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Today's News

  • Working on a history book

    The Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society (FCGHS) is hard at work compiling information for the publication of a history of Fayette County.
    The book will include family histories, plus histories of the county, communities, churches, schools and organizations.
    Book history will start at about 1800 and continue through to the present.
    “The family histories will be written by families with Fayette County connections. This will set it apart from books written by one individual,” said Judy Brazle, book committee chairperson.

  • In Uniform

    A1C Matthew Hoffman
    Matthew Hoffman graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas on Dec. 27, 2012.

    Hoffman was then stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas for eight weeks, and he came home on leave on March 8.
    A munition system apprentice, he is now stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.
    Hoffman is the son of Jeff and Lori Hoffman, and Stephanie Hoffman, and the grandson of Linda Schulte, Brenda Burtschi and Bob Hoffman.
     

  • Births

    Aiken Aden Gary Emerick
    Lucas and Sally Emerick are the parents of a son born at 11:55 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Card Shower

    Evelyn A. (Chatham) Talbott
    A card shower has been requested for Evelyn A. (Chatham) Talbott, who celebrated her 88th birthday on Wednesday, March 20.

    She is the mother of Dennis Chatham and his wife Linda, Darlene and her husband Allen Caylor, and Dianne Richards.
    For those wishing to send cards, her address is: 1019 N. Fourth St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • 100th Anniversary

    In 1913, there was a Home Study Circle and Woman’s Club in Vandalia, among other clubs.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This photo shows a team that participated in the Vandalia men's softball league nearly 40 years ago.
     

  • Support the band; go to the concert

    Music is a special thing. It moves the soul and touches us in ways that few other things can.
    When it’s well taught, it creates unique learning experiences that cannot be duplicated in other areas of our educational system. And it instills an appreciation for music that will go with our students for a lifetime.
    In the Vandalia School District, we currently are in the enviable position of having strong instructors who are imparting the musical skills and passion to our students.

  • Children tell Sarah Washburn's story

    Sarah Washburn died at her home in Otego Township on a Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 1896, in the 63rd year of her life.
    An obituary, published in The Vandalia Union newspaper, told that she was born in the state of Virginia on Sept. 12, 1833, and came to this county as a young woman. She was three times left a widow, was the mother of six children and stepmother to as many more.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Bed races, a car cruise and a community-wide garage sale were among the planned activities for the Cumberland Road Fest being sponsored by the Vandalia Tourism Committee.
    Vandalia Junior High School students were studying the “Roaring ‘20s” during a week-long, across-the-curriculum activity. The week included special instruction and discussion about the 1920s, and a USO Show being put on by the students.

  • Council approves TIF grant, lake club lease

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a grant to help fund the renovation of a long-time business and a new lease with the Vandalia Shrine Club.
    The council approved a Tax Increment Financing grant of up to $15,000 to Dennis Young for improvements to Arthur Young Inc., a longtime Chevrolet dealer in Vandalia.
    Young told the city’s TIF Advisory Committee at its March 8 meeting that originally, General Motors wanted him to make renovations totaling about $600,000.