Today's News

  • Gordon signs with Illinois

    When Curtis Gordon began pole-vaulting, as a sixth-grader at Vandalia Junior High School, he did so competitively on a limited basis.

  • Vandalia basketball programs kick off season with Red & White Night
  • VJHS Cheerleaders Win First Place
  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Katelyn M. Fisher, 19, 125 S. Thompson St., Ramsey, was arrested on Nov. 14 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond information was listed.
    • Scott K. Beck, 49, 203 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 14 on a charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. Bond was $15,000.
    • Michael F. Blankenship, 44, 32A RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on Nov. 13 on charges of illegal use of a cell phone/texting, improper lighting and driving while his license is suspended or revoked. No bond information was listed.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, November 17

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, November 18

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Fantastic Friday at 4 p.m. Children up to age 10 are invited to listen to stories and decorate cupcakes. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824.

  • County honors Finley, Kelly

    Thirty years ago, Jean Finley broke the gender barrier when she was elected to a District 1 seat on the Fayette County Board. Several years later, she became the first woman chosen to serve as the board’s chairman.

  • Fire destroys home Tuesday

    A fire early Tuesday morning destroyed a home southeast of Vandalia.

  • State tourism director praises local residents' contributions

    Despite its financial problems in recent years, Illinois is continuing to focus on attracting tourists to the state … and is experiencing success in that area, according to the state’s tourism director.

  • Ben Hur Club going strong after 115 years

    It has been documented that on October 25, 1901, a group of ladies in Ramsey that was seeking to “advance the knowledge of literature and promote the art of conversation” started a club that has endured as one of the longest standing women’s groups in Illinois.

  • Thank a veteran!

    One thing that most, if not all, of us will remember about the November 2016 general election, at all levels, is the lively discussion of candidates and their supporters, both in the media and on social media.
    And everyone can voice their opinions within the legal boundaries of libel and slander why? Because of those men and women who have given of themselves over the centuries.
    Freedom of speech is just one of the rights that we have because of our veterans, many of whom gave their lives in defense of the freedoms that all of us enjoy today.