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Today's News

  • Family helps Ethel Booher mark 99th birthday

    In many cases, when one is nearing the age of Ethel Gates Booher, the occasion is described more accurately as “observing”or simply “reaching” the honored year, which, in Ethel’s case, is 99.

    In Ethel’s case, her homey, cheerful room in the Long Term Care facility at the Fayette County Hospital was alive with greetings, laughter and listening to Ethel’s stories of the past last Friday, as she, and her children and grandchildren literally celebrated Ethel’s 99th birthday.

  • County makes another transfer to meet payroll

    For the second straight month, the Fayette County Board has transferred monies into its general fund in order to meet its payroll obligations.

    As it made that transfer, the board chairman said he plans to hold serious discussions on action to take if the state continues to fall behind on its income tax payments to the county.

  • FCH planning to keep providing ambulance service

    In a meeting continued from its regular meeting two weeks ago, the Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday voted to sell one of its ambulances and put out for bid a renovation project in the Special Care Unit.

    The ambulance, a large Freightliner unit, is one of two similar vehicles that were purchased about three years ago. This unit, however, was never put into service because of electrical issues and other problems that surfaced shortly after it arrived in Vandalia from its previous location in Ohio.

  • Fire damages Allen's Furniture

    About 2 ½ months after a fire destroyed four businesses in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street, a business at the other end of that block has sustained substantial damage from a blaze.

    Vandalia fire officials believe that lightning is to blame for a fire early Wednesday morning at Allen’s Furniture.

  • Austin leads frosh/soph Vandals to South Central Conference title

    Despite the sudden drop in temperature and high winds over the weekend, the Vandalia freshmen and sophomore track and field team was victorious at the frosh/soph South Central Conference Championships on in Litchfield on Saturday.

  • Three Vandals are conference champs

    Three Vandalia boys track and field athletes are conference champions and  the team placed third on Tuesday at the South Central Conference Championships in Carlinville.

    Seniors Angel Osorio and Will Cowger, and sophomore Quenten Austin all took home first-place finishes.

    Osorio cleared 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump to win the event. He also placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.7 seconds.

  • Vandalia sweeps Ramsey in doubleheader

    The Lady Vandals picked up two wins on Tuesday, sweeping Ramsey in a doubleheader. Vandalia's wins were the second and third in a week's time.

    Game one of the twin-bill was a battle. Ramsey took a  3-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but Vandalia was able to tie the game in the bottom half, thanks to a couple of errors by the Rams.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Vandals win frosh/soph conference title

    With 85 points, Vandalia won the frosh/soph South Central Conference title.

    The Vandals had first-place finishes in the high jump, 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles by Quenten Austen and a first-place finish and new school record in the 4x100-meter relay.

    The conference championship was held in Litchfield on Saturday.

  • Beautify your property during Cleanup Week

    Does your garage look like a disaster area? Is every nook and cranny crammed with the carcasses of once-useful items that never will be used again?

    How about the basement? The attic?

    It’s time to take charge. It’s time to drag those treasures to the curb and send them on their way.

    Yes, it’s time for Vandalia’s annual cleanup week. The promotion runs May 10-14.

    Once each year, the city allows city residents to unload all the unwanted items that have accumulated around their homes.

  • Hiram Beck Cemetery found again

    There are many cemeteries scattered about Fayette County – more than 230 at last count. 

    Thanks to the work of volunteers from the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society, headstone readings from all known county cemeteries have been recorded and published. This leaves about 30 cemeteries that are known to exist, but their location has been lost over the years.