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Today's News

  • Dancing Queens
  • Problem-solving court

    Success in one area of a “problem-solving criminal court” in this part of the Fourth Judicial Circuit has led to the addition to two more areas, and Fayette County is among the latest to be a part of that latest addition.
    Fayette, Clay and Jasper counties joined Effingham and Christian counties two weeks ago in the mental health and veterans aspect of the “problem-solving court” operated in Effingham County.

  • Weekend is full of activities

    The Vandalia area will be full of activities this Saturday, with the main event being the annual period celebration at Illinois’ oldest existing capitol.
    In addition to the the 45th annual Grande Levée, the Saturday activities include the annual Harvest Festival in downtown Vandalia, as well as the Happy Hollow Farms Fall Festival south of St. Elmo and the annual Jordan fuNFest at Gatch Lake.
    The Grande Levée actually kicks off on Friday evening, with the old-fashioned ham and beans dinner getting under way at 5 p.m.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 2

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, October 3

  • Fourth fuNFest is this Saturday

    The fourth annual Jordan fuNFest is being held this Saturday at Gatch Lake from noon-6 p.m.
    The event is being held to raise funds for the fight against neurofibromatosis, a highly variable, complicated and progressive genetic disorder that can cause tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time.
    Jordan Walk, daughter of Brian and Amanda Walk, was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis in March 2010.
    She has an optic nerve glioma (a tumor directly behind the eye). It is currently stable and has been for four years, and is closely monitored through eye exams.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Our disasters include tornadoes, quakes

    Visiting last week with my sister, Sandy, our conversation turned to earthquakes.
    Sandy left Illinois, and its accompanying earthquakes and tornadoes, when she was 18. She married James “Zeke” Sampson, a Navy man, and he took her to the world of hurricanes and rapid deployment.
    After living in Norfolk, Va., where she witnessed several hurricanes and had her first son, the family was stationed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station, Puerto Rico, with its tropical depressions and daily 3 p.m. deluges.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago
    1989 – Brooke File, a Vandalia Community High School junior, was crowned homecoming queen.
    Scott Smith of St. Elmo won the IHSA Regional Golf Tournament at Robinson for the second straight year. The St. Elmo golf team made school history by advancing to the sectional for the first time. In addition to Smith, other top scorers were Randy Heckert, Matt Weaber and Anthony Ireland.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young woman was born and reared in Vandalia. She married a Vandalia fellow, and they have two children.

  • There's a lot going on this Saturday

    How many times have you heard someone say, "There's never anything going on in Vandalia." Well, that's definitely not true this Saturday.
    Saturday's schedule includes a slate full of activities, with the 45th annual Grande Levée topping that list. That popular event includes, as always, a ham and beans dinner with music on Friday evening, and period crafts, food and music throughout the day on Saturday.