Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Daughter
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Jacquin and family of Villa Ridge, Mo. Belinda and Mahala enjoyed shopping in Chesterfield on Saturday. On Sunday, Mahala hosted a Jamberry party.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 71.
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 107.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Allie Murphree served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, April 23
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Beecher City Branch Library will host a women’s defense class with Bob Jones at 7 p.m. Those interested should call 487-9400 for more information or to register.
    Saturday, April 25

  • Emma Meyer sets new 100-meter dash record

    The Vandalia girls track team totaled 18 points to place ninth at the 11-team Mattoon Invitational on Monday.
    The top finish for Vandalia was in the 100-meter dash, where Emma Meyer placed third with a time of 13.34 second.
    Meyer also finished fourth in the pole vault, at 10 feet, 6 inches, and fifth in the triple jump, 32 feet, 3.5 inches.
    Anna Miller was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.5 seconds.

  • Mulberry Grove tops Lady Vandals on Tuesday

    Mulberry Grove scored used 11 hits and four Vandalia errors to defeat the Lady Vandals, 11-1, on Tuesday.
    Mulberry Grove scored once in the first inning, twice in both the  second and third innings, then capped its scoring with six runs in the fourth.
    The Lady Vandals were held to a double by Kelsey Swain and singles by Lindsey Dagen and Madison Click.
    Swain took the loss, allowing 11 hits and four walks while striking out one.
    Staunton 19, Vandalia 1

  • South Central edges Vandals in tight contest

    In a game in which the lead changed hands several times, South Central edged Vandalia on Monday when the Cougars’ Trent Geiler drove home the tie-breaking run in the bottom half of the seventh inning.
    In a game full of offense, Dylan Smith led South Central with a 4-for-4 performance that included a two-run homer in the home half of the sixth inning.
    Vandalia scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take an 11-8 lead, but South Central countered with three runs to take the win.

  • Eliza Browning and the Lincolns

    Many of Abraham Lincoln’s “firsts” happened in Vandalia: his first legislative office; his first public protest against slavery; his first challenge to duel (by fiery William Lee Davidson Ewing); and his first, long-lasting friendship, with a lady, Eliza Browning.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Bill Davis uploaded to Vandalia Memories this photo of one of the previous bridges over the Kaskaskia River.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –Walter and Viola Meseke celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Nineteen VCHS students were inducted into the National Honor Society.
    Morrison Excavating placed first in the women’s volleyball league tournament and also won the regular season competition.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This photo of these two girls from the Bayle City area was taken about 50 years ago. One of them now lives in Greenville and the other in Texas.

  • Public input has value

    Twice in recent weeks have we seen local residents take advantage of an opportunity to let their voices be heard. And on Monday night, we saw how citizens’ input can pay dividends.
    The Vandalia City Council on Monday approved an agreement with the Illinois Commerce Commission on changes for downtown rail crossings.
    And while Mayor Rick Gottman and city aldermen played key roles in getting the best possible solution, the opinions of local residents were a factor.