Local News

  • Hometown Heroes

    Roger Ledbetter was a childhood friend of mine.  We lived north and then west of the twin pumps  near Brownstown – back to the area of the Bluff City blacktop – back in the 1950s and ’60s.

  • Hometown Heroes

    It’s no surprise that Doug Engeljohn is committed to serving the residents of St. Elmo as both a member and the chief of the city’s fire department.

  • VFW Patriotic Art Contest Winners

    The Vandalia Community High School winners in the VFW Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest are shown with VFW officials.

  • Brownstown students help Shriners Hospitals for Children

    BES students who
    collected tabs for
    Shriners Hospitals
    for Children

  • Vandalia Pool opens on Monday

    The Vandalia public swimming pool will open on Monday and will continue to operate throughout the summer.
    Because Monday is Memorial Day, the pool will be open from 1-5 p.m. only, but regular hours for the pool will be:
    •Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
    •Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. and private parties from 6-8 p.m.
    Single-day admission to the pool is $4, with children ages 4 and under admitted free, and swimmers may return for the 6-8 p.m. sessions if they have their hand stamped.
    Season passes are also available.

  • Sunday storm damage

    The storms that moved through Fayette County on Sunday afternoon and evening included winds that appeared to blow hardest through Brownstown, where the damage included a large tree behind the Christian Church being uprooted. The winds also damaged a number of trees across the street in Brownstown Central Park.

  • Pontious women participate in Honor Flights

    The three members of the Pontious family – Robyn, Kelly Washburn and their mother, Susie – have all traveled as guardians to World War II veterans on Central Illinois Honor Flights to Washington D.C.

  • Avenue of Flags volunteers needed

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia plans to put out its Avenue of Flags display on Memorial Day, and it is again asking for volunteers to help with the display.
    Anyone who is interested in helping to put up the veterans’ flags that make up the display are asked to report to the Legion Home at 321 S. Seventh St. at 6 a.m. on Monday.
    Volunteers will also be need to take down the flags on Monday afternoon.

  • Memorial Day observances

    Local veterans organizations will honor those who died while serving in the military with programs on Monday.
    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold its Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. at the Legion Home, located at 321 S. Seventh St.

  • First public meeting on new VCHS drug policy is next Thursday

    Students who plan to participate in extracurricular activities at Vandalia Community High School now will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
    That policy, adopted by the district board of education at its April meeting, expands the previous policy from athletics to all extracurricular activities – which are defined as “any activity where students represent Vandalia CUSD #203 voluntarily and for which no academic credit or grades are rewarded.”