Today's News

  • Fatality on rail tracks believed to be a suicide


  • Alcohol in Vandalia Parks? Vote in our poll

    The Vandalia Park District Board discussed on Thursday a request to allow alcohol at slow-pitch softball games. Park board members believe that granting that request would mean that they would have to allow alcohol on all park The properties.

    The board agreed to hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on April 16 in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.

    What's your opinion? Vote in our poll in the lower right corner of our home page.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This building on North Eighth Street, just north of Interstate 70, was the home of Vandalia's Coca-Cola bottling plant. After Vandalia's Photo Day in 1985, it became the home of Waggoners' Trucking.

  • Taking Santa Ana's leg

    In the Feb. 19 edition of this newspaper, I wrote about Stephen White whose parents settled at a place known as New Boston or “White Town” in Northern Bond County in about 1816.

    Stephen was born there in 1818 and lived to be 103 years old. A few years before his death in 1921 he shared some of his experiences as a soldier during the Mexican War with a reporter from the Greenville newspaper.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Dale ‘Pete’ Burnam was elected governor of Lions District I-L at the district convention held in Effingham. Burnam had 23 years of perfect attendance in the Vandalia club.
    A 60-inch story in the Chicago Tribune featured Frogtown correspondent Mary Peyton Meyer, who had been covering that area since 1921.
    About 600 attended Woolsey Bros. Farm Supply’s appreciation dinner.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The woman in this photo, which was taken in the 1940s, has lived in Vandalia most of her life.

  • Junior Wrestlers Advance to State

    The five Vandalia Junior Wrestling participants shown above have advanced to state competition by virtue of their performances at sectional competitions.

  • Meadows re-elected chief of VVFD

    At its annual meeting in February, the members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department re-elected Keith Meadows as chief.
    Steve Stombaugh was re-elected first assistant chief, and Mark Meadows, who was elected second assistant chief when Michael Brown moved to Georgia, was re-elected to that post.
    Tom DePaolo was elected secretary, and Mark Miller, the secretary in recent years, stepped down to assistant secretary.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Richard J. Zietlow, 53, Pana, was arrested on March 10 on a charge of driving without a valid license. Bond was $1,500.
    • Preston D. Phillips, 27, 215 W. Sixth St., St. Elmo, was arrested on March 9 for failure to appear in Cumberland County court on a charge of driving while his license is revoked. Bond was $2,500.
    • Amanda Chaney, 33, 516 W. Hazel St., St. Elmo, was arrested on March 9 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a charge of speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at Brownstown High School.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center, located west of Vandalia Community High School.