Today's News

  • Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Vandalia.

    Above, Gottman is flanked by Teresa Duckworth (left), SAFE advocate, and Tamela Polanin, SAFE adult counselor.

  • Save Our Children Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, April 21, as Save Our Children Day in Vandalia.

    On that day, First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia will hold its annual Peanut Drive, with the proceeds benefitting local, state and national children's ministries. Shown with Gottman is the Rev. Daniel McDonald, pastor of First Pentecostal Church.

  • Engagement

    The parents of Becca Dawn Sprague and William Lee Barth have announced the couple’s engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Wedding

    Mary Beth Riedle and David Adam Knoche, both of Alton, were united in marriage in a 3 p.m. ceremony on Nov. 19, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier, with the Revs. Doug Meyer and David Hoehler officiating.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two sisters, were born in the 1950s and grew up in Vandalia.

  • Samuel Griffith implicated in failed dam

    Samuel Griffith was born on Jan. 23, 1793, in New York State, where his Welsh ancestor had settled nearly 20 years before.
    He traveled to Pennsylvania, locating near Laurel Hill, and married Mary Ann Beckley on Jan. 1, 1811.  Their 10 children were born in Pennsylvania.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia Police Department dispatcher Christy Brown and Richard Winters of Greenville split a $16,000 reward for information they gave that helped police capture murderer Kelly McGinnis of Greenville.
    Ruth Lape of Vandalia was celebrating her 90th birthday.
    Marc Sikma of Vandalia moved on to the finals of the Country Companies’ Three-Point Showdown.

  • LaDage a good choice for ROE

    If you drew up an ideal profile for a candidate for the assistant regional superintendent of schools position, that profile would have Bill LaDage's name on it.
    A highly respected former teacher and administrator in the Vandalia district, he has served for the past 11 years as a part-time employee in the ROE system. As such, he's aware of many of the programs administered through that office. His duties have included working with school and district improvement teams, new teacher training, standards-aligned classrooms and teacher evaluations.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:

    Joseph Gavin Johnson
    St. Elmo
    Michelle Lee Olsen
    St. Elmo
    Robert Lee Mosley
    Sharon Jane Lampe
    Scott Alan Crain
    Amanda Lee Springer

  • First Food Bank is this Saturday at VCHS

    The funding drive to bring the Central Illinois Food Bank back to Fayette County has passed the halfway mark on its goal of $3,300.
    In March, the Fayette County Farm Bureau learned that the funding for the mobile food bank had been reduced, and it might not be able to return to Fayette County.
    The Farm Bureau Foundation decided to step up and try to raise the $3,300 needed to bring the food bank back to Fayette County three times this year. Letters were sent to area civic organizations, churches and businesses looking for support.