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Today's News

  • City OKs animal control contract

    Even though several aldermen expressed concerns, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a contract with Fayette County for animal control services.
    The agreement calls for the city to pay the county $10,500 per year for the next five years. Dr. Connie Heaton receives $58,000 annually to provide the service for the entire county.
    The city was the final municipality in the county to sign an agreement with the county for animal control. The other municipalities were included when the county approved a new agreement with Heaton in February.

  • Plans for more downtown work shown

    A meeting last week on more streetscape improvements in downtown Vandalia included the presentation of an option calling for the removal of a downtown landmark.
    The Vandalia City Council’s streets committee conducted last meeting last Wednesday afternoon, with members of the city’s downtown advisory committee, Fayette County representatives and members of the St. James Lutheran Church congregation also on hand.

  • School Menus

    VANDALIA
    Breakfast
    Monday, March 28 – Cereal, toast, juice and milk.
    Tuesday, March 29 – Flapstix, juice and milk.
    Wednesday, March 30 – Cereal, toast, fruit and milk.
    Thursday, March 31 – Waffles, syrup, juice and milk.
    Friday, April 1 – Breakfast bake, fruit and milk.
    Lunch
    Grades K-8
    Monday, March 28 – Hot ham and cheese on bun, corn on cob, fresh grapes, pretzel rods and milk. (J.H.) barbecue rib.

  • Vandalia School District retirees will be honored at dinner

    The Vandalia Board of Education will host an Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Junior High School.
    This year's retirees who will be honored includes:
    • Joyce Carmen-Mid-State Special Education assistant director.
    • Darrell Fesser-Okaw Area Vocational Center director.
    • Carl Griffin-OAVC teacher.
    • Cindy Ireland-OAVC teacher.
    • Sandy Irwin-Vandalia Jefferson Primary School teacher.
    • Mike Travelstead-Vandalia Community High School teacher.

  • KC Board OKs honorary degree for Whitten

    At the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, March 17, former Dean of Nursing Mary Lou Whitten of Vandalia was recognized by a formal resolution as the recipient of the Kaskaskia College honorary associate of applied science degree.

  • Davis Trust provides funds for KC's Vandalia Campus

    A Vandalia couple that had no children, but was very fond of children, decided that half of their estate would be used to benefit the local community through Kaskaskia College.

  • 60-Year Legion Member

    Lyle L. Ballance, left, receives a certificate from John Blythe, commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia that recognizes him for his 60 continuous years of Legion membership.

  • Engagement

    Sarah Elizabeth White and Aaron Dale Schutt have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    John and Donna VanUytven of Oconee will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their family from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at the Oconee Legion Hall.

  • Anniversary

    Forrest “Punk” and Joyce Kistler of Brownstown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 18.


    Forrest is the son of the late Clarence and Dorothy Kistler, and the Joyce is the daughter of the late Mike and Mary Pelagio.
    They are the parents of three sons: Mike and his wife Nancy Kistler, and Ron and Larry Kistler, all of Brownstown.
    They have five grandchildren: Wes, Brooke, Lindsay, Andrew and Emille. They have one great-grandson, Maxx.
    They enjoyed a family dinner in honor of their anniversary.