Today's News

  • Four Vandals, one Lady Vandal earn SCC honors

    Five Vandals and one Lady Vandal have been given all-conference recognition by South Central Conference coaches.
    Five Vandals were picked for the SCC baseball squad, with senior Richie Well picked for first-team honors at two positions – pitcher and infielder.
    Also named to the first team were sophomore Nathan Casey, at the catcher position, and senior Kelly Jones, one of three outfielders.
    Junior Marcus Zimmerman is a second-team outfielder, and senior Alec Schroeder is a third-team infielder.

  • Gordon second, Steele eighth at state meet

    A hamstring injury kept Curtis Gordon, the defending state champion in the Class 1A pole vault, from competing in the pole vault for most of the regular track season.

  • Hanabarger addresses Memorial Day crowds

    Nature provided the perfect setting for the Brownstown VFW Post # 9770 Memorial Day service, with enough breeze to keep the many red, white and blue American flags billowing against the bright blue, cloudless sky, a reminder and symbol of our freedom. The word contains the word “free,” but those being honored and remembered paid a heavy price for our freedom.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 1

    ✔ Evans Public Library's summer reading program, "Read by Design," begins. Children age 3 through newly graduated high school seniors can sign up to win prizes for books read all summer long.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, June 2

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kenneth E. Casey, 58, 109 S. Shelby Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on May 29 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $10,000.
    • A 16-year-old Vandalia resident was arrested on May 28 for an alleged violation of bail bond. No bond information was listed.
    • Jordan A. Loniero, 31, East Grand Fork, Mich., was arrested on May 28 on a charge of possession of cannabis. Bond was $1,500.

  • News Briefs

    Golf scramble for Lighthouse center

    A four-person golf scramble to benefit Lighthouse Pregnancy and Health Services will be held on Friday, June 23, at Ramsey Lake Golf Course.
    The entry fee of $200 per team includes golf, cart and lunch. An optional skins game is $20 per team. The event is limited to 13 teams.
    A number of prizes will be awarded. Hole sponsorships ($50) are available.
    Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch is from 11 a.m.-noon and golf begins at noon.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Larry Joe Hammer
    Stacy Michele Morris
    William Dean Sheets
    Rachel Leann Cage
    Austin McComb Chamberlin
    Ft. Campbell, Ky.
    Megan Joann Merrifield
    Levi Hawk Clemens
    Skye Leanne Kimblerlin
    Nathan Andrew Murray

  • Remembering those who sacificed
  • St. Elmo bank closed, assets purchased

    In announcing late last week that it had closed a long-time St. Elmo bank, a state agency also reported that the assets of that bank had been purchased.
    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced on Friday that it, in cooperation with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., “took possession and control” of Fayette County Bank, which had been in operation since 1915.

  • City preparing to get new plan

    Mayor Rick Gottman concedes that the preparation of a new comprehensive plan for Vandalia is long overdue. But steps are being taken to remedy the situation.