Today's News

  • 2-hour parking

    Because of complaints about two separate matters, a Vandalia City Council is again going to take a look at the two-hour parking limit on Gallatin Street.
    Alderman Mike Hobler asked that the issue be referred to the council’s streets committee last Monday after Police Chief Jeff Ray told aldermen about complaints related to the parking ordinance.
    Ray said that a number of individuals who rent apartments in Gallatin Street buildings have complained about not being able to park for extended periods, including overnight.

  • Land for new water plant

    The city of Vandalia took the first step toward the construction of a new water treatment plant by purchasing land for that facility.
    In a meeting that lasted just a few minutes on Monday evening, the city council approved the purchase of property on Jackson Street from the Rev. and Mrs. Peter Kolb.
    The property is located just west of the current water plant, with the sale including four lots, along with some additional property, according to Alderman Andy Lester.

  • Gift from Buffet Foundation

    Early on in his first term as Fayette County’s sheriff, Chris Smith is making it known that he will try innovative ways to generate revenue for his department’s operations.


    Chaston Womack has joined the 100 Club.
    A Vandalia Community High School junior, Womack recently recorded the 100th victory of his prep wrestling career.
    He joins Vandalia teammates Dalton Blankenship, Ryne Lipsey and Jake Stewart in the 100 Club.
    Womack began the season with 71 wins. He recorded win No. 100 of his career at Petersburg-PORTA on Jan. 24.
    "It was a great feeling," Womack said of getting to 100 career victories. "It's a good accomplishment.  A lot of people strive for it."

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This young girl was born and reared in Vandalia, and she still lives here, working as a registered nurse. Both of her parents live in Vandalia, and she has a brother.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Ed Mills was elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a “Friend of Basketball.” The VCHS basketball scorekeeper for 45 years was honored prior to the Vandalia-Pana basketball game.
    Wrestlers John Durbin, Greg Emerick, John Swain, Tim Smith and Ray Rees advanced to the wrestling sectional after qualifying in the Litchfield Regional.

  • Vandalia Memories

    With the high school basketball season nearing an end, here's a look at the scorer's table years ago. From left to right are Ed Mills, Charles "Chick" Lawler, Bill Brown.

  • Coffey one of first Montgomery settlers

    During my search into the early roots of my son’s family tree, I have often bumped up against Newton Coffey, although never connected with him.

  • Abe winners show the value of volunteers

    The two individuals who received an Abe Award from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce last Thursday truly represent what that award is all about.
    Carl Rhodes and Linda Hanabarger are both well-known in the community and it is because of their volunteer work.
    Since he and his wife, Pat, moved to Vandalia about eight years ago, Rhodes has helped lead programs to help veterans, including the establishment of a Veterans' Outreach Center, which focuses primarily on helping those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder issues.

  • Lincoln events this weekend

    Vandalia will celebrate  Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday with two events this weekend
    The celebration kicks off  Saturday evening with the fifth annual Lincoln Victory Ball, an event featuring local residents in period dress performing period dances to period music.
    The Vandalia Tourism Commission is sponsoring the ball, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    There is no admission charge for those dressed in period clothing, and the cost for others is $5.