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Today's News

  • Anniversary

    Phil and Imogene Bunyard of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Friday, July 1.


    Anyone wishing to send cards may mail them to their home: RR 2, Box 311, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • New businesses planned for downtown Vandalia

    In the year since Tony Flowers launched Liberty Trading, a coin and precious metal shop in downtown Vandalia, he’s heard the complaint one too many times.
    “There’s nothing in downtown Vandalia,” the naysayers insist.
    Well, Flowers is doing something about it. Along with his son, Sam, and son-in-law, Sean, he is preparing to launch five new businesses on Gallatin Street.

  • Sandy Johnson retires after 47 years in business

    Longtime Vandalia resident Sandy Johnson has retired after working for 47 years in various businesses in Vandalia.

  • FCH seeking gifts for digital mammography equipment

    Greg Starnes, chief executive officer of Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care, announced recently that the hospital has begun raising funds to purchase a new digital mammography machine for the hospital.
    The hospital hopes to raise $300,000 through a fundraising campaign titled, "Keep Abreast; Go Digital!"

  • Renovations complete

    After eight weeks of intense renovation work, the new and improved Walmart Supercenter in Vandalia was officially re-opened last Friday morning.

  • Eddingses care for young animals in need

    When she was a young girl living in England years ago, Anne Eddings brought home every stray cat to care for. Years later, when she was living in the United States, in Missouri, she found herself taking in and caring for wild animals that had been injured or left motherless.

  • Man gets 22 years for sex crimes

    A Peotone man has been sent to prison for more than two decades for committing sex crimes.
    Judge Ericka Sanders sentenced Jason S. Huff, 24, to 22 years in prison in a court hearing on June 10.
    Huff pleaded guilty in January to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
    Sanders sentenced Huff to 11 years in prison on each count, with the two sentences to be served consecutively, as mandated by law. State law also mandates that Huff will serve at least 85 percent of the sentence given to him.

  • Non-exempt school workers receive 2-percent pay hike

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a 2-percent base salary increase for non-exempt district employees for the fiscal year starting July 1.
    That raise applies to cooks, custodians, bus drivers, directors and administrators. It does not apply to teachers, who are still negotiating with district administrators on a new contract.
    “The contract with the teachers’ union is still pending,” Superintendent Rich Well said after Tuesday’s meeting.
    “We met the last week in May, and we’ll meet again in July.”

  • No need to hike cemetery fee

    Shortly after agreeing to talk to Mother of Dolors Catholic Church about increasing the maintenance fee for the city’s Catholic Cemetery, Vandalia officials found out they didn’t need to pursue the issue.
    Alderman Neil Clark, chairman of the city’s cemetery and landfill committee, reported at the June 6 city council meeting that the committee recommended talking to the church about increasing the $750 annual maintenance fee.

  • Community Calendar-June 23, 2011

    Thursday, June 23

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.