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Today's News

  • Barbed wire helped civilize frontier Illinois

     It has been my good fortune to meet other "history minded" people such as myself during my forays into the history of Fayette County and her people.
    One of these was the late Emory Meador,  who, from time to time, would loan me newspaper clippings and books that he thought would interest me. One of the books was titled, “The Barbed Wire III Bible” by Jack Glover.

  • News Briefs

    History book brochures going out

    The Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society has been notified that brochures about its new book, Fayette County Illinois History & Families, will be delivered to area post offices on Friday for distribution to all residents of Fayette county.
    The brochure will include examples of family histories and directions for mailing or dropping off materials and ordering books.

    Band Boosters sells Cardinals tickets

  • Brownfields field day is next Wednesday

    In the fall of 2010, the city of Vandalia received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to locate and study properties that they believed could have possible petroleum contamination.
    These particular properties are called “brownfields” and are properties whose redevelopment is hindered because of perceived or real contamination.
    To date, five properties have been researched reviewing historical maps, property records and speaking, if possible, with former owners or their families, former neighboring properties, etc.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 9

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.

  • Ray good choice for police chief

    Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the contributions and the capabilities of local people. Often those people are passed over in favor of outsiders when openings come up.
    Thankfully, that wasn’t the case when the city of Vandalia began its search for a police chief.
    In fact, Jeff Ray has been serving as sergeant and periodically as acting chief during the past year when Chief Larry Eason has been struggling with health issues. Eason said last month that he did not want to seek reappointment.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, born in 1947, grew up here, married a local girl and had three children.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Sharon Mueller
    It was another beautiful day for Evergreen Outreach on Monday. Entertaining those present were the Jefferson Primary School pre-school students. They sang several “fish” songs, per their unit study, assisted by two teachers, Mrs. Abendroth and Mrs. Smith, and two teacher aides.

  • Streetscape work under way

    The streetscape project in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Fourth Street in Vandalia are well under way, with work delayed late last week and early this week by rain. In the photo above, Ronnie Smith tears out sidewalk in the 100 block of South Fourth Street.

  • Gift to the Clerk's Office

    Mayor Rick Gottman displays at Monday's city council meeting a photograph that was recently given to City Clerk Peggy Bowen and her staff. Gottman said that Randall Bresee had visited the office for assistance, and to thank Bowen and her staff, he enlarged and framed a photo of the Vandalia Statehouse that he had taken. Bowen is seated at the left of the photo.

  • Fisher celebrates 100th birthday

    “I’m just glad that I lived long enough to get acquainted with my little great-grandchildren.”