Today's News

  • VCC offering new program for inmates on job re-entry

    Vandalia Correctional Center is one of three institutions in the state that has implemented an Illinois Department of Corrections job-readiness program to better prepare inmates to be successful when they are released.

  • Chamber plans to hire executive director

    After holding a brief business meeting, Vandalia Chamber of Commerce President Dana Whiteman used the bulk of last Wednesday’s monthly meeting to outline “a new direction” the board is charting for the organization.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 11, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This brother and sister, pictured about 65 years ago, were born in Oklahoma, but moved to the Brownstown area  during the oil boom in the late 1930s.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 11, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and Odie Washington, director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, visited Vandalia for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Jeff Bullard, 27, of Mt. Vernon, joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman.
    More than 50 people attended a kickoff meeting for Vandalia Main Street.
    Sam and Evelyn Jolliff of Patoka were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

  • Stapp helped build Vandalia, Decatur

    James Thomas Burbridge Stapp cut quite a swath through the political life of early Illinois.

  • Make safety a top priority in new school year

    In case you don't have children in the house, let this be your reminder that a new school year is about to begin.
    Activity is increasing around our schools – registration sessions have been held, athletic pre-season practices are under way and, hopefully, shopping trips for school clothes and supplies have been completed.
    It's a busy time of year.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that G&T Holdings had asked for a continuance in the trial for ordinance violation tickets written to the owners of the Redwood Inn for alleged smoking violations.
    The city filed the motion for the continuance, saying that a witness in the case would be unable to be present for the trial last week.
    The trial is now set for Oct. 3, with a pretrial set for Aug. 25.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Marriage Licenses-Aug. 11, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Larry Max Kistler
    Jami Danielle Luster
    Jeremiah Floyd Lascelles
    Angie Beth Bridge
    Jason Wayne Forson
    Irma Leann York
    James Henry Dennis Jr.
    Kerry Lynn Roberts

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Agu. 11, 2011

    • Mary C. Smith, 26, 129 W. Main St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 9 for failure to appear in court on a charge of theft. Bond was $1,000.
    • Tabatha L. Sides, 35, 825 Sunset Drive, Vandalia, turned herself in on Aug. 8 on a small claims warrant. Bond was $200 cash.
    • Courtney K. Swick, 29, 526½ S. Seventh St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 8 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,000.
    • Zachary A. Pyle, 27, 102 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 7 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $3,500.

  • Community Calendar-Aug. 11

    Thursday, August 11

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, August 12