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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –Walter and Viola Meseke celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Nineteen VCHS students were inducted into the National Honor Society.
    Morrison Excavating placed first in the women’s volleyball league tournament and also won the regular season competition.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This photo of these two girls from the Bayle City area was taken about 50 years ago. One of them now lives in Greenville and the other in Texas.

  • Public input has value

    Twice in recent weeks have we seen local residents take advantage of an opportunity to let their voices be heard. And on Monday night, we saw how citizens’ input can pay dividends.
    The Vandalia City Council on Monday approved an agreement with the Illinois Commerce Commission on changes for downtown rail crossings.
    And while Mayor Rick Gottman and city aldermen played key roles in getting the best possible solution, the opinions of local residents were a factor.

  • FNB holds annual meeting

    The annual stockholders’ meeting of First Vandalia Corp., parent company of The First National Bank, with locations in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville, was held on Wednesday April 8, at First National Bank in Vandalia.
    The new president and chief executive officer, Michael R. Radliff, and Steve Henna, senior vice president and chief lending officer, Steven C. Henna were newly elected to the board of directors, along with the re-election of Director Ann M. Schwarm, to serve three-year terms.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 23

    ✔ 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. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should call Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Stewart pleads not guilty to attempted murder

    A Vandalia man who is charged with attempted first-degree murder has pleaded not guilty to that charge and other felony charges alleging the firing of a shotgun.
    But his request for the lowering of his bond was put on hold.
    Travis E. Stewart, 38, waived his right to a preliminary hearing as he made his first appearance in court with his attorney, Alan Pretnar of Taylor Springs, last Wednesday afternoon.
    During a preliminary hearing, a judge decides whether an individual will be held over for trial after hearing evidence presented by prosecutors.

  • Nadine returns to Fayette County on Saturday

    Nadine, the comedienne “Church Lady” on the RFD TV show “Larry’s Country Diner” has become a familiar “face” in Fayette County, and she is returning this Saturday evening to visit with friends she has made here. And she always likes to make new ones.

  • Strong opposition to alcohol in parks

    Almost 70 people attended a public hearing on a request to allow alcohol in Vandalia parks for certain events, and almost all of them voiced strong opposition to the idea.
    Vandalia Park District commissioners held the hearing in the Vandalia Elementary School Little Theater last Thursday to get public comments after they were approached about allowing alcohol at adult softball tournaments.
    That request was the latest of several such requests, including ones for special events like military re-enactments, commissioners said at their March meeting.

  • County OKs resolution related to right to work

    Four days after the Fayette County Board passed a non-binding resolution tied to the right to work issue, the Vandalia City Council tabled a similar resolution.
    With a crowd that included about 50 local union members, the council voted 7-1 to table a resolution “in support of the ‘Turnaround Agenda’ for local government empowerment and reform.”

  • Main Street one-way for one block, three turns eliminated

    After more than two months of discussions, the Vandalia City Council has approved an agreement for several traffic flow changes designed to improve safety at two of the city’s downtown rail crossings.
    The council OK’d on Monday an agreement presented by the Illinois Commerce Commission following negotiations between the two parties after the ICC first submitted wide-sweeping changes at the Fifth and Sixth street crossings at the end of January.