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Today's News

  • Flying to the Top

    Having completed two years at Kaskaskia College, Bryan Radliff was headed to Southern Illinois University for a degree in administration of justice.
    Although the 1984 graduate of Vandalia Community High School was unsure about a career once he finished college with his bachelor’s degree, he was sure of one thing that he really liked doing.
    Thus, it may have been more than a coincidence that in the SIU course catalog, aerospace science was listed near administration of justice.

  • Disturbances cause delay in trial

    A bench trial has been set for a St. Elmo man jailed on drug charges who has been disruptive in court during recent pretrial hearings.

  • Alumni event one of three on Sept. 30

    This year’s All-School Reunion held by the Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation will be part of a day full of activities in Vandalia.
    The reunion will be held in the evening of Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, under the following schedule:
    • Social hour – 5-6:30 p.m.
    • Dinner – 6:30-8 p.m. The menu includes fried chicken, ham, beef and noodles, twice-baked potato, green beans, carrots, farmer’s salad, rolls and pie.
    • Distinguished Alumni Award presentation – 8 p.m. (See Page 1B)

  • Tuesday deadline for FSA nominations

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency acting state executive director for Illinois, Richard L. Graden, is reminding farmers and ranchers that they have until next Tuesday to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
    County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 27

    ✔ "If You Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln" is the story for the final story time at 10 a.m. at the Vandalia Statehouse. The story time will feature some retired teachers, homemade toy crafts and ice cream.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

    Friday, July 28

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold bingo at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Statehouse Story Time
  • Donley this year's recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award

    A 1983 graduate of Vandalia Community High School who is a chemical engineer with a strong background in handling hazardous materials is this year’s lone selection of the Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Beginning beekeeping class
    The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will hold a beginning beekeeping class throughout the KC District in August.  The course will be live at the KC Vandalia Campus and shown simultaneously at the Nashville, Salem and Trenton Education Centers.
    This class will meet on Monday, Aug. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will be an introductory course designed to acquaint the students with basic beekeeping.

  • First Presbyterian has 'Tools for School'

    Tools for School, a program which provides free school supplies to Fayette County in-need students pre-kindergarten through junior college will be in operation at First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia on the following dates and times:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m.-noon.
    Those who will be picking up supplies are to enter through the north door of the church, located at 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • First Methodist holds Backpack 2 School

    The First United Methodist Church in Vandalia will again be hosting “Backpack 2 School” at the church’s Family Life Center at Fourth and Main streets in Vandalia, from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
    Any school child, accompanied by a parent or guardian, can receive a free backpack containing coupons and some free giveaways.
    The event is planned as a fun time, with games, activities, face-painting, free hair cuts and refreshments.
    Two bicycles will be given away, along with many other prizes donated by local businesses.