Today's News

  • Again, beware of all types of scams

    How many times have we heard the statement, "If it's too good to be true, it probably is"? Yet, there are many scam artists out there who continue to have success, despite warnings from law enforcement officials.
    The latest of those warnings came from Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray on Tuesday, who warned residents of a telephone scam.
    Through that scam, the caller tells the person that he or she has won a prize. That caller then asks the person to either provide personal information or to send money to cover taxes or for some other expense.

  • Another Eventful Weekend
  • Sefton Unit visits Five Feline Hobby Farm

    The Sefton HCE Unit traveled to the Five Feline Hobby Farm in Charleston on a outing during garden harvest time this year.

  • Vandalia man charged with injuring 1-year-old

    Bond has been set at $150,000 for a Vandalia man accused of causing serious injury to a 1-year-old child.
    Robert A.C. Stombaugh was arrested on Monday night and charged on Tuesday with four felonies after an incident at a Vandalia home.
    According to Vandalia Police, officers were called to a home in the 300 block of South Fourth Street for a report of a disturbance.
    Stombaugh was taken into custody after allegedly throwing a rock through a window of a vehicle at that home. A 1-year-old child in the vehicle reportedly sustained injuries to the eyes and face.

  • 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.