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Today's News

  • Many of Lincoln's first were right here

    This past Sunday afternoon Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, co-sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society and Friends of the Vandalia Statehouse, was celebrated at the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Promoting our positives

    As he took the reins of chamber president late last month, Todd Stapleton expressed a desire to lead that organization’s efforts to be involved in economic development.
    And, in doing so, Stapleton said, “We need to focus on what we are and what we do have, and quit focusing on the negatives.
    “Sometimes we focus on what we don’t have, what we’re lacking. When you’re positive, you’re working together with what you have, and I think that brings out a positive side for anybody who comes through our community.”

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Lincoln’s life in Vandalia was remembered during a Lincoln’s Birthday program sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society.
    The Vandalia Optimist Club donated $2,584.06 to the VCHS Lettermen’s Club, the amount representing half of the proceeds made by the club when it hosted the University of Illinois basketball scrimmage.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This young lady graduated from high school in 1970, and now works to help our county run better. She's also a great neighbor, too.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Michael Andrew Barr
    Vandalia
    Rochelle Amber Bone
    Vandalia
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    David Vernon Leigh
    Vandalia
    Shelby Rae Pryor
    Vandalia

    David Alan Worman
    St. Elmo
    Marina Jo Tate
    Shobonier
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    Patrick Wayne Devall
    Vandalia
    Heather Rose Spirito
    Vandalia
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    Joseph Allen Marley
    Fillmore

  • News Briefs

    National Road birthday party Thursday

    The National Road Association of Illinois Interpretive Center in Vandalia will celebrate its sixth anniversary from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday.
    The celebration will include an address by Linda Hanabarger on the history of the National Road and Vandalia at 11 a.m. and a talk by Kathy Schultz on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page at 3 p.m.

    KC to hold charcoal drawing class

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • John D. Shelton, 32, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 9 for failure to appear in Clay County court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Michael A. Bubb, 63, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on Feb. 9 on a charge of possession of cannabis. No bond information was listed.
    • Randall L. Buie, 50, 306 E. Cumberland Road, St. Elmo, was arrested on Jan. 9 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,200.
    • Keith R. Myles, 21, Glen Carbon, was arrested on Feb. 8 on a charge of possession of cannabis. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 12

    ✔ 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 National Road Association of Illinois Interpretive Center in Vandalia will celebrate its sixth birthday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Linda Hanabarger will talk about the history of the National Road and Vandalia at 11 a.m., and Kathy Schultz will talk about the Vandalia Memories Facebook page at 3 p.m.

  • Toy drive is in memory of 6-year-old

    Chloe Nichole West was only 13 months old when she was diagnosed with pre B AL leukemia, which she battled for the next six years, until she passed on May 23, 2013. Her paternal grandmother, Jeanie West, shared Chloe’s story and expressed the desire for others to send new toys to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Chloe parents are Brian and Rebecca (Kathy) West.

  • Remembering Abe

    Lincoln's Birthday celebration included the Lincoln Victory Ball on Saturday (first photo) and a program on Sunday, with Kevin Kaegy (second photo) speaking at the Vandalia Statehouse on Ann Rutledge; at right is Linda Hanabarger.