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Today's News

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Dean Black of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.

  • South Central scatters hits to win sectional semifinal game

    EFFINGHAM - South Central scattered 13 hits to all parts of the field and got a strong pitching performance from senior Colby Bushue to beat Windsor, 11-2, in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday, giving the Cougars a spot in Saturday's 10 a.m. sectional championship game against St. Anthony.

    The title game will be played at Evergreen Hollow Park in Effingham. Earlier in the spring, South Central lost to St. Anthony, 6-5.

  • Anniversary

    Leon and Linda Lawler of rural Mulberry Grove will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday.
    Leon and the former Linda Washburn were married at Haley Chapel Church in Bluff City.

  • Family honors Calvert on 80th birthday

    Happy Birthday to Ralph Calvert, a local icon, who spent years catering to the Vandalia, Fillmore and Hillsboro public through culinary skills; his

    creativity measured by the taste buds of regulars, occasional fare seekers and travelers alike.

    80 years ago, Ralph¹s parents might have guessed that he would be so successful and cherished by so many; leaving a lasting legacy of lineage spread across thousands of miles, two continents and five states.

  • Blankenship tosses no-hitter to help Mulberry Grove make sectional final

    Mulberry Grove senior Megan Blankenship threw a no-hitter against Altamont in the semifinals of the Woodlawn Sectional to give the Lady Aces a 7-1 victory and a spot in Saturday's 11 a.m. sectional final.

    Blankenship was not overpowering, striking out just two, but Altamont was only able to bring across an unearned run in the seventh inning.

    Senior Harley Tompkins led the Lady Aces, with a double, triple, two RBI and two runs.

    The Lady Aces will face Woodlawn the finals.

  • College News

    SIU
    Exceptional efforts in the classroom and their communities are among the characteristics of each of the 24 graduating high school seniors selected as Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Academic Scholars.
    The Chancellor Academic Scholar designation is a major achievement for these students.
    The competitive scholarships, the most prestigious and most comprehensive that the university awards each year, cover tuition, fees, and room and board for four years at the university.

  • At the Top of their Class
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in about 1954, shows six kids who grew up on West Main Street in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Dan Meyer, superintendent of the St. Elmo School District from 1989-91, returned to that position during a St. Elmo School Board meeting.
    Edgar Hunter and Jamie Luster were crowned king and queen at the Brownstown High School prom.
    Robert D. “Junior” Ritter Jr., 47, was fatally electrocuted while setting up a radio display at the model show at Mulberry Grove High School.
    Donald and Beulah Logue of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Printery is Vandalia's oldest building

    Perched on the hill above the NAPA store on Jefferson Street stands the oldest building in Vandalia.
    Few who pass by the dwelling, built about 1824 for Robert Blackwell, have any idea of the history of the building or the importance it played in Illinois’ history.