Local News

  • Evans Library’s summer program begins

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia is inviting local youth to participate in its summer reading program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere.”
    Co-sponsored by McDonald’s, the reading program begins this Friday.
    “Reading Takes You Everywhere” offers two reading programs, one for children age three through sixth grade and one for students in junior high through recently graduated high school seniors. Students in grades 4-6 may choose either program.

  • Honoring our fallen soldiers

    “We are here today because of the veterans who did not come home,” Donnie Smail of Brownstown VFW Post 9770 said during Monday’s Memorial Day service at the Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Brownstown City Park.

  • Vandalia KC Center serving its purpose a decade later

    A little more than a decade ago, Kaskaskia College opened an education center in Vandalia, hoping to make it more convenient and less expensive for local residents wanting to continue their education to postsecondary level.

  • Calendar

    Friday, May 25

    ✔ The Vandalia Swimming Pool opens for the season at 5 p.m. More information is elsewhere in today's issue.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    ✔ South Central High School will hold commencement exercises at 7 p.m.

    Sunday, May 27

  • Farina man indicted in federal court on 'bath salts' charge

    A Farina man is one of three individuals indicted on federal “bath salts” charges.
    Brandon L. Hewkin, 28, was indicted along with Toby L. Depoister, 32, of Edgewood, and Crystal L. Behrens, 33, of Alma, on a count of distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute Alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, also known as “bath salts.”

  • Vandalia Swimming Pool opens this Friday

    The Vandalia Swimming Pool opens for the season this Friday, weather permitting.
    The season will end on Labor Day, Sept. 3.
    Pool business hours are: Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. (private parties are on Saturday evenings); and Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m.
    For the pool to be open on questionable weather days and/or nights, there must be at least 10 people present before 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon sessions and by 6:30 p.m. for evening sessions.

  • Cemetery Work Day
  • Garrison honored

    Two years after she was part of a leadership team of educators urging state legislators to pass a budget, Vandalia’s superintendent has been honored for that work.

  • Injured in the line of duty

    One of the basic things that police officers learn during training, Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith said, “is that there is no such as a routine traffic stop.”

  • Commencement Story Time