Today's News

  • News Briefs

    Wilkerson family benefit is Sunday
     A benefit for the Brad Wilkerson family will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Brad and Angela (Donder) Wilkerson and their children lost their home and possessions in a fire recently.
    The benefit will include music by "Substance" and multiple gun raffles. A meal will be available, with the cost being $7 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and under; children under 5 will be served free of charge.

  • Senior Spotlight: Patrick Bauer

    Some 80 pounds trimmer and with the physical benefits of 11 weeks of National Guard training packed into his new frame, Vandalia senior Patrick Bauer feels like a new man.

    Weighing as much as 250 pounds during his junior soccer season, Bauer knew something needed to change, and joining the National Guard and thinking about his family history was enough motivation for him.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 15, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man being sought for the murder of Greenville attorney,  Tom Meyer, fled from authorities after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the offices of LeFevre, Zeman, Oldfield & Lawinger.
    Megan Schukar was crowned homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School. Foreign exchange student Bogdan Leshchinskiy was crowned king.
    Former Vandalia Community High School principal, teacher and coach Bob McAllister, died after a battle with cancer.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 22, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two young people were members of the Class of 1961.

  • FCHD teaches children about 'good grief'

    Many of us, as adults, struggle through difficult times when we lose a loved one. Imagine what it’s like for a child, especially one who has not previously experienced the loss of a parent, grandparent or friend.
    The Fayette County Health Department’s hospice employees and volunteers have come up with a way to help children understand and deal with the death of loved ones.
    On Saturday, Oct. 1, the hospice workers and volunteers will present “Good Grief,” a day full of activities and sessions geared toward youth ages 18 and under.

  • Enjoy the fun at Grande Levée, Corn Day

    Take one popular downtown festival and move it from the scorching heat of summer to the cooler days of fall. Then add to it another popular downtown festival.
    What do you get?
    Exactly what Vandalia has to offer this Friday and Saturday – the annual Grande Levée on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds and the continuation of our Corn Day Festival in the downtown area.

  • Isham Reavis' grave marked in ceremony

    On Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, the Kaskaskia Chapter of the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812 officiated at a grave-marking ceremony at Edwards Cemetery in Seminary Township honoring the service of Isham Reavis, a veteran of the War of 1812.

  • Vandals slow down Marquette, take six-point loss

    The swarming Vandalia defense is the first team this season to hold Marquette Catholic to fewer than 30 points, but with the Explorer defensive front playing just as well, the Vandals were unable to come away with a victory last Friday, falling, 15-9.

    The margin could have been greater had it not been for two defensive stops deep in Vandalia territory.

    Toward the end of the first quarter – with the Explorers leading, 7-6 – a Vandalia player went offsides to bring Marquette to the Vandal 5-yard line on second down and a yard to go.

  • Vandalia takes 3rd in own tournament

    Vandalia’s win in the third-place game of its own tournament on Saturday marked its third victory against Greenville on the early season.

    And while she wants wins, coach Allison Smith would have rather gotten that 25-8, 25-18 win against a different team.

    “Really, we wanted to be in the championship game, and we should have,” Smith said. “We didn’t play really well against Carlyle, but you have to take it as you get it.

  • Aces upset Bombers at EICs

    Pitching in front of a scout from the New York Mets, Mulberry Grove junior Kyle Bloemker had one of the finest performances of his career to give the Aces an upset win in the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    Playing No. 3 Brownstown, the sixth-seeded Aces got 15 strikeouts from Bloemker and a two-run single from Nate Ketchem in the top of the seventh inning to win, 3-1, at Vandalia High School on Tuesday.