Today's News

  • Library has Food for Fines program

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia is sponsoring its second annual Food for Fines program.
    Food for Fines allows people who have library fines to reduce them by donating non-perishable food items that are then given to the local food bank.
    In these tough economic times, there is an even greater need for services like the Fayette County Food Pantry, which will receive the food collected from Food for Fines.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Two Ramsey juveniles, ages 15 and 16, and a Vandalia juvenile, age 16, were arrested on Oct. 22 on charges of retail theft. The juveniles were released on notices to appear in court.
    • Anthony L. Casillas, 29, Poughkepsie, N.Y., was arrested on Oct. 22 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $100,000.
    • John A. Kowalski, 42, 612 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 21 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000, and he was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 25

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ 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.

  • God opens door for LeDuc to start day care center

    Fayette Faces is focusing on the day care/child care centers in the area, and this week’s visit was made to the recently established Bright Beginnings managed by Amie LeDuc.

  • Halloween Activities

    • Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade, 7 p.m.
    • Haunted Trails in Deken Park, 7-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $3 for children and $5 for adults.
    • Downtown Trick or Treat in Vandalia – 10 a.m., story time at Evans Public Library; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., trick-or-treating at downtown businesses with a ghost hanging outside; and 12:30 p.m., costume contest at Family Video.

  • Danielses chosen as Lions' Halloween parade marshals

    A Vandalia couple who has helped numerous individuals in the community for at least a quarter of a century are being honored by the Vandalia Lions Club this Thursday evening.
    The Lions have chosen Glen “Whitey” and Carolyn Daniels to serve as grand marshals for their annual Halloween parade.

  • Bridge project delayed

    Vandalia officials have learned that it will take longer than expected to begin replacing one of its oldest, and most deteriorated, bridges.

  • Vandals at home for playoff game vs. Carterville

    It’s not often that a football game is decided in the first quarter, but if season trends continue, fans will want to make sure they don’t miss the first 12 minutes of Saturday’s playoff game.

    The No. 3 Vandals (7-2) host sixth-seeded Carterville (6-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m., and any points that get scored in the first quarter could prove to be decisive.

    On the season, Vandalia has allowed just 19 first-quarter points, but Carterville’s defense is just as tough, having allowed only 21.

  • Lady Vandals seek first regional title since '85

    The last time Vandalia’s volleyball team won a regional championship was in 1985, but the Lady Vandals hope to change that on Thursday when they battle Flora at home for the regional crown at 6 p.m.

    After defeating Altamont on Tuesday, the top-seeded Lady Vandals (24-5) move on to the regional championship game for the second straight season.

    Flora advanced to the game by beating Staunton in three sets, leaving coach Allison Smith to prepare her team to play a team she’s not familiar with.

  • No. 1 Lady Eagles favored in battle of county rivals at St. Elmo Regional

    For six St. Elmo seniors, Thursday night is just the next step in what they hope will be a long journey through the postseason.

    Facing Brownstown at 6 p.m. at St. Elmo High School on Thursday, the Lady Eagles will be pursuing their first regional title since 2010, and each of the team’s seniors has been working toward that goal all season.

    Brownstown hasn’t been to regional championship game since 1996 and will be hungry for a victory.