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Today's News

  • Statehouse visitors

    For many years, tourism has been the second-largest industry in Illinois, and on Tuesday, a state tourism official said that Fayette County is seeing great benefit from that industry.

  • Lincoln group coming back in '15

    Known as the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s political career, Vandalia is gearing up – for the second time in a decade – to host numerous people who portray this country’s 16th president.
    Through the work of Lewis “Abe” Clymer, who portrays Lincoln at area events, Vandalia has again landed the annual convention of The Association of Lincoln Presenters.
    And while that convention is about nine months away, a local group is already busy planning the four-day event in April.

  • Ramsey shooting, Pana standoff may have a link

    Authorities investigating a standoff in the Pana area that ended with a Pana man being fatally shot and a police officer wounded are studying a link to a prior shooting incident in Fayette County.
    Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a home southeast of Pana at about 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday for a report of “a man with a gun,” according to the Illinois State Police.

  • Ready for the future

    In a move designed to position the company for the future, South Central FS recently completed construction of a $5-million plant near Vandalia’s western I-70 interchange.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 31

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the gym at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Tourism impact 'huge' in county

    Tourism is a big deal in Vandalia and Fayette County. We've known that for some time, but state tourism officials this week made it official.
    As a part of a five-day statewide barnstorming tour, Illinois Office of Tourism Director Jen Hoelzle and other tourism officials stopped in Vandalia on Tuesday. During a program at the Vandalia Statehouse, Hoelzle praised the local tourism effort and underscored the economic impact of tourism on the state and local economies.

  • Reunions

    Atwood
    The Atwood reunion was held on Saturday, June 28, at Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    After a noon meal, the reunion meeting was opened by Connie Grubaugh, in the absence of reunion president Bill Hunter.
    The Lord’s Prayer was recited, and the minutes from the 2013 reunion were read, with no corrections made. Officers for 2015 are: Max Atwood, president; Jim Atwood, vice president; and Connie Grubaugh, secretary/treasurer.

  • Aspirin Shoot at Sieberts'
  • VCHS class of '52 holds 62-year reunion

    The Vandalia Community High School graduating class of 1952 celebrated its 62nd anniversary the weekend of June 20-22.

  • Church Briefs

    FWC Faith Crusade starts this Friday

    Family Worship Center in Vandalia will host a five-day Faith Crusade, beginning Friday and concluding next Tuesday.
    The speaker for the Faith Crusade will be Jonathan Suber, an evangelist who has ministered on five continents and in more than 50 countries during the past 30 years. He has pastored three churches and served as a missionary in West Africa, India and the West Indies.
    Accompanying him will be his wife, Stephanie. A speaker and musician, she has composed more than 100 songs.