Today's News

  • NY man making cross-country trip on mower stops in Vandalia

    For the past 75 days, Lucas Van Engen has seen America like few people ever will – from the seat of a garden tractor.
    Beginning on May 15 in Santa Monica, Calif., Van Engen has traversed nearly two-thirds the width of the continent – more than 2,000 miles so far – on a Sears Craftsman garden tractor. Powered by a 26-horsepower Kohler engine, the GT 5000 series tractor has held up just fine; perhaps better than Van Engen.

  • Greenville Museum holds Heritage Days

    The American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville held its annual Heritage Days celebration over the weekend, drawing large crowds to view hundreds of tractors and other types of farm implements, as well as various activities. The event included field demonstrations with classic tractors. Jimmy Kinnard is shown taking his granddaughter, 5-year-old Abigail Kinnard for a ride while he plows. Also shown is the museum's main building, which was recently enclosed and equipped with geo-thermal heating and cooling units.

  • Don Etcheson looks back on the days of his youth

    “W.E. Etcheson, General Merchandise” was the large sign under which Donald Etcheson was (figuratively) born 82 years ago, and lived from infancy until young manhood.
    Last week,Etcheson began sharing his story of his childhood days in Shafter Township. He continues sharing memories this week, beginning with his family's move to Vandalia.
    The Move from Shafter to Vandalia
    Don said his dad sold the store to Don Satterthwaite, and they left Shafter in 1945.

  • Decker — Hunt

     Deborah Charmaine Decker and Stephen Lee Hunt were united in marriage at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, 2010, at Lincoln Park in Zionsville, Ind., with Dr. Barton Updike officiating double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Dorothy and the late Arlie R. White of Indiana.
    The groom is the son of Raymond and Tonya Hunt of Fort Wayne, Ind. The late grandparents of the groom, Iona and Lee Hunt of Ramsey, and Hazel and Floyd Little of Vandalia, were honored during the ceremony and reception.

  • Main Street plans restructuring

    In the face of funding cuts from the city of Vandalia and difficult economic conditions, the board of directors of Vandalia Main Street this week issued a press release affirming its intention to continue the organization – albeit in a scaled-down version.
    As a result, the organization will be “restructuring its dues, membership structure and administrative operations to better meet the needs of donors and offer better value for their investment,” according to a press release issued by Josh Henry, Vandalia Main Street board president.

  • City looking into enhanced police patrols at lake

    Everyone attending a meeting on Monday evening agreed that more of a police presence is needed at Vandalia Lake.
    How that can be accomplished has yet to be determined.
    But there was considerable discussion on that issue during a meeting called by the Vandalia Lake Committee.
    In addition to committee members, those in attendance included Mayor Rick Gottman, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason, Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay and several city aldermen.

  • Freeland — Filer

    Katherine Freeland and Lucas Filer, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 12, 2010.
    The bride is the daughter of Kent and Mary Anna Freeland of Vandalia.
    The groom is the son of Lynn and Dee Filer of Vandalia.
    The bride chose Allison Gallagher as her matron of honor and Tana Robinson as her bridesmaid.
    The groom chose Seth Womack as his best man and Josh Jackson as the groomsman.
    Gwen Robinson and Anna Osborne were the flower girls. Donny Stroud and Caden Osborne were the ring-bearers.

  • Teen arrested for double murder in Loogootee

    A male teen was taken into custody on Wednesday morning, several hours after two individuals were found dead at a Loogootee residence.
    Fayette County Stephen Friedel said in a press release issued shortly before noon on Wednesday that the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday to investigate a reported break-in at a Loogootee residence.
    A sheriff’s deputy then responded to a second Loogootee residence “and identified an apparent crime scene."

  • Hoffman — Thomason

    Erin Hoffman and Tim Thomason were united in marriage on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the home of the bride's parents in Vandalia in a double-ring ceremony, with Tim Logue officiating.
    The bride is the daughter of Randy and Patti Hoffman of Vandalia. She is 2005 graduate of Vandalia Community High School and a 2007 graduate of Kaskaskia College.
    The groom is the son of Tony and Shelly Thomason of Brownstown. He is a 2007 graduate of Brownstown High School and is currently attending Kaskaskia College.

  • Dunaway — Kruenegel

    Karlee Elizabeth Dunaway and Tyler David Kruenegel were united in marriage on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Augsburg in a double-ring ceremony, with Pastor Bruce Milash officiating.