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Today's News

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Sept. 29 for its monthly meeting and luncheon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    There were 25 members present, as well as two guests, Kenneth and Angie Hagen from Shelbyville.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher gave the meal prayer. After the meal, President Dean Black called the meeting to order, the secretary and treasurer report was given and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for September were read.

  • Riedle-Knoche

    Mary Riedle and Dave Knoche have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Roberts-Windler

    Sarah Roberts of Vandalia and Scott Windler of St. Charles, Mo., were united in marriage on Friday, July 23, 2010, at Old Hickory Golf Course in St. Peters, Mo., with the Rev. Andrew Erickson performing the outdoor ceremony.

  • Moyer - 40 years

    Mr. and Mrs. John Moyer of Vandalia will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this Sunday.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 20, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, who was 17 when the photograph was taken, was born in Patoka and attended Shobonier Grade School.

  • The Way We Were-Oct. 20, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia Vandals clobbered Breese Central, 30-6, to end the football season with a perfect 9-0 mark. The Vandals were to host Piasa Southwestern in the first round of post-season playoffs.
    Josephine Burtschi, a noted Vandalia historian who established The Little Brick House, died at the age of 87.
    A white male in a Chevrolet Blazer robbed First Bank in Vandalia, getting away with an undisclosed amount.

  • Dorothy Anthony writes of good old days

    In 1995, Dorothy Anthony of Greenville contacted me to see if I could help her put stories and poems she had written together in a book.
    Dorothy told me that for the past 20 years she had published a one-page newsletter for her friends and relatives, and included in them memories and stories from her childhood and everyday life. The idea for her newsletter came to her one day when she needed someone to talk to…to fill that empty space.   

  • County must not eat its seed corn

    For the past several meetings of the Fayette County Board, Chairman Steve Knebel has pleaded with county department heads to trim their budgets.
    He’s warned them of the dire financial straits the county is in. He’s told him that layoffs will be necessary if significant cuts aren’t made. And he’s cautioned them against continued dependence on the county’s capital improvement fund to cover operating expenses.
    It’s time for action. If not, we'll continue to eat our seed corn.

  • We Apologize

    It was stated in last week's Public Record that Travis E. Collier, 19, of rural Shobonier, was arrested for driving under the influence. The information was taken from the sheriff's office arrest log. Collier presented tickets showing that he was arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol.
    We apologize for the error.

  • News Briefs Oct. 20

    Route 51 group will meet Wednesday

    The U.S. Route 51 Vandalia Community Advisory Group will meet from 6-8 p.m. next Wednesday at Vandalia City Hall.
    The meeting will include a discussion on the four Route 51 alternatives around Vandalia being discussed, and some challenges that the Illinois Department of Transportation sees with those alternatives.

    Methodist Men's fish fry is Nov. 3