Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Shawn L. Stolley, 28, Decatur, was arrested on Jan. 17 for failure to appear in court on a charge of illegal transportation of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • Paul L. VanUytven, 57, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Jan. 16 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal transportation of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • Delta D. Bunyard, 39, 330 S. Sixth St., Apt. 6, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 16 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.

  • Cook described as 'the brains' behind Liberty stores

    Although it is the dead of winter, it seems that “flowers” are blooming all along Gallatin Street … the Flowers family, that is. The managers/owners of the new “Liberty” stores are all a part of the Tony Sr. and Teresa Flowers family.

  • ISU honoring Dr. Laurie Mabry on Sunday

    Illinois State University will honor a Vandalia woman who served as the university’s director of women’s athletics for more than two decades and coached two of the school’s women’s teams.
    “Laurie Mabry Day” this Sunday at ISU will kick off a year-long celebration of the Redbirds’ women’s athletics.

  • Council OKs TIF grants

    As they approved two Tax Increment Financing grants on Monday, Vandalia’s aldermen continued to ask for some local TIF guidelines.
    The council awarded a $7,575 grant to BTW Inc. for improvements to facilities at 120 N. Sixth St. and a $10,800 grant to Dennis Grubaugh for structural repairs to a building at 511 W. Gallatin St.
    With the funds given to BTW Inc., Brian Westendorf plans to do concrete work, and install new fencing and gates, overhead doors, new metal siding and trim, a new roof, new signage and new electrical wiring.

  • KC begins discussions on Phase II of Vandalia Campus

    When they opened the doors to the Vandalia Campus, about four years ago, Kaskaskia College officials expressed hope of receiving state funds that would double the size of the local campus.
    Last Friday, KC President Jim Underwood and other college officials reported that the receipt of those state funds is pending

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These cousins all lived in Ramsey at the time of this photo, more than 50 years ago.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Carey Oldfield of Vandalia, the 1996 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was in Springfield to compete in the Illinois Miss County Fair pageant.
    Fayette County was hit with several bursts of snow and freezing rain.
    The Vandalia wrestling team held on to the No. 1 spot in Class A in the state.

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – St. Louis-based Laclede Steel selected Vandalia for its new pipe finishing and warehouse facility. It was to employ 54 workers.

  • Village of Dressor is now a ghost town

    Named for the man who owned the land, Nathaniel Dressor of Bond County, this Ramsey township village is a Fayette County ghost town.

  • Make final push for KC funding

    Though the state has appropriated about $5.6 million for the construction of the second phase of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, those funds still have not been released.
    With Phase I of the campus now four years old, it’s time for the state to release those funds – which were originally appropriated for Phase I of the project but never released. As a result, the first phase was built with local funds that should’ve been matched by the state.

  • Bruno scores 1,000th point on 3-pointer at Highland

    HIGHLAND – Taking 100 or more extra shots every weekday since the summer has paid off for Amber Bruno.

    The Vandalia junior lifted a 3-pointer with about a minute left in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game at the Highland Tournament to score her 1,000th career point, becoming the 10th female in school history to reach the mark.