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Today's News

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Pat Smith Frost, was taken in 1941. In the photo at the Western Auto store at 518 W. Gallatin St. are Howard Daniels, Lucile (Pummill) Smith, Everett Devore and Lynn Gott.

  • Part II of county history book began

    Over the past 18 months, a committee of members of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society, including Judy Brazle (chairperson), Virginia Rigdon, Donna Ruble and Cathy Smith, have overseen the submission of family histories for a new county history book.

  • Caring people come through

    It just never seems to slow down, the generosity of Fayette County during the holiday season. Every year, good times or bad, those who are more fortunate step forward to provide a Merry Christmas for those who are not.

  • 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.