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Today's News

  • Lincoln's time in Vandalia

    This Thursday evening, beginning at 6 p.m., we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln in grand style at the old state capitol in Vandalia.

    Although Lincoln belongs to the nation and to the world beyond, there was a time when Abraham Lincoln’s world was Vandalia.

    The newly elected legislator arrived in Vandalia by stage on a blustery November day, squeezed in with the other five members of the Sangamon County delegation, including his mentor, John T. Stuart.

  • Bluegrass festival will replace Grande Leve this year

    The Vandalia Statehouse will reopen in the near future, but it does not look like the state’s oldest existing capitol will host its annual period celebration on Father’s Day weekend.

    But a local organization is ready to step in and offer a substitute festival that weekend.

    The Vandalia Tourism Commission is working on a three-day bluegrass festival, according to Dean Black, commission member and city alderman.

    “I think we’ll have something that people are really going to enjoy,” Black told the city council last week.

  • Fayette County to receive emergency food and shelter funds

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive $20,003.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the County.

    The selection was made by the National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, and the United Way of America. The local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

  • Shirley wins final home game at S.C.

     In a game featuring a pair of red-hot teams that play a similar style of disciplined basketball, the unique athleticism of Tanner Bushue and - perhaps - the hoop gods smiling fondly upon South Central coach Gary Shirley proved to be the difference in the Cougars' 53-49 win over Vandalia Tuesday night.

  • Vandals extend win streak to five in SCC-East play

     The Vandalia boys basketball team's formula for success revolves around two fundamental concepts - solid defense and patience on offense.

    The Vandals continued to perfect that formula in conference play over the weekend, extending their win streak in South Central Conference East Division play to five games with double-digit victories over Staunton and Hillsboro.

  • E911 board gets to work

    The committee charged with implementing Enhanced 911 service in Fayette County learned pretty quickly that it has a monumental task.

    But the person leading that committee still believes that the task can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel, who also serves as chairman of the county’s new Emergency Telephone System Board, told county board members on Tuesday that the new group has held one meeting.

  • Deem, McCarty good Abe Award choices

    Last week, as our community prepared to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presented two awards named after our 16th president.

    Those Abe Awards, presented annually by the chamber, honor those who have made significant contributions to our community. This marks the 35th year that the awards have been given.

  • The process of picking Watson's successor gets under way

    The process of selecting state Sen. Frank Watson’s replacement is under way, and one of the candidates for the job is a local resident.

    Randy Pollard, the Fayette County Republican Central Committee chairman, is among the candidates for Watson’s seat, which becomes vacant next Monday.

    Watson, who has served as this area’s senator for more than a quarter of a century and as the senate minority leader for the past six years, announced last week that he is stepping down.

  • Don and Ellie Funk " the perfect Valentine's couple

    Many around Vandalia will remember a little, red-headed, freckle-faced paperboy of years ago, delivering the Decatur Herald and Decatur Review newspapers on his bicycle in all kinds of weather.

    Few probably ever imagined that little boy, Donald “Ferd” Funk, would grow up to contribute so much to his hometown of Vandalia and surrounding communities with the same conscientious commitment to the task at hand, industrious, but with a friendly, willing spirit,

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