Today's News

  • State's attorney hopefuls debate

    While all of the candidates for the three Fayette County offices up for election next month touted their qualifications and abilities, those in one of the races also challenged each other’s ability.

  • City, lake area residents discuss water extensions

    A lengthy discussion on getting potable water to residents of the Vandalia Lake area that started on Monday night will continue next Monday evening.
    At the end of Monday’s city council meeting, after Mayor Rick Gottman called for a special meeting next Monday night for discussion on that issue, a group of lake area residents voiced their opinions to aldermen.
    At next Monday’s meeting, set for 6:30 p.m., city officials will talk with Fayette Water officials about the issue of getting water to lake area residents.

  • Bringing Back History

    First photo – Tom File (left) and Lana Morgan were among the volunteers who turned out on Saturday to begin the process of cleaning grave markers in the Old State Burial Ground, a project started by Dorothy Donley.

    The second photo shows that the cleaning process is making it possible to read old grave markers, some of which were placed in the cemetery close to 200 years ago.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 20

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center in Vandalia.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit.
    Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation is $3 for meals. Call the new site supervisor, Kim Reeder, at 283-1040 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day before you wish to eat there. Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

  • HCE holding Alzheimer's awareness program Nov. 5

    The name “Alzheimer’s,” and meaning of it, was practically unheard of by most people in the late 1950s. There was a mention, but very little written about it in most medical books.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia Vandals clobbered Breese Central, 30-6, to end the football season with a perfect 9-0 mark. The Vandals were to host Piasa Southwestern in the first round of postseason playoffs.
    Josephine Burtschi, a noted Vandalia historian who established The Little Brick House, died at the age of 87.
    A white male in a Chevrolet Blazer robbed First Bank in Vandalia, getting away with an undisclosed amount.

  • Good luck, Vandals

    If there's one thing you can say about the Vandalia Vandals football team, it's that they never give up.
    The Vandals wrapped up their regular season last Friday, securing a share of the South Central Conference crown with a win over Greenville that broke a 17-year losing streak to the Comets.
    Now, the Vandals gear up for a playoff battle with Tolono Unity this Saturday at 2 p.m. It looks to be a tough contest against a team that has become a perennial postseason participant.

  • Memories of trick-or-treating

    The season is upon us … I mean the season of “trick or treat.”
    My trick or treat days did not begin until I was about 7 years old – 1958.
    In those days, the candy gathering took up both Saturday and Sunday nights. My folks were parents of six kids, so at any given Halloween, there were at least four of us, each with a grocery sack, out begging for candy.
    My maternal grandmother, Edna Gum, lived in a little bungalow on the corner of Eighth and Randolph streets, and this was our base of operations.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young boy grew up and retired in Sefton, graduated from and worked for the University of Illinois College of Agriculture.