Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady, who was 18 at the time this photo was taken, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of her graduation from Vandalia High School this year.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Wanda Walton retired from First Bank in Vandalia after working there 44 years.
    A reorganization of the Vandalia School District’s central office was approved. The reorganization included the reassignment of Jeff Endres, the district’s business manager for 13 years, to a teaching position.
    The city of Vandalia was still working to get rid of the odor spreading from the city’s sewage treatment plant.
    The Vandalia Main Street Executive Board began the work necessary to get a program manager hired.

  • Mayor thwarted plan for KKK parade

    In May 1923, The Ramsey News-Journal newspaper reported that seven hooded Knights of the Ku Klux Klan entered the Christian Church at Herrick and presented the pastor with $50 for the church building fund.
    It was generally believed they were members of the Ramsey Klan, although it had been reported that there was a goodly number of the Klan in and around Herrick.

  • Donations aid local food bank

    When people are in need, the residents of Fayette County are always quick to help.
    That reputation was confirmed once again in recent weeks when a call went out that funds for the Central Illinois Food Bank had been cut, and that it would no longer be available to bring its mobile food bank to Fayette County.

  • Jenners involved in revitalizing our downtown

    Continuing on visiting along Gallatin Street, we stop in at Lia’s Gift Shop & Home Décor.

  • Fund shortage delaying bridge replacement

    The Fayette County Board approved a preliminary engineering agreement last Thursday for a bridge on a county road northeast of Farina that has temporarily been closed to traffic.
    The agreement with Rhutasel and Associates of Centralia is for a bridge over Dismal Creek on County Highway 28 (Altamont Road).
    County Engineer Michael Maxey explained that the bridge was closed on March 14 due to a hole in the southbound lane of the bridge.

  • School district watching spending

    Three-quarters of the way through the fiscal year, administrators in the Vandalia Community School District are continuing to watch their expenses in the face of shrinking state revenues.
    In fact, district expenses through March this year are actually $1.2 million less than they were a year ago at this time.
    “With the price of nearly everything going up, that’s a significant accomplishment by our teachers and administrators,” said Superintendent Rich Well.

  • City OKs water pact for parks

    The Vandalia City Council approved a water services agreement with the Vandalia Park District that one alderman describes as a partnership to serve city residents.
    Through the agreement, the city will not charge the park district for water used to fill the pool at the beginning of the pool’s season. That amount is estimated at 193,000 gallons.
    For water used during the remainder of the swimming season, the park district will be billed at half the usual charge.

  • Golden Years receives check, flag from Woodmen of the World

    Twenty-one members of the Golden Years Club were present for the potluck meeting on Tuesday, April 10, and welcomed 13 guests.

  • HCE holds Get-Acquainted Day

    All seven of the Fayette County Home and Community Education units were represented as the annual Get-Acquainted Day potluck, program and auction fundraiser was held Thursday, April 12, at the Golden Years building in Brownstown.