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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – As landscape waste­ – and leaf burning – became a major issue statewide, Vandalia officials were looking at the community’s disposal options.
    Mindy Williams and Josh Kreke were crowned queen and king at the South Central High School homecoming dance.
    A 9-year-old rural Brownstown resident was injured when a friend accidentally fired a .22-caliber rifle they had while playing in a treehouse.
    Jerilyn Reed and Shawn Cripe were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This team of sixth-grade basketball players is pictured more than 40 years ago.

  • It's time to step up to keep our school programs

    Once again, the resilience of Vandalia’s residents has been shown. They’ve been given a sour lemon in the form of multiple cuts to our school programs, and they’re well on their way to making lemonade.
    Though last month’s cuts to district programs touched nearly all areas of the school district, two of the most visible cuts were in music and athletics. And those are the areas in which we’ve seen people step up.

  • Smith is speaker at next Lenten Luncheon

    Christi Smith is the scheduled speaker for the Lenten Luncheon, the fourth of the season, next Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

  • Taylor picked to succeed retiring Lindberg at FAYCO

    The man who has served as the executive director for FAYCO Enterprises the past quarter century has announced his upcoming retirement. He has also announced the person who will succeed him.

  • City adds liquor license

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to add a liquor license, action that should help bring another restaurant to town.
    The council voted 5-2 to increase the number of Class E license to eight, two weeks after a Greenville couple announced its request.
    At the Feb. 18 council meeting, Vicki Ellsworth said that she and her husband, Rob, would like to have the license for a sit-down style restaurant they hope to develop.

  • Cavaletto opposes cellphone ban

    State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) voted against legislation presented last Thursday that would ban the use of cellphones while driving in Illinois. Despite his opposition, the cellphone ban was approved by the Illinois House.
    “The problem we have in Illinois, and our nation, is government is too involved in our lives,” Cavaletto said.
    “Banning cell phones won’t stop car accidents from taking place. People can still be distracted by eating, listening to the radio, putting on makeup or in a bunch of other ways,” he said.

  • Young Leaders meeting is on March 13

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. next Wednesday to reorganize the Fayette County Young Leaders group.
    That meeting will be held in the basement of the Fayette County Farm Bureau building at 1125 Sunset Drive in Vandalia.
    Young Leaders are those individuals of ages 18-35 who are involved in farming.
    The Young Leaders group is a way for young farmers to interact with other farmers their age, share ideas and have a voice in the future of farming.

  • Dual purpose training

    In what served as a dual-purpose training session, a group of law enforcement personnel from throughout this part of the state conducted an exercise on Friday afternoon at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Senior Spotlight: Amber Bruno

    VANDALIA – It’s often said that bad things tend to come three at a time.

    But when applied to the athletic career of Vandalia senior Amber Bruno, the old adage just doesn’t hold up.

    Whether it’s shooting in basketball or hitting in softball, Bruno is a triple threat, and those skills have allowed her to become one of the most decorated female athletes in school history.