCO day camp has special visitor

    About 200 clients of FAYCO Enterprises from Vandalia and Hillsboro were surprised to see a special visitor at their day camp on Friday, June 20.

  • Marriage License

    The following marriage license application has been filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Christopher Michael Luckey
    St. Elmo
    Jessica May Kramer
    St. Elmo

  • ISP announces alternative option for CCL applications

    Illinois State Police officials announced on Monday that an alternative application option to apply for a Concealed Carry License is now available for those individuals without computer access.
    Applicants can contact the ISP Firearms Services Customer Service Center phone line at (217) 782-7980 and provide a FSB call taker with the same CCL application information that is currently required through the CCL online process.

  • Briefs

    Pool open 1-5 p.m. on Fourth of July

    The Vandalia Swimming Pool will be open from 1-5 p.m. this Friday, the Fourth of July.

    Take garage sales signs down after sales

  • Work continues on pool work funding

    Vandalia Park District trustees are continuing to work on a plan to fund needed renovations to the district’s swimming pool.
    The district hopes to obtain the funding through several avenues for the renovation project, estimated to cost about $1.275 million.
    The state has noted significant problems with the pool in each of the last three years, and has told the district that without rehabilitation work, the pool would have to be shut down.