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Today's News

  • Dairy Queen receives award

    The Dairy Queen restaurant, located 1413 N. Eighth St. in Vandalia, recently received a PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence) award from the Dairy Queen system for achieving a high level of cleanliness and food safety.
    “We feel honored to have received such a prestigious award,” said owners Dana and Jason Warner. “We and our staff work hard to keep our restaurant at a high level of cleanliness to ensure that we provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our customers.”

  • Dr. Jonathan Sones joins Jay Lowry's practice

    Dr. Jonathan Sones, an Edwardsville native who graduated from Millikin University and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, has joined the Vandalia dental practice of Dr. Jay Lowry.
    Sones is no stranger to Fayette County, however. He’s been coming to the Brownstown area to hunt since he was in college.
    An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys “hunting, fishing and anything outdoors.” He also has a speedboat that he’s rebuilt from the ground up.

  • Chuck Hutson on board that oversees state's nursing homes

    Charles Hutson, longtime nursing home administrator in Fayette County, was recently appointed to the Illinois Nursing Home Administrators Licensing and Disciplinary Board. The board is a division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which regulates all professional licensing in the state.

  • Fayette County Hospital to buy CT scanner

    Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care will soon order a new CT scanner to replace one that has been in use there for the past eight years.
    “CT scanners have become great diagnostic tools for physicians to use to help diagnose patients’ medical conditions,” said Greg Starnes, FCH chief executive officer.

  • Service Flags Flying At Sunset 66

    David Leigh, owner of Sunset 66 in Vandalia, and Andy Lester, a local contractor, wanted to honor members of the U.S. military, and decided to do so by flying the flags of all branches of the service at the station. Crawford-Hale American Legion Home of Vandalia supplied the flags, Sunset 66 bought the poles and Lester installed them. "We've gotten a lot of positive comments on the flags," Leigh said.  

  • Jackson's first weeks on the job

    For the past few weeks, Kevin Jackson has been arriving at Vandalia Community High School at 6 a.m. He lets himself in and heads for his office, a 10-foot-by-10-foot room not far from the gymnasium.
    In one corner of his office, he has his desk with a computer; in the other corner, a two-drawer file cabinet.  Behind his desk on a bulletin board are the schedules for the five fall sports in which VCHS participates.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from Aug. 6

    Friday night will be a regular night of racing featuring UMP DIRTcar sanctioned Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets. Also racing are the two-man team cars.
    Attention Hornets: Fayette County Speedway is considering a race run in reverse gear that will pay $100 to win. This race won't be mandatory, only for those interested.
    Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 7 p.m., racing immediately following hot laps.

    UMP DIRTcar Modified Division
    15 cars

    Heat 1
    1. 98C Cole Hussong
    2. 01 Jeremy Nichols

  • Vandalia softball places second at end-of-year Decatur tourney

    This summer, the Vandalia Community High School softball team participated in a Decatur summer league.  The Lady Vandals played in their end-of-season tournament in Decatur, on July 24 and 25,  finishing in second place. 
    In game one, they lost to the Crush, 13-1.  Megan Godoyo hit a triple to drive in the Vandals' lone run of the game.

  • In good hands

    Injuries can occur at any moment in sports, whether it's the big play that wins a game or a simple drill the first day of practice.
    In the past, Vandalia Community High School's on-site medical staff has been somewhat limited. There's always an ambulance and EMT staff at football games, but for every day at practice or at volleyball or tennis matches, the only medical staff is the coach or maybe a parent helping out.

  • ExxonMobil

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants held their monthly meeting and luncheon on Thursday, July 29 at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 24 members and four guests attending.
    Those guests were Jane Hammond, and Kenneth and Angela Hagen and their granddaughter, Ashley Hymes.
    Following the pledge of allegiance, Brock Fisher asked the meal prayer. After the meal, President Dean Black opened the meeting with the welcome.
    Secretary and treasurer reports for June were read and approved. Birthdays for July were read.