Today's News

  • Jay Smith speaks at recent Lenten Luncheon

    Following the welcome extended by the women of St. James Lutheran Church, a tribute was given for the late pianist, Richard Tucker, who so generously gave of his time and talent to play for many Lenten Luncheons.

    Jay Smith was then introduced as the speaker, and he began by sharing that he was a fourth generation member baptized at St. James Lutheran and had received his Christian education there.
    He said that he wanted to speak a little bit about the words “vocation” and “application.

  • Moment of Reflection
  • Hammer sentencing is postponed again

    The sentence hearing for the Vandalia woman who has been convicted of seriously injuring her infant child has again been delayed.
    A sentencing hearing for Aubree Hammer was scheduled for Wednesday morning, but on Monday, Hammer’s sentencing was reset for 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 29.

  • On the clock

    Fayette County could be adding a time clock in the future.
    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Fayette County Board, Joe Hart of Bloomington-based Bellwether, the county’s administrative consultant, told board members that he will be demonstrating a time clock on Friday.
    “We’ll move forward from there,” Hart said.
    Also at Tuesday’s meeting, board Chairman Jeff Beckman asked County Treasurer Rose Hoover about the current state of the county’s finances.

  • Lions celebrate 90th anniversary

    Back in 1928, 19 Vandalia men got together to form a local arm of an young international service club.

  • Two California men arrested on Class X cannabis charges

    Two California men have been charged with Class X felony cannabis charges after being arrested in Fayette County last Thursday.
    Christian O. Peralta Martinez, 34, of Miranda, Calif., and Shawn E. Hulsey, 33, of Leggett, Calif., were arrested on charges of cannabis trafficking, delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis and calculated cannabis conspiracy.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 15

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the Ramsey Grade School cafeteria.
    ✔ The United Methodist Men will hold their annual pancake and sausage supper from 4:30-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. Donations will be accepted, and funds raised support the UMM projects, including coats and shoes for children at Christmas.

  • Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus

    PC repair and
    troubleshooting course
    The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will offer a PC repair and troubleshooting course from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays, April 5 and 12 at the KC Vandalia Campus.
    The registration number for the class COED 7037 VA01E.

  • LLC to offer hybrid medical assistant program

    Starting in fall 2018, Lake Land College will begin offering a new hybrid version of the medical assistant program.
    The new version allows students to take all their courses online and come to campus only one night a week for lab.
    This will be offered in addition to the traditional two-year associate degree and the one-year certificate program.
    “We think this will open up an amazing opportunity for people who can’t be in classes during the day,” medical assistant program instructor Molly Yeske said.

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