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Today's News

  • VCHS students offered special training

    Students at Vandalia Community High School are being offered a class on first aid of a different kind.
    The Fayette Teen Issues Coalition is making available to VCHS students Youth Mental Health First Aid training on the mornings of Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18-19.

  • Burglaries at lake investigated

    Local law enforcement authorities are asking for the public’s help in solving a rash of burglaries on the north side of Vandalia Lake.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith said that as of Tuesday morning, his department had received 14 reports of break-ins at Vandalia Lake lots.
    Numerous items were taken during the burglaries, with the televisions being the most common, according to Smith.
    Anyone having information about the break-ins is asked to either contact the sheriff’s office, 283-2141, or call the Crimestoppers number, 283-1986.

  • Community Garden Harvest Festival is Saturday

    Vandalia’s Little Community Garden’s annual Harvest Festival is this Saturday, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center, located at 705 W. St. Clair St. in Vandalia. The festival is being held there, in case of inclement weather.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 6

    ✔ 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, October 7

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. Teens interested in joining the board should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Matthew D. Frayer, 25, Witt, was arrested on Oct. 4 on a charge of escape. Bond was $50,000.
    • Richard G. Jacques, 50, 312 N. Oak St., Farina, was arrested on Oct. 4 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. No bond information was listed.
    • Timothy T. White, 41, 1317 US Highway 40, Brownstown, was arrested on Oct. 4 on charges of criminal trespass to a residence and possession of stolen property. No bond information was listed.

  • 'Pop' Miller told old baseball stories

    I had the good fortune to meet Floyd “Pop” Miller and his wife, Vivian, of Mulberry Grove when I joined the Fayette County Genealogical Society in the late 1980s.

  • Congratulations, award recipients

    Homecoming 2016 for Vandalia Community High School was more than just an occasion to welcome back those who received their sheepskin from VCHS – it was also a time to recognize some individuals who excelled as a result of their time at the local high school.
    On Friday evening, VCHS welcomed Jerry Evans, Drew Bell, Blake Doehring, Brock Doehring, Matt Peyton, Drew Schneider and Marty Johnson into the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The two brothers in this photo, taken in about 1950, have lived in or around Ramsey their entire lives.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, and also agreed to put the hiring of a director of community development “on the back burner.”
    Odie Washington, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, was the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.
    Vandalia defeated Hillsboro, 28-6, in varsity football play to remain undefeated and take over the conference lead.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Talking About The Weather & the Critters …
    …or  he reaction of the critters – usually when inclement weather is coming, or taking place, the Longhorn Cowgirls, do not pay much attention to it. It seems their breed prefers the wide-open spaces, rather than the protection of a building.
    Several years ago, we rented the late neighbor Gwen Sapp’s pasture, just so our longhorns would have the shelter of the big shed on it – not so.