Today's News

  • Murray praises program at KC

    Ashley Murray of Washington, Ill., completed the Licensed Practical Nurse program at Kaskaskia College’s Vandalia Education Center and received her LPN certificate in a pinning ceremony held at the center on Nov. 22.

  • Honor Roll

    Fifth Grade

  • Banks of the Okaw Dec. 8, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This dairy farm girl, pictured about 20 years ago, grew up in Seminary Township and now lives in Mulberry Grove.

  • Mathilda Greenup Fraser grew with Vandalia

    When the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society sponsored the reprinting of the 1904 Historical Souvenir of Vandalia several years ago, I was one of those who purchased a copy for my personal library.

  • Small-town benefits shine during holidays

    This time of year, we’re reminded of why we love living in a small community.
    There are parades, church programs, school performances, community events and, of course, the general hustle and bustle of holiday shopping.
    The beauty of those events in a small town is that we know many of the people involved. We see our friends and neighbors at the events. And we marvel at the talents displayed our young people at the band and choral concerts.

  • Statehouse Christmas Open House is Saturday

    A period-type lantern ornament will be handed out at this year’s Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Vandalia Police

    Nov. 29
    • 8:58 a.m. – Officers handled a two-vehicle accident on the parking lot of County Market on Veterans Avenue. No tickets were issued, and no injuries were reported.
    • 1:19 p.m. – Officers handled a two-vehicle accident at Fourth and Gallatin streets. No tickets were issued, and no injuries were reported.
    • Officers issued one warning ticket for speeding and two warning tickets for improper lighting.
    Dec. 2

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Nathan D. Livingood, 24, Bethany, was arrested on Dec. 6 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence. Bond was $3,500.
    • David J. Ruholl, 28, Charleston, was arrested on Dec. 6 for failure to appear in court in Fayette and Coles counties. Bond was $500 cash.
    • Stoney W. Lewis, 18, 507 W. Orchards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 5 on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. He was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 8

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Junior High School winter band concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the school.
    Saturday, December 10

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Star, the Little White Dove…
    …has decorated her cage for Christmas with greenery, red ribbon and her stocking.
    The falling snow flakes Monday really seemed to usher in the season. The Brownstown village workers have put up the Christmas decorations, and they light the streets prettily.