Today's News

  • St. Elmo First Baptist closes its doors

    After nearly a century of ministry the doors of the First Baptist Church of St. Elmo have closed, according to the Rev. Mike Hall, former pastor of St. Elmo First Baptist (1998-2002) and current director of missions for the Kaskaskia Baptist Association.  
    "During the life of St. Elmo First Baptist, literally thousands of people’s lives were touched and challenged with the gospel of Jesus Christ," Hall said.

  • Holiday Inn gets company's top award

    The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Vandalia has received the InterContinental Hotels Group’s 2016 Torchbearer Award, the company’s most prestigious award.

  • Scholarship awards at VCHS commencement exercises
  • College News

    The following area students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville:
    • Brownstown – Addison Cage, Julie Schilling and Tucker Willms.
    • Farina – Christopher Roberts, Jordan Schaal, Serena Strullmyer and Monica Young.
    • Vandalia – Taryn Alstat, Elizabeth Carroll, David Harrison, Jami Lockart, Kristyn Nichols, Jessica Roman and David Zimmerman.
    • Kinmundy – Jamie Hanks.

  • Head Start taking applications

    The CEFS Head Start 0-5 Program is now taking enrollment applications for the fall.
    Head Start is a federally funded educational program available to pregnant women and children up to 5 years of age, including children with significant for multiple special needs.
    There are no entry fees for enrollment and no fees for services.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These little sluggers were raised in rural Vandalia and still live in the area where this photo was taken in the 1960s. They are married to sisters.

  • The search for Curney Wicker

    Curney M. Wicker was born in Marshall County, Tenn., in 1836, a son of Abel and Mary Wicker, and was brought by his parents to Fayette County as an infant.    

  • Few days left for local survey

    If you have responded to the local survey on the continuation of recycling services in Vandalia, you only have a few days left to do so.
    The survey takes just a few minutes, if that, and lets city officials know whether city water customers are willing to have a monthly surcharge of $1.25 added to their water bills.
    That surcharge will help to fund the recycling programs currently offered by FAYCO Enterprises and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • KC Cheerleading Awards