Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Students at Vandalia’s junior high and high school were being asked to address concerns voiced by local residents about students walking into traffic before school, during lunch and after school.
    The Vandalia City Council was considering a one-block extension of Kennedy Boulevard, by renaming the 100 block of South Third Street.
    Brownstown’s Erik Sefton was chosen to participate in the fifth annual Central Illinois All-Star Basketball Game.

  • L-U starts new photo feature

    They bring back memories of the candy section and creaky wooden floors of G.C. Murphy on Gallatin Street and the ice-cold root beer at A&W.
    Because of that, it’s quite appropriate that the Facebook page started by Kathy Schultz is named “Vandalia Memories.”
    And while the Facebook page does, indeed, stir many memories, it’s also a great display of Vandalia’s past for all ages.
    Schultz started the Facebook page a little more than three years ago, and since then, hundreds of old Vandalia photos have been put online.

  • Enjoy the history at Lincoln festival

    In normal times, a person can’t go very far in Vandalia without running into something connected with Abraham Lincoln.
    This weekend, it’ll be downright impossible.
    The reason is that this weekend Vandalia will be hosting an event called the Lincoln Heritage Festival on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse – with spillover activities in several areas of the community.

  • Nancy Snyder Blalock preserves history

    “I am the youngest daughter of Henry and Nancy Snyder, and was born on the bank or near the Okaw River, on what was then called the Snyder Hill, now known as the Dan Clark Hill.”
    So begins the story, written by Nancy Snyder Blalock, for the 50th anniversary of The Vandalia Union newspaper, as she joined other old settlers in reminiscences from those earlier times.

  • Precipitation below normal, temps down

    Crops were growing at a steady pace last week and were looking good. However, more rain will be needed to continue this pattern in crop development.
    The weather has been favorable for weeds and pests, so spraying was in full swing last week. Precipitation averaged 0.53 inches throughout the state, 0.27 inches below normal. Temperatures across the state averaged 74.9 degrees for the week, 1.5 degrees below normal.
    There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

  • Heritage Days July 26-28

    The American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville will hold its annual Heritage Days Farm Festival the weekend of July 26-28.
    Included in the festival will be vintage tractors of all makes and models, as well as demonstrations of gas and steam engines.
    A horse pull will be held on Friday, and a truck pull and car show will be held on Sunday. Other activities include: tractor pulls, pedal pulls, threshing demonstrations, a sawmill and live music.
    Admission is $7 for adults. Children age 10 and under are free.

  • Two old-time tractor shows set in area

    The Hillsboro Olde-Tyme Tractor Show will be held this weekend at Old Hillsboro Lake Park.
    Tractors from 1982 and older are eligible to participate. They can be restored or unrestored.
    Also being sought for the show are farm equipment, garden tractors, stationary engines, cars, trucks, pedal tractors and farm-related tools.
    There is no entry fee, and all exhibitors will receive a souvenir show button.
    Among the demonstrations planned for the Saturday and Sunday show are threshing, silage chopping and bale loading.

  • Illinois' winter wheat numbers up

     The Illinois field office of National Agricultural Statistics Service last week released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s July Crop Production Report. State and national highlights of the report include:

  • Artistry in Agriculture

    Rows of soybeans following the contours of a field west of Vandalia create an artistic pattern as the plants grow.

    Area crops vary widely, with some beans only inches tall, while some corn is already in the silk stage. Virtually all crops are planted now, with the exception of bean re-planting in low areas.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    The following individuals were processed at Fayette County Jail on the following charges:
    • A 15-year-old youth – curfew and obstructing justice; released on a notice to appear in court.
    • A 15-year-old youth – possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of curfew; released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Christen V. Cyrus, 27, 904 W. Johnson St., Vandalia – failure to appear in Montgomery County court on a misdemeanor charge; $2,000 bond and transferred to Montgomery County.