Today's News

  • Yet another delay in Koontz sentencing

    A sentencing hearing for a Vandalia man arrested on child pornography charges in 2014 has again been delayed.

  • City sales tax hike on ballot

    Vandalia aldermen voted unanimously to put before city voters in November a request to increase the local sales tax by one-half of 1 percent.
    But, before doing so, they agreed to change the way that revenue generated from such an increase would be used.
    The proposal to increase the local sales tax was unveiled during the July 19 council meeting, with a vote to put it on the general election ballot scheduled during the special meeting on Monday.

  • First anniversary of TAILS celebrated

    “Now, people don’t even want a dog unless it goes through the TAILS program. I’m getting puppies today, and people will ask, is it going through the TAILS program.”

  • Augsburg's Tractor Sunday is Aug. 5

    Immanuel Lutheran Church at Augsburg, rural Shobonier, will hold its annual Drive Your Tractor to Church on Sunday, Aug. 5.
    The event is from 8:30 a.m.-noon, and the public is invited to participate.
    Organizers ask that no all-terrain vehicles, such as four-wheelers, be used for the event.

  • Annual Brownstown Alumni Reunion held Saturday

    The 2018 Brownstown Alumni Reunion was held on Saturday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    The Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses.
    There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit. Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily.
    The suggested donation is $3 for meals.

  • Four Generations
  • Hall – 50 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Gail Hall will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, in the fellowship hall at Bethel Baptist Church on Ill. Route 185, northwest of Vandalia.

  • Reunions

    The 73rd reunion of the descendants of Thomas C & Mary E Atwood was held on Saturday, June 30.
    Due to the high heat, Doris Elam had the family come to her home to enjoy the air conditioning.
    Esther Cunningham gave the noon meal prayer. President Max Atwood, who led the group in the Lord’s Prayer, opened the business meeting.

  • Gospel Messengers at MG church on Aug. 10

    Gospel Messengers, consisting of father and sons, Bart, Dennis, and Daniel Southerd, will be appearing on Aug. 10 in Mulberry Grove as a part of the continuing Mulberry Grove pre-Homecoming program.
    The location of the 7 p.m. performance will be First Church of Christ, 405 N. Maple St., Mulberry Grove.
    Gospel Messengers embarked on their mission to spread The Gospel of Jesus Christ through song in 2007. The boys were aged 9 and 6 at the time.
    Visit them on Facebook or http://www.gospelmessengersministry.org.