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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two boys, the youngest boys in a family of seven children (three girls and four boys), both served in the military.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Based on an ordinance, water rates for residents of Vandalia were increased by 7.01 percent and sewer rates were hiked by 1.48 percent.
    After hearing residents in the area of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street voice complaints about speeders, the Vandalia City Council agreed to consider making the intersection of Sunset and Fillmore streets a four-way stop.

  • Can Vandalians be called river rats?

    I moved from Vandalia to Springfield in the fall of 1970. It was about this time that I found out we Vandalians, or at least this particular one, are considered "River Rats" by some of the "flatlanders" up north.
    The first time I heard the phrase, I protested! My folks lived on North First Street,  and the Kaskaskia River flowed a short distance from our back yard, but I didn’t think much about it. I knew the river was behind our house somewhere, hidden by the trees, but did not spend time looking for it. A river rat, indeed!

  • Never forget the lessons of 9/11

    Never Forget.
    We have been reminded in countless ways this week that we should always remember the horror of Sept. 11, 2001.
    It will, indeed, be hard to ever forget that day, a day from which we learned many lessons.
    We learned that this country has enemies who take glee in trying to kill as many of us as possible. While these enemies, as evidenced by the daily suicide bombings in their homelands, do not value human life, they know just how much we do.

  • New Wellness Complex doctor comes from NY

    Dr. Glen Skow was born and reared in New York City, but has just a subtle “city” accent.

  • Temporary disappearance of young child a mystery

    Local authorities are continuing to investigate the temporary disappearance of a young child in Vera on Sunday evening.
    Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay said his department received a report at about 10:30 p.m. of a 4-year-old child missing from her bed.
    Lay said other area agencies were contacted, and a search of the home and nearby area was conducted, with one Fayette County deputy estimating that as many as 60 people participated in the search for the young girl.

  • Crime spree nets 17 years

    A Vandalia man who eluded police for more than a day after a widespread crime spree in Fayette County last December has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
    At a hearing last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Associate Judge Allan Lolie sentenced Kenneth Weldon on charges of residential burglary, aggravated possession of a stolen firearm, four counts of burglary and three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.

  • Watching their spending

    The recent transfer of more funds in order to meet payroll is proof that Fayette County is continuing to face financial challenges.
    More proof came on Tuesday evening as the Fayette County Board acted on salaries for two county officers and benefits for all county employees.
    The board, in a unanimous vote, agreed to freeze the salaries of the county coroner and circuit clerk for the next four years.
    And while it approved the rates for employees’ dental and vision coverage, the board held off on deciding who will pay the premiums for those benefits.

  • Senior Spotlight: Luke Smith

    STAUNTON – For a player who prefers the defensive side of the ball, Vandalia senior Luke Smith has sure made a mark on the team’s offense.

    As one of four players with more than 30 rushing attempts on the season, Smith is the only Vandal with a rushing touchdown in each of the team’s three games this season.

    A red zone threat on any drive, the shifty 6-footer has secured 24 of Vandalia’s 92 points on the season (26 percent), and coach John Stout anticipates that he will continue finding the end zone all season.

  • Vandals take seventh straight win vs. Staunton

    STAUNTON – Two long touchdown plays from the Bulldogs were the only big blemishes for Vandalia on Saturday night, but a strong ground attack led the Vandals to a customary result at Staunton.

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl carried the ball for 160 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the Vandal defense twice stopped Staunton on key drives as Vandalia picked up a 36-21 road win on Saturday, the seventh straight victory against the Bulldogs.