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Today's News

  • Koehler recalls days as prisoner of war

    A couple of weeks ago, my cousin, Mike Koehler, from Mt. Pulaski telephoned. Mike calls at least twice a month, and at the beginning of this call he asked, “Do you know what day it is?”
    Actually, I had no idea what day it was, although I was fairly certain it was December.
    “December 19,” he said. “Sixty-six years ago today, I was captured by the Germans.  You know that recipe I sent you? That is what I had to eat on Christmas Day.”

  • Volunteers vital to Main Street

    Volunteers were the base as the Vandalia Main Street Program was started more than a decade ago, and volunteers have been a vital part of keeping the program going. Now, they will be more important than ever.
    The Vandalia City Council learned on Monday night that Main Street, because it has lost its funding from the city, can no longer afford to pay an executive director, and that Dana Whiteman, the person most recently serving in that position, has already been let go.

  • Koehler leads county's aid efforts in disasters

    The recent tornado and severe storms warnings gave one pause to think about how Fayette County would be prepared to cope with a devastating disaster situation.

  • Main Street cuts executive director position

    As they continued to make plans for discussing more budget cuts, Vandalia officials learned that an organization it formerly supported financially had made a significant cut itself.
    Alderman Jerry Swarm read a letter at Monday’s city council meeting in which the current president of the Vandalia Main Street Executive Board announced that the board had cut the organization’s executive director position.

  • Two St. Elmo aldermen fight to stay on the ballot

    Two St. Elmo aldermen who wish to be re-elected this spring will find out Friday evening whether they will actually be on the ballot.
    A hearing of the city’s municipal election board was set for Tuesday evening on objections to nominating petitions filed by Jayson Porter and Lloyd Carson.
    However, that hearing was postponed until 6 p.m. on Friday, a time and date requested by an attorney representing the two aldermen.

  • Wesclin wins VHT; Vandalia takes fourth

    Wesclin won its record eighth Vandalia Holiday Tournament, defeating Flora in overtime, 57-51, on Thursday night. Flora's Paul Knapp committed a turnover with about a second left in regulation, which forced the extra period.

    Vandalia fell to Pana in overtime, 77-65, in the third-place game. Pana's Mitchell Beyers hit a 3-pointer with about half a second left in regulation to force the extra period.

    In the fifth-place game, Stew-Stras upset Altamont in overtime, 68-62. Matt Tabbert had 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Comets.

  • Midland States Bank Donates to CEFS

  • Vandalia GMAC Real Estate is now Real Living Vandalia Real Estate

    Vandalia GMAC Real Estate announced this week that it has become a franchisee of Real Living real estate.
    Now known as Real Living Vandalia Real Estate, the local business is part one of the fastest-growing and most innovative real estate networks in the nation. The company is known for its suite of online tools for consumers and agents.
    Since 2002, when Real Living was founded, the company has built a reputation as a consumer-friendly brand, focused on staying ahead of consumers’ needs in a changing real estate market.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Entering the New Year-Brownstown 1911

  • St. Elmo Area News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes