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Today's News

  • Mulberry Grove tops Lady Vandals on Tuesday

    Mulberry Grove scored used 11 hits and four Vandalia errors to defeat the Lady Vandals, 11-1, on Tuesday.
    Mulberry Grove scored once in the first inning, twice in both the  second and third innings, then capped its scoring with six runs in the fourth.
    The Lady Vandals were held to a double by Kelsey Swain and singles by Lindsey Dagen and Madison Click.
    Swain took the loss, allowing 11 hits and four walks while striking out one.
    Staunton 19, Vandalia 1

  • South Central edges Vandals in tight contest

    In a game in which the lead changed hands several times, South Central edged Vandalia on Monday when the Cougars’ Trent Geiler drove home the tie-breaking run in the bottom half of the seventh inning.
    In a game full of offense, Dylan Smith led South Central with a 4-for-4 performance that included a two-run homer in the home half of the sixth inning.
    Vandalia scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take an 11-8 lead, but South Central countered with three runs to take the win.

  • Eliza Browning and the Lincolns

    Many of Abraham Lincoln’s “firsts” happened in Vandalia: his first legislative office; his first public protest against slavery; his first challenge to duel (by fiery William Lee Davidson Ewing); and his first, long-lasting friendship, with a lady, Eliza Browning.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Bill Davis uploaded to Vandalia Memories this photo of one of the previous bridges over the Kaskaskia River.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –Walter and Viola Meseke celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Nineteen VCHS students were inducted into the National Honor Society.
    Morrison Excavating placed first in the women’s volleyball league tournament and also won the regular season competition.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This photo of these two girls from the Bayle City area was taken about 50 years ago. One of them now lives in Greenville and the other in Texas.

  • Public input has value

    Twice in recent weeks have we seen local residents take advantage of an opportunity to let their voices be heard. And on Monday night, we saw how citizens’ input can pay dividends.
    The Vandalia City Council on Monday approved an agreement with the Illinois Commerce Commission on changes for downtown rail crossings.
    And while Mayor Rick Gottman and city aldermen played key roles in getting the best possible solution, the opinions of local residents were a factor.

  • FNB holds annual meeting

    The annual stockholders’ meeting of First Vandalia Corp., parent company of The First National Bank, with locations in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville, was held on Wednesday April 8, at First National Bank in Vandalia.
    The new president and chief executive officer, Michael R. Radliff, and Steve Henna, senior vice president and chief lending officer, Steven C. Henna were newly elected to the board of directors, along with the re-election of Director Ann M. Schwarm, to serve three-year terms.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 23

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should call Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Stewart pleads not guilty to attempted murder

    A Vandalia man who is charged with attempted first-degree murder has pleaded not guilty to that charge and other felony charges alleging the firing of a shotgun.
    But his request for the lowering of his bond was put on hold.
    Travis E. Stewart, 38, waived his right to a preliminary hearing as he made his first appearance in court with his attorney, Alan Pretnar of Taylor Springs, last Wednesday afternoon.
    During a preliminary hearing, a judge decides whether an individual will be held over for trial after hearing evidence presented by prosecutors.