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Today's News

  • Business Briefs

    COUNTRY ranked No. 1 in complaint ratio in Illinois
    COUNTRY Financial is ranked No. 1 with the lowest complaint ratio among Illinois auto and life insurers in 2010, according to the Illinois Department of Insurance.
    COUNTRY has had the lowest auto complaint ratio for 11 of the past 12 years. For every $1 million in written auto premiums, it had .04 complaints, the lowest among the report's other 50 insurers.

  • Soroptimists donate to FCH for mammography machine

    The Soroptimist International club of Vandalia recently donated part of the proceeds from its “Vandalia Idol” contest to help finance Fayette County Hospital’s efforts to purchase a digital mammography machine.

  • Habitat Resale Shop Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Thursday at the new Habitat Resale Store in downtown Vandalia.

  • Denny's Opens

    The new Denny's Restaurant opened in Vandalia last Sunday evening.

    Owner/manager Dave Behrends, shown above, said that the opening of the 24-hour restaurant went smoothly. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant seats 132 customers either in booths or at  the counter. It is located next to the Fast Stop Travel Center at the western I-70 interchange. Nationally, Denny's has more than 1,550 restaurants

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 25, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Two-year-old Karley Dannielle Flanagan of rural Vandalia died from smoke inhalation as her family’s home in Daisley’s Trailer Court was destroyed by fire.
    Harold H. Pennock, 47, of Centralia pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was arrested for DUI in Centralia after being involved in a traffic accident less than an hour after serving on the bench in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    The Vandalia Vandals pounded Litchfield, 49-0, in football action to raise their season mark to 2-0.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 25, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These brothers, pictured in about 1961, both have businesses in Vandalia.

  • Letters lead to duel challenge for Abe

    Abraham Lincoln, who saw service in the Black Hawk War in Northern Illinois, is said to have joked that the only blood he shed during the conflict was from mosquito bites.

  • Shutoff of checks not playing fairly

    A short-sighted and poorly-planned attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to save money in the education sector of state government has left the state's 44 regional superintendents and their assistants working without a paycheck.
    The governor's move has not changed the ways the duties are delivered or eliminated the services provided by the regional offices. The superintendents just aren't getting paid.

  • Just a Swingin'

    Lexi Supp enjoys one of the rides at the carnival offered late last week by Historical Vandalia.

  • Fire destroys Hagarstown area home

    A fire believed to be electrical in nature destroyed a home near Hagarstown early last Wednesday morning.
    Vandalia firefighters were called to the home of the Brad Wilkerson at midnight.
    Upon their arrival, firefighters found the home to be fully involved in flames.
    Fire officials said the fire appeared to have started in a laundry area and spread to a stairway.
    Fifteen Vandalia firefighters responded to the call. Firefighters from the Mulberry Grove and Keyesport fire protection districts provided mutual aid assistance.