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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These brothers, raised in the Loogootee area, are pictured about 68 years ago. One lives in Florida, one lives in Kankakee and the third still lives in the area.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A crew from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency came to St. Elmo for an anhydrous ammonia spill caused when tanks broke loose from a truck pulling them.
    Parents of seniors at Ramsey High School were fighting to keep prayer at commencement exercises.
    Outgoing Vandalia Mayor Rich Walker and other city officials hosted a reception for the incoming mayor, Sandra Leidner, and other newly elected officials.
    Mr. and Mrs. Burt Powell of Brownstown were celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.

  • Take time to look closely at Madonna statue

    Dedicated to the mothers of covered wagon days, Vandalia’s Madonna of the Trail statue was one of 12 monuments erected in the United States to mark major migration paths.

  • Congratulations, graduates!

    It’s the time of year when “Pomp & Circumstance” can be heard wafting from high school gymnasiums across the country.
    Proud parents and family members gather to celebrate the milestones being completed by their graduates, and the schools pass out awards to note those graduates’ accomplishments.
    On many fronts, it’s a fun time. Families are gathered. Compliments are shared. Futures are contemplated. And friendships are affirmed.

  • Relay for Life Kickoff is Saturday

    A kickoff event for this year's Relay for Life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at Family Video, located at Seventh and Gallatin streets in Vandalia.
    The event will include balloon animals created by Bill Beard, face-painting, pizza from Lorenzo's and Joe's Pizza, Wii-playing, a cheese tray provided by Liberty Cheese Shoppe and prizes from Family Video, Subway, Jenny's BBQ, Cut Loose Salon, Arthur Young Inc. and other merchants.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's Community section that Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hall had recently moved from Greenville to Vandalia. They moved from Greenville to Vandalia.

    We apologize for the error.

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    It was incorrectly stated in last week's Public Record that Satisha L. Santandrea was arrested for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. She had failed to appear in a divorce case.
    We apologize for the error.

  • VPD Bike Rodeo
  • 'Cars for the Cure'

    Vehicles of all types were lined up in the parking lot of Country Market in Vandalia on Saturday for the "Cars for the Cure" sponsored by the Octochem Relay for Life team, including Artie and Stacy Langston's Corvette in the foreground.

  • Rockin' Through the Ages

    The Vandalia Elementary School Honor Chorus presented its spring performance on Saturday evening in the VES gym, presenting popular music from the 1960s-90s.

    In the first photo, dancing to ABBA's "Dancing Queen" are, from left to right, Macy Zimmerman, Lanee McNary, Jordan Pruett, Avery Rogers and Karlyn Lutz. In the second photo, August Cunningham rocks out on a guitar. In the third photo, Karlyn Lutz made up half of the Sonny and Cher duo. The chorus was under the direction of Lisa Robbins and Nancy Childress.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Ryan Dean Gullion
    St. Peter
    Donna Kay Viens
    St. Peter
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    Brandon Dean Huddlestun
    Altamont
    Valecia Dawn Wilson
    Altamont
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    Aaron Kelly Centeno
    St. Elmo
    Candis Crystal Shouse
    St. Elmo
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    Caleb Xon Kuebler
    St. Elmo
    Tiffany Elaine Hutson
    St. Elmo
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    David Timothy Marley Sr.
    Ramsey