Today's News

  • College News

    Exceptional efforts in the classroom and their communities are among the characteristics of each of the 24 graduating high school seniors selected as Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Academic Scholars.
    The Chancellor Academic Scholar designation is a major achievement for these students.
    The competitive scholarships, the most prestigious and most comprehensive that the university awards each year, cover tuition, fees, and room and board for four years at the university.

  • At the Top of their Class
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in about 1954, shows six kids who grew up on West Main Street in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Dan Meyer, superintendent of the St. Elmo School District from 1989-91, returned to that position during a St. Elmo School Board meeting.
    Edgar Hunter and Jamie Luster were crowned king and queen at the Brownstown High School prom.
    Robert D. “Junior” Ritter Jr., 47, was fatally electrocuted while setting up a radio display at the model show at Mulberry Grove High School.
    Donald and Beulah Logue of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Printery is Vandalia's oldest building

    Perched on the hill above the NAPA store on Jefferson Street stands the oldest building in Vandalia.
    Few who pass by the dwelling, built about 1824 for Robert Blackwell, have any idea of the history of the building or the importance it played in Illinois’ history.

  • Remember those who sacrificed

    Next Monday, America will pause to say thanks to the tens of thousands of our fellow citizens who have sacrificed to protect our nation.
    As we observe Memorial Day, there will be services at several area cemeteries, at parks or at the headquarters of various military veteran groups.

  • CMN Roadblock

  • United Fund Distribution

  • Hoffman expands counseling practice

    Beth Hoffman, a mental health therapist for Pathways Counseling in Vandalia, is now providing counseling in Salem and Effingham.
    Pathways Counseling, a ministry of Illinois Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services, provides clinical outpatient therapy grounded in Christian principles to children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families.

  • Donation to Fireworks Fund

    Rube Yarbrough, representing Area 51 of the Licensed Beverage Association, donated $500 to the Vandalia Lions Club to help fund the organization's Fourth of July fireworks show (which will be presented on Tuesday, July 3). Accepting for the Lions is Dean Black.