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Today's News

  • Fireworks Donation
  • Entries needed for rodeo parade

    Entries are needed for the 19th annual IHSRA State Finals Rodeo Parade next Wednesday in Effingham.
    The parade will start at 6:30 p.m., with entries to line up from 6-6:15 p.m. on North Maple Street between Evergreen and Temple avenues. Horse entries will line up at Effingham Equity.
    The parade will begin at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital and go to the old courthouse downtown.
    The theme for this year's parade is "Peace, Love and Rodeo," and the colors are neon.

  • Museum has two exhibits in June

    The special Fayette County Museum exhibits for June are wooden tools and wedding memories.
    In May, the museum welcomed 390 visitors. Group tours included Vandalia seventh grade, Vandalia Junior High special education, Ramsey Grade School second grade, Altamont Lutheran second grade, Mrs. Culbertson’s Vandalia fourth grade, Kinmundy Elementary third grade, Effingham Sacred Heart third grade and Herrick Elementary fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

  • Library's summer reading program is under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s of Vandalia announced that this year's summer reading program theme is "A Midsummer Knight's READ.”
    Signup has begun for both the children and teen programs, which are for students entering kindergarten through high school.
    The children's program requires reading five books for each prize level, up to 25 books. If they continue to read more books, there is a box with special prizes that they can choose.
    McDonald’s will furnish a food or drink coupon for every five books, up to 25 books.

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 9, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two guys are cousins.

  • The Way We Were-June 9, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Jeff and Jennifer Hester of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The Rev. Reinhold and Mary Dierks were also celebrating their silver anniversary.
    Albert and Violet Johnstone of rural Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik gave support for a new juvenile detention center in Southern Illinois.

  • Massacre to be remembered

    Early in 1811, the Indians still made annual visits to Fayette and Bond counties for hunting.

  • 'A Finer Spirit' needs to continue

    We all know the old saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got 'till it’s gone.”
    Such is the case with the Vandalia Main Street Program.
    Also appropriate at this time would be the saying, “Look at all that we wouldn’t have had without it.”
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the local Main Street program would be dissolved at the end of this month.

  • Fayette County Relay for Life
  • First three Idol finalists are picked on Saturday

    The first three finalists have been chosen for the “Vandalia Idol” contest sponsored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia.