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Today's News

  • Engagement

    Jessica Ireland of Shobonier and Christopher Whitehead of St. Peter have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Engagement

    Caylee Orr and John Zimmer have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Louie and Martha Turner of Ramsey will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their family and friends from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Pana.

  • Rainy Day Egg Hunt

    The Vandalia Lions Club held its annual Easter egg hunt in Ruemmelin Park on Sunday afternoon, but the rain resulted in a smaller crowd and the need for umbrellas.

  • Flood rescue

    An Illinois Department of Natural Resources air boat was used to rescue a man whose truck was washed off the road by flooding south of Bluff City on Tuesday morning. Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy Sheri Miller took this photo, which shows Sheriff's Deputy Ed Durbin and DNR officer Chad Compton rescuing the man. Miller said the man was pulling a trailer with his truck south of Hickory Creek when flooding forced the trailer, and then the truck, off the road.

  • First Vandalia Corp. re-elects three directors, board chairman

    The annual stockholders’ meeting of First Vandalia Corp., parent company of First National Bank, with locations in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville, was held on Wednesday, April 13, at First National Bank in Vandalia.

  • Real Living's Buscher, Staff win Gateway awards

    At the annual Greater Gateway Association of Realtors Awards Banquet, two realtors from Real Living Vandalia Real Estate were recognized for their performance in 2010.

  • Quality Diesel Service opens in Vandalia

    Quality Diesel Service, a new company owned by Bill and Linda Overton of Altamont, has opened on Vandalia's north side.

    Located at 2052 Wagner St., near OctoChem, the business offers services ranging from oil changes to engine overhauls for medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks and equipment.
    Overton previously owned Illinois Southwest Trucking Co. in Altamont for 18 years, and has more than 23 years in the diesel truck industry. He previously started and owned a shop in Effingham, but has since sold his interest in the business.

  • Denny's coming to Vandalia

    After sitting vacant for 3 1/2 years, the restaurant space adjacent to the Fast Stop Travel Center at Vandalia’s western I-70 interchange will soon have a tenant. By late August, a new Denny’s Restaurant will be opening there.

  • Banks of the Okaw-April 28, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This Stringtown graduate came to Vandalia to attend high school. She is shown modeling a dress she wore to her sorority initiation. A World War II bride, she was married in Atlanta. In Vandalia, she lived in the same house, with many of the same neighbors, for more than 50 years.