Today's News

  • Hammond is speaker at final Lenten Luncheon

    The sixth and final Lenten Luncheon of the season was held at Unity Baptist Church, with an inspiring program presented by Brian Hammond, youth director at Northside Christian Church as the speaker and Nathaniel Weaver of Unity Baptist providing the music.

  • Well given special honor

    Vandalia’s superintendent of schools was among 25 school administrators in the state receiving a special honor on Monday.
    Rich Well, who has served as the Vandalia School District’s superintendent for the past 11 years, was one of 21 superintendents picked by their regional colleagues to receive Superintendent of Distinction honors in Springfield.

  • Reward for helping to find Koontz

    Local authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating the Vandalia man who failed to show up on Monday for his jury trial on child pornography charges, and are offering a reward for anyone who helps find him.

  • Defendant, attorney are no shows

    Ryan Koontz chose not to show up on Monday as his jury trial on child pornography charges got under way. On the second day of that scheduled trial, neither Koontz nor his attorney showed up.
    Now, a new trial will have to be scheduled for Koontz, a 36-year-old Vandalia man who was charged with 10 counts of child pornography in November 2014.

  • City to consider fee for recycling

    Vandalia’s aldermen will likely be asked to vote on a $1.25 surcharge on water bills to help fund the community’s two recycling programs.
    The city council’s cemetery and landfill committee, and Mayor Rick Gottman, on Monday asked FAYCO Enterprises and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District to draft such agreements.

  • Sophia Anna Cole

    Sophia Anna
    Adam and Krista Cole of Colorado Springs, Colo., are the parents of a girl born at 9:55 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2016.

    Sophia Anna weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.
    She has a sister, Olivia Allison.
    Maternal grandparents are Ty and Lisa Langham of Greenville, and paternal grandparents are Fred and Shirley Cole of Vandalia.

  • Extension provides training for VCUSD nutritionists

    Vandalia Community Unit School District #203 school nutrition professionals recently completed their required professional development training through their partnership with the University of Illinois Extension.

  • Lotz – Snow

    Carissa Lotz of Effingham and Andrew Snow of Kinmundy have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Reznick's work on display through May 2 at Artworks

    An exhibit to celebrate Lynn Reznick's "Fifty Years of Art" will be on display at Artworks Gallery from April 23-May 7.
    An exhibit opening reception will be held from 1-4 p.m.. this Sunday.
    The gallery is located on the second floor of the Fayette County Museum, Kennedy Boulevard and Main Street, Vandalia.
    The museum and gallery are open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Two long-time FNB employees retire

    Dennis Ehrat retired from First National Bank on March 31 after nearly 43 years.
    Ehrat was the branch manager of FNB’s Financial Center in Vandalia and also oversaw the Investment Center and Trust Department.