Today's News

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo shows the building that we now know as the two-story Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home at 321 S. Seventh St. in Vandalia. Pictured here, it's the three-story Fehren mansion.


  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – An estimated $39,000 was raised through the Family Y fundraiser “Putting On The Ritz” Saturday evening.
    Brownstown won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament held in Ramsey last week.
    Josephine Flood and Evelyn Faggetti were voting delegates from Vandalia who attended the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Conference held in Springfield.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man shown with country music star Mickey Gilley is now married and has three children, and is a teacher.

  • Tribute thanks vets for their service

    This past Sunday afternoon, as I was heading to my car after attending the Armed Forces Tribute held in Sonnemann and Greer parks, I walked past two ladies in conversation with a veteran.
    It was then I heard one of the women say, “Thank you for your service,” and these words have stayed in my head.

  • Again, beware of all types of scams

    How many times have we heard the statement, "If it's too good to be true, it probably is"? Yet, there are many scam artists out there who continue to have success, despite warnings from law enforcement officials.
    The latest of those warnings came from Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray on Tuesday, who warned residents of a telephone scam.
    Through that scam, the caller tells the person that he or she has won a prize. That caller then asks the person to either provide personal information or to send money to cover taxes or for some other expense.

  • Another Eventful Weekend
  • Sefton Unit visits Five Feline Hobby Farm

    The Sefton HCE Unit traveled to the Five Feline Hobby Farm in Charleston on a outing during garden harvest time this year.

  • Vandalia man charged with injuring 1-year-old

    Bond has been set at $150,000 for a Vandalia man accused of causing serious injury to a 1-year-old child.
    Robert A.C. Stombaugh was arrested on Monday night and charged on Tuesday with four felonies after an incident at a Vandalia home.
    According to Vandalia Police, officers were called to a home in the 300 block of South Fourth Street for a report of a disturbance.
    Stombaugh was taken into custody after allegedly throwing a rock through a window of a vehicle at that home. A 1-year-old child in the vehicle reportedly sustained injuries to the eyes and face.

  • County has budget issues

    The Fayette County Board chairman said on Monday that the county will be presenting a proposed budget that’s balanced to the public.
    But, Steve Knebel said, “whatever we put before the public will change.”
    That, Knebel said, is because “a couple of things have come up” since the proposed budget was drafted.
    One of those “things” is notification that the county’s workers’ compensation coverage from Bliss McKnight will not be renewed, Knebel said.

  • Lions bring Harlem Ambassadors to town next Wednesday

    A group of local celebrities with take the court against a team made up of former college players in a Harlem-style comedy basketball game next Wednesday evening.
    The Vandalia Lions Club is bringing the Harlem Ambassadors to town for a contest that will raise funds for the Lions’ annual Halloween Parade.
    The game in the Vandalia Community High School gym is set for 7 p.m. next Wednesday. Tickets, $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 4-16, are available at First National Bank locations in Vandalia.
    The local squad will include: