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Today's News

  • Woman's Club hears about recycling

    Vandalia Women’s Club recently enjoyed an informational presentation on recycling by Kim Taylor of FAYCO Enterprises.
    In addition to tips on recycling, Taylor described the different materials accepted at FAYCO Recycling on Sunset Drive in Vandalia.
    GFWC Illinois Woman’s Clubs are focusing on recycling in their Conservation Community Service Program, which is one of seven major areas through which woman’s club serves the community.
    The local club meets on the second Monday of the month. All women are welcome.

  • New SAFE volunteers

    Pictured above are four newly trained SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) volunteers.

    From left to right are: Pattie Williams, Amber Marvin, Amy Nosbisch and Shirley Bartels. At least once a year, SAFE offers a 40-hour crisis intervention training.  These new volunteers will offer direct service to victims of sexual assault and their families. For more information about becoming a volunteer with SAFE, call 283-1414.

  • Five Generations

    Five generations of the Meseke family are shown here. From left to right are: Sandra Kleinik, grandmother; Dorothy Meseke, great-great-grandmother, holding Alyssa Wiseman; Filbert Meseke, great-great-grandfather; Shanna Meseke, mother; and Harvey Meseke, great-great-grandfather.

  • Birthday

    Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel of Vandalia will celebrate her 93rd birthday this Sunday.


    Friends may join her for lunch on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    Cards may be sent to: 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. 103, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Births-April 21, 2011

    Mason Mark Schaub
    John and Jacy Schaub of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 7:14 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was named Mason Mark.
    He has three brothers, 11-year-old Cole and Nathan and 5-year-old Cade.
    Grandparents are Delmar and Kim Miller, and Paul and Becky Schaub, all of Brownstown.
    Great-grandparents are Doris Kern and Mary Reams.

    Kyler Lane Fulk

  • Engagement

    Chasity Beck and Jedidiah Carter have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Banks of the Okaw-April 21

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: The photo of this young Vandalia girl was taken in either 1955 or 1956. She is tied to the Vandalia School District, and her husband is well-known "man about town." One of their children is a Vandalia school teacher, and the other is a nurse in St. Louis. Shown behind her is her brother, who now lives in Texas.

  • The Way We Were-April 21

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A letter of intent was signed for the sale of Witte Hardware Corp., operator of a distribution center in Vandalia, to Orgill Corp., an independent hardware distributor based in Memphis, Tenn.
    Alicia Gerkin and Jay Keppler were crowned queen and king at the Vandalia Community High School prom.
    Members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia were to canvass the downtown business district over the weekend to plant flowers in barrels as part of its “Bloom in Historic Vandalia” program.

  • Those who have served deserve our thanks

    You can either stand on the sidelines all of your life, questioning and complaining about the decisions made by those who represent us on local governmental entities. Or, you can choose to get involved, either though an election or by appointment, by serving on one of those entities.
    On Monday night, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman honored several individuals who fall into the second category – Lisa McNutt, Larry Bennett, Bret Brosman and Larry Cable.

  • Boggs was a part of Civil War ironclads

    James A. Boggs stood before the judge of the Fayette County courts on Nov. 2, 1880, and, raising his right hand, renounced all fealty to Queen Victoria of Great Britain and solemnly swore that he would support the Constitution of the United States.
    Boggs, a native of Nova Scotia, stated that he had lived in the United States for 38 years and, in the fall of 1861, enlisted in the Army, serving his term aboard the gunboat Louisville on the Mississippi River.