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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Wesclin won the Vandalia Holiday Tournament. Flora, Shelbyville and Wesclin all had a 3-1 record, and because of the tie, free-throw percentage determined the winner. Wesclin’s Paul Lusk was named most valuable player of the tournament with 112 points and 44 rebounds. Brian Kern of Vandalia was on the all-tournament team.
    Several residents of the Tanner Drive-In area, northwest of the Vandalia city limits, attended the Vandalia City Council meeting to ask that efforts to annex that area into the city be stepped up.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This man was born in Confidence, Ill., almost 100 years ago.

  • Brownstown Library has a special tree

    A special Christmas tree is gracing the Brownstown Library this Christmas, at no expense to the library.

  • Five file for city council

    Five individuals, including three incumbents, have filed to run for city council seats in Vandalia.
    But no one has expressed an interest in the aldermanic seat that is currently vacant.
    City Clerk Peggy Bowen reported on Monday afternoon that those filing nominating petitions for the April consolidated election include incumbents Neil Clark in Ward I, Russ Stunkel in Ward II and B. John Clark.
    At this time, Neil Clark is the only one of the three incumbents to face opposition, with Kenneth Hubler and Christine Helinski also filing nominating petitions.

  • Tours reminds Well of OAVC's purpose

    Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook a gem that area students are offered through a center administered by the Vandalia School District.
    “Looking around from the outside, you just don’t get a feel for what the programs we are able to offer (inside),” Superintendent Rich Well said at last week’s meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education.
    Well talked about the value of the Okaw Area Vocational Center after assisting Okaw Director Nick Casey in leading a group from Shelbyville on a tour of the center earlier in the day.

  • Caring & Sharing

    More than 30 years after she was part of a group that provided Christmas baskets for less-fortunate residents of this area, Marlys Hayner is still surprised at the generosity of local people.

  • Sheriff's Shop with a Cop

    The Fayette County Sheriff's Office held its first Cop with a Shop on Saturday at Walmart, with other law enforcement officials joining them.

    Sheriff Chris Smith said that his department raised $3,100 and was able to take eight families, with 16 children total, shopping on Saturday. Those assisting the children in shopping were Smith, county deputies Sherri and Ted Miller, and Ed Durbin; Jail Administrator J.D. Vieregge; State's Attorney Joshua Morrison; St. Elmo police officer Steve Flood; and Illinois State Police officer Steve Tarter.

  • Calendar

    Wednesday, Dec. 24

    .✔ First Christian Church, located at Fifth and Randolph streets in Vandalia, will hold a candlelight Christmas service at 7 p.m. The public is invited.

    Thursday, Dec. 25

    CHRISTMAS DAY
    .✔ Northside Christian Church, located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, will host a free Christmas dinner, with serving from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. The dinner is for anyone who otherwise would be alone on Christmas. Those planning to attend are asked to contact the church in advance, 283-1970.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Eric M. Kroening, 38, House Springs, Mo., was arrested on Dec. 21 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond information was not listed.
    • Timothy L. Ambuehl, 22, Pana, was arrested on Dec. 21 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $1,200.

  • Vandalia girls fall at Hillsboro

    HILLSBORO — The Vandalia Lady Vandals were looking for some payback.
    It didn't happen.
    Hillsboro pulled away late for a 56-43 win over Vandalia on Monday night in girls basketball action.
    The Lady Vandals were behind right away, but were within striking distance until the hosts went on a big run early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.