Today's News

  • Early miscues cost Vandals in loss to Roxana

    Two early Roxana touchdowns off of mistakes put the Vandals in a deficit hard to overcome.
    But the Vandals did their best to do so.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These cousins were reared in Ramsey. One now lives in Vandalia and the other lives in Belleville.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Blood tests were no longer required for Fayette County and Illinois couples planning to get married. The state legislature repealed the mandatory premarital AIDS and blood testing.
    Mayor Rich Walker announced Vandalia would be getting a 60-room Days Inn.
    Vandalia Community High School’s No. 1 girls doubles tennis team of Beth Herrington and Kim Lotz won first place in doubles at the Centralia Orphan Annie Invitational Tournament.

    30 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Memories

    Pictured here is the Do Drop Inn, a popular restaurant located east of Vandalia Community High School.

    This photo is from a 1969 issue of The Vandalia Leader. The photo was posted on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page by Kathy Schultz, the administrator of that page featuring hundreds of photos from Vandalia's past.

  • Old state cemetery has five effigy stones

    Since early this year there has been a pink telephone call Post-it note tacked to the bulletin board at the Vandalia Statehouse announcing the scheduled arrival of an Angie Johnson of the Association for Gravestone Studies, along with members of her group, on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Capture shows value of teamwork

    Just last week in this space, we talked about the value of the various law enforcement entities building camaradrie and training together.
    This week, we saw how that pays off.
    Monday afternoon, an inmate escaped from Vandalia Correctional Center, and within a short time, numerous entities responded to a call for help.

  • Smith holds first law enforcement session

    Seeing that he has no opposition in November, it’s a given that Chris Smith will be Fayette County’s next sheriff.

  • It took some guts

    As she worked to help organize an event that would raise funds for Brownstown’s VFW post, Robyn Pontious really had no idea how well the event would be received.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library will host PACK from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library at 283-2824 or stop by the library.

  • Hohlt staying busy even after retirement

    Last week’s Fayette Faces told of Jeanne Lawler Hohlt’s school days, up to and including graduation from Vandalia High School with the class of ’47.