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Today's News

  • Union Cemetery tied to Decoration Day

    One of my more recent projects has been to research the history of Union Cemetery in Sharon Township. 

    This beautiful burying ground sits atop a hill with a lovely vista overlooking the prairie land to the west.  In the far distance, the smoke stack from the Coffeen power plant is visible.

    Shortly before his death, the Rev. Glenn L. Sharp, wrote a brief history of the Union congregation, telling that the first church, built of logs, was erected about 1835 by the Protestant Methodist congregation.

  • Torbecks continue leadership for Relay for Life

    The purple ribbons displayed about town represent hope for finding a cure and effective treatment in the fight against cancer, all kinds of cancer.

    The shape of the ribbons is familiar. While the pink ribbon has long represented breast cancer, the purple ribbon  represents all types of cancer.

    Behind this symbol of the battle against cancer are many people, of all ages, all stations and all walks of life, survivors and caregivers, all with the common goal – winning the fight against cancer.

  • Motown project dead

    Just a little more than a year after bringing a large contingent to town to announce its plans for a $300-million sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia, a group from the Detroit area has told city officials it has pulled the plug on the project.

    And Vandalia’s mayor believes that that decision may be at least partially due to the fact that the city has been considering prosecuting the group for a bad check.

  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The local event held annually to both raise funds for the fight against cancer and show support by those fighting the disease will be held this weekend in Vandalia parks.

    The Fayette County Relay for Life begins at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, when teams participating in the event begin setting up in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street, and continues through 5 p.m. on Sunday.

    This is the second year that the Relay for Life is being held in Rogier Park and other city parks along the Lincoln Loop Walking Trail, after being held for many years at Vandalia Community High School.

  • BREAKING NEWS-9:55 a.m., Tuesday

    Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc. notified Vandalia officials on Tuesday morning that its Vandalia project is officially dead.

    In a letter received on Tuesday morning by City Clerk Peggy Bowen, Motown CEO Kenneth Bardwell notified the city that it no longer plans to proceed with its plans for a $300-million sports and entertainment facility in Vandalia.

    Along with the letter, which is dated June 1, Bardwell enclosed a payment of $17,500 for reimbursement of a traffic study the city had performed for the project. The payment was made with three checks.

  • Patoka to face South Central in sectional championship

    Patoka will play South Central on Saturday in the Albion Sectional championship at 1 p.m.

    The winner plays in the Marion Supersectional on Monday at 6 p.m.

    On Wednesday, Patoka defeated Dieterich 3-0 and South Central defeated Albion 7-4.

    South Central beat Patoka 9-7 earlier this season.

  • Relay for Life pie auction June 3-4

     A pie auction to benefit the Fayette County Relay for Life will be held from 9-11 a.m. next Thursday and Friday on WPMB Radio, AM 1500.

    This year's Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, in Rogier Park on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • NEW SLIDE SHOW

     A new slide show featuring photos from area graduations and baccalaureate at Vandalia Community High School is now available on this website.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Cowger and Kramer qualify for finals

    Will Cowger of Vandalia and Michael Kramer of St. Elmo co-op have qualified for the IHSA state track and field finals on Saturday.

    Cowger qualified in the shot put, with a heave of 50 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

    Kramer qualified in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 3 inches.

    Vandalia's Angel Osorio also competed in the high jump, but could not clear the 6 feet, 3 inch cutline.

    Cowger and Kramer will both compete on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Charleston.

  • Osorio returning to state meet, joined by Cowger and Kramer

    For the second straight year, Vandalia qualified athletes for the boys IHSA Track and Field State Finals.

    Angel Osorio is returning to state for the second consecutive year, after placing second in the high jump at the Robinson Sectional on Friday, with a jump of 6 feet, 5 inches.

    Osorio nearly qualified for state in the 400-meter dash, placing third with a time of 52.90 seconds

    Last season at state, Osorio had to compete with the rain as well as other athletes. The weather hindered his performance placing him in a tie for 18th at 6 feet.