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Today's News

  • TIF request for another Octochem expansion

    Three days before Mark Langston was honored for the success and growth of Octochem, he talked with Vandalia aldermen about more growth at his marketing and sample fulfillment services business.
    During a work session held before last week’s city council meeting, Langston presented his plans for a new 70,000-square-foot addition to the business on Wagner Drive on Vandalia’s north side.
    The purpose of that meeting was to present to aldermen Langston’s request for additional Tax Increment Financing assistance.

  • Langston given KC entrepreneur award

    Mark Langston and OctoChem of Vandalia was recognized as the Teachers and Coaches Entrepreneurship Program Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019 at a ceremony held at Kaskaskia College on last Thursday.

  • Solar facility

    The Fayette County Board gave preliminary support for an expansion of the Vandalia-Fayette County Enterprise Zone on Tuesday upon learning about a planned solar energy facility in Ramsey Township.
    Matt Hortenstine of Taylor Law Offices explained that Ranger Power wants to construct in rural Ramsey a 99-megawatt facility on 700 acres of privately owned land.

  • Charters Patio

    Just a day after the fire last summer that destroyed the neighboring restaurant, John Willms was thinking beyond what would be needed to repair the damage to the home of Willms & Associates caused by that fire.

  • State's attorneys group opposing marijuana legislation

    By REBECCA ANZEL
    Capitol News Illinois
    ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com

    Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois might be unconstitutional. That is the warning one chief county law enforcement official gave to the State Journal-Register for a story first published online Monday.
    At issue is the General Assembly’s legal authority to erase criminal records for those previously convicted of possession crimes.  

  • Enoch here before county founded

    John Enochs was one of the earliest settlers of Fayette County, having settled here in 1820, one year before the county was established.

  • Congratulations, graduates!

    Some have already walked across the stage. Many others will do so this weekend.
    It's graduation time at area high schools.
    That signifies the end of many years of hard work, and also a time to move on to the next stage in life.
    For some, it means continuing their education at a junior college, university or trade school. For others, it means stepping right into the work force full time.
    As they accept their diplomas, this year's graduates need to take advantage of what's been given to them to prepare for the future ahead.

  • Langston worthy of honor

    Vandalia native Mark Langston is proof that hard work, ingenuity and perseverance can result in success. Last Thursday, Kaskaskia College recognized Langston for that success.
    The college presented Langston with the Teachers and Coaches Entrepreneurship Program Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
    Twenty-four years ago, Langston established a marketing and fulfillment services business. Sixteen years ago, he expanded his business to his hometown. And he has continued to expand that business here.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – Vandalia Soroptimists hosted a Soroptimist Orientation Leadership Training Seminar in Vandalia. Two St. Louis clubs were guests.
    Sophomore Michelle Kaiser had two home runs and 10 RBI in a softball game with Sandoval.
    Heaton-Heistand Veterinary Clinic opened in Vandalia.
    Sgt. John Morrison was selected as Vandalia Correctional Center Officer of the year.

    35 Years Ago