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Today's News

  • VCHS Golf Awards
  • An updated look at records set by the '17 Vandals

    By Rev. Zach Edgar
    An extraordinary amount of records were set by the Vandal Football team this season.
    Mark Greer field held its first varsity football game on Sept. 15, 1950, and this was the first time it’s ever hosted a game in Week 12 or in the quarterfinals (now the third round) of the IHSA Playoffs.

  • Vandals' historic season ends

    One of the best seasons in the history of the football program at Vandalia Community High School came to an end on Saturday, but not before this year’s Vandals set many new standards, both as a team and individually.

  • Premium surcharge for Nov. 23 issue

    Due to the premium nature and increased production and distribution costs of the Thanksgiving Day edition, to be published on 11/23/2017, all subscribers will incur a nominal additional charge of $1 for the edition.
    Your total bill will remain unaffected but there will be a slight adjustment in your expiration date, unless you have selected the Monthly EZ Pay option.  The premium surcharge will be added to the applicable regular Monthly EZ pay charge.

  • Peoples acquires local First Bank branch

    The Peoples State Bank of Newton announced last week that it has signed a purchase and assumption agreement to acquire three Southern Illinois branch locations (Vandalia, Greenville and Salem) with approximately $84 million in deposits from First Banks Inc.’s banking subsidiary First Bank.  
    Peoples has also agreed to purchase the fixed assets and a small amount of loans related to the purchased branches.  They expect the transaction to close during the first half of 2018, subject to regulatory approval and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

  • CEFS receives food, shelter funds

    C.E.F.S. Fayette County has been chosen to receive $4,850 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; Jewish Federations of North America; Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

  • Blood drive is Tuesday
  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Danielle R. Pagel, 33, Altamont, was arrested on Nov. 13 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,500.
    • Kenneth B. Davis, 34, 3 N. Broadway, Herrick, was arrested on Nov. 13 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $7,500.
    • Sophia Martin, 48, Indianapolis, Ind., was arrested on Nov. 12 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 16

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St. Vandalia. For more information, call 283-7262.

    Friday, November 17

    ✔ The annual chili supper and Spirit Night sponsored by the St. Elmo/Brownstown cheerleaders will be held at St. Elmo High School. The chili supper is in the SEHS cafeteria from 5-6:30 p.m., with the cost being $6 per person. Spirit Night is in the SEHS gym at 7 p.m. Admission is $1 or one canned food item.

  • Northside Church Pays Tribute to Veterans

    The congregation of Northside Christian Church in Vandalia welcomed back a couple of familiar faces to help them observe Veterans Day.

    The church combined its regular Sunday service with a program to honor veterans, as well as those currently serving in the armed forces. The Rev. Carl Rhodes (second photo), the former pastor of the church, was invited to be the guest speaker for the program and deliver the Sunday sermon. Rhodes and his wife, Pat, are both veterans.  Veterans on hand for the combined program and service included Brad Elmore (first photo).