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Today's News

  • Rotary Honors Blood Drive Volunteers

    The Vandalia Rotary Club recently hosted to a lunch the volunteers who have helped at the club's quarterly blood drives for the past several years.

    Many of those volunteers are members of the American Legion Auxiliary. Pictured, from left, are Alvena Noffsinger, Linda Rhodes, Amy Meseke, George Meseke, Katie Schukar and Dolores Michel. (Not pictured is volunteer Carolyn Murray.) To the right of those volunteers are Rotary members Dale Freeman, Dr. Howard White and White's wife, Mary, who help coordinate the blood drives for the club. 

  • Birth

    Lauren Joyanne Tompkins
    Bradley and Jill Tompkins of rural Smithboro are the parents of a girl born at 1:07 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2011, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Wedding

    Audrey Talmage of New Bern, N.C., and Mark McElroy of Fairview Heights, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in New Bern, N.C.


    The bride is the daughter of Timothy and Candice Talmage of New Bern, N.C. The groom is the son of James and Wilma McElroy of Shobonier.
    The couple resides in Fairview Heights.

  • Anniversary

    Phil and Imogene Bunyard of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Friday, July 1.


    Anyone wishing to send cards may mail them to their home: RR 2, Box 311, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • New businesses planned for downtown Vandalia

    In the year since Tony Flowers launched Liberty Trading, a coin and precious metal shop in downtown Vandalia, he’s heard the complaint one too many times.
    “There’s nothing in downtown Vandalia,” the naysayers insist.
    Well, Flowers is doing something about it. Along with his son, Sam, and son-in-law, Sean, he is preparing to launch five new businesses on Gallatin Street.

  • Sandy Johnson retires after 47 years in business

    Longtime Vandalia resident Sandy Johnson has retired after working for 47 years in various businesses in Vandalia.

  • FCH seeking gifts for digital mammography equipment

    Greg Starnes, chief executive officer of Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care, announced recently that the hospital has begun raising funds to purchase a new digital mammography machine for the hospital.
    The hospital hopes to raise $300,000 through a fundraising campaign titled, "Keep Abreast; Go Digital!"

  • Renovations complete

    After eight weeks of intense renovation work, the new and improved Walmart Supercenter in Vandalia was officially re-opened last Friday morning.

  • Eddingses care for young animals in need

    When she was a young girl living in England years ago, Anne Eddings brought home every stray cat to care for. Years later, when she was living in the United States, in Missouri, she found herself taking in and caring for wild animals that had been injured or left motherless.

  • Man gets 22 years for sex crimes

    A Peotone man has been sent to prison for more than two decades for committing sex crimes.
    Judge Ericka Sanders sentenced Jason S. Huff, 24, to 22 years in prison in a court hearing on June 10.
    Huff pleaded guilty in January to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
    Sanders sentenced Huff to 11 years in prison on each count, with the two sentences to be served consecutively, as mandated by law. State law also mandates that Huff will serve at least 85 percent of the sentence given to him.