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Today's News

  • Vandals roll to 49-20 win in opener

    It’s doubtful that Marcus Zimmerman heard his coach as he was returning the opening kickoff on Friday at Gillespie. But Zimmerman followed Jason Clay’s instructions to “Take it to the house, Marcus.”

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Based on an ordinance, water rates for residents of Vandalia were increased by 7.01 percent and sewer rates were hiked by 1.48 percent.
    After hearing residents in the area of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street voice complaints about speeders, the Vandalia City Council agreed to consider making the intersection of Sunset and Fillmore streets a four-way stop.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: Pictured are two friends, one of whom still lives in the area and the other in Decatur.
    Do you know them? If so, call our office at 283-3374 by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Sister experienced weather issues

    I have never been in a hurricane, never experienced a tornado and I have never experienced floodwaters in my home.
    My heart goes out to those who live in Texas and are struggling with the continued fury of Hurricane Harvey.
    Whereas I have never experienced these events, my sister, Sandy, a former Navy wife, lived through this and more. Her first years of marriage exposed her to tropical storms while stationed with her husband at Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Ga.

  • TAILS helps both parties

    The program that sends rescue dogs to Vandalia Correctional Center and then sends trained dogs back to the rescue is, as Assistant Warden of Programs John Fatheree says, "a win-win for everyone."
    Through TAILS (Teaching Animals & Inmate Life Skills), dogs from Second Chance Animal Rescue are taken to VCC, where they are hooked up with pairs of offenders.
    The offenders are totally responsible for the dogs as they live with them, and that responsibility includes training the animals.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Martey B. Larimer, 38, 1440 N. 440 Ave., Hagarstown, was arrested on Aug. 29 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Miranda J. Lawinger, 18, 1600 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 29 on a charge of possession of stolen property. No bond information was listed.
    • Michael R. Korves, 18, 318 N. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 29 on a charge of possession of stolen property. No bond information was listed.

  • Calendar

    Friday, September 1

    ✔ Vandalia Lions Club's Candy Day.
    ✔ The Patoka Fall Festival begins with a carnival at 5 p.m., C-Bar Rodeo at 7 p.m. and classic rock music at 8 p.m. This year's festival is being dedicated to the late Jan Belcher, a festival committee member; a dedication ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. by the new bench near the arena.
    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will not hold bingo because of the Labor Day weekend.

  • Pittenger's cat inspires her to write story

    Amy (Luster) Pittenger is now a published author of a book, which gives credence to the adage that an author should write about a subject with which he or she is familiar.
    And Amy did just that.

  • Guilty verdicts in drug case

    Having not heard anything from the defendant or an attorney representing him, a Fayette County jury took little time in returning a verdict last Wednesday.