Today's News

  • Retired Teachers Scholarship
  • Kaskaskia College

    Queen bees class
    The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will present a queen bees class at the Vandalia Campus on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m.-noon. The registration number for the class is COED-8039-VA01W.
    Third in the series is queen bee rearing, which will teach students how to properly raise and care for queen bees in their hives. Healthy queens are necessary to grow the population and maintain a productive and functioning hive. This course will teach keepers how to properly rear a prolific, quality queen.

  • The Light of the World warms us, drives out sin

    In the Bible, we are presented with the history of light. “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”
    At the Creation, God, the Creator, said, “Let there be light,” and at his word there was light. Light in all its fullness broke into time, and history focused on the life, death and personality of the Light of the World – Jesus. the Christ. Jesus dispelled the darkness from the tomb, and revealed the great and glorious light beyond the tomb.

  • Vandalia Court will host CDA workshop

    The September CDA Meeting was called to order by Regent Debby Themig, who opened the meeting with the pledge, which was followed by a memorial service for Cara Kelly.
    Cheryl Gale and Dietgard Hunsley were installed as new members. Eighteen officers and members were present.
    Reports of chairmen were given. Under leadership, Risé Sahr welcomed new members and encouraged everyone to continue BOGO (Bring One, Get One).

  • Church Briefs

    Ladd in concert at Liberty Christian

    Steve Ladd will be in concert at Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown at 6 p.m. this Saturday.
    Before becoming a soloist six years ago, Ladd sang with “The Anchormen” and “Gold City Quartet.” For the past four years, he has been singing with the Southern Illinois Homecoming Choir at concerts in Central and Southern Illinois.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 –  Brent Ellis, 31, joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of “Sonny” Banal.
    Bill Donaldson was the keynote speaker for a Veterans Day program at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    John Burnam was re-elected president of the Vandalia Board of Education. John Gehrke took a seat on the board, succeeding Calvin Scott.
    Fayette County began a search for a new animal control warden following the resignation of Max Pummill.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Old postcard has Bingham IOOF

    Some time ago, while in the eastern part of the state, a detour at Marshall took me down U.S. Route 40. This was a thrill, since portions of this highway lay over the original roadbed of the National Road, which to me has a certain fascination.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: In this photo, taken in the 1970s, are members of a Ramsey family that lived on a farm. Three of the girls live in Vandalia and another is married and lives in Mulberry Grove. Their brother lives on the Ramsey farm.

  • County OKs digital ticket system

    Law enforcement and court officials are taking a technological step into ticket-writing and –processing due to action by the Fayette County Board on Tuesday.
    The county board approved ordinances for the county’s implementation of a DigiTicket system and the use of funds to pay for the system.
    Fayette County Circuit Clerk Kathy Emerick told the county board that the DigiTicket system involves law enforcement officers using handheld devices for the issuance of tickets.