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Today's News

  • A look at our post-capital days

    I am involved in various historical pursuits during any given week, and one that I completed some time back was a transcription of the old Vandalia Minute Book for the years 1839-47.
    This was a very interesting time in Vandalia’s history, because the capital of the state had been moved to Springfield and the building that housed the state offices was given to Fayette County for use as a county courthouse. Provision was made in the gift that room be provided for the Vandalia Trustees and also that space be set aside for a school.

  • Our fair offers a wide variety

    For some, it's the pageants. For others, it's the 4-H shows. And yet others enjoy the stock car races, tractor and truck pulls, and other grandstand attraction. And, of course, there are the rides and the food.
    The Fayette County Fair offers all of that, and more.
    The fair gets under way on Sunday, as the county's 4-H members prepare for the shows that run through much of the week and the fair association presents a new grandstand attraction, an a capella quartet, that evening.

  • Take in the Lincoln Festival

    While you are enjoying an outdoor theater, you probably won't even notice that you are taking in a history lesson.
    The third annual Lincoln Heritage Festival is being held on Saturday and Sunday in Vandalia's parks along Fillmore Street.
    Sandra Leidner, a former mayor, and the Vandalia Tourism  Committee are once again providing a two-day festival that includes a wide variety of activities.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Carolyn E. Tedrick, 24, 1928 W. Randolph St., Apt. 1C, Vandalia, was arrested on July 1 for an alleged violation of an order of protection. Bond was $1,750 cash.
    • Christopher M. Coffman, 31, Decatur, was arrested on July 1 on a warrant for a misdemeanor offense. Bond was $5,000.
    • Charles E. Johnson, 39, Carmi, was arrested on July 1 on a Clinton County warrant for a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $5,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 9

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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.

  • Many make summer lunch program go

    As the eighth year for Fayette County’s Summer Lunches for Kids Program winds down for this year, recognition is due for the generosity of the individuals, businesses, churches and organizations for the distribution of about 500 lunches a week to children in the county.

  • Ashdown resigns from Family Y post

    The local resident who has served as the chief executive officer of the Family YMCA for the past six years is leaving that post for a job in Nevada.

  • Lincoln Festival is this weekend

    A two-day event that presents the history of this community and nation in entertaining fashion returns for a second encore this weekend.
    The Lincoln Heritage Festival, held in Vandalia parks along Fillmore Street, begins mid-morning on Saturday and continues through mid-afternoon on Sunday.
    The festival opens to the public at 10 a.m., when Civil War camps open in Sonnemann Park and the Sons of the American Revolution present a program on the history of the U.S. flag.

  • City workers to replace line, save big money

    The decision of two department heads to take on a major project could save the city of Vandalia up to $50,000.
    Public Works Director Marlin Filer and Water Plant Superintendent Marty Huskey have jointly agreed to replace the line delivering water from Vandalia Lake to the city’s water treatment plant.
    The city learned of a major leak several weeks ago and recently determined, Huskey said, that Kaskaskia River flooding had eroded a west river bank and also broke the lake supply line north of the water plant.

  • Vandalia Lions Club Officers