Today's News

  • Five Wrestlers Make it to State

    Five Vandalia wrestlers advanced to the state tournament this weekend, and a sixth had his attempt thwarted by a freak injury.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 19

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

    Monday, Feb. 23

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Shane L. Sefton, 19, 1578 E. 2300 Ave., Brownstown, was arrested on Feb. 16 on a charge of criminal damage to • property. Bond was $1,500.
    • Melinda S. Denning, 52, 1223 N. 1175, Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 16 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $125 cash.
    • Joseph D. Cross Jr., 34, 711 W. Washington St., Farina, was arrested on Feb. 15 on a Clay County warrant on a charge of possession of less than 15 grams of a methamphetamine precursor. Bond was $30,000, and he was extradited to Clay County.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl always wanted her curls brushed out. She enjoys reading and church, has lots of cousins and has gardening, painting and baking as hobbies.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – The Vandalia City Council approved a 2-percent hotel/motel tax to help fund local tourism efforts.
    School administration rehired by the Vandalia School District were: Larry Bennett, superintendent; Jeff Endres, business manager/treasurer; Bob McAllister, Bill LaDage, Gale Meseke, Don Holtcamp and Rod Deem, building principals; and Darrell Fesser, Okaw Area Vocational Center director.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Sherry Smith-Stanford posted on Vandalia Memories this photo from Vandalia Remembered, printed during Vandalia's 175th anniversary.

    The photo, which was taken in the mid-1910s, shows Hausmann Corner, the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets. In Vandalia's capital days, that corner housed Charter's Hotel, an inn used by state legislators, including Abraham Lincoln. In the background of the photo at right is the cupola that sat atop the Masonic building on Fourth Street.

  • Relatives tell the Stephen Wright story

    I was surprised and thrilled to receive a call from Jessie Neathery of Greenville in response to my story about Newton Coffey, published in this newspaper two weeks ago.

  • Thankful for clear streets

    Monday afternoon, there was considerable traffic through Vandalia, even after more than 10 inches of snow fell late Sunday and early Monday. The fact that there was less traffic than normal was mostly due to the fact that Presidents' Day was being observed.
    Those who wanted to get around Vandalia could do so because the city of Vandalia's public works crew were on the job on their day off.

  • Good luck, Wrestlers!

    It's pretty commonplace for Vandalia Community High School wrestlers to make the trek to Champaign for the state finals. But that doesn't make their accomplishments any less fantastic.
    Five of wrestlers, along with coach Jason Clay and assistants Matt Shroyer and Alex Foster, are heading to the University of Illinois State Farm Center this Thursday to square off with other top wrestlers in the state.
    Then, the team competes for another trip to the state team finals in Bloomington.

  • VFW Post 9770 hosts event at new home

    The Brownstown VFW Post 9770 is holding a supper on Saturday, from 4-7 p.m., in its new building at 520 Oak St. in Brownstown. The supper is on a donation basis (no set charge), and the proceeds will go into their building fund.