Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  A Brownstown youth, 16-year-old Presley Gilbert “Gibby” Cannon, drowned in a rural Brownstown lake.
    Jim Edgar, Illinois Secretary of State and the Republican candidate for governor, attended a fundraising dinner at Vandalia Lake. The cajun dinner raised more than $30,000.
    Jo Collins was elected president of Vandalia Business and Professional Women’s Club.
    First National Bank of Vandalia celebrated its 125th birthday.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Some women went to the big city

    The traditional beginning of the Easterday family takes us back to the time of Martin Luther, the late 1400s to early 1500s.

  • Happy Anniversary

    It's been five years since Kathy Schultz got the idea of using Facebook to help preserve Vandalia's history in photographs.
    Little did Schultz know just how well received that Facebook page, Vandalia Memories, would become or just how many would join with her in that effort.
    Today, there are 88 albums containing hundreds and hundreds of photos that show Vandalia's past, with many of those photos previously unseen by many of us in the community.

  • Matching Funds for Holy Cross Youth
  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    God’s angel in charge of “Joyful Noise” landed at Evergreen Outreach on Monday. I expect the angel in charge of Pastor James Fackler had a senior moment, because we missed pastor VERY much!
    However, Donna Smith, with her quiet demeanor was our leader and pianist, while I was somewhere in the clouds, looking for more angels!   

  • Cades to celebrate 'Liver Journey' Sunday

    Last week as we followed the Rich Cade family on “The Liver Journey,”  
    Heidi Cade admitted that “it was getting scary,” but their faith held firm.

  • Fighting for a Cure

    The Fayette County Relay for Life was held on Saturday in Rogier Park in Vandalia, and one of the organizers, Sue Denning, said at the start of the event that about $18,000 had already been raised for the fight against cancer.

  • County on target with current budget

    A member of the Fayette County Board reported on Tuesday that the county is right on target with this year’s budget.
    But, Darrell Schaal, a member of the board’s finance committee, cautioned the county’s department heads that they need to remain vigiliant with their spending for the next six months.
    Schaal reported that the county is at 48 percent with its revenues and at 49 percent with its expenditures midway through the fiscal year.

  • Warrant served on sythetic drug charges

    A Vandalia man who was charged in April with two synthetic drug offenses was arrested on those charges last week.
    According to Fayette County Jail records, an arrest warrant was served on Jerry W. Weldon Jr., 44, 120 E. Jefferson St., and he was processed at the jail last Tuesday.
    In April, the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison filed information charging Weldon with two felony offenses.