Today's News

  • It's time to voice opinions on rail issues

    At a meeting next Monday night, Vandalia aldermen will be presented with some options designed to improve rail crossing safety in the community. It's a meeting that others in Vandalia may want to attend.
    Options to be presented include closing Main Street from Fifth Street to Eighth Street, and limiting Fifth and Sixth streets to one-way traffic between Gallatin and Randolph streets.

  • Hale remains active by keeping busy

    Wayne Hale is well-known as a magician, a knowledgeable and honest buyer and seller of antique furniture, an astute businessman and a World War II veteran.
    He joined the Navy immediately after World War II began and received an honorable discharge after the war ended.

  • Fire Guts Brownstown Home

    Firefighters from six area departments responded to a fire south of Brownstown on Friday morning that destroyed the home of the Dustin Sefton family. The Brownstown Fire Department was called to the home off of the Brownstown blacktop shortly after 9 a.m., and called for mutual aid assistance from firefighters from Vandalia, St. Elmo, St. Peter, Farina and Altamont.

    Firefighters were at the scene for more than five hours.

  • Lincoln events next weekend

    The birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s political career will again celebrate the birthday of the 16th president with two events next weekend
    The celebration kicks off next Saturday evening with the fifth annual Lincoln Victory Ball, an event featuring local residents in period dress performing period dances to period music.

  • Traffic changes are proposed

    Three months after an accident claimed the lives of four members of a Greenville family, proposals have been presented to improve traffic safety at Vandalia rail crossings.

  • Marriage Licenses

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

    John David McGinness II
    Salina Mae Sandt
    Justin Louis Lee
    Kristy Lauren Lee

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael T. Williams, 41, Cairo, was arrested on Jan. 27 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $3,000.
    • Billie M. Ward, 22, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 27 on a charge of burglary. She was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Nichole M. Smith, 29, 307 N. Chestnut St., Farina, was arrested on Jan. 26 on a charge of burglary and on a warrant for a charge of retail theft. Bond was $20,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 29

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet will be held at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Lady Vandals earn tourney title at Effingham

    EFFINGHAM — The Vandalia Lady Vandals lost a game and won a tournament.
    The Vandals suffered a disappointing loss on Friday night. But moments later, they were posing with a trophy.
    Pana edged Vandalia, 47-46, on the final night of the Effingham Round-Robin Girls Basketball Tournament. But despite the loss to the Lady Panthers, the Lady Vandals were crowned the tourney's champions after going 3-1 in the annual event.
    "It's bittersweet," Vandalia Coach Michelle McNary said. "A few things just didn't go our way at the end.

  • Vandals unable to win at Okawville tourney

    OKAWVILLE — Vandalia's last-second shot was off the mark, and the Gibault Catholic Hawks held on for a 71-68 win over the Vandals on Saturday afternoon at the Okawville Invitational.
    The Vandals nearly overcame an 11-point deficit in this one, and they had a chance to tie the game on their final possession. But the late comeback fell just short, as Gibault survived a scare.
    Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said he was proud of his team's effort.