Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl always wanted her curls brushed out. She enjoys reading and church, has lots of cousins and has gardening, painting and baking as hobbies.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – The Vandalia City Council approved a 2-percent hotel/motel tax to help fund local tourism efforts.
    School administration rehired by the Vandalia School District were: Larry Bennett, superintendent; Jeff Endres, business manager/treasurer; Bob McAllister, Bill LaDage, Gale Meseke, Don Holtcamp and Rod Deem, building principals; and Darrell Fesser, Okaw Area Vocational Center director.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Sherry Smith-Stanford posted on Vandalia Memories this photo from Vandalia Remembered, printed during Vandalia's 175th anniversary.

    The photo, which was taken in the mid-1910s, shows Hausmann Corner, the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets. In Vandalia's capital days, that corner housed Charter's Hotel, an inn used by state legislators, including Abraham Lincoln. In the background of the photo at right is the cupola that sat atop the Masonic building on Fourth Street.

  • Relatives tell the Stephen Wright story

    I was surprised and thrilled to receive a call from Jessie Neathery of Greenville in response to my story about Newton Coffey, published in this newspaper two weeks ago.

  • Thankful for clear streets

    Monday afternoon, there was considerable traffic through Vandalia, even after more than 10 inches of snow fell late Sunday and early Monday. The fact that there was less traffic than normal was mostly due to the fact that Presidents' Day was being observed.
    Those who wanted to get around Vandalia could do so because the city of Vandalia's public works crew were on the job on their day off.

  • Good luck, Wrestlers!

    It's pretty commonplace for Vandalia Community High School wrestlers to make the trek to Champaign for the state finals. But that doesn't make their accomplishments any less fantastic.
    Five of wrestlers, along with coach Jason Clay and assistants Matt Shroyer and Alex Foster, are heading to the University of Illinois State Farm Center this Thursday to square off with other top wrestlers in the state.
    Then, the team competes for another trip to the state team finals in Bloomington.

  • VFW Post 9770 hosts event at new home

    The Brownstown VFW Post 9770 is holding a supper on Saturday, from 4-7 p.m., in its new building at 520 Oak St. in Brownstown. The supper is on a donation basis (no set charge), and the proceeds will go into their building fund.

  • Snow Job

    Mark Tessman of Vandalia's public works department pushes snow out of the intersection of Fourth and Madison streets on Monday morning.

    City crews were out again clearing streets after Tuesday night's snowfall.

  • City discusses school traffic, parking

    Parking and traffic took up much of the Vandalia City Council for a second straight meeting.
    After the council approved the addition of a stop sign for westbound traffic on Progress West Drive at Rock Island Avenue, Alderman Mike Hobler said he feels that city and school officials need to meet to discuss upcoming changes at Vandalia Junior High School and Vandalia Elementary School.
    The Vandalia School District is moving kindergarten and first-grade students from Jefferson Primary to VES and moving fourth-graders to the junior high.

  • City: 3 more crossing arms

    City officials agreed on Tuesday that of the options available to improve rail crossing safety in downtown Vandalia, the best alternative is adding three crossing arms at Sixth Street.
    Rodney Potts of John Crawford and Associates presented to Mayor Rick Gottman and four aldermen three options during a 45-minute work session.
    Aldermen Andy Lester, B. John Clark, Neil Clark and Jerry Swarm were present for that meeting, which was set after the Illinois Commerce Commission and Illinois Department of Transportation presented their rail safety proposal on Feb. 2.