Today's News

  • Obituaries valuable for research

    I recently completed a book project for the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society, compiling obituaries of county residents born before 1900. Prior to this year, Fayette County is short on newspapers that would have carried the news of the passing of an old-time resident.
    This new 100-page book, “Our Fayette County Ancestors,” is the seventh in the series and has an average of three obituaries, death notices or funeral cards per page, which will result in more than 300 notices of death and include, for the most part, good genealogy information.

  • Sheriff needs newer vehicles

    Many, many times, Steve Knebel told other members, and the public, that the county should be using the proceeds from the sale of the county's coal rights for capital improvements, not salaries. It appears that some of those funds should be used for county squad cars.
    The county sheriff, Chris Smith, is driving a pickup truck with more than 150,000 miles on the odometer, one of the vehicles that the department has seized in recent years. He's driving that truck because his regular vehicle, an SUV with more than 180,000 miles, is in the shop ... again.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Area Prep Roundup

    South Central H.S Baseball
     Sept. 3 at Cisne

    SC:     2-0-4-0-0-0-6  12--9--7
    Cisne: 0-0-1-0-3-3-0   7--8--3

    WP: Trent Geiler 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K
    LP:  Hill 6.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 4 BB, 4 K

    Bret Harmeier: 2-5, 2 RBI
    Trent Geiler: 2-3, double, RBI
    Ryan Matheny: 2-4, double, 3 RBI
    Trevor Markley: 1-2, 2-run HR
    Gavin Ratermann: 1-3, 2 RBI

    Reiter: 3-4, 2 doubles, 6 RBI

  • Vandals bounce back with big win at Carlinville


  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in this photo, taken in 1943, lived here most of his life and raised five children. He was the Mr. Softee Man.

  • Miller is new pastor at First Pentecostal Church

    “I traveled all over the world to get to Vandalia” were the words spoken by the Rev. Joshua Miller as he shared his story of his journey with the Lord, which led him to First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia.

  • Election '16

    Though the next general election is still 14 months away, the work for candidates in that election begins now.
    Before running in that election, those candidates need to advance through the primary election, which is on March 15. And the filing period for the primary is under way.
    Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder that the period for filing nominating petitions and other election documents for the primary election began on Sept. 1 and runs through Monday, Nov. 30.

  • Sheriff tells Fayette County Board about his aging fleet of vehicles with problems

    Fayette County’s sheriff told members of the county board on Tuesday that he is hoping to work with them on replacing a number of aging vehicles with high mileage in his fleet.

  • The Walls Came Tumbling Down

    The last remaining walls of the three buildings at the southwest corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets in Vandalia that in August were deemed unsafe came tumbling down on Wednesday morning.