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Today's News

  • Enbridge Donates Truck to SEFPD
  • Second part of Johns' history

    Jane Johns moved with her husband Dr. H.C. Johns and children to the hamlet of Decatur in 1849, although she absolutely did not want to leave Circleville, Ohio.
    In her book, “Personal Recollections, 1849-1865,” she wrote, “Illinois is heaven for men and horses, but hell for women and oxen,” and this phrase may have prompted her husband to promise to Jane that within five years of living in Illinois, they would attain great wealth from fattening cattle off the land at no cost.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 - The Vandalia Main Street Board of Directors went to the Vandalia City Council to request $15,000, with the money to be used as startup funds for the program.
    Eleven members of the Vandalia wrestling team advanced to die individual sectional tournament. Of the 11, six won regional titles – Shane Graumenz, Michael Mabry, Hank Stout, Nathan Graumenz, Chad Wilson and Nick Cocagne.
    Gilbert Olive was installed is worshipful master of Vandalia Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F.&A.M.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The New Year's Baby at Fayette County Hospital 38 years ago is pictured with an OB nurse at the hospital.

  • Worthy Abe winners

    In a tradition started more than 40 years ago, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce has recognized two individuals who have gone the extra mile to help their community. And, as has been the case in past year, this year's recipients of the Abe Award have earned the recognition.
    Charlie Barenfanger has served the city of Vandalia as a member of its police pension board, and Fayette County as a member of the Fayette County Hospital District Board of Directors. Those are the types of service that has been visible to others.

  • T-Town ends Lady Vandals' season

    The Lady Vandals saw their season come to an end on Tuesday night, falling to the team ranked No. 2 in the state.

  • Buzzer beater

    A buzzer beater by Jered Cain on Saturday gave Patoka a 48-46 win over West Hancock in the Quincy Notre Dame Shootout and Warriors’ coach Joey Eddy his 200th career win on Saturday.
    Cain scored 22 points and teammate Garrett Belcher added 17 to lead the Warriors, who led 14-12 after one quarter, but were down by three, 28-25, at the half.
    Down by two heading into the final quarter, Patoka outscored West Hancock by four in the fourth to get the win.

  • Richardson, Warner advance to IHSA bowling sectional

    Two members of the Vandalia Community High School girls bowling team advanced to sectional competition as the team finished in seventh place in its first regional tournament.

  • 23 in a row

    Just how dominating were Vandalia’s wrestlers at the IHSA Regional Tournament at Lawrenceville on Saturday? Coach Jason Clay and his assistants were at the mat for the championship in 11 of 14 classes and also for third place in a 12th.