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Today's News

  • Willms – 60 years

    Don and Ellen Willms of Brownstown will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at First Christian Church in Brownstown.

  • Church Briefs

    Homecoming Gospel Choir here Sunday

    Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia will host the Homecoming Gospel Choir this Sunday at 6 p.m.
    The 80-voice group from Southern Illinois will sing gospel songs and hymns in the style of the Gaither Homecoming videos. The program is titled "A Homecoming Gospel Reunion."

  • Be on the lookout for opportunities to be 'that guy'

    Have you ever been in a real jam, a pickle, a tight spot, caught between a rock and a hard place, when along came a nice guy to help you out?

  • Denny's to open on Aug. 21

    The new Denny's restaurant in Vandalia is slated to open at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.
    Located next to the Fast Stop Travel Center at the western I-70 interchange, the Denny's is owned and managed by Dave Behrends.
    He said that the 3,500-square-foot restaurant will have seating for 132 in booths and at the counter.
    It will be open 24 hours per day.

  • Beautiful You Ribbon-Cutting

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently at Beautiful You under the water tower on Rock Island Avenue, with Mayor Rick Gottman (center) doing the honors. Representing Beautiful You, at right, were Crystal Mann, David Powers, and Aaron and Hunter Mann

  • VCC offering new program for inmates on job re-entry

    Vandalia Correctional Center is one of three institutions in the state that has implemented an Illinois Department of Corrections job-readiness program to better prepare inmates to be successful when they are released.

  • Chamber plans to hire executive director

    After holding a brief business meeting, Vandalia Chamber of Commerce President Dana Whiteman used the bulk of last Wednesday’s monthly meeting to outline “a new direction” the board is charting for the organization.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 11, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This brother and sister, pictured about 65 years ago, were born in Oklahoma, but moved to the Brownstown area  during the oil boom in the late 1930s.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 11, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and Odie Washington, director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, visited Vandalia for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Jeff Bullard, 27, of Mt. Vernon, joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman.
    More than 50 people attended a kickoff meeting for Vandalia Main Street.
    Sam and Evelyn Jolliff of Patoka were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

  • Stapp helped build Vandalia, Decatur

    James Thomas Burbridge Stapp cut quite a swath through the political life of early Illinois.