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Today's News

  • McCarter to host town hall meeting on synthetic drugs Thursday

    The rise of synthetic drugs in Illinois and across the nation is keeping law enforcement, health professionals and drug counselors working overtime. An important tool to combat the serious health threat is to get families involved through education and awareness, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter.

    Sen. McCarter is hosting a district-wide town hall meeting on synthetic drugs on Thursday at the Vandalia Junior High School, from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

  • Gordon, Meyer advance to state track & field finals

    Curtis Gordon advanced to the state finals in both the pole vault and 110-meter hurdles, and Ethan Meyer moved on to the state finals in the triple jump.

    Gordon was among the pole vaulters meeting the qualifying height of 13 feet, 6 inches, and he qualified in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.50 seconds.

    Meyer had the third-best jump, 42 feet, 10 1/4 inches, to advance to Saturday's finals.

  • Many stories at the Statehouse

    As an interpreter at the Vandalia Statehouse, there is a wealth of known history to share with our visitors; however, the unknown is intriguing.
    Much happened within the walls of this historic building that we do not know about, and the personalities who made Vandalia home for the months of the legislative session were many.
    Enter Archibald Williams of Quincy, a self-made lawyer from Kentucky, who would become Lincoln’s fast friend. Williams was said to have had a physical resemblance to Lincoln, and rivaled him in homeliness.

  • Dog park good as long as the rules are followed

    The Vandalia Park District has teamed up with Second Chance Animal Rescue to provide a nice benefit to our community – a dog park.
    The south end of Madison Street Park is now a fenced-in area where local residents can take their dogs for fun and exercise.
    Dog parks have proven to be well-received and well-used in other communities, and, hopefully, the same will be true in Vandalia. From comments made in recent months, many are looking forward to take advantage of the park.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Vandalia native Paul Stroble uploaded to Vandalia Memories this old postcard of the current home of First National Bank at Fifth and Gallatin streets. As you can see, at the time this postcard was circulated, the bank was inside the Dieckman Hotel.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The young man in this photo is now retired from the Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  John Hall and Mark Ritter were selected to attend Illini Boys’ State at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
    Valedictorians at area high schools were: David Myers and Corey Wiegand, Vandalia; Donna Blankenship, Mulberry Grove; Melissa Jones, South Central; Beth Herrington and Angie Harmeier, Vandalia; Amy Cole, Brownstown; Lori Thull and Jamie Bolyard, Ramsey; and Sherry Britt, Patoka.
    The Vandalia Community High School boys’ tennis team tied for first in the Mid-State Conference Tournament.

  • Breast cancer program June 7

    A presentation on breast cancer awareness will be given by the Fayette County Health Department on Sunday, June 7, at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    The presentation and luncheon, from noon-2 p.m., are free and open to the public.
    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with the church by calling 283-1970 by Friday, June 5.
    For more information, contact Kelly Curll at the health department, 283-1044, ext. 1302.

  • Meyer picked for Boys State

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia has announced that Ethan Meyer has been chosen to attend the annual session of Boys’ State.

  • Motorcycle Awareness Month

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Awarenss Month in Vandalia. With Gottman are members of the Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE.

    The chapter has more than 300 members in Montgomery, Fayette and Bond counties. ABATE is a non-profit organization that supports lobbying for motorcycle and ATV rights in the state legislature, as well as providing educationl programs in driver education classes at local high schools.