Today's News

  • VJHS, Community Help Greenville Family

    A large crowd turned out for the junior high basketball game between Vandalia and Greenville last Thursday evening at Vandalia Junior High School to support the Greenville family that lost its mother and three children in the car-train accident in Vandalia on the night of the Halloween parade.

  • Conaway gears up for Olde-Tyme Christmas

    Many will remember the little bakery on the south side of West Gallatin Street, at the spot now occupied by Gallatin Street Grille.

  • FCH breaks ground for $5.5M project

    Turning over shovels full of dirt represented more than a celebration of a major improvement project at Fayette County Hospital, according to the hospital’s chief executive officer.

  • Ongoing support for veterans urged

    Like many others, Robyn Pontious would like to see Americans thank and support their veterans more than once a year.

  • One last look at 4-lane Route 51

    While residents had a final opportunity on Monday to view the chosen path for four-lane U.S. Route 51 through Vandalia, it will likely be a long, long time before they see construction begin.

    “The Illinois Department of Transportation thought, ‘OK, we’ve selected these preferred alternatives, let’s just meet with the public one more time so they can see what’s there,” said Jerry Payonk of Clark Dietz Engineers, one of the consulting firms working with IDOT on the Route 51 expansion.

  • Vandalia Memories

    An old postcard showed one of the earlier bridges over the Kaskaskia River just east of Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: In a photo taken in the 1940s are these three brothers who moved to Vandalia when the family purchased an existing business, one that's heard from daily.

  • Take in Vandalia's Olde Tyme Christmas

    Ready or not, it’s upon us – the start of the holiday season.
    Various organizations are joining with Vandalia’s downtown merchants to kick off the season with Olde Tyme Christmas this Friday night.
    It’s the time for our downtown merchants to showcase their wares and the opportunity for local residents to see all of the holiday gifts that are available right in our hometown.

  • Maurice Etcheson told his WWII story

    A few weeks ago, Ron and Sue Etcheson loaned me a scrapbook begun by Ron’s mother at the time her husband entered the service during World War II.

  • Birthday

    ‘Chick’ Lawler
    Charles “Chick” Lawler, of Morton and formerly of Vandalia, marked his 95th birthday on Tuesday.
    The occasion will be celebrated with a family dinner on Sunday.
    For anyone wishing to send birthday wishes, his address is: 730 W. Jefferson St., Apt. 236, Morton, Ill. 61550.