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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The young man in this photo is now retired from the Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  John Hall and Mark Ritter were selected to attend Illini Boys’ State at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
    Valedictorians at area high schools were: David Myers and Corey Wiegand, Vandalia; Donna Blankenship, Mulberry Grove; Melissa Jones, South Central; Beth Herrington and Angie Harmeier, Vandalia; Amy Cole, Brownstown; Lori Thull and Jamie Bolyard, Ramsey; and Sherry Britt, Patoka.
    The Vandalia Community High School boys’ tennis team tied for first in the Mid-State Conference Tournament.

  • Breast cancer program June 7

    A presentation on breast cancer awareness will be given by the Fayette County Health Department on Sunday, June 7, at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    The presentation and luncheon, from noon-2 p.m., are free and open to the public.
    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with the church by calling 283-1970 by Friday, June 5.
    For more information, contact Kelly Curll at the health department, 283-1044, ext. 1302.

  • Meyer picked for Boys State

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia has announced that Ethan Meyer has been chosen to attend the annual session of Boys’ State.

  • Motorcycle Awareness Month

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Awarenss Month in Vandalia. With Gottman are members of the Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE.

    The chapter has more than 300 members in Montgomery, Fayette and Bond counties. ABATE is a non-profit organization that supports lobbying for motorcycle and ATV rights in the state legislature, as well as providing educationl programs in driver education classes at local high schools.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Roger Dale Tate Jr.
    Vandalia
    Katelyn Jill Henna
    Vandalia
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    Dylan Tod Jackson
    Effingham
    Elizabeth Anne L'Hommedieu
    Allen, Texas

    Adam Nicholas Tischauser
    Mulberry Grove
    Jamie Lynn Kruenegel
    Mulberry Grove
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    Roger Wayne Eller II
    Ramsey
    Brianna Marie Maness
    Vandalia
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  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Bryon A. Magana, 20, Columbus, Ohio, was arrested on May 26 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and driving with suspended registration. Bond was $2,000.
    • Jose Meija, 25, Los Angeles, Calif., was arrested on May 26 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 28

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group can contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Crowd joins Brownstown VFW to honor vets

    As the crowd gathered at the Brownstown Veterans Memorial Wall for the 20th annual Memorial Day Service, presented by the Brownstown VFW Post 9770, with numerous red, white and blue American Flags flowing in the breeze against a background of white clouds drifting across the blue sky, it seemed to be a picture of peacefulness and beauty.

  • Using Facebook

    The use of social media could have been a factor in the Vandalia Police Department taking someone into custody a short time after receiving a report of vandalism.
    At 8:34 a.m. on Friday, police received a report of a 1978 Vandalia Park District truck parked at the district garage had been damaged.
    Police reported that the windshield of the truck had been cracked and that both taillights had been busted out.