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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Ed Mills was elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a “Friend of Basketball.” The VCHS basketball scorekeeper for 45 years was honored prior to the Vandalia-Pana basketball game.
    Wrestlers John Durbin, Greg Emerick, John Swain, Tim Smith and Ray Rees advanced to the wrestling sectional after qualifying in the Litchfield Regional.

  • Vandalia Memories

    With the high school basketball season nearing an end, here's a look at the scorer's table years ago. From left to right are Ed Mills, Charles "Chick" Lawler, Bill Brown.

  • Coffey one of first Montgomery settlers

    During my search into the early roots of my son’s family tree, I have often bumped up against Newton Coffey, although never connected with him.

  • Abe winners show the value of volunteers

    The two individuals who received an Abe Award from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce last Thursday truly represent what that award is all about.
    Carl Rhodes and Linda Hanabarger are both well-known in the community and it is because of their volunteer work.
    Since he and his wife, Pat, moved to Vandalia about eight years ago, Rhodes has helped lead programs to help veterans, including the establishment of a Veterans' Outreach Center, which focuses primarily on helping those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder issues.

  • Lincoln events this weekend

    Vandalia will celebrate  Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday with two events this weekend
    The celebration kicks off  Saturday evening with the fifth annual Lincoln Victory Ball, an event featuring local residents in period dress performing period dances to period music.
    The Vandalia Tourism Commission is sponsoring the ball, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    There is no admission charge for those dressed in period clothing, and the cost for others is $5.

  • Three arrested on Class X meth charges

    Three area residents have been charged with Class X felonies after being arrested this week for allegedly being involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
    Charged with the manufacture of 400-900 grams of methamphetamine are Tommy Lee R. Stockton, 29, of Altamont; Justin K. Leonberger, 35, 319 S. Remann St., Vandalia; and Shana C. Reed, 19, 2087 W. Fifth St., St. Elmo.
    Reed has also been charged with possession of less than 15 grams of a methamphetamine precursor (a substance from which another is formed).

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Rebecca J. Hissong, 49, 415 E. Oak St., Brownstown, was arrested on Feb. 3 on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $50,000.
    • Lisa D. Main, 43, 325 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 3 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a small claims matter. Bond was $100 cash.
    • Ashley A. Mitchell, 22, 112 S. Sangamon Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 2 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $5,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 5

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's homeschool group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group is asked to contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Rogers farm is home to llamas, alpacas

    “Autumn Breeze” is the name of Rod and Sissy Rogers farm home in rural Brownstown. Although it could even be called a ranch, there are no cows, pigs or horses in sight.

  • Tuesday fire guts Vandalia home

    A fire early morning destroyed a home in the northwest area of Vandalia on Tuesday.