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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The chief of staff preservation services for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency came to Vandalia to view the rehabilitation work being done on the Fayette County Museum building.
    Tom Isbell, a Vandalia alderman and former member of the city planning commission, died after suffering a stroke.
    The Vandalia Vandals opened the 1995 football season with a 40-0 trouncing of Litchfield. Travis Blain led the Vandals’ offense with 73 yards, and Zach Gummert completed seven of 17 passes for 103 yards.

  • Blankenship's hobby preserved history

    Granville Blankenship was born on April 5, 1890, in Bear Grove Township, the son of Francis Marion Blankenship and Barbara Tirzah Carpenter.
    Barbara was a daughter of Peter and Mary Dickson Carpenter, and came to Illinois with members of her family from Cleveland County, N.C., soon after the death of her father on May 27, 1865, in a Union prisoner of war camp at Point Lookout, Md.

  • Ferne Keppler Dean, 90th birthday

    Ferne Keppler Dean of Quincy, formerly of Vandalia, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 18.
    Cards or just a note may be sent to her at: 2834 Bluff Ridge Drive, Quincy, Ill. 62305-1388.

  • Keep up search for bypass plan

    Though the Illinois Department of Transportation had already announced its intentions to “take a couple steps back” in the process of determining a route for a U.S. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia, a meeting last Wednesday with more than 125 northside residents gave the engineers a clear sense of the local concerns about the proposed bypass route.
     It was, as state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) described it, evidence that “democracy works.”

  • Reunions Aug. 12

    Sefton
    The 6th annual Southern Illinois Sefton reunion will be held in the Liberty Christian Church fellowship hall in Brownstown on Saturday, with a noon potluck dinner. Tableware and beverages will be provided.
    Liberty Church is located five miles north of Brownstown.

    Owen-Miller
    The Owen-Miller family reunion will be held on Sunday, at the Good Old Days Banquet Hall in Brownstown, with a potluck meal at noon.
    All family and friends are invited to attend.

  • Frey — Hebenstreit

    Kristie Frey and Thomas “TJ” Hebenstreit, both of Ramsey, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Wayne “Wiener” Frey of Highland. She is a 2006 graduate of Highland High School and is currently attending Lake Land College in Mattoon for early childhood education. She is currently employed as a cashier at Rural King in Vandalia.

  • Helen Tompkins celebrates her 99th birthday

    When 99-year-old Helen Tompkins consented to an interview, she said she could not do it on a Tuesday, because that's when she always goes to a nursing home to sing for the residents.
    Within a few minutes of meeting her, this amazing lady’s statement seemed not only a possibility, but a not-surprising probability.
    She easily recalls dates, events, and people of long ago, looking to her daughter-in-law, Georgianne Tompkins, only rarely to offer a comment, to clarify or add information to a statement.

  • Kellow — Willms

    Danielle Kellow of Vandalia and Cory Willms of Brownstown have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Danny and Tami Kellow of Vandalia. She is a 1998 graduate of Vandalia Community High School and a 2007 graduate of Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with a bachelor's degree.
    The future groom is the son of John and Kathy Willms of Brownstown. He is a 2001 graduate of Brownstown High School. He is currently employed at Mason Masonry in Brownstown.

  • Work on FCHD property to begin on Thursday

    Work on the property housing the future quarters of the Fayette County Health Department is scheduled to begin this week, and the FCHD staff could be in its new home by the beginning of next year.
    FCHD Administrator Rhonda Andrews presented the Fayette County Board on Tuesday night with the results of two bid openings for the rehabilitation of the property in the 400 block of West Edwards Street in Vandalia that formerly housed Leo Brown Lumber.

  • Legislators, IDOT reps hear opposition to Route 51 bypass plan

    About 125 people crowded into Vandalia City Hall last Wednesday to let their political representatives know that they are not happy with the path of the U.S. Route 51 bypass proposed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    Though only one of the four invited state and federal politicians made the 90-minute meeting, each had representatives there. And they left the meeting with no doubt that the current bypass route – which goes through or near several north end neighborhoods – is not favored by local residents.