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Today's News

  • Building a playground together

    When it was determined that the playground area at Vandalia Elementary School needed improvements, parents, teachers, local businesses and volunteers stepped forward to address that issue.

  • Man wins acquittal in jury trial Tuesday

    A Greenville man who was representing himself, with assistance from an attorney, had felony charges dismissed on a ruling by a judge in the middle of his jury trial on Tuesday.

  • Ramsey Park latest state budget victim

    The Ramsey Lake State Park is among the latest casualties of the state’s budget impasse.
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced late last week that the state park north of Ramsey and Horseshoe Lake State Park near Granite City were “closed indefinitely,” with vendors at the state parks being among those not being paid due to the ongoing impasse in Springfield.

  • VCHS to hold first Academic Signing Day

    As another school year winds down, it’s fairly common to see area high students being recognized for going on to college due to their athletic abilities. The same is not true for those students who are able to continue their education because of their success in the classroom.
    A team of Vandalia Community High School teachers and administrators has decided to change that.
    At the Vandalia Board of Education meeting last week, VCHS Assistant Principal Greta Krueger told board members about the school’s first Academic Signing Day.

  • Remembering Loved Ones
  • KC hosting free family violence training

    The Kaskaskia College Industrial and Continuing Education Department is partnering with the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council from the Fourth Judicial Circuit for a free training for EMS personnel, first responders and home health care providers on Thursday, May 5, from 1-4 p.m. in the Life Long Learning Center on the Kaskaskia College main campus.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 28

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association meets at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All Fayette County retired teachers are invited to attend. Jim Barr, Region 13 director, and LaVonne Chaney, Region 13 legislative representative, are scheduled to speak. Information about future local and regional meetings will be distributed during the meeting. For more information, contact Diane Curll, 283-0492.

  • Y's Healthy Kids Day is Saturday

    On Saturday, from 9 a.m.-noon, the Family YMCA of Fayette County is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well being for kids and families.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Haier Plumbing & Heating of Okawville was hired by the city of Vandalia to lay a city water line to the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Adam Lach and Chris Mason of Vandalia Community High School were selected by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 to attend Boys’ State in the summer at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The girl in this photo, which was taken in the mid-1980s, grew up in the Shafter area. She now cuts hair at a salon in Vandalia, and she has a son.