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Today's News

  • Maranatha's expands, adds new owners

    After expanding into an adjacent storefront that formerly was a bridal shop and adding new spa services, Maranatha's Salon, Spa and Tanning held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 29.

  • Jenny's Fabulous Food, Fast

    After successfully opening two barbecue restaurants under the name of Randy’s House of Bar-B-Que in Highland and Maryville, Randy Ackerman decided to join with three friends to open another restaurant – this one in Vandalia.

  • Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Vandalia.

    Above, Gottman is flanked by Teresa Duckworth (left), SAFE advocate, and Tamela Polanin, SAFE adult counselor.

  • Save Our Children Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, April 21, as Save Our Children Day in Vandalia.

    On that day, First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia will hold its annual Peanut Drive, with the proceeds benefitting local, state and national children's ministries. Shown with Gottman is the Rev. Daniel McDonald, pastor of First Pentecostal Church.

  • Engagement

    The parents of Becca Dawn Sprague and William Lee Barth have announced the couple’s engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Wedding

    Mary Beth Riedle and David Adam Knoche, both of Alton, were united in marriage in a 3 p.m. ceremony on Nov. 19, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier, with the Revs. Doug Meyer and David Hoehler officiating.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two sisters, were born in the 1950s and grew up in Vandalia.

  • Samuel Griffith implicated in failed dam

    Samuel Griffith was born on Jan. 23, 1793, in New York State, where his Welsh ancestor had settled nearly 20 years before.
    He traveled to Pennsylvania, locating near Laurel Hill, and married Mary Ann Beckley on Jan. 1, 1811.  Their 10 children were born in Pennsylvania.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia Police Department dispatcher Christy Brown and Richard Winters of Greenville split a $16,000 reward for information they gave that helped police capture murderer Kelly McGinnis of Greenville.
    Ruth Lape of Vandalia was celebrating her 90th birthday.
    Marc Sikma of Vandalia moved on to the finals of the Country Companies’ Three-Point Showdown.

  • LaDage a good choice for ROE

    If you drew up an ideal profile for a candidate for the assistant regional superintendent of schools position, that profile would have Bill LaDage's name on it.
    A highly respected former teacher and administrator in the Vandalia district, he has served for the past 11 years as a part-time employee in the ROE system. As such, he's aware of many of the programs administered through that office. His duties have included working with school and district improvement teams, new teacher training, standards-aligned classrooms and teacher evaluations.