Today's News

  • BHS Drama Club Performs

    The Brownstown High School Drama Club performed "Check, Please" and "Drugs are Bad" in the BHS gym on Saturday afternoon.

    In the first photo, Tyler Feezel and Kayla Black perform one of the scenes about bad first dates. In the second photo, Jordan Evans and Sarah Swain perform another scene from that part of the program.

  • A Lulu of a Performance
  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis of Greenville was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the August 1996 murder of Greenville Attorney Tom Meyer.
    By a 4-3 vote, the Vandalia Board of Education rescinded penalties handed down to two students through enforcement of the district’s athletic policy.
    Nathan Graumenz of Vandalia won the state championship in the 135-pound weight class at the state wrestling finals in Champaign. Michael Mabry of VCHS placed fourth in the 125-pound class.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: In 1961, these Brownstown girls gathered on Poplar Street for a birthday party.

  • Illinois gets passing nod from politicians

    Somehow it’s affirming to come home to messages on my answering machine. It means that someone has something to say to me. It infers that I’m valued, that someone cares.

  • Gettysburg vets gather for reunion in 1913

    In 1913, the state of Pennsylvania, under Gov. John K. Tener, hosted a soldiers' reunion at Gettysburg to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle.

  • Irresponsible acts have consequences

    Sometimes responsibility is a hard lesson to learn. It often takes a session or two in the school of hard knocks for it to sink in.
    And so, for some of the young people who have enjoyed congregating in Vandalia’s municipal parking lots, the lesson has begun.

  • News Briefs

    Marathon sign going on eBay

    After hearing a number of people express interest about the Marathon sign at the former Tri-County Petroleum property, the city of Vandalia has taken the sign to Liberty Stop, Drop and More for placement on eBay.

    Relay team holds trivia night

    The Harvesters of Hope Relay for Life team will hold a trivia night on Saturday, March 31, at Bethel Baptist Church, located northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.

  • St. Louis man killed in I-70 accident

    A St. Louis man was killed in an accident near the Brownstown exit of Interstate 70 early Saturday morning.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Haron Denton, 35, 1826 W. Jefferson St., Apt. 3, Vandalia, was arrested on March 19 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond information was listed.
    • Christopher R. Lindley, 20, 1556 Newport Road, Mulberry Grove, was arrested on March 19 on charges of reckless driving and illegal consumption of alcohol. Bond was $2,000.
    • William A. Sides, 32, 1229 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 19 on a warrant for escape. Bond was $5,000.