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Today's News

  • Sixth-Graders Third at Carlyle
  • State Placers
  • New Post 9770 Home

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman and Brownstown Village President Ginny Wilbur, center, do the honors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Saturday at the new home of Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

    More about the new VFW building will appear in next week's issue.

  • Barbara Fairchild Performs in Vandalia
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The young boy in this photo has four sisters, and he is good at numbers.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Jim Staff was inducted into the Greenville College Hall of Fame.
    Dr. Brian Dossett announced he would be opening a family practice in Vandalia in August. His wife, Laura, is a registered nurse.
    Brownstown High School students were getting ready to present “The Wizard of Oz.”

    30 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Memories

    During a presentation by Vandalia Memories administrator Kathy Schultz at last week's Fayette County Genealogical and HIstorical Society meeting, those present tried to figure out what, if anything, as at Eighth Street and VanTran Avenue (now Veterans Avenue) before Henry's.

    Society member Jerry Jones answered the question within a couple of days by providing an old aerial photograph of the area.

  • John Kurtz and wireless transmissions

    The headline of the article “The Wizard of Vandalia” in the Jan. 30, 1908, issue of The Vandalia Union caught my attention. I have mentioned before that the local newspaper is one of my favorite sources of subjects for this column.

  • Voice your opinion on alcohol in parks

    At recent meetings, Vandalia Park District commissioners have discussed a request to allow alcohol at softball fields as a way of enticing more teams to come to Vandalia. The discussion has expanded to include allowing alcohol in the parks for such things as special events and reunions.
    Last Thursday, the park district board agreed to hold a public hearing on the issue. That hearing has been set for 6 p.m. in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.

  • Jensen joins Vandalia law firm

    The law firm of Burnside, Johnston, Connor & Jensen, P.C., formerly Burnside, Johnston & Connor, P.C., has announced that Keith Jensen has become a shareholder and principal of the firm.
    Jensen did his undergraduate work at Illinois Wesleyan and graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1976.  He thereafter served as an assistant state’s attorney in both Madison and St. Clair counties before becoming a special prosecutor for Fayette, Bond and Cumberland counties.