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Today's News

  • Tally – Knebel

    Emily Elizabeth Tally of Vandalia and Travis Mitchell Knebel of Smithboro were married in a ceremony at 4 p.m. on June 7, 2014, at Steve Knebel’s farm in rural Vandalia, with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.

  • Ericksen-50 years

    John and Sandy Ericksen will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters Tolerating Heat Wave
    (Rancher Bill feeling heat)
    In answer to several inquiries, the critters all seem to be handling the hot temperatures, as they are eating, drinking water, sleeping and resting well, and behaving as usual.  
    Their head caregiver, Bill, is feeling the discomfort more, although he is eating, and drinking water and lemonade in unusual large quantities, especially when he is weed-eating, mowing, and feeding and watering for the above mentioned critters.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, August 27
    • Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Thursday, August 28
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • In the afternoon, maps for the city garage sales will be available at city hall, Casey’s, Dollar General, St. Elmo Pet Clinic, St. Elmo Foods and Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Friday, August 29
    • City garage sale maps will be available.
    Saturday, August 30
    • St. Elmo Labor Day Weekend Celebration starts.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings were born and reared in Ramsey.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan, a Democratic candidate, was in Vandalia for a fundraiser.
    St. Peter residents were busy planning Prairie Days.
    Cevin Dugan, son of Billyanna Dugan of Vandalia and the late Clifford Dugan, was named a partner in Bruegge Funeral Homes in Breese and Germantown.
    Special services commemorated the 125th anniversary of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

    30 Years Ago

  • After 26 years, it's time for new adventures

    One hundred and fifty years ago, when H.S. Humphrey launched The Vandalia Union on the tempestuous seas of Fayette County journalism, he had no idea what the future held for his publication.

  • Henry Mitchell, an orphan, raised six orphans

    On the anniversary of his 83rd birthday, Henry Brown Mitchell wrote an article for The Vandalia Union newspaper.
    He wrote that he came on the scene on May 25, 1857, several miles northwest of Vandalia, in a one-room log home, 16 feet by 24 feet, with a seven-foot ceiling plastered up with yellow clay. His parents, Archibald Litell Mitchell and Jael (Jaily) Hackney Brown, died within four days of each other in October 1858 of milk sickness, leaving four children.

  • Last chance for input on bypass

    After years of public hearings, environmental impact studies and more public hearings, the Illinois Department of Transportation has come up with its recommended route to get U.S. Route 51 motorists through Vandalia when the road is upgraded to four lanes.
     Though it’s not a perfect plan – none of the final four alternatives were without problems – the route selected by IDOT seems to make the most sense. The plan now will be forwarded to the Federal Highway Administration for its consideration and approval.

  • Mildred Schmid still quite active and busy at 101

    Mildred Schmid was born on Aug. 26, 1913, and is observing her 101th birthday in the rural home that she shares with her son, Eddie.