Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 15, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two members of the class of VCHS class of 1966 will be holding their reunion soon.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – More than 150 Vandalia Community High School students and faculty members gathered outside for prayer as “See You at the Pole” was observed nationwide.
    Louie and Josephine Franklin of Ramsey were observing their 50th wedding anniversary.
    A crew from NBC-TV was in Vandalia to interview local residents on such things as the economy, politics and the status of the country in general. The product was to be aired during the network news.

  • The Hurricane Settlement included church

    In 1816, a group of people moved from Warren County, Ky., to southern Bond County and formed a settlement. The Indians were unfriendly there, so the group headed northward, locating near the Dry Fork of Hurricane Creek, two miles south of the present village of Fillmore in Montgomery County.

  • Both sides must meet obligations

    As they received the city’s annual audit report last week, Vandalia aldermen learned that the city has trimmed its budget deficit from more than $500,000 to less than $50,000.
    That’s good news, because it’s an indication that city officials have been effective in taking steps to operate the city more efficiently and  to be more cautious when it comes to spending.
    That’s a trend that must continue.

  • VCC not one of state facilities targeted for closure

    The Vandalia Correctional Center is apparently not one of the state facilities that Gov. Pat Quinn has targeted for closure as part of his effort to cut state spending.

    According to a story on the State Journal-Register website, Quinn is proposing the closure of seven facilities:

    - Tinley Park Mental Health Center - 195 staff members

    - Singer Mental Health Center, Rockford - 150 staff members

    - Chester Mental Health Center - 464 staff members

    - Jacksonville Developmental Center - 420 staff members

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

     “Kitten On The Keys”…
    …was a popular, lively, cute and entertaining piano composition years ago (when I was young).

  • Frogtown News

    Robert L. King died on Aug. 26, 2011, in his home in Alton.  A private family burial was held in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery on Thursday of this week.
    Mr. King was born April 17, 1945 in St. Peter, the son of Jesse and Vera (Niehaus) King.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, Sept. 7
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.

  • KC Vandalia Campus

    Computer College I
    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer a computer college I class at the Vandalia Campus.
    This class will be held Thursdays from Sept. 15 though Oct. 13, from 1-4 p.m. The registration number is LLI 7020 VA01E.
     This hands-on computer course gives novice computer users the opportunity to become seasoned intermediate computer users.

  • KC Digital Imaging Graduates

    Kaskaskia College recently held a pinning ceremony for the graduating class of its Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.