Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The St. Elmo Board of Education interviewed one candidate for the district’s superintendent position.
    A fire in the laundry room caused an estimated $50,000 in damage at TraveLodge.
    The Fayette County Board discussed the need to begin addressing problems with the county courthouse.
    At his final meeting as a member of the South Central Illinois Regional Planning & Development Commission, Vandalia Mayor Rich Walker received special recognition from the commission.

    20 Years Ago

  • Senior Spotlight: Quenten Austin

    Vandalia senior Quenten Austin has dabbled in almost every track event during his four-year high school career, so it’s not a big surprise that some of his future goals include success in more than one event.

    After celebrating senior day last Thursday at his final home meet, Austin went on to win three events at the conference meet on Tuesday, taking victories in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and the high jump. He fell short of his goal of winning four events by placing sixth in discus.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two brothers and a sister are pictured in 1948. The oldest brother lives in Fillmore and is retired from the Hillsboro Correctional Center. He has been a minister all of his adult life. The younger brother worked at Caterpillar in East Peoria. He is  retired and living in Tennessee. The sister is married, with four children, and worked as a beautician for 40 years and as a breakfast manager at McDonald's for almost 30 years. She lives in rural Vandalia.

  • National Road: History in every mile

    Imagine covered wagons pulled by plodding oxen, dusty trails and arched stone bridges. In your mind’s eye, picture the weary travelers, the men, women and children walking the 1,000 miles beside the wagon as they headed west…to the unknown.
    The National Road, also known as the Cumberland Trail, was the first federally funded road in the country. Beginning in Cumberland, Md., the road was completed  to Vandalia by 1836.
    The financial panic of 1837 would stop construction at Illinois’ 90th mile – at Vandalia.

  • Four top finishes lead Vandals to fourth place

    LITCHFIELD – The meet started out as one to forget for Ryan Ambuehl, but it finished as one he will always remember.

    The Vandalia junior missed the finals of the 110-meter hurdles on Tuesday after making contact with his teammate and taking a spill during the prelims, but he went on to break the school record in 400-meter dash during the South Central Conference Championships.

  • Take advantage of cleanup week

    Are you tired of parking the car in the driveway because the garage is full of junk? Do you have old appliances and other large items sitting around because the trash company won't accept them?
    Well, next week is your chance to rid your life of that unwanted clutter. It's cleanup week in Vandalia.
    City residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the chance to set out unwanted items alongside their regular trash on their normal trash pickup day. Then, city workers will follow after the trash crews on May 14-18 to pick up the large items.

  • Congrats to FCH on mammography grant

    Though the goal of raising money to purchase digital mammography equipment at times seemed distant and nearly insurmountable, the persistence demonstrated by staff and supporters of Fayette County Hospital has paid off. An announcement this week confirmed that the hospital has been awarded a $356,470 grant to fully fund the project – and more.
    In addition to the digital mammography equipment, the grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health also will allow the hospital to purchase a C-arm X-ray machine to replace the current 20-year-old unit at FCH.

  • Beasley tosses no-hitter vs. Bombers on Tuesday

    St. Elmo junior Connor Beasley fired a five-inning no-hitter against Brownstown on Tuesday.

    With the 10-0 win, St. Elmo moved its record to 17-6, which is a school record for wins in a season.

    The Eagles have now won 11 games in a row.

    Beasley (4-3) was locked in throughout the game, striking out seven batters against just one walk. St. Elmo also committed one error in the game.

    The Eagles gave him plenty of run support, too, scoring six times in the first inning and four more times in the fourth.

  • Mulberry Grove wins EIC title

    BEECHER CITY – The Lady Aces are back where they feel most comfortable.

    A year after being upset in the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament, the perennial power played flawless defense and got a few timely hits on Saturday to beat Ramsey, 4-1.

    “I am thrilled,” said first-year coach Teresa Tompkins. “The girls did a fantastic job, played hard and did their best.”

  • Jackson breaks school record in pole vault

    Junior Zach Jackson vaulted himself into the Vandalia record books last Thursday, winning the pole vault to help the Vandals place first as a team.

    Jackson’s vault of 12 feet, 3 inches broke Vandalia’s school record for the event, which was set by Tom Ritter in 1967 at 12 feet.

    The first-year vaulter attributed breaking the record to a lot of practice time.

    “I’ve put in a lot of hours,” Jackson said. “I was hoping to get over 12-6, but 12-3 was good enough.”