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Today's News

  • Man agrees to 50 years for child pornography

    A Vandalia man who was charged in June with 17 counts of child pornography will serve up to 50 years in prison.

    Manuel D. Prater, 62, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to five counts of Class X child pornography charges, and agreed to a 10-year sentence on each charge, with the five sentences being served consecutively.

    Through the plea-bargaining agreement, the other 12 counts were dismissed.

    He was given 26 days credit for time served in Fayette County Jail since his arrest.

  • The second capitol in Vandalia

    In my last column I wrote about the founding of Vandalia as capital of Illinois, and the construction and destruction of the first capitol building.
    As daylight dawned on Dec. 23 and all of Vandalia’s residents discovered that the capitol building had burned to the ground in the middle of the night, a subscription list to rebuild was started and $3,000 was raised within six days.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 5-4 to approve water and sewer rate increases, which averaged about 16 percent.
    The city council voted 6-2 to allow local taverns to have outside beer gardens.
    Arthur and Marie Buchanan of Vandalia planned to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Joe and Evelyn Faggetti also planned a golden anniversary celebration.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two youngsters were photographed at the Brownstown Carnival 60 years ago. Today, he farms and she checks out books.

  • Be prepared for changes to trash pickup

    You probably have started seeing bright orange trash containers in different parts of Vandalia. Maybe one of those showed up on the curb in front of your residence; if not, it soon will.
    Those containers are part of the changes being implemented for residential customers of Doty Sanitation Service within the city borders.

  • More railroad stories from Vandalia's past

    As we continue with our readers’ memories of Vandalia and the railroad, other aspects of the history of the railroad are being shared, with memories of World War II’s young soldiers passing through Vandalia, taking a brief break when the train stops for a while to take on water, and including the true story of one of Vandalia’s long-lived romances, which began on one of those train water stops.

  • State school funding is good ... for now

    Superintendent of Schools Rich Well delivered good news about state funding to the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday, but with a caveat that the news applies only to the new school year.
    With state legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner approving a stop-gap budget that included full education funding, Well said, “it looks like were going to be 100-percent funded.
    “It will be the first time in six years that we will have 100 percent of an education budget,” he said.

  • Local man charged with child pornography

    A Vandalia man is jailed on $350,000 bond after being arrested on child pornography charges.

  • City officials note dangers faced by police

    Recent fatal police shootings, and the dangers that the local officers face, were discussed twice during Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting.
    Mayor Rick Gottman opened Monday’s meeting by asking for a moment of silence for the Baton Rouge and Dallas police officers killed recently.
    At the same time, Gottman offered the reminder that tragedies like those don’t just happen in large cities.
    “People think we’re just a small town, but things like that could happen here,” the mayor said.