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Today's News

  • BES Reward for Good Behavior

    Brownstown Elementary School students were rewarded with an assembly for good behavior during February.

    In the first photo, students watch a presentation by Nitro Joe, a scientist who did various science experiments for the students to teach them about chemical reactions. In the second photo, sixth-grader Bob Goldman assists Nitro Joe with one of his experiments.

  • FFA Week at VCHS

    The celebration of FFA Week by the FFA chapter at Vandalia Community High School included Tractor Day.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kelsie M. Flemming, 22, 407 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was arrested on March 5 on an alleged probation violation, failing a drug test. Bond was $5,000.
    • Michael T. Watson, 33, Freeport, was arrested on Feb. 5 for failure to appear in Winnebago County court. No bond information was listed.
    • Michelle B. Johnson, 45, RR 1, Shobonier, was arrested on March 5 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and on a warrant for four counts of retail theft. Bond was $33,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 7

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, March 8

  • Joseph Boleyjack was larger than life

    The early history of Fayette County, published in book form in 1878, lists Joseph Boleyjack as one of the earliest settlers in Loudon Township. Many others are listed as well, but it is Boleyjack, or “Old Buckskin,” as he was called, who garnered more than a brief mention in the history book.
    Joseph Boleyjack was born about 1809 in Ohio. He married Sarah Cronk in Fayette County on July 3, 1843.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – As landscape waste­ – and leaf burning – became a major issue statewide, Vandalia officials were looking at the community’s disposal options.
    Mindy Williams and Josh Kreke were crowned queen and king at the South Central High School homecoming dance.
    A 9-year-old rural Brownstown resident was injured when a friend accidentally fired a .22-caliber rifle they had while playing in a treehouse.
    Jerilyn Reed and Shawn Cripe were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This team of sixth-grade basketball players is pictured more than 40 years ago.

  • It's time to step up to keep our school programs

    Once again, the resilience of Vandalia’s residents has been shown. They’ve been given a sour lemon in the form of multiple cuts to our school programs, and they’re well on their way to making lemonade.
    Though last month’s cuts to district programs touched nearly all areas of the school district, two of the most visible cuts were in music and athletics. And those are the areas in which we’ve seen people step up.

  • Smith is speaker at next Lenten Luncheon

    Christi Smith is the scheduled speaker for the Lenten Luncheon, the fourth of the season, next Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

  • Taylor picked to succeed retiring Lindberg at FAYCO

    The man who has served as the executive director for FAYCO Enterprises the past quarter century has announced his upcoming retirement. He has also announced the person who will succeed him.