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Today's News

  • Come to the fair!

    It only comes around once a year, and next week’s Fayette County Fair is an event you won’t want to miss.

    Beginning this Saturday with the junior horse and pony show and concluding a week later with the always-popular demolition derby, the fair offers a smorgasbord of sights, sounds, smells and tastes that is vintage county fair. Nowhere else can your senses experience the same delicious mix.

  • Storm damage assessment nearing completion

    With the assessment team winding down its work, it appears that about 100 homes and businesses sustained damage from last week’s severe thunderstorm.

    That storm, which dropped between 6 and 7 inches of rain in less than two hours, caused severe flooding throughout town. High winds during that storm also contributed to the damage.

    Merle Adermann, the city’s fire chief and Emergency Management Agency coordinator, told the Vandalia City Council on Tuesday night that the damage assessment team had met three times to pull together damage reports.

  • City to begin enforcing smoking ban

    Vandalia officials will hold a meeting next Monday afternoon to explain a city law that has been put on the books to address smoking and other activities that are “a menace to the health, safety or welfare of the public.”

    That city law approved by the city council in January was drafted after police were called to a downtown bar for a report of nudity during a special promotion.

  • Ethel Augenstein still going strong at 95-plus

    Ethel Augenstein’s name has been almost synonymous with good food during her 95 1/2 years.

    Although she held down other jobs in her earlier years, she found her way to various restaurants, schools and church kitchens in the area, and there she remained, assuring anyone who partook of her cooking good food.

    Ethel, however, did get out of the kitchen(s) long enough to live an interesting and active life, a fulfilling life as a wife and mother, and a useful life to her community, organizations, and her church…and still is. 

  • Look at making changes to town branch

    Sunday evening’s deluge was not your typical summer thunderstorm.

    The strong cell that dumped wave after wave of torrential rain on Fayette County caused considerable damage in low-lying areas.

    Neighborhoods near the Town Branch in Vandalia were particularly hard hit.

  • Storm damage assessment continues

    Three days after what many are describing as the worst storm they’ve ever witnessed in Vandalia, city officials are continuing to gather information that they hope will be sufficient to warrant financial aid from the state.

    Vandalia’s public works employees are continuing to pick up debris from the Sunday evening storm, which brought high winds and more than 6 inches of rain in less than two hours, and Public Works Director John Moyer estimated on Monday that the cleanup could take up to a week.

  • Price stays young by exercising, serving his community

    Though he came from very humble beginnings, the Rev. Norris Price has fashioned a life that is rich in all the important ways.

    At the age of 77, he is still vital, healthy and involved. And he maintains an intellectual curiosity that keeps life interesting.

    “I grew up in the country southwest of Ramsey,” Price said. “I suppose we were considered poor. There wasn’t much cash, but we never went hungry. And we had a lot of fun.”

    From an early age, he demonstrated a thirst for knowledge and a fascination with people.

  • Mormon influence felt in Fayette County

    In early spring 1839 George Washington Hickerson had a vision – and in 1866, when he wrote his life story, his vision was preserved for posterity.

    One of the three children of William Loving and Malinda Luster Hickerson, George, along with brother, Andrew Jackson Hickerson, served in the Black Hawk War from Fayette County. George wrote in his memoirs that he was elected major of the militia in Fayette County.

  • Do you have storm damage?

    The city of Vandalia is collecting damage reports as it attempts to receive assistance from the state. File a report at Vandalia City Hall as soon as possible.

  • School district still holding strong financially

    In its final meeting of the fiscal year, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a revised budget for the nearly completed year and heard from the superintendent that the district remains in good financial shape.

     “The hay’s not in the barn yet,” said Superintendent Rich Well, noting that the fiscal year didn’t end until midnight Wednesday, “but we’re looking very good. We’re where we are right now because we’ve been good stewards of our money.”