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Today's News

  • Denny's to open on Aug. 21

    The new Denny's restaurant in Vandalia is slated to open at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.
    Located next to the Fast Stop Travel Center at the western I-70 interchange, the Denny's is owned and managed by Dave Behrends.
    He said that the 3,500-square-foot restaurant will have seating for 132 in booths and at the counter.
    It will be open 24 hours per day.

  • Beautiful You Ribbon-Cutting

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently at Beautiful You under the water tower on Rock Island Avenue, with Mayor Rick Gottman (center) doing the honors. Representing Beautiful You, at right, were Crystal Mann, David Powers, and Aaron and Hunter Mann

  • VCC offering new program for inmates on job re-entry

    Vandalia Correctional Center is one of three institutions in the state that has implemented an Illinois Department of Corrections job-readiness program to better prepare inmates to be successful when they are released.

  • Chamber plans to hire executive director

    After holding a brief business meeting, Vandalia Chamber of Commerce President Dana Whiteman used the bulk of last Wednesday’s monthly meeting to outline “a new direction” the board is charting for the organization.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 11, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This brother and sister, pictured about 65 years ago, were born in Oklahoma, but moved to the Brownstown area  during the oil boom in the late 1930s.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 11, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and Odie Washington, director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, visited Vandalia for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Jeff Bullard, 27, of Mt. Vernon, joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman.
    More than 50 people attended a kickoff meeting for Vandalia Main Street.
    Sam and Evelyn Jolliff of Patoka were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

  • Stapp helped build Vandalia, Decatur

    James Thomas Burbridge Stapp cut quite a swath through the political life of early Illinois.

  • Make safety a top priority in new school year

    In case you don't have children in the house, let this be your reminder that a new school year is about to begin.
    Activity is increasing around our schools – registration sessions have been held, athletic pre-season practices are under way and, hopefully, shopping trips for school clothes and supplies have been completed.
    It's a busy time of year.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that G&T Holdings had asked for a continuance in the trial for ordinance violation tickets written to the owners of the Redwood Inn for alleged smoking violations.
    The city filed the motion for the continuance, saying that a witness in the case would be unable to be present for the trial last week.
    The trial is now set for Oct. 3, with a pretrial set for Aug. 25.
    We apologize for the error.
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  • Marriage Licenses-Aug. 11, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Larry Max Kistler
    Brownstown
    Jami Danielle Luster
    Brownstown
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    Jeremiah Floyd Lascelles
    Vandalia
    Angie Beth Bridge
    Vandalia
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    Jason Wayne Forson
    Vandalia
    Irma Leann York
    Vandalia
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    James Henry Dennis Jr.
    Farina
    Kerry Lynn Roberts
    Farina