Today's News

  • Vandalia enjoys time in spotlight

    Though Vandalia has had a number of local residents who have had their individual moments in the spotlight, it’s not common that the city itself has taken center stage.
     It happened 50 years ago, when writer-turned-sociologist Joseph Lyford came to town. After interviewing dozens of locals and observing the way things get done here, he wrote a book – “The Talk In Vandalia” – that described the community as it was in 1962.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A number of volunteers and a crew from the Vandalia Correctional Center Work Camp strung holiday lights along the tops of businesses in the downtown Vandalia business district.
    Fayette County Habitat for Humanity set a dedication ceremony for its first house, which was located at 1417 W. Madison St. in Vandalia.
    Sarah Roberts scored 14 points to lead the Vandalia Middle School eighth-grade girls to a 36-12 win over Litchfield that gave the squad a share of the Jr. Mid-State Conference title.

  • St. Elmo wins tie-breaker in Pool B

    VANDALIA – St. Elmo struggled at the start of pool play, losing the first three games before beating county rival South Central in the final game.

    Due to the Eagles, Cougars and Greenville each being 1-3 at the end of pool play, St. Elmo was rewarded with a spot in the fifth-place game by winning the tie-breaker, which was based on tournament free-throw shooting percentage.


    On the tournament’s first day last Wednesday, the fifth-seeded Eagles fell to the eventual champions, No. 4 Pana, 66-48.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This man, pictured 60 years ago, owned a business in Vandalia and retired as a truck driver. He has two children.

  • 2012 VHT All-Tournament Team

    The 2012 Vandalia Holiday Tournament All-Tournament team is pictured.

  • News Briefs

    Museum program is on Sunday, Jan. 13

    The third of the Fayette County Museum's Season of Events will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Dennis A. Stroughmatt of Albion will play traditional music on the fiddle and relate the French history in Illinois and Missouri. This lively medley of music, language, stories and culture – once secreted away in the Missouri Ozarks and other Midwestern French river towns – now has a voice in the modern world.

  • VHT roundup

    Seven out-of-area teams played in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, and the following are box scores from games that did not feature a team from Fayette County.


    No. 7 Altamont outscored top-seeded Flora, 30-17, in the middle two quarters to come away with a win in the third-place game on Saturday.

    Derek Jahraus led three Indian scorers in double-figures with 15 points, which helped counteract a double-double from Flora’s Ethan Leib, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jerry L. Karnes, 31, 410 S. College St., Brownstown, was arrested on Dec. 31 on a charge of theft of up to $500 and an alleged probation violation. Bond was $10,000.
    • Trevor J. Alstat, 19, 1229 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 31 on a charge of possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis. Bond was $1,000.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on Dec. 31 on charges of possession of drug equipment and possession of drug paraphernalia. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 3

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Sunday, January 6

    ✔ The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE will meet at 1 p.m. at the Taylor Springs VFW Home.

  • VHT Quick Hits

    All-tournament team
    •MVP – Robbie Hester, Pana; 8.8 rpg, 7 ppg
    •Kyle Gibson, Pana; 13.6 ppg, 4 rpg
    •Michael Wells, Vandalia; 12 ppg, 7.4 rpg
    •Tim Ritchey, Vandalia; 7.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg
    •Garrett Ziegler, Altamont; 16 ppg, 1.6 rpg
    •Ethan Leib, Flora; 15.2 ppg. 7.6 rpg
    •Levi Maxey, St. Elmo; 16 ppg, 3.2 rpg
    •Michael Aschermann, Maroa; 11.4 ppg, 4 rpg
    •Brody Bence, Shelbyville; 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
    •Fischer Tharp, South Central; 13 ppg, 6.4 rpg