Today's News

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, dated 1916, shows the Charters Hotel, which was located at the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets, the spot currenly occupied by Old Capitol View Restaurant.

    In Vandalia's capital days, legislators stayed in this hotel. In the background of the photo is the cupola of the Masonic building.


  • Iles help set up Springfield as capital

    In the past, I have written about a German visitor, Frederick Gustorf, who visited Vandalia in 1835. He traveled the National Road and found Vandalia with a population of 800 “unchanged since it was founded fifteen years ago.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

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  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1994 – Fire destroyed the retail section of Leo Brown Lumber Co. Owner Gary Brown announced plans to rebuild.
    The University of Illinois basketball team held a scrimmage game in Vandalia, which was attended by more than 2,700 fans. Coach Lou Henson and his wife Mary, autographed copies of Henson’s new book.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 –Unemployment in Fayette County decreased from 12.5 percent in August to 11.6 in September, according to a report from Job Services of Illinois.

  • Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade winners

    Class A – First, Mascoutah High School; second, Teutopolis High School; and third, Greenville High School.
    Class B – First, Ramsey High School; second, Altamont High School; and third, Altamont Junior High.
    Best overall color guard/flags – Mascoutah.
    Best overall drum major/majorette – Ramsey High School.
    • First, Ponderosa, KFC/Taco Bell, Ramada Inn Award – Bright Beginnings Preschool/Childcare, $300.

  • Vendors accepted for wedding show

    The first annual Central Illinois Wedding Show will be held on Sunday, Jan. 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at two locations: Carriage House Event Center in Altamont, owned and operated by Janet Ramsey, and Summer Breeze Wine House and Barn Venue in St. James, owned and operated by Tammy Lash.
    Each venue, in years past, has had its own successful wedding show. This year, Lash approached Ramsey with this idea to combine shows by having the bride attend both venues.

  • Briefs

    County board meets next Thursday

    Due to the observance of Veterans Day on Tuesday, the Fayette County Board will meet next Thursday evening.
    The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse.

    Brownstown Backpack event is Nov. 15

    A 5K run./walk to benefit the backpack food program at Brownstown Elementary School will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 6

    ✔ 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 may contact Shawna Sprague at 283-2824.

  • County committee voting deadline is Dec. 1

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency County Committee elections.
    FSA Administrator Val Dolcini announced that the USDA began last Monday mailing ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country.
    Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 1 to ensure that their votes are counted.
    “The role and input of our county committee members is vital as we implement the 2014 Farm Bill,” Dolcini said.

  • Grants for Guns

    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison, center, presented to the Ramsey and Brownstown police departments AR-15 rifles that were purchased through a grant program he operates to provide equipment for local law enforcement agencies.

    Accepting the guns were Steve Flood of the Ramsey department, left, and Caleb Walton of the Brownstown department. The purchases used $3,300 in grant monies; Morrison funds the grants through drug forfeitures and seizures in the county. Grant funds have also been used to purchase radar guns and body cameras for officers.