Today's News

  • Two California men arrested on Class X cannabis charges

    Two California men have been charged with Class X felony cannabis charges after being arrested in Fayette County last Thursday.
    Christian O. Peralta Martinez, 34, of Miranda, Calif., and Shawn E. Hulsey, 33, of Leggett, Calif., were arrested on charges of cannabis trafficking, delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis and calculated cannabis conspiracy.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 15

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the Ramsey Grade School cafeteria.
    ✔ The United Methodist Men will hold their annual pancake and sausage supper from 4:30-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. Donations will be accepted, and funds raised support the UMM projects, including coats and shoes for children at Christmas.

  • Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus

    PC repair and
    troubleshooting course
    The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will offer a PC repair and troubleshooting course from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays, April 5 and 12 at the KC Vandalia Campus.
    The registration number for the class COED 7037 VA01E.

  • LLC to offer hybrid medical assistant program

    Starting in fall 2018, Lake Land College will begin offering a new hybrid version of the medical assistant program.
    The new version allows students to take all their courses online and come to campus only one night a week for lab.
    This will be offered in addition to the traditional two-year associate degree and the one-year certificate program.
    “We think this will open up an amazing opportunity for people who can’t be in classes during the day,” medical assistant program instructor Molly Yeske said.

  • Where are they now?


  • College News

    University of Illinois
    Cheyenne Summers of Nokomis was named to the dean’s list in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science for the fall semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    A 2015 graduate of Nokomis High School, she is majoring in animal sciences.

  • NHS Induction at VCHS

    New Members
    Scott Shulman
    Nathaniel Weaver
    Reyna Arenas
    Adeline Bowen
    Sarah Craig
    Anna DePaolo
    Morgan Dothager
    Bryce Dunn
    Kennedy Fiscus
    Delora Hedgpeth
    Caddie Howard
    J'Amy Jackson
    Bailey Maroon
    Alexis McNealy
    Kaitlyn Mills
    Shelby Nash
    Dezsiree Pyle
    Dawson Reeter
    Madison Schmitt
    Emma Warner

    Two-Year Members
    Sydney Austin
    James Bowen

  • NHS Pinning Ceremony
  • Residents need to use paper bags for landscape waste

    As Vandalia residents plan to clear their yards of limbs, leaves and other landscape waste, they are reminded that only paper bags are to be used for grass clippings and leaves.
    The landscape waste in paper bags, as well as limbs and sticks, is to be placed in a pile along their street for pickup.
    Vandalia’s public works department routine runs routes for pickups of landscape waste once a week, usually early in the week, depending on the weather.
    Large, 30-pound paper bags are available locally at a number of local businesses.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael S. Harshani, 21, Pana, was arrested on March 6 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. No bond information was listed.
    • Zane A. Doyle, 19, 225 S. Eighth St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 5 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,500.
    • Eric L. Hasenfratz, 41, High Ridge, Mo., was arrested on March 4 on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $20,000.