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Today's News

  • The Donaldsons' latch key was always out

    “They were a hardy set of people, honest and upright in all their dealings, social and kind, the latch string always on the outside.” That was how Presley Garner Donaldson described the early settlers of Northern Fayette County who commenced coming about 1825.
    Around 1910, there was a popular movement for people to publish their memoirs.  Fayette County is fortunate that Presley G. Donaldson told the story of his life in a book titled, "Life and Adventures of P.G. Donaldson," printed at Cowden’s  Jewett Printery in 1908.

  • Band concert raises $11,395, teaches lesson

    Though Tuesday’s band concert at Vandalia Community High School was tabbed “A Night of Music,” there was a lot more going on than 240 young musicians playing notes on a score.
    Instead, those students were banding together to settle a score with the forces that threaten to diminish their band program. They were playing to save the job of their director, Tony Hicks, whose position has been eliminated by the school board unless alternative funding can be raised.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No picture this week. Do you have old photos to submit?
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Members of the Barenfanger softball team in the mid-1970s. They are, front  row, from left, Coach Dan Arndt, Coach Kim Edgar, Kenny Roberts, Chris Barenfanger, Jerry Jones and Rod Branham. Back row, from left, Doug Rames, Tom Walton, Rich Rames, Andy Lester, Bob Bowen and Mike Themig.
    Identifying them were: Phyllis Rames, Bernice Etcheson and Mark Etcheson.

  • Ten split top prize at YMCA Grand Raffle

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held its annual Grand Raffle on Saturday evening at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • YMCA plans Healthy Kids Day

    On Saturday, April 27, the Family YMCA of Fayette County is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids throughout Fayette County to get moving and learning, and families to live healthier.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Andrew T. Livingston, 23, 1920 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 25 on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. Bond was $15,000.
    • William L. Blackwell, 48, 1729 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 24 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,000.
    • Brian L. Nesbit, 45, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on March 24 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • Weathering the Storm

    Humans weren't the only ones impacted by Sunday's unusual snowstorm.

    Wildlife also had to endure the 10-12 inches of heavy, wet snow that fell in the Fayette County area. Shown above is a male cardinal. In the picture below, a pair of mourning doves puff up their feathers and hunker down as the snow falls around them. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 50s by the weekend, so the late-season snow won't last long.

  • Girls on the Run off to a running start

    “We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”
    -Girls on the Run website

  • Last Blast of Winter

    The biggest snowfall of the year, up to 12 inches in some areas of Fayette County, created both fun and work.

    First photo-between sledding trips on Monday, Becky Lambert enjoyed snowball fights with sons Ryan and Riley. Second photo-Darin Brown shoveled a driveway to help a neighbor. Third photo-Ted Miller of the city of Vandalia's public works department, pours another load of salt onto his truck before making the rounds on Sunday afternoon.
     

  • Mayoral forum is Thursday

     A little less than two weeks before the consolidated election, Vandalia’s mayoral candidates will present their platform at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate’s forum set for 6:30 p.m. this Thursday.
    The forum will feature only two candidates – incumbent Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman and challenger Brian Stout.
    Gottman is completing a third term in office, after having served as a city alderman.