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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – As the year came to a close, area law enforcement were gearing up for a change in the legal intoxication limit from .10 to .08 that went into effect at midnight on Jan. 1.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik and his department, along with Illinois State Police, were investigating an armed robbery at First National Bank in Ramsey.
    The Vandalia City Council approved the purchase of a $54,000 computer system. The system would alleviate the record-keeping system of writing and typing.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady was 8 years old when this picture was taken 70 years ago. She lived most of her life in Vandalia and retired from Brockway.

  • We must save both band director positions

    Editor:
    I am writing in support of the Vandalia Band program. I am a 1978 graduate of Vandalia High School and I was in band. Now, my nieces and nephew are in the program. I encourage community members to please support this valuable program in any way possible, and I encourage the school board to reconsider any plans to eliminate a band director.
    All sports are important, and for many students, band is their “sport.” Being in band requires continuous practice and commitment,  and a high level of teamwork among the students.

  • Lincoln's protest against slavery

    On March 3, 1837, by a protest entered upon the Illinois House Journal of that date, at pages 817, 818, Lincoln with Dan Stone, another representative of Sangamon County, briefly defined his position on the slavery question.
    “They believe that the institution of slavery is founded on both injustice and bad policy; but that the promulgation of abolition doctrines tends rather to increase than to abate its evils.

  • Lincoln weekend good for Vandalia

    It was a good weekend to be in Vandalia if you were a fan of all things Abraham Lincoln. Everywhere one looked, it seemed, there was something going on related to our 16th president.
    And that was a good thing for Vandalia.
    Among the major events of the weekend were:
    • Special programs for children and adults at the National Road Interpretive Center on Saturday.
    • The third annual Lincoln Victory Ball on Saturday evening at the Moose.

  • Buckles is first Lenten Luncheon speaker

    Next Wednesday at noon, the first Lenten Luncheon of the season sponsored by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will be held at First Christian Church, continuing a tradition of years past.

  • Ade-Harlow is new assistant state's attorney

    A couple of factors made the position of assistant state’s attorney attractive to Amanda Ade-Harlow.

  • More E911 addressing completed

    Fayette County’s Enhanced 911 coordinator announced this week that E911 addressing is progressing in county communities.
    Kevin Jenne said that St. Peter, Rural Route 1 Farina, RR 1 Patoka and Bingham addresses have been officially changed, and notification letters mailed.
    Jenne also said that addressing for residents in RR 2 Farina and RR 3 Altamont is completed, and those residents should be receiving letters within the next week.

  • County vote on liquor issue delayed

    The Fayette County Board’s plans to act Tuesday on a request for a liquor license had to be canceled at the last minute because of a message from Vandalia officials.
    When it came time to act on a liquor license request from Steve and Michael Mabry, county board Chairman Steve Knebel addressed a group of about 25 county residents who were on hand to speak out against that request.

  • Four Vandals qualify for state tournament

    VANDALIA – One Vandal wrestler in each grade level advanced to the individual state tournament at Saturday’s Vandalia Sectional.

    But for two others, finishing one match from a qualifying position left them in heartbreak.

    Freshman Chaston Womack (106) and sophomore Dalton Blankenship (138) earned individual sectional championships, while senior Zach Jackson (160) placed third and junior Tyler Dagen (145) took fourth to advance to the state tournament.