Today's News

  • Howard family opens diner, meat market

    The Matt and Rhonda Howard family has always been a close-knit, caring family. Whatever the kids – Madison, Maisie and, Brady – have been interested in, the parents have encouraged and supported them, while still giving them the freedom to think and do for themselves.

  • A Day of Family Fun
  • 4th of July in the area

    Area communities will celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks and other festivities
    The Vandalia Lions Club is again hosting a three-day carnival at the Vandalia Lake marina campgrounds.
    The carnival is open from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday.
    The Lions Club will provide its annual fireworks display over Vandalia Lake at dusk on Friday night.
    The village of Farina will hold its 60th annual Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday at the Farina Village Park.

  • Policy includes Chromebook Purchase Program

    Vandalia Community High School students who don’t have devices they can use to participate in the 1-to-1 program can lease Chromebooks or use ones kept at the school.
    The program guidelines for the 1-to-1 program approved by the Vandalia Board of Education include a Chromebook Purchase Program.
    Students may lease a Chromebook for three school years, at a cost of $100 per year. For families qualifying under free and reduced-cost guidelines, the cost is $50 per year.
    At the end of that three-year lease period, the student owns the Chromebook.

  • Taking the Next Step in Technology

    “The increased use of technology in our classrooms will ‘power up’ student success today, and for the future.”

  • Law Dogs hold national rally in Vandalia

    If you were anywhere around Vandalia this past weekend, the thunder from the storms wasn’t the only loud noise you heard. You also heard the sound of 130 motorcycles as the Law Dogs LE/MC held its National Rally here last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at America’s Best Value Inn.

  • Vandalia Lions starting Leo Clubs this fall

    It is documented that Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling in 1957 and chances are that that ball was a baseball, as Graver was the baseball coach of the Abington High School in Pennsylvania and an active member of the Glenside Lions Club.

  • Bids for swimming pool project opened on July 9

    Vandalia Park District officials will know in the near future whether bids for the renovation of the district’s swimming pool are in line with estimates for the project.

  • SWCD executive director explains potential impact

    Kelly Thompson, SWCD Executive Director
    Nearly $7.5 million Soil and Water Conservation District funding for FY 2016 has been named in the governor’s latest budget cuts and will be “suspended” July 1 if a balanced budget cannot be reached by the General Assembly.
    The suspension of funds accounts for district operations and cost-share project appropriations. If the suspension is not lifted, soil and water conservation districts around the state will be forced to dismantle their work force and offices will close.

  • Extension among proposed state cuts

    With this year’s Fayette County 4-H Show just around the corner, funding for the program that provides that show is among those in the spotlight during the state’s budget impasse.
    University of Illinois Extension is one of the programs included in cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner as he tries to get state legislators to approve a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins next Wednesday.