Today's News

  • 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:

  • Lady Vandals hold off Greenville in VFTC contest

    Vandalia fought off a second-game charge last Thursday to sweep the Lady Comets in the annual Volley for the Cure game at Greenville.

  • Vandals win on Hail Mary pass

    Three failed attempts in the last 28 seconds of the game left the Vandals with only one chance, and 16 seconds, to come up with a winning score.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo shows the store operated by Samuel and Rosa Skane Smith from 1920-50 in the 1400-1500 block of West St. Louis Avenue.

    The photo was posted by the Smiths' granddaughter, Pat Smith Frost.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were born and reared in Ramsey. He lives in Effingham and travels for his job. She lives in Ramsey and works at school.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – St. Elmo Plastics received statewide recognition for its use of the Job Training Partnership Act program.
    Julius Hunter, news anchor for KMOV-TV (Channel 4), St. Louis, was the keynote speaker for the Tri-County Teacher’s Institute.
    Tracy Rohlfing was one of 159 people given an award of recognition at the “Those Who Excel” banquet in Chicago. The Brownstown Junior-Senior High School teacher received her award from the Illinois State Board of Education.

    30 Years Ago

  • It's time to honor our firefighters

    Can you imagine being awakened in the middle of the night, getting dressed and be ready to start work in a matter of minutes? That’s what our volunteer firefighters and First Responders do on a regular basis.
    During Fire Prevention Week, we pay tribute to those men and women who volunteer their time to help others in a time of need.
    They come from all walks of life, ready to drop everything on a moments notice to respond to a fire, accident or other type of emergency.

  • Research finds Bowling Jones' grave

    Bowling Green was a village founded by Bowling Jones and located in Section 31 of Bowling Green Township. Some say it was named for him, while others maintain it was named for Bowling Green, Ky.  

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 9

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board meets at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center, located west of Vandalia Community High School.