Today's News

  • Armed Forces Days
  • Bowen decides to seek 5th term

    About eight months ago, Bruce Bowen announced that he would not run for re-election to Fayette County’s coroner post. But, after no one filed petitions to run for that position this November, he changed his mind.
    On Monday, Bowen, a Republican filed paperwork with Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder, the county’s election official, that allows him to seek an unprecedented fifth term as coroner.

  • Three area events on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day will be observed on Monday in Fayette County during three events.
    Brownstown VFW Post 9770 will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Wall in the village park.
    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will be the keynote speaker for the event, and a community choir will sing several patriotic songs.
    Also during the service, Brownstown students Jacob Baron and Addison Cage will read their winning essays from VFW contests.
    At 1 p.m. is the 14th annual local edition of the Walk Across America.

  • Work to better school funding formula ongoing

    “My job is to fight for the kids in our (school) district.”
    That’s why, Superintendent Rich Well told members of the Vandalia Board of Education last week, he’s been spending so much time with state legislators recently.
    Well is among a group of school superintendents who are working to get a better, more-equitable system for funding school districts in Illinois, particularly smaller, downstate districts.

  • John J. Satterthwaite Sr., 69, Brownstown


  • Work on TIF rules is a good idea

    Time and time again, members of Vandalia's Tax Increment Financing advisory committee and city council have asked for more guidance as they considered applications for TIF grants and loans. Hopefully, they will be getting that sometime soon.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday's council meeting that he is forming a committee to study the existing rules and regulations for TIF awards, and to recommend changes for those.
    That's a good idea, especially considering discussions on TIF requests at recent council meetings.

  • Looking Back
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Walt Barenfanger asked the city of Vandalia to take over maintenance of the road that runs west of Majestic Drapery and the old Crane Packing building. The council gave Mayor Rich Walker the authority to work with Barenfanger.
    The local postal food drive netted about 5,500 pounds of food for the CEFS Food Pantry in Vandalia.
    Darrell Gummert, principal of Vandalia Community High School, was elected president of the Charles R. Ruemmelin Foundation Board.

  • Pearson circus overwintered in Ramsey

    The other day, on my way to Vandalia, I was met by three semi trucks hauling carnival rides. After all, this is the season for carnivals that winter in the southern states to make their northern trek, providing entertainment for us in the hinterland.
    When I returned home, I pulled a file that I had started some time back on the Pearson Carnival, whose home was Ramsey. It was Mrs. Pearson who had the Ramsey connection.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These siblings graduated from Vandalia Community High School, and they live in Fayette County.