Today's News

  • Proud-50 years

    Theodore and Camille Proud of Springfield celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 27.

  • Heritage Days at Greenville Farm Museum
  • Historical ag statistics now available online

    In early July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) simplified access to historic data by putting 77 years’ worth of agricultural statistics online.
    In the past, this information, published in the annual bulletin Agricultural Statistics, was available in print form only.

  • Rain, cooler weather good for area crops

    Rain and cool temperatures continue to benefit corn and soybeans. Isolated portions of Central Illinois still need more rain, while areas of Southeastern Illinois received too much.
    The temperatures across the state averaged 68.8 degrees for the week, 6.5 degrees below normal.
    There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork last week.
    Topsoil moisture across the state was rated as 2 percent very short, 25 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus.

  • Solid Waste ordinance hearing, county board meeting to be held at Vandalia Junior High School

    The public hearing on Fayette County’s proposed solid waste ordinance will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the Vandalia Junior High School gymnasium.

    The board will then meet in regular session at 7 p.m. at the junior high.

    If you would like to read a copy of the ordinance, click on this headline and then click on the Solid Waste Ordinance.pdf to download the document.

  • Robert L. Wilson one of 'The Long Nine'

    The famous Illinois "Long-Nine," of which Abraham Lincoln was the established leader,  was made up of two Sangamon County senators,  Archer Herndon and Job Fletcher, and seven representatives, Lincoln, Ninian Wirt Edwards, John Dawson, Andrew McCormick, Dan Stone, William F. Elin and Robert L. Wilson.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Wanita Carruthers of Vera, a 1993 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, was named Miss Fayette County Fair. She also received the title of Miss Congeniality.
    Brittany Miller was named Little Miss Fayette County Fair.
    Preparations continued for Vandalia’s 175th anniversary, with the unveiling of the anniversary logo and the release of a tentative schedule of events.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured more than 60 years ago, grew up in Vandalia and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1950.

  • Consider options to more stop signs

    A discussion on Monday at a meeting of Vandalia’s and streets and public safety committees pitted the possible preservation of a short-line railroad here against the efficient flow of traffic within the city.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications have been filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Anthony Michael Strange
    Nikki Lee Fisher

    Donald James Whiteley
    Junction City
    Tudy Lorraine Essington
    Junction City

    Rodney Lynn Lehnen
    Chrissy Denise Childers

    Charles Stanley Evans
    Dawn Marie Smith

    Maxwell Gray Heaton
    St. Elmo