Today's News

  • Vandalia Memories

    Vandalia native Paul Stroble uploaded to Vandalia Memories this old postcard of the current home of First National Bank at Fifth and Gallatin streets. As you can see, at the time this postcard was circulated, the bank was inside the Dieckman Hotel.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The young man in this photo is now retired from the Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  John Hall and Mark Ritter were selected to attend Illini Boys’ State at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
    Valedictorians at area high schools were: David Myers and Corey Wiegand, Vandalia; Donna Blankenship, Mulberry Grove; Melissa Jones, South Central; Beth Herrington and Angie Harmeier, Vandalia; Amy Cole, Brownstown; Lori Thull and Jamie Bolyard, Ramsey; and Sherry Britt, Patoka.
    The Vandalia Community High School boys’ tennis team tied for first in the Mid-State Conference Tournament.

  • Meyer picked for Boys State

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia has announced that Ethan Meyer has been chosen to attend the annual session of Boys’ State.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Roger Dale Tate Jr.
    Katelyn Jill Henna
    Dylan Tod Jackson
    Elizabeth Anne L'Hommedieu
    Allen, Texas

    Adam Nicholas Tischauser
    Mulberry Grove
    Jamie Lynn Kruenegel
    Mulberry Grove
    Roger Wayne Eller II
    Brianna Marie Maness

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Bryon A. Magana, 20, Columbus, Ohio, was arrested on May 26 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and driving with suspended registration. Bond was $2,000.
    • Jose Meija, 25, Los Angeles, Calif., was arrested on May 26 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis. Bond was $1,500.

  • Crowd joins Brownstown VFW to honor vets

    As the crowd gathered at the Brownstown Veterans Memorial Wall for the 20th annual Memorial Day Service, presented by the Brownstown VFW Post 9770, with numerous red, white and blue American Flags flowing in the breeze against a background of white clouds drifting across the blue sky, it seemed to be a picture of peacefulness and beauty.

  • Meyer advances to state finals; 2 Vandals, 3 Patoka entries advance to state

    Emma Meyer advanced to the state track and meet finals on Thursday, and her brother, Ethan Meyer, and Curtis Gordon advanced to the boys state track meet, also on Thursday.

    Patoka also earned four entries at the state meet next weekend in Charleston.

    Emma Meyer pole vaulted 10 feet to advance to the state finals on Friday at Eastern Illinois University.

    She had also advanced to the state track meet in the 100-meter run, but withdrew from her heat.

  • Memorial Day

    • 11 a.m. – Brownstown VFW Post 9770 Memorial Day service at the Veterans' Memorial Wall in the village park.

    In the event of rain, the service will be held at United Methodist Church, just east of the village park.
    • 1 p.m. – Walk Across America at Vandalia Statehouse.
    • 1:30 p.m. – St. Elmo American Legion Post Memorial Day service at the Veterans' Memorial Wall at the Phillips Building.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Mayor Rich Walker was elected mayor of the Southern Illinois Mayor’s Association.
    Ramsey Superintendent Richard Nelson was named new superintendent of the Lovington School District. He had served as Ramsey superintendent since 1981.
    Two Vandalia seniors received $1,000 scholarships. Jeff Scott was named recipient of the James Littleford Scholarship and Angie Harmeier received the Matthew Newman, M.D., Illinois Eye Consultant Scholarship.