Today's News

  • First Christian offers challenge to area churches

    First Christian Church in Vandalia sponsored the Central Illinois Mobile Food Bank on June 13, and is hoping others follow its lead.
    The Mobile Food Bank regularly holds several distributions in this area each year, but has been short on funds.
    First Christian Church is now challenging other area churches to show their support for this program by sponsoring food bank visits in the future.
    For more information, or to sponsor a food bank distribution, contact the Fayette County Farm Bureau, 283-3276.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene Jett
    This is a happiness message from Evergreen Outreach! In spite of all the goodness and effort going into today’s meeting, it was canceled – potentially too hot and humid! I think this may be a first, except for the year of the great drought.
    I miss my friends, the prayers and the music and I know you all will miss each other. Just repeat after me, “We’re here for fun right from the start, etc”.
    This good weather is the best time of year for our get-together and outings.

  • Vandalia School District Registration

    Registration for Vandalia CUSD #203 will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


    On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the district will register families with last names A-M. For families with multiple last names, the district will go by the last name of the oldest child and register the entire family.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Kristen Jahraus of St. Peter was named Miss Fayette County Fair, and Aubrey Harre of Brownstown was chosen Little Miss.
    Vandalia Junior High School cheerleaders were chosen the best squad at the NCA camp at Lake Land College, attended by more than 300 girls. Mandi Wasmuth, a member of the squad, was one of six cheerleaders nominated for All-American cheerleader.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This photo of these siblings was taken about 48 years ago.

  • New school year nearing

    Before you know it, you'll be again sending your children off to school each morning. Yes, a new school year is just around the corner.
    Perhaps you've already started preparing for another year, buying new supplies and clothes. Local school officials are also gearing up for the 2015-16 school year.
    In this issue, we have two pages of registration information provided by Vandalia School District officials.

  • Fighting fires in our early years

    The subject of this column was suggested by an article from the September 24, 1936, issue of The Vandalia Union, where it was reported that Charles Higgins bought the lot on which the “Old Engine House” stood at Fifth and Main streets, with plans to tear it down and build a modern fireproof laundry building with a basement on the lot.

  • FUM starts Back(Pack) 2 School project

    Dean Black is on a mission – getting the word out to Fayette County in-need families that the First United Methodist Church of Vandalia has a Back(Pack) 2 School program for children preK-12.

  • County chairman resigns

    Saying that he was free to return to the county board after being cleared in an investigation initiated by two county officers, Steve Knebel said that he has chosen not to do so.
    Knebel, a member of the board for 12 years and its chairman for the past eight years, presented his resignation at the end of Tuesday’s county board meeting, reading a two-page prepared statement.