Today's News

  • Headed Back to State

    Kendrick Woolsey celebrates his win on Tuesday that clinched another trip to the dual team state finals for the Vandalia Vandals wrestling team.

    Coverage of the sectional win is in the Sports section of today's issue.

  • That Old House

    Only two years have passed since Amy and Michael Schulze bought and renovated a home on Riverview Drive in Vandalia. So, needless to say, the couple wasn’t house shopping.

  • Two I-70 projects slated to begin next Monday

    Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner.
    But, in addition to warmer weather, the arrival of spring also signifies the start of road construction season.
    Two projects along Interstate 70 in Fayette County are scheduled to get underway soon, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    The first is the improvement of I-70 from milepost 62, a mile east of Vandalia’s eastern exit, to milepost 64.
    That improvement project is slated to begin on Monday and be completed by Nov. 16.

  • Mike Radliff picked as next FNB president

    The First National Bank announced on Monday that Michael R. Radliff has been selected as its next president and chief executive officer.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 19

    ✔ 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.

    Monday, Feb. 23

  • Sheriff's scholarship available

    The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $ 53,000 in college scholarships throughout the state to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2015-16 academic year.
    The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only.
    The student applicants must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within Illinois.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith will be awarding one $500 scholarship.

  • Washington and other early schools

    While looking through back issues of The Vandalia Union, I came across an article that rather surprised me. The subject of the article was the demolition of Washington School, which was scheduled to begin April 23, 1940.

  • Hard work paying off

    Vandalia wrestlers Dalton Blankenship and Kendrick Woolsey are perfect examples of the "perseverance and hard work" that coach Jason Clay talks about when he explains the success of this year's grapplers.
    Just a week and a half after sustaining bruised ribs, Blankenship returned to the mat to give his team some very important points.
    Woolsey, facing an opponent who had already beaten him twice this season, provided the sectional-clinching points by edging that opponent in a hotly contested overtime match.

  • Vandalia Memories

    The focus of this photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Steve Jerden, is the former Farmers & Merchants Bank, at the northeast corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets.

    The building currently at that location, the former home of a second Farmers & Merchants Bank and First Bank, now serves as Vandalia City Hall.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Vandalia made 13 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter for a 66-55 win over St. Elmo in the regional finals. It was Vandalia’s first regional victory in five years.
    Randy Heckert of St. Elmo and Brian Kern of Vandalia earned all-state honorable mention status in the AP Class A All-State Poll.
    Dixon Ticonderoga was in the process of closing its Vandalia warehouse, resulting in the loss of about six jobs locally.
    Don Funk was promoted from director of operations to vice president of Benner-Nawman Inc.