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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council was closer to hiring the first city administrator for the town. The field of 43 applicants was narrowed to four finalists, and they were interviewed by aldermen.
    The Deb Keeling family was chosen as the first partner family for a Fayette County Habitat for Humanity house.
    Rebecca and Jack Hill of Ramsey were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in this photo, taken in 1946, was born and reared in a small town west of Vandalia.

  • The history of Wright's Corner

    I was recently asked where the ideas for my articles come from.
    My reply was that sometimes the subject of an article is suggested by a question I am asked or by something I had read that piqued my interest and spurred my want to know.
    The following article, on Wright’s Corner, is an example of this.  While having chemo this past Thursday, a woman told me that she had read my articles for some time and had been wondering when I would get around to writing about Wright’s Corner.

  • Driving? Put that cell phone down

    The next time you go to pick up your cell phone while driving, remember the June 2015 accident that resulted in the three deaths caused when a driver hit a school bus or the accident in March of this year when 13 people died after the church bus in which they were riding was hit by a texting driver.
    This is Distracted Driver Awareness Week and all levels of local law enforcement are putting an increased emphasis on looking out for drivers talking or texting on a cell phone.

  • Review of dementia book available at Evans Library

    Review by Shannon Nosbisch, co-founder of Effingham Area Alzheimer’s Awareness
    When Linn Possell’s mother was diagnosed with frontal-lobe dementia or fronto-temporal dementia, Possell struggled with staying connected to her mother. In the book “Alzheimer’s – A Beautiful Spirit Celebrated,” she describes what strategies she took to remain connected.
    She hopes to help others embrace a different way of experiencing and interacting with their loved ones who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • James W. Bowlin Jr., 39, Altamont, was arrested on April 25 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine possession. No bond information was listed.
    • Shavontee S. Elder, 28, Trenton, was arrested on April 25 on charges of speeding and driving while license is suspended or revoked. No bond information was listed.
    • Diane J. Arnold, 52, 617 W. Third St., St. Elmo, was arrested on April 24 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.

  • Hammond is speaker at final Lenten Luncheon

    The sixth and final Lenten Luncheon of the season was held at Unity Baptist Church, with an inspiring program presented by Brian Hammond, youth director at Northside Christian Church as the speaker and Nathaniel Weaver of Unity Baptist providing the music.

  • Sophia Anna Cole

    Sophia Anna
    Adam and Krista Cole of Colorado Springs, Colo., are the parents of a girl born at 9:55 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2016.

    Sophia Anna weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.
    She has a sister, Olivia Allison.
    Maternal grandparents are Ty and Lisa Langham of Greenville, and paternal grandparents are Fred and Shirley Cole of Vandalia.

  • Extension provides training for VCUSD nutritionists

    Vandalia Community Unit School District #203 school nutrition professionals recently completed their required professional development training through their partnership with the University of Illinois Extension.

  • Lotz – Snow

    Carissa Lotz of Effingham and Andrew Snow of Kinmundy have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.