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Today's News

  • Two arrests for child pornography

    Two men were arrested on child pornography charges on Wednesday, one at his Vandalia home and one at his Centralia home, both with Vandalia Police assisting Illinois Attorney General investigators.

    Ryan J. Koontz, 34, was arrested as authorities executed a search warrant at his home in the 500 block of South Cypress Street in Vandalia during an early-morning operation.

    Koontz was charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography and eight counts of possession of child pornography. His bond is $300,000.

  • SEB's Moore repeats as EIC volleyball MVP

    St. Elmo/Brownstown's Gabi Moore has earned the Egyptian Illini Conference's Most Valuable Player award for the second-straight volleyball season.
    A junior, Moore led the Eagles to a conference title. St. Elmo/Brownstown had two other first-team all-conference selections — Emily Bone and Elizabeth Guerrero.
    Sarah Maxey of SEB and Patoka's duo of Morgan O'Brien and Lindsay Cain were all recognized on the second team. Kayla Zimmerman of Mulberry Grove and Abbi Cunningham of Ramsey were honorable mention selections.

  • A TRUE SPARTAN

    Tony Alstat was hooked from the start.
    From the first time he competed in the grueling endurance event, he knew it was just his thing.
    What others see as extreme or nearly impossible, Alstat sees as exhilarating, enjoyable and rewarding.
    A Vandalia native, Alstat has a strong passion for competing in arguably the toughest single athletic event around — the Spartan Race.
    Pushing his body to the limits, coming out in one piece and the personal satisfaction that comes with finishing a grueling event is why he does it.

  • A Whirlwind Year

    Wearing a brand new uniform and sitting with new teammates in an unfamiliar bullpen on a warm Texas night, Spencer Patton tells himself, “Don’t fall asleep.”
    After a hectic and life-changing few days, Patton is exhausted, mentally and physically.
    Patton has only been in town for a few hours, and he’s concerned he may actually doze off.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this little girl was taken about 73 years ago.

  • FAYCO incident shows that AEDs save lives

    You know those fire extinguishers and automated external defibrillators that are stationed on the walls of our work places, those small tools that we think will never be put into use? Well, there may come a day when one of those will save a life, as was the case last week at a FAYCO facility.
    When a FAYCO employee went down due to a heart attack last Monday, other employees sprung into action, with one beginning chest compressions. That employee called for the nurse, who, in turn, called for the AED stationed a short distance away.

  • Illinois men travel to Vietnam Exhibit

    Last weekend my son, Mat, along with fellow re-enactors, all members of Charlie Co., lst Battalion 1/502, 101st Airborne, headquartered in Chicago, traveled to Mt. Pleasant, S.C., to take part in the grand opening of the Vietnam Experience Exhibit at Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This old photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Andy Craig, shows a circus
    parading down Gallatin Street upon its arrival in town.
     

  • Brownstown holiday event is back

    Last year, Tammy Barker and some local friends saw a need for a closer, more accessible place for some Brownstown residents and friends to do their Christmas and gift shopping.

  • Alderman search begins

    As it looks to replace one of the individuals who represents residents on the city council, the city of Vandalia may also have to replace one of its squad cars.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday’s council meeting that he has begun a search for a Ward III alderman, someone to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Terry Beesley.
    Beesley submitted his resignation about 90 minutes after walking out of the Nov. 3 council meeting.