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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four siblings grew up in Shafter Township north of  Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Chicago native Ron Neibert, who had been economic development coordinator at Columbia for the past two years, was hired as the city of Vandalia's first city administrator.
    Alta Rush, formerly of Brownstown, celebrated her 90th birthday.
    Yolanda Richardson and Nick Krueger were crowned queen and king at the South Central High School prom.
    The Illinois Drug Education Alliance honored the city of St. Elmo for its anti-drug campaign efforts and 9-year-old Heather Mills for her computer graphic poster.

  • Ramsey's Joe Brewer took historic photos

    The capture of a German U-boat, U-234, on May 14, 1945, by destroyer escort USS Sutton, has been described as one of the most dramatic and intriguing incidents of World War II.

  • Students, athletes do amazing things

    This time of year always renews our confidence in the future as we see our young people prepare to make their way into the world.
    As we cover their completion of high school or college, we have the privilege of hearing their accolades listed at award assemblies or graduation ceremonies.

  • Support local Relay for Life

    This Saturday night, you have an opportunity to strike a blow against cancer.
    By participating in the local Relay for Life – either in events leading up to it or on the night of the relay – you can help raise funds to fight cancer right here in Fayette County.

  • Walk Across America

    Donna Hale, center, leads the Walk Across America on Monday afternoon in downtown Vandalia.

    The 10th annual walk to show support for this country's troops was sponsored by Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary 3901, Helm DUI Services and Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770.

  • New Cemetery Signage

    The old sign at the entrance of South Hill and Fairlawn cemeteries in Vandalia, shown in a photo taken by Alderman Neil F. Clark, was replaced last week with a new monument sign.

    The new sign was donated to the city by the family of George Stombaugh, with support from memorial funds received by the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department and a donation from Bob and Ruth Chandler.

  • Pursuit of escapee ends with wreck in Vandalia

    Charges are pending against an Oswego woman who escaped and stole a car while being transferred from one correctional facility to another.
    Latonya Sanders, 40, was taken into custody late Saturday evening after the stolen vehicle she was driving crashed on the west edge of Vandalia.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Sanders was being transferred by a private extradition company when she stole the car she was being transferred in. She allegedly took the vehicle during a stop at a Circle K station in Effingham, according to the ISP.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, May 31

    ✔ 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 informational meeting on the new drug testing policy for students in extracurricular activities at Vandalia Community High School will be held at 6 p.m. in the VCHS gym.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, June 1

  • Remembering Those Who Gave All

    Memorial Day observances were held on Monday in Vandalia, St. Elmo and Brownstown.