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Today's News

  • Friday accident closes section of I-70

    Three people were injured in a four-vehicle accident last Friday afternoon that caused the closure of a section of Interstate 70 near Vandalia for more than an hour.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This Vandalia couple (center) were married 62 years ago in June and still live here.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The St. Peter Business Development Committee kicked off its efforts with a picnic in Community Park for representatives of agencies that  could assist the village in its business development efforts. Lawrence A. Rubin chaired the committee.
    Bob Jackson of Mulberry Grove signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Kaskaskia College.
    The Vandalia Community High School Class of 1929 held its 60-year class reunion.
    Kendra Sanders of rural Vandalia was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair.

  • Barbed wire was important in Vandalia history

    It has been my good fortune to meet other "history-minded" people, such as myself, during my forays into the history of Fayette County and her people.
    One of these was the late Emory Meador who, from time to time, would loan me newspaper clippings and books that he thought would interest me. One of the books was titled, “The Barbed Wire 111 Bible” by Jack Glover.

  • Hiring administrator is right move for city

    The Vandalia City Council is right to begin the process of filling its city administrator position after operating for about 4½ years without one.
    Since the position became vacant in 2010, Mayor Rick Gottman has stepped in to perform many of the duties formerly done by the city administrator. Also helping fill the void has been executive secretary LaTisha Paslay.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 24

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the gym at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Karen L. Hemingway, 50, 215 E. Second St., Ramsey, was arrested on July 22 on a charge of driving without a valid license. Bond was $1,500.
    • Bobby E. Owens, 25, 214 Walnut St., St. Elmo, was arrested on July 22 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while his license is suspended, illegal transportation of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and disobeying a stop sign. Bond was $3,000.
    • Corey M. Parks, 32, 635 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 22 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,500.

  • Jane Scott offers thanks to emergency personnel

    Two rescue helicopters – Arch from St. Louis and AirEvac of Effingham – participated in Saturday’s display of emergency response equipment at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Firefighters, First Responders, EMTs and paramedics showed their rescue equipment, and demonstrated vehicle extrication, on-site care of trauma victims and transfers via emergency vehicles.
    When the two helicopters landed, a lady in a wheelchair was seen making her way over the rough terrain of the field to greet them.

  • Mother gets prison in infant's death

    A St. Elmo woman was sentenced to three years in prison for negligence that resulted in the death of her infant child.
    Judge Allan Bennett issued the sentence for Heaven N. Davis, 24, a little more than two months after Davis pleaded guilty to an amended charge of endangering the life or health of a child.
    Davis was charged by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison with the Class 3 felony on Jan. 31, 10 days after her 1-year-old daughter, Addison Scott, was found submerged in water in the bathtub of the family home.

  • Emmily Leidner's Relay for Life speech

    Emmily Leidner, age 9, was the guest speaker during the luminaria ceremony at the Mini-Relay for Life on Friday evening in Rogier Park in Vandalia.