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Today's News

  • Tish, Mahon families speak on verdict

    "We would like to say how great it is that justice was served today. When Clifford Baker killed Deb and Mike he took from us what could never be replaced.
    "Deb and Mike were two of the greatest people anyone could have ever met – they always had a smile, a joke to brighten your day and were always there for anyone who needed them.
    "We would like to thank Fayette County State's Attorney Steve Friedel for a job well done in this case. He did a fantastic job and kept us informed the entire time.

  • Vandalia teachers OK new contract

    A one-year contract that had been approved by Vandalia teachers last Thursday was expected to be OK’d by the Vandalia Board of Education on Wednesday night.
    “I feel that it will be passed by the board,” Todd Ehlers, president of Vandalia Unit Teachers Association, said Tuesday night.
    Though he declined to discuss the specifics of the contract, he did confirm that because of state funding uncertainties, it is only for one year.

  • Engagement

    Denise Fornoff and Eric Telger, both of Collinsville, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Birth

    Landen Jacob Cook
    Tessa Shafer and Jacob Cook of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.


    He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. He was named Landen Jacob.
    Grandparents are Todd and Jana Shafer, Maurice Wilson and Jill Wright, and Kevin and Janet Cook, all of Vandalia.

  • Engagement

    Terri Schwarm and Dustin Blue have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Senior Spotlight: Abby Hickerson

    Playing alongside Callie George in her doubles match against Roxana on Monday, Vandalia senior Abby Hickerson scored two authoritative points.

    Leading 5-0, Hickerson was playing close to the net, and when a Roxana player hit a short floater, Hickerson slammed the ball at a sharp angle to bounce it out of play.

    Later when leading 6-1, Hickerson again had a floater up front, but she blasted it at a lesser angle and it zoomed toward the baseline, skipping ever so slightly just before sneaking out of bounds.

  • Five Generations

    Five generations of the Smith family are shown in a photo taken recently.

    In front are: Robin Hobler, grandmother; and Lenore Parkison, great-great-grandmother, holding Raygan Marie Hobler. In back are: Anna Hobler, Raygan's mother; and Carolyn Grames, great-grandmother.

  • Reunions

    Hopper
    The annual Hopper family reunion will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the North Loudon Townhouse, just north of Wright’s Corner, with a potluck dinner at noon.
    Those attending are asked to take a covered dish to share. Drinks and tableware will be provided.
    If you have any questions, call 217-821-8202.

    Garrison

    The Garrison family reunion was held on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the St. Elmo City Park, with 35 present.

  • Anniversary

    Norman and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Vandalia Days Inn.

  • Vandalia tennis team gets strong doubles play but falls to Roxana

    The Lady Vandals definitely had a chance to defeat Roxana for the second straight season, but two of the three close singles matches went to the Lady Shells, who continued on to win the match, 6-3.

    In both team’s season-opener, Vandalia’s Abby Hickerson, a senior and the No. 3 player, earned Vandalia’s only singles win, downing Jane Pratt, 6-0, 6-4.

    The Lady Vandals’ No. 2 Callie George, a senior, won the first set of her match against Josie Mosinalli, 6-4, but Mosinalli rallied back to beat George, 1-6, 4-6, in the final two sets.