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Today's News

  • St. Peter Prairie Days
  • Rauner cycles into Vandalia

    The governor of Illinois stopped in Vandalia on Saturday as he rode his motorcycle through the southern Illinois to raise funds that will help veterans.

  • Lower bond asked

    A jury trial scheduled for later this month for a Vandalia man charged with 10 counts of child pornography charges is being delayed as pretrial issues continue to be resolved.
    One of those issues is a request from the attorney for Ryan J. Koontz, Shin Cho of St. Louis, Mo., to have Koontz’s bond amount reduced.
    Cho filed on Monday a motion seeking to have Koontz’s bond lowered from $300,000 to $150,000, meaning that the amount that Koontz would be required to post would be reduced from $30,000 to $15,000.

  • Duck hunters plead to Carlyle Lake thefts

    Three Metro East hunters who were arrested in July of last year in relation to thefts at the Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area late in 2014 have pleaded guilty in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced late last week that 49-year-old Michael Kortkamp and his son, 21-year-old Robert Kortkamp, both of O’Fallon, have pleaded guilty to theft.

  • Ramsey teen dies in accident

    A Ramsey teen sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Saturday afternoon in Montgomery County.

    The Illinois State Police said that Payge Donaldson, 18, of Ramsey, was pulling out of Indian Springs Golf Course onto Ill. Route 185 in a 2014 Ford passenger car at 3:08 p.m. and failed to yield to a westbound 2005 Sterling tractor pulling a homemade tailer driven by Eric Wehrle, 40, of Vandalia.

    The tractor driven by Wehrle was unable to avoid striking the Donaldson vehicle, according to state police.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 1

    ✔ The Fayette County Farm Bureau's marketing committee will hold its annual crop survey and steak dinner. The survey gets under way at 8 a.m. with breakfast in the Farm Bureau office basement; all interested in participating are to call the Farm Bureau, 283-3276, and to show up at that time. The steak dinner is at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau office, with Jim Riddle of Total Grain Marketing being the speaker; the cost is $5 and reservations are required. Contact the Farm Bureau at 283-3276 to make reservations for the dinner.

  • Brown has a place in history

    The day Leah Rogne telephoned to advise me that she was visiting Vandalia on July 13 to research her great-grandfather, William H. Brown who moved from Kaskaskia to Vandalia very early, and needed my help; I will confess I didn’t know much about the man.
    What I did know about the man was that William H. Brown came to Vandalia from Kaskaskia with the capitol.  He was an attorney who did some notable things that I could not remember and then disappeared.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The boy and older girl still live here; the boy works for the Corps of Engineers, and the girl works at a local bank. The two younger girls also grew up here and now live in Indianapolis, Ind.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council agreed that it was too late to move ahead with plans to put before city voters a referendum on a change in the form of local government.
    Travis Blain ran for 160 yards as the Vandalia Vandals defeated Nokomis, 21-0, in football action.
    The new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center was ready to begin operations.