Today's News

  • One last look at 4-lane Route 51

    While residents had a final opportunity on Monday to view the chosen path for four-lane U.S. Route 51 through Vandalia, it will likely be a long, long time before they see construction begin.

    “The Illinois Department of Transportation thought, ‘OK, we’ve selected these preferred alternatives, let’s just meet with the public one more time so they can see what’s there,” said Jerry Payonk of Clark Dietz Engineers, one of the consulting firms working with IDOT on the Route 51 expansion.

  • Vandalia Memories

    An old postcard showed one of the earlier bridges over the Kaskaskia River just east of Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: In a photo taken in the 1940s are these three brothers who moved to Vandalia when the family purchased an existing business, one that's heard from daily.

  • Take in Vandalia's Olde Tyme Christmas

    Ready or not, it’s upon us – the start of the holiday season.
    Various organizations are joining with Vandalia’s downtown merchants to kick off the season with Olde Tyme Christmas this Friday night.
    It’s the time for our downtown merchants to showcase their wares and the opportunity for local residents to see all of the holiday gifts that are available right in our hometown.

  • Maurice Etcheson told his WWII story

    A few weeks ago, Ron and Sue Etcheson loaned me a scrapbook begun by Ron’s mother at the time her husband entered the service during World War II.

  • Birthday

    ‘Chick’ Lawler
    Charles “Chick” Lawler, of Morton and formerly of Vandalia, marked his 95th birthday on Tuesday.
    The occasion will be celebrated with a family dinner on Sunday.
    For anyone wishing to send birthday wishes, his address is: 730 W. Jefferson St., Apt. 236, Morton, Ill. 61550.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 13

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ 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

    • Donald K. Logan, 26, 3167 Cardinal Lane, Farina, was arrested on Nov. 11 on a charge of domestic battery. He was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Lyndsey A. Ulery, 22, Edgewood, was arrested on Nov. 11 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while her license is suspended. Bond was $1,500.
    • Raymond S. White, 38, 203 N. Ash St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Nov. 10 on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $35,000.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Nursing test prep course
    The new Kaskaskia College Nursing Program admission process will use test results attained on the Test of Essential Academic Skills as the basis for admission to the program.
    The test was created by ATI Nursing Education, which is part of Ascend Learning and is currently being used by 2,100 colleges and universities across the country to provide technology-based assessment solutions for healthcare education.

  • Honor Rolls

    High honors – Emily Frailey, Katie Kroll, Audriana Pruett, Corie Sasse and Kayla Summann.
    Honors – Caitlyn Reeter, Austin Robson, Justin Sefton, Shayla Stokes and Cherokee Street.
    High honors – Addison Cage, Kyrstyn Fitch, Sydney Rosborough, Kaylee Sefton and Jacobo Trabada.
    Honors – Kandice Beshel, Jossi Hall and Madison Lambert.