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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  The Vandalia Community High School Class of 1927 held its ninth and final class reunion.
    Gertrude Rosenberger of Ramsey was HEA’s “Homemaker of the Year.”
    Mary Peyton Meyer, Frogtown’s most popular resident and a Leader-Union area correspondent, was one of 20 people to be pictured on the cover of a Parade magazine that inserted in many daily metropolitan newspapers. The article was entitled, “What People Earn.” Meyer’s earnings were $3,900 as a substitute teacher.

  • Prime Timers taking trip to Alton in August

    Fayette and Bond counties will be hosting a Prime Timers trip to tour the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in East Alton on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
    And after touring the lock and dam facility, attendees will enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on the Mississippi River. Lunch will be served while on the cruise.
    This excursion is open for any Farm Bureau member.
    The cost of the day trip is $60. Buses will pick attendees up in Vandalia at 6:45 a.m. and in Greenville at 7:15 a.m.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Officers, directors and male employees of Farmers and Merchants Bank in Vandalia are shown in a photo taken on Aug. 13, 1959.

    The photo was provided by Jim Staff of Vandalia. In front, from left to right, are Bill Welker, Art Buser, Ira Lakin, Joe Burtschi and Coral Brooks. In back are Harry Craycroft, Bill Rademacher, Charles Evans, Wilbur "Wempy" Cains, Darrell Isbell, C.C. "Cornie" Brauer, M.S. "Mack" McGlasson, Don McKellar and Charles Schulte.

  • Some Bluff City School history

    As the 1938 Bluff City School Reunion approached, P.C. Bascom, a former early resident, was contacted regarding his earliest memories of the school. His response by letter and dated Aug. 8, 1938, was published in The Vandalia Union and contained the earliest history to date on this school.
    Son of Schuyler Stone Bascom and his second wife, Mariah Smith, Perry Carley Bascom was living in Boundbrook, N.J., when he was contacted about the upcoming school reunion. Bascom was a good choice because he first attended school in Bluff City in 1857.

  • Get to work in Springfield

    Remember when the city of Vandalia received a state grant to replace the Johnson Street bridge over the rail line with a flat road surface? How about the grant funds that helped pay for the extension of Sunset Drive from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street?
    Those are just two examples of how far our state has fallen in the past 25 years or so.
    Today, schools aren't getting the funds owed to them, our governor has threatened to take away a big portion of the money owed to municipalities and many important services and programs are on the verge of extinction.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kevin S. Cook, 32, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on June 23 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Whitney S. Davis, 25, Mason, was arrested on June 23 for failure to appear in Montgomery County court. Bond was $2,000.
    • Hannah N. Nash, 20, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on June 22 on a warrant for a charge of escape. Bond was $35,000.

  • Five RR crossings closed this week
  • Health Department holding Ladies Night Out
  • Welcome, Law Dogs

    Vandalia will be roaring with the sound of hundreds of motorcycles later this week as Vandalia hosts the national rally of Law Dogs, a motorcycle group made up of people associated with law enforcement and the military.
    It's the second time within two months that we are hosting a national gathering right here in Vandalia.
    That means that our city and its people is doing something right.

  • Bunyard Bible given to museum

    It has been several months since Scott Bunyard telephoned me to tell me of the existence of the Samuel Bunyard family Bible. An inscription on the inside of the hand-tooled leather cover bore his name and the date, Feb. 17, 1866, both written in a stylistic script.