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Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 28

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Sutherland gets to know MLK, Foxx

    With the commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King this week, I remembered reading of a Fayette County connection to this early leader in the civil rights movement.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – At its annual banquet, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Paul Zeman and “Beeb” and Billye Staff.
    Raymond and Betty Reiss of St. Peter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    25 Years Ago

    1991 – Hundreds of people attended a patriotic rally Saturday night in the South Central High School gym in Farina in support of local servicemen in the Middle East.
    If approved, Vandalia was to receive $75,000 in federal funds for work on Coles Street.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This woman grew up in the Ramsey area in a family of seven girls and two boys.

  • Diveley continues her efforts to help others

    Dee Dee Dively can be described as a “unique and caring person” who, since a young girl, has answered the call to help others. She went to work as a nurse’s aide at the old Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia before graduating from high school.  

  • Clay named VCHS football coach

    Though he will continue to walk the sideline at Vandalia Vandals varsity football games, Jason Clay will now be doing so in a different capacity.

  • Smith reinstates chief deputy post

    The new budget passed by the Fayette County Board on Friday includes the reinstatement of the chief deputy position in the sheriff’s office, and Sheriff Chris Smith has appointed a long-time officer in that department to the post.

  • Fire on Tuesday damages home

    A Vandalia home sustained significant damage from a fire on Tuesday evening.

  • Carryover keeps county in black

    The Fayette County Board approved on Friday night a budget that has its general fund in the black at the end of the new fiscal year. But it’s again using carryover funds to make that happen.
    In a 12-1 vote, the board approved a budget with a general fund that has revenues totaling $4,736,535 and expenditures totaling $4,865,238.
    Board Chairman Jeff Beckman said that the county is adding $128,703 in carryover funds from the last fiscal year to the new revenues figure, giving the county a total of $4,865,238 in revenues.