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Today's News

  • After 26 years, it's time for new adventures

    One hundred and fifty years ago, when H.S. Humphrey launched The Vandalia Union on the tempestuous seas of Fayette County journalism, he had no idea what the future held for his publication.

  • Henry Mitchell, an orphan, raised six orphans

    On the anniversary of his 83rd birthday, Henry Brown Mitchell wrote an article for The Vandalia Union newspaper.
    He wrote that he came on the scene on May 25, 1857, several miles northwest of Vandalia, in a one-room log home, 16 feet by 24 feet, with a seven-foot ceiling plastered up with yellow clay. His parents, Archibald Litell Mitchell and Jael (Jaily) Hackney Brown, died within four days of each other in October 1858 of milk sickness, leaving four children.

  • Last chance for input on bypass

    After years of public hearings, environmental impact studies and more public hearings, the Illinois Department of Transportation has come up with its recommended route to get U.S. Route 51 motorists through Vandalia when the road is upgraded to four lanes.
     Though it’s not a perfect plan – none of the final four alternatives were without problems – the route selected by IDOT seems to make the most sense. The plan now will be forwarded to the Federal Highway Administration for its consideration and approval.

  • Committee will discuss demolition cap fee

    When it meets next Monday evening, a Vandalia City Council committee will consider a request to change its water and sewer disconnect fee for demolition projects.
    A change will be discussed after a resident told the council last week that he feels that the city’s current fee is excessive.
    Mike Wehrle told aldermen that he had to pay a $1,500 fee to cap a water line in the road at a property on which he was demolishing an old, deteriorating building.
    “I feel it is excessive, and I would like it explained,” Wehrle said.

  • Mildred Schmid still quite active and busy at 101

    Mildred Schmid was born on Aug. 26, 1913, and is observing her 101th birthday in the rural home that she shares with her son, Eddie.

  • CMN Roadblock Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman has designated this Saturday as Children's Miracle Network Roadblock Day in Vandalia.

    On Saturday, volunteers will be accepting donations for the CMN at Sunset Drive and Veterans Avenue. Shown with Gottman are Cheryl Pollard, left, and Franklin Terry III, employees of Walmart, which heads up local fundraising efforts for the CMN.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Shawn M. Durbin, 21, 3070 Wonder Trail, Fillmore, was arrested on Aug. 25 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $5,000, and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Rick J. Daniels, 56, Smithboro, was arrested on Aug. 25 on petition to revoke his bond for failed drug tests and failure to appear for tests. Bond was $100,000.
    • A 17-year-old Vandalia resident was arrested on Aug. 24 on an alleged probation violation. The youth was taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.

  • News Briefs

    Mark Meadows elected a VVFD chief
    At its monthly meeting on Aug. 13, the members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department elected Mark Meadows to the position of second assistant chief.
    Meadows, a VVFD member since 2004, succeeds Michael Brown, who resigned earlier this summer upon moving to Atlanta, Ga., for his job. Brown, a member since 1998, was elected second assistant chief in February 2013.

    Brownstown VFW holding Gut Check

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 28

    ✔ The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold its annual crop survey on Thursday morning, and its annual crop survey report and steak dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Farm Bureau building at 1125 N. Sunset Drive in Vandalia. Tickets for the dinner are $5 each and may be purchased at the Farm Bureau office or from any Farm Bureau director.
    ✔ 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.

  • Work to raise funds for pool project continues

    Having completed drawings that show the finished product, engineers for the Vandalia Swimming Pool project are now working on designs for the project.