Today's News

  • Statehouse hours must be preserved

    Last week in this space, we touted the importance of tourism to the economies of Fayette County and Illinois.
    State officials  trumpeted the fact that the Land of Lincoln just recorded its third consecutive year of record-breaking tourism numbers. And tourism-related expenditures total $26.5 million in Fayette County and $2.6 billion statewide.
    The state's tourism director even paid us a visit to underscore the need to value and enhance the money coming from the traveling public.

  • Counting the Days

    One can tell by her expression that Avery Cearlock, 5, is excited about the start of another school year.

    Avery was among the youths being registered on Tuesday at Vandalia Junior High School. The first day of student attendance  in the Vandalia School District is Tuesday, Aug. 19.

  • Where Are They Now?

    Ulli Rollinger Munroe

    City where you currently reside: Ocala, Fla., north of Orlando.

  • Bios of inaugural recipients of Distinguished Alumni Award

    Warren Sperry, a 1964 graduate of Vandalia High School and of Eastern Illinois University in 1968, served as the Paris High School band director from 1968-99.
    During that time, he was inducted into the National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame because of “standards of scholarship, musicianship and leadership in the world of high school band music.”

  • Hanabarger researches St. Paul Church

    As St. Paul Lutheran Church continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary, it will hold an open house on Sunday, Aug. 17, and has invited area historian Linda Hanabarger, to be the program speaker.

  • Council OKs two demolitions

    Having expressed a desire in the past year to step up efforts to demolish dilapidated buildings, Vandalia aldermen approved two such projects on Monday.
    The city council accepted the low bids for demolition projects on Shelby Avenue and South Seventh Street.
    Dwayne Barker of Brownstown, with a bid of $3,750, was approved for demolition of a house at 119 S. Shelby Ave., and the council accepted the bid of $8,500 from Environmental Audits and Consultants of Brownstown for a demolition project at 604 S. Seventh St.

  • New award honors VCHS alumni

    Twenty years after a Hall of Fame was established to honor stellar athletes from Vandalia Community High School, a school foundation is starting to honor VCHS graduates who have otherwise become renowned.

  • One charged with robbery waives prelim

    One of three men arrested on attempted robbery charges following an incident that resulted in one of them sustaining a gunshot wound has pleaded not guilty.
    At a hearing last Wednesday afternoon, Randy Montgomery, 47, of Coffeen, entered a not guilty plea through his attorney, conflict public defender Thomas Zurliene.
    Montgomery waived his right for a preliminary hearing and also waived formal arraignment during the brief hearing before Judge James L. Roberts.

  • Statehouse cut back to four days

    Just a week after hearing that Illinois’ tourism numbers are on the rise, Vandalia residents are learning that their biggest tourist attraction is taking a big hit.
    A month after saying that cuts at state historic sites were likely, officials of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced those cuts.
    The sites affected by those cuts include the Vandalia Statehouse, which will now be open one less day each week.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 7

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, August 8