Today's News

  • 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.

  • The story of the federal operation

    The stillness of the early morning was shattered by the ringing of the telephone on the bedside table, and my former father-in-law’s day was about to be ruined. It was 7:15 in the morning, and the caller asked Bob to come to the door.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1998 – The Fayette County Board looked over the final plans for a courthouse renovation and addition project, and voted 10-3-1 to proceed with the project.
    A group-breaking ceremony was held in St. Elmo for Deken Sports Park. The complex will include a baseball diamond, softball diamond, two basketball courts, a jogging/walking path, a children’s play area and four picnic pavilions.
    Earl and Helen Shelton were celebrating their 60th anniversary, and Forrest and Elva Johnson were marking their golden anniversary.

  • Vandalia School Board handles personnel matters

    With the start of a new school year just a week away, the Vandalia Board of Education met in special session on Tuesday to finalize personnel matters.
    After meeting in closed session for more than 90 minutes, the board accepted the resignations of Jenna Rich, high school special education teacher, and Amber Connor, high school science teacher and volleyball coach.
    The board also approved the following hirings:
    • Dianna L. Laurent, Vandalia Elementary School pre-K teacher, a new position.
    • Brooke Welch, VES music teacher for grades K-5.

  • School Registration
  • Two given prison sentences

    Two individuals were sentenced to prison for methamphetamine offenses last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Melissa White, 47, of Taylorville, was sentenced to 24 months in prison on a charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor.
    Bryan Henna, 34, of Vandalia, pleaded guilty to violating his probation on the original charge of methamphetamine and was sentenced by Sheafor to 36 months in prison.

  • Three injured in Tuesday accident

    Three individuals were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Fayette County on Tuesday afternoon.
    The Illinois State Police said that a 1988 Dodge Dakota driven by Joshua M. Lawrence, 32, of St. Elmo, was eastbound on County Road 2000 North and failed to yield at the intersection with County Road 1600 East, striking a the front passenger side of a southbound 2004 Toyota driven by Robert C. Stonecipher, 66, of Brownstown.
    The Lawrence truck came to rest on the roadway just south of the intersection, with a passenger, Edward E. Willis, 53, of St. Elmo, being ejected.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications have been filed with the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Kelly Duane Scott Washburn
    Katlyn Jo Will

    Jacob Henry Brown
    Marissa Michelle Blume
    Michael Charles Fitch
    Alexandra Janelle Hunke

    Ryan Matthews Myers
    Heather Nadine Beccue

    Corey Michael Franzen