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Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    Ladd in concert at Liberty Christian

    Steve Ladd will be in concert at Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown at 6 p.m. this Saturday.
    Before becoming a soloist six years ago, Ladd sang with “The Anchormen” and “Gold City Quartet.” For the past four years, he has been singing with the Southern Illinois Homecoming Choir at concerts in Central and Southern Illinois.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 –  Brent Ellis, 31, joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of “Sonny” Banal.
    Bill Donaldson was the keynote speaker for a Veterans Day program at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    John Burnam was re-elected president of the Vandalia Board of Education. John Gehrke took a seat on the board, succeeding Calvin Scott.
    Fayette County began a search for a new animal control warden following the resignation of Max Pummill.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Old postcard has Bingham IOOF

    Some time ago, while in the eastern part of the state, a detour at Marshall took me down U.S. Route 40. This was a thrill, since portions of this highway lay over the original roadbed of the National Road, which to me has a certain fascination.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: In this photo, taken in the 1970s, are members of a Ramsey family that lived on a farm. Three of the girls live in Vandalia and another is married and lives in Mulberry Grove. Their brother lives on the Ramsey farm.

  • County OKs digital ticket system

    Law enforcement and court officials are taking a technological step into ticket-writing and –processing due to action by the Fayette County Board on Tuesday.
    The county board approved ordinances for the county’s implementation of a DigiTicket system and the use of funds to pay for the system.
    Fayette County Circuit Clerk Kathy Emerick told the county board that the DigiTicket system involves law enforcement officers using handheld devices for the issuance of tickets.

  • Morrison to seek re-election

    Fayette County’s state’s attorney for the past three years wants to continue serving in that post for a second term.

  • Pool staff's haunted house opens Friday

    The Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool staff is offering local residents a chance to both enjoy the Halloween season and contribute to the pool renovation project.
    The pool staff is again hosting a haunted house at the former Washington School building in the 300 block of South Eighth Street, with all of the proceeds going to the pool work.
    The dates and hours for “Hospital of Horrors” are:
    • Friday and Saturday – 7-11 p.m.
    • Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24 – 7-11 p.m.

  • St. James Lutheran celebrating 150 years

    A number of activities are planned as a Vandalia congregation celebrates 150 years of existence, though the history of its membership goes back even further than that.

    St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church was formed on April 1, 1865, as the congregation of St. Jacobus Evangelical Lutheran decided to divide into two churches.
    The St. Jacobus congregation was organized on June 23, 1844, with 44 charter members, including people who came to Vandalia with the Ernst Colony group.

  • Community Garden's Harvest Festival