Today's News

  • Flag Retirement Ceremony
  • Olde Tyme Christmas

    Though Christmas is still six weeks away, two organizations are combining to get local residents into the holiday spirit this weekend.
    The Downtown Vandalia Merchants Association and Vandalia Tourism Commission are sponsoring Olde Tyme Christmas downtown this Friday night and Saturday.
    The holiday event runs from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, then continues from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday.
    It kicks off with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets at 5 p.m., followed by the annual Vandalia Rotary Club Christmas parade.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Nov. 12)

    Seventh-Grade Basketball
    The seventh-grade Lady Vandals improved their record to 9-7 last Thursday night, defeating the Greenville Comets, 14-4.
    The win extended the Lady Vandals' winning streak to four games.
    Gracie Pruett, Bailey Stewart and Morgan Lidy each contributed four points in the winning effort.

  • Vandalia native finds success in Spartan Races, earns fourth trifecta


  • Moulton history can be traced back

    One of my volunteer jobs for the Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society is to print any books being published, as well as back issues of our genealogy publication, ‘Fayette Facts.”
    Not long ago, I was called upon to reprint a back issue, since our copies on hand had dropped. I cranked up the society’s Risograph and began to feed the pages through.
    Generally, while I’m standing at the machine, I read what is being printed, and in this particular book, Betty Jane Kyle had submitted information on her Moulton family.

  • KC president asks the public for help

    Dr. Penny Quinn
    Kaskaskia College President

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two boys who were attending a local day care center enjoy swinging on a tire swing by the lake.

  • State needs to act on a new budget

    When Bruce Rauner was campaigning for governor, he said that he wanted to shake up state government. He has done that, but not in the way that he envisioned.
    A budget impasse has caused monumental problems in Illinois. State agencies aren't receiving the funds they need to provide necessary services to Illinois residents, vendors aren't being paid, and the list goes on.
    Those affected by the impasse, Mayor Rick Gottman pointed out at Monday's city council meeting, include municipalities that are owed various types of funds by the state.

  • Impasse effect

    The state’s budget impasse is having a big impact on the city of Vandalia’s financial status, Mayor Rick Gottman told the city council on Monday.
    As the treasurer’s report was presented to the council for approval, Gottman pointed out that the state has fallen way behind on its tax payments to the city.
    For example, he said:
    • The general sales tax payment made to the city, in October, was the July payment. The first six payments ranged from $125,586.12 to $154,443.29.

  • New beautification group will solicit volunteers

    A new city committee charged with developing plans to improve Vandalia’s appearance will be asking clubs, organizations and churches to join them in that work.
    At its Tuesday meeting – one of the first meetings of the small group formed by Mayor Rick Gottman – members of the city’s beautification discussed a letter that had been drafted as a way of getting community members involved in beautification efforts.