Today's News

  • Bird count set for May 5

    The selected date for the Fayette County Spring Bird Count is Saturday, May 5.
    Fayette County, along with the other 101 Illinois counties, will be participating in the 40th annual statewide Spring Bird Count that day.
    The count is sponsored by the Illinois Audubon Society, Illinois Ornithological Society, Illinois Natural History Survey and other birding groups throughout the state.

  • News Briefs

    Lions Mobile Sight Unit here Friday

    The Vandalia Lions Club will host the Lions’ Mobile Sight Testing Unit at Walmart in Vandalia from noon-4 p.m. this Friday.
    The Lions will offer free eye screening for diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause in new blindness for adults.
    Anyone having diabetes, as well as relatives with diabetes, and those over the age of 55 are invited to the screening.
    For more information, contact Bob DePaolo Sr. at 283-3332.

    Summer lunches meeting is May 9

  • Ribbon Cutting Held at Ali Marie's On Gallatin

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sunday, April 1, at Ali Marie's on Gallatin.

    The store, owned by Alison Durbin, shown in the second row in the center in the above picture, is located at 509 W. Gallatin St. The store sells new brand-name clothing for men and women, as well as accessories such as sunglasses, jewelry and belts. The telephone number for the store is 339-7159. 

  • Vandalia Medicine Shoppe pharmacy closes

    After more than three years in business in Vandalia, Keri Henry has closed the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, selling the customer prescription files to Cain’s HealthMart Pharmacy.
    Henry cited the state’s slow payment record as the primary reason for her decision to pull the plug on the business at the end of the day last Friday.
    “The reason we sold is because of how the state of Illinois is operating now,” she said. “It’s hard to stay open when you’re not getting paid.”

  • Schaal & Associates agents win awards

    Three agents from Schaal & Associates Real Estate received a bronze award at the recent annual awards banquet of the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors in Collinsville.

  • Downtown Ribbon Cuttings Held

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Liberty businesses and others that have opened recently in downtown Vandalia was held on Thursday, April 12.

    Ribbons were stretched the length of the 500 block of Gallatin Street, with a ribbon being cut on both the north side (first photo) and the south side (second photo) of the street.

  • KC honors First National Bank

    First National Bank of Vandalia was named 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by the entrepreneurship program at Kaskaskia College at a ceremony Saturday night at the Centralia campus.

  • Retiring Teachers Honored

    Four teachers in the Vandalia School District who are retiring at the end of this school year were honored last Thursday at the district's appreciation dinner.

    From left to right are: Amy Vieregge, Vandalia Community High School, 34 years; Cherie Woods, Vandalia Elementary School, 26 years; Sherry Schneider, Vandalia Jefferson Primary School, 16 years; and Rhonda Phillips, Vandalia Junior High School, 25 years.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady, pictured when she was a student nurse, graduated from St. John's Hospital School of Nursing and is celebrating her 40th year as a registered nurse.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council was closer to hiring the first city administrator for the town. The field of 43 applicants was narrowed to four finalists, and they were interviewed by aldermen.
    The Deb Keeling family was chosen as the first partner family for a Fayette County Habitat for Humanity house.
    Rebecca and Jack Hill of Ramsey were celebrating their 40th anniversary.