Today's News

  • Excelling in Electronics

    Gary Schulze believes that the selection of his electronics students for an Illinois State University project is a testament to their talents and abilities.

  • Skydiving ends at Vandalia Airport

    For the first time in about two decades, Vandalia Airport is not serving as the home for skydiving operations.
    About a year after the Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees decided it would not renew the lease with the current fixed-base operator of the airport, the board has decided to discontinue the partnership more than 10 months before the expiration of their current agreement.
    Mark Miller, president of the park board, said on Tuesday that the board is parting ways with Jason Mark and Anita Wuertz, airport operators since 1999.

  • Border Patrol Academy Graduate

    Greg Dylan Sessions, son of Carol Lewis and David Sessions of Vandalia, was among the graduates of the 988th session of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, N.M., on Dec. 8.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 26

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.

  • Business Briefs

    Trish Elam to mark 20th anniversary at Timmermann & Co.

    Trish Elam, a Certified Public Accountant at Timmermann & Co. of Vandalia will soon mark her 20-year anniversary with the company. Her anniversary date is Feb. 21.

    "Trish is a valuable part of the staff at the accounting firm," said Timmermann. "It would be hard to imagine operating the business without her."
    The business is located at 105 S. Fourth St. in Vandalia. 

  • Kelly Washburn is new owner of Fayette County Real Estate

    In December 2003, Kelly Washburn started her real estate career as an agent at the newly formed Fayette County Real Estate.

  • Banks of the Okaw Jan. 26, 2012

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, who grew up in the Ramsey area and graduated from Ramsey High School in 1964, has been a nurse for many years.

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 26, 2012

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Seven people entered Vandalia’s mayoral race – Sandra Leidner, Charles Hutson, Jim Bray, Kim Shanks, Sheldon Schulte, Everett Jarrett and David Crye Jr. Crye later withdrew from the race.
    The Gallatin Street Grille opened at 524 W. Gallatin St. in downtown Vandalia.
    Marvin and Dorothy Huskey of rural Brownstown celebrated their 50th anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

  • Clarify TIF rules

    For years, Vandalia's Tax Increment Financing program has helped fund projects in the community that otherwise probably wouldn't have gotten done.
    And for the majority of those years, business owners have scratched their heads trying to determine the logic behind decisions about which projects were funded and how much they got.

  • Mabry honored for pioneering

    All her life, Laurie Mabry has been a pioneer.
    As a girl growing up in Vandalia, she pushed herself to blaze a path for girls to be able to compete in sports like their male counterparts.
    In college, she welcomed the opportunity to expand even further the competitive outlets available to her.
    But it was as a college coach and administrator that she really pushed the envelope for women. And she was a crucial part of the nationwide effort to institutionalize those gains for collegiate women athletes.