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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This father is pictured with his son around 1969.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dale Timmerman, Randy Edwards and Rich Walker were re-elected officers of the Vandalia/Fayette County Enterprise Zone.
    Vandalia’s 11- and 12-year-old Little League team won first place in the Hillsboro Little League Tournament.
    Dave Crye was elected commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    Beth Blankenship of Mulberry Grove was crowned Miss Bond County Fair. It was the third title in one year for Blankenship, who was also crowned Mulberry Grove High School’s homecoming and prom queen.

  • Samuel Hall family early area settlers

    The Hall family of Ramsey Township was part of the group that first came to Illinois in 1816, settling in Saline County where they lived for two years before moving near Lebanon in St. Clair County.
    Malaria proved to be so bad there that the following year they moved again, with Joseph settling at Vandalia and Samuel on the east side of Mitchell Creek, opposite what was afterward old Williamsburg, about 12 miles south of Shelbyville.

  • Statehouse hours must be preserved

    Last week in this space, we touted the importance of tourism to the economies of Fayette County and Illinois.
    State officials  trumpeted the fact that the Land of Lincoln just recorded its third consecutive year of record-breaking tourism numbers. And tourism-related expenditures total $26.5 million in Fayette County and $2.6 billion statewide.
    The state's tourism director even paid us a visit to underscore the need to value and enhance the money coming from the traveling public.

  • Counting the Days

    One can tell by her expression that Avery Cearlock, 5, is excited about the start of another school year.

    Avery was among the youths being registered on Tuesday at Vandalia Junior High School. The first day of student attendance  in the Vandalia School District is Tuesday, Aug. 19.

  • Where Are They Now?

    Ulli Rollinger Munroe

    City where you currently reside: Ocala, Fla., north of Orlando.

  • Bios of inaugural recipients of Distinguished Alumni Award

    WARREN 'HUB' SPERRY
    Warren Sperry, a 1964 graduate of Vandalia High School and of Eastern Illinois University in 1968, served as the Paris High School band director from 1968-99.
    During that time, he was inducted into the National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame because of “standards of scholarship, musicianship and leadership in the world of high school band music.”

  • Hanabarger researches St. Paul Church

    As St. Paul Lutheran Church continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary, it will hold an open house on Sunday, Aug. 17, and has invited area historian Linda Hanabarger, to be the program speaker.

  • Council OKs two demolitions

    Having expressed a desire in the past year to step up efforts to demolish dilapidated buildings, Vandalia aldermen approved two such projects on Monday.
    The city council accepted the low bids for demolition projects on Shelby Avenue and South Seventh Street.
    Dwayne Barker of Brownstown, with a bid of $3,750, was approved for demolition of a house at 119 S. Shelby Ave., and the council accepted the bid of $8,500 from Environmental Audits and Consultants of Brownstown for a demolition project at 604 S. Seventh St.

  • New award honors VCHS alumni

    Twenty years after a Hall of Fame was established to honor stellar athletes from Vandalia Community High School, a school foundation is starting to honor VCHS graduates who have otherwise become renowned.