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Today's News

  • FNB alerts customers of skimming

    Customers of The First National Bank in Vandalia and other area banks recently fell victim to a scam involving card skimmers.
    Over the weekend, unauthorized charges in the Houston, Texas, area began showing up on the debit cards of more than 60 FNB customers and about a dozen non-customers.
    Bank personnel have determined that a card skimmer was inserted at ATMs at FNB’s Eighth Street branch in Vandalia, as well as two other non-FNB ATMs.

  • State police planning ACE patrols in February

    Illinois State Police District 12 Commander Capt. Cory Ristvedt announced on Tuesday that the ISP will conduct Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement patrols in Effingham and Fayette counties during
    February.
    The ACE patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol or drugs.
    The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois.

  • State police release 2016 figures

    Illinois State Police District 12 Commander Capt. Cory Ristvedt recently announced activity and enforcement figures for 2016.
    Troopers in District 12, which includes Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland,
    Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion and Richland counties answered 2,748 calls for service and initiated 21,905 incidents in the field during the year.

  • FFA Alumni selling raffle tickets

    The Vandalia FFA Alumni are selling raffle tickets for a quarter beef, which includes the processing fee, with the drawing on Feb. 1. There will be four winners.
    Tickets are one for $10 or six for $50.
    The beef was donated by Brian Cripe, South Central FS, Sloan Implement  of Vandalia, Midland States Bank, Woolsey Brothers, First National Bank, MTS and Bluff Equipment.
    Those interested in purchasing a ticket should contact FFA adviser Mandy Totten at Vandalia Community High School at 283-5150.

  • Honor Rolls

    SOUTH CENTRAL
    HIGH SCHOOL
    Second Quarter
    High Honors
    Freshmen – Kyle Cautle and Griffin Squibb.
    Sophomores – Luke Barton, Miriam Blomberg, Madison Durbin, Deidre Hall, Logan Lotz and Olivia McLean.
    Juniors – Luke Bergmann, Louisa Brandl, Michaela Engel, Ean Fox, Adrianne Herbert, Baylie Maske, Deven Metcalf, Sydney Miller, Kaelyn Nannini, Alexandria Reid, Nathan Uphold and Makenzi Wilson.

  • South Central Homecoming
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Seven people entered Vandalia’s mayoral race – Sandra Leidner, Charles Hutson, Jim Bray, Kim Shanks, Sheldon Schulte, Everett Jarrett and David Crye Jr. Crye later withdrew from the race.
    The Gallatin Street Grille opened at 524 W. Gallatin St. in downtown Vandalia.
    Marvin and Dorothy Huskey of rural Brownstown celebrated their 50th anniversary.

    25 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This photo of two siblings was taken 45 years ago. The girl is a nurse, and her brother is retired from Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • Making winter much less painful

    Even the small amount of snow we received last week could have made local travel somewhat trecherous. But, as usual, that was not the case, thanks to the city of Vandalia's commitment to clearing the streets in bad weather.
    It's something that we've become accustomed to ... and even expect. Yes, we're spoiled.
    Less snow fell in a Christian County town north of us last week, and by the weekend, there was still a significant amount of snow on the streets. Much of what was gone had been removed by local traffic.