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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This little boy is now 78 years old. He has lived in Fayette and Bond counties his entire life.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Judge Dennis Middendorff of Carlyle denied a motion filed by attorneys for convicted murderer Stuart Heaton that asked for new DNA tests on evidence from the 1991 murder scene.
    WARECO employees Stacy Younker and Cody Miller prevented a disaster when they quickly extinguished a fire at one of the gas pumps at the station on West Gallatin Street.
    Merle and Georgi Adermann of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

  • Cunningham survived capture by Indians

    Phebe Tucker and Thomas Cunningham were married at Prickett’s Fort on the Monongalia River in April 1776.
    As a young family, they settled near Thomas’ brother, Edward Cunningham, with their log cabins being 60 feet apart on Bingamon Creek. The nearest settlement was 10 miles away.

  • New water source worth considering

    With the Kaskaskia River shrinking to a trickle and Vandalia Lake levels dropping due to this summer’s drought, it’s a prime time to think about alternative water sources. Add to those woes the ongoing problems the city has had keeping its river intake functioning, and the possibility of another source is particularly attractive.

  • Schools to see drops in state funding

    Though the budget year is nearly two months old, the state funding picture still isn’t clear enough for the Vandalia Board of Education to approve a final 2012-13 budget for the district.
    And, according to all signs coming from Springfield, it won’t be a pretty budget when it is finalized next month.

  • Mark's Café continues a Brownstown tradition

    The late Clifford Nickels, who lived on the road now known as Ill. Route 185, across from the area on which the 4-Mile Store once stood, shared many of his memories of the long-ago days of his youth.

  • Back to School
  • Meeting on VVFD study set for Sept. 15

    The Vandalia City Council agreed to allow a committee formed to study the city’s volunteer fire department funding sources and operations invite someone with experience in that area to a public meeting next month.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told the council on Monday that the fire department study committee will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at city hall.

  • City agrees to work with Field of Dreams on water use

    A Vandalia City Council committee has agreed to work with the Field of Dreams Committee in a way that will allow the volunteer committee to continue its work at Vandalia Community High School ballfields.
    Field of Dreams Committee members met with the city’s water and sewer committee on Monday, saying that they didn’t know that they were going to be receiving bills for water used for the irrigation system at the VCHS baseball field.

  • Ford show will feature Boss prototype

    Fords of all models and years – as well as different makes – will be on display at the Vandalia Lake campgrounds this weekend.