Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, July 26

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo from Vandalia Memories is an aerial photo of the southwest corner of the intersection of Veterans Avenue (U.S. Route 40) and Sunset Drive.

    This and other photos, and comments that include information about the photos, are online at Vandalia Memories, a Facebook page started in June 2010 by Kathy Schultz of Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – A fire,    reportedly caused by a cigarette, did an estimated $5,000 in damage to an apartment at the High School Apartments in Vandalia.
    Vandalia hosted a meeting of the I-70 Growth Association.
    Area meetings were being held on a proposed expansion of the Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District.

    20 Years Ago

  • E.M. Pope was blacksmith in Vandalia

    Elijah M. Pope began work as a blacksmith when, at age 16, he was apprenticed to learn the trade.

  • Local control of schools is best

    Years ago, in a movie called "Network," a now-famous line was uttered by a ranting television journalist. After recounting his concerns about the direction society was heading, he urged his listeners to go to their windows, lean out  and yell: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore."

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings, pictured in 1960, grew up in Fayette County.

  • Living Our History

    Vandalia's inaugural Lincoln Heritage Festival was held over the weekend, featuring a lot of activities and some presentations about Vandalia during the time that Abraham Lincoln served as a state representative at the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Brownstown has a Little Free Library

    Several Brownstown First Baptist Church  “Fayette faces” and willing hands worked together to bring the community a little free library.

  • Bowen announces candidacy for sheriff

    A Vandalia man who has served as Fayette County’s coroner for the past 13 years wants to be the county’s next sheriff, saying that he already is very familiar with the office.

  • Man accepts eight years in prison

    A rural Brownstown man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty last week.
    Erich S. Kraemer, 24, last Tuesday signed a guilty plea for the charges of possession of methamphetamine precursors and theft more than $500.
    Judge James Roberts sentenced Kraemer to eight years in prison on the charge alleging that on April 26 of this year, he possessed pseudoephedrine “in a form other than a standard dose form, with the intent that it be used to manufacture (10-20 grams) of a substance containing methamphetmine.”