Today's News

  • Many make summer lunch program go

    As the eighth year for Fayette County’s Summer Lunches for Kids Program winds down for this year, recognition is due for the generosity of the individuals, businesses, churches and organizations for the distribution of about 500 lunches a week to children in the county.

  • Ashdown resigns from Family Y post

    The local resident who has served as the chief executive officer of the Family YMCA for the past six years is leaving that post for a job in Nevada.

  • Lincoln Festival is this weekend

    A two-day event that presents the history of this community and nation in entertaining fashion returns for a second encore this weekend.
    The Lincoln Heritage Festival, held in Vandalia parks along Fillmore Street, begins mid-morning on Saturday and continues through mid-afternoon on Sunday.
    The festival opens to the public at 10 a.m., when Civil War camps open in Sonnemann Park and the Sons of the American Revolution present a program on the history of the U.S. flag.

  • City workers to replace line, save big money

    The decision of two department heads to take on a major project could save the city of Vandalia up to $50,000.
    Public Works Director Marlin Filer and Water Plant Superintendent Marty Huskey have jointly agreed to replace the line delivering water from Vandalia Lake to the city’s water treatment plant.
    The city learned of a major leak several weeks ago and recently determined, Huskey said, that Kaskaskia River flooding had eroded a west river bank and also broke the lake supply line north of the water plant.

  • Vandalia Lions Club Officers
  • Golden Circle Menus

    Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses.
    There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit.
    Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation is $2.60 for meals.
    Call the site director, Sharon Harris, at 283-1040 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day before you wish to eat there.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Vandalia native Paul Stroble posted on Vandalia Memories an advertising card featuring a photo of Augenstein's Gulf Service, which was located at 1129 N. Fifth St. in Vandalia, the corner now occupied by Elephant's Attic.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These three children are pictured at day care. The girl seated is having her hair done by her sister. One of the girls is married and has a baby.

  • Some early facts about Farina

    The village of Farina began as a station on the Chicago Branch of the Illinois Central Railroad. It was surveyed by James Carson on Nov. 9, 1857, and a post office opened the following year, with William L. Dillon as postmaster. It is not known who chose the name.

  • Be safe on the Fourth

    It's a three-day, midsummer celebration likely to be full of picnics, barbecues, boating and other outdoor activities. It's also something that can turn tragic in a second.
    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people, on average, go to the emergency room with injuries caused by fireworks around the Fourth of July.
    Of those injured, 40 percent are between the ages of 25 and 44, and 14 percent are in the 45-64 age range. Twenty percent of those injured are between the ages of 10 and 19.