Today's News

  • Eckhardt is honored by Thrivent Financia

    Ryan Eckhardt of Altamont, a wealth adviser with the Cumberland Trail Associates Group of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has qualified for the Pinnacle Council conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2012.

  • Jeans for Charity

    First National Bank recently started a program called "Jeans For Charity" in which employees can pay $10 per month for the opportunity to wear jeans on Fridays.

    The money collected will be donated to area charities. The bank's Vandalia location started the program in January, donating the money raised to Second Chance Animal Rescue. The Patoka bank continued the promotion in February, donating their proceeds to the Patoka Food Pantry. Shown above – wearing their jeans – are staffers from Vandalia.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Cody Alan Lange
    Jamie Lynn Kimbro

    Dewayne Edward Brown
    Kathy Jo Brown

    Chad James Dunaway
    Melinda Sue Petrea

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Paul Zeman, president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, announced that he had formed a 21-member committee to study the possibility of annexing land between Vandalia’s city limits and Vandalia Lake into the city.
    Students at Vandalia Junior High School were learning about the 1940s during a week of across-the-curriculum activities. The week included an evening presentation for parents and others in the community.

  • The Donaldsons' latch key was always out

    “They were a hardy set of people, honest and upright in all their dealings, social and kind, the latch string always on the outside.” That was how Presley Garner Donaldson described the early settlers of Northern Fayette County who commenced coming about 1825.
    Around 1910, there was a popular movement for people to publish their memoirs.  Fayette County is fortunate that Presley G. Donaldson told the story of his life in a book titled, "Life and Adventures of P.G. Donaldson," printed at Cowden’s  Jewett Printery in 1908.

  • Band concert raises $11,395, teaches lesson

    Though Tuesday’s band concert at Vandalia Community High School was tabbed “A Night of Music,” there was a lot more going on than 240 young musicians playing notes on a score.
    Instead, those students were banding together to settle a score with the forces that threaten to diminish their band program. They were playing to save the job of their director, Tony Hicks, whose position has been eliminated by the school board unless alternative funding can be raised.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No picture this week. Do you have old photos to submit?
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Members of the Barenfanger softball team in the mid-1970s. They are, front  row, from left, Coach Dan Arndt, Coach Kim Edgar, Kenny Roberts, Chris Barenfanger, Jerry Jones and Rod Branham. Back row, from left, Doug Rames, Tom Walton, Rich Rames, Andy Lester, Bob Bowen and Mike Themig.
    Identifying them were: Phyllis Rames, Bernice Etcheson and Mark Etcheson.

  • Ten split top prize at YMCA Grand Raffle

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held its annual Grand Raffle on Saturday evening at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • YMCA plans Healthy Kids Day

    On Saturday, April 27, the Family YMCA of Fayette County is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids throughout Fayette County to get moving and learning, and families to live healthier.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Andrew T. Livingston, 23, 1920 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 25 on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. Bond was $15,000.
    • William L. Blackwell, 48, 1729 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 24 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,000.
    • Brian L. Nesbit, 45, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on March 24 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.