Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    Mother of Dolors meal is this Sunday

    The annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held this Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St.
    The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, ham, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts and drinks. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 and up and free for children ages 5 and under. Carryouts are available by calling 283-8738.

  • A word from the wise – don't forget the ChapStick

    I once was selected by the Army to attend a training course at Fort Bragg, N.C. Prior to reporting to duty, the training center sent a “packing list” of all required field items that were to be in my possession to attend the course.

  • Family Video promotion aids lymphoma research

    Family Video, the nation’s largest movie and game rental chain, is taking a leading role in the fight against lymphoma. For the second consecutive year, Family Video customers are invited to "Round It Up for Lymphoma" between March 15-31.
    The Family Video in Vandalia is participating in the promotion.

  • Local Sears has new owner

    The Sears store, which has been located in Vandalia Commons for the past five years, is under new ownership.
    Randy Ruholl, who opened the store in late 2007, has sold it to Bill and Debbie Smith of Centralia, effective March 3. No strangers to the Sears operation, the Smiths have owned the Sears store in Centralia for the past eight years.

  • Funding frustrations

    Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well spoke about the financial challenges facing the school district – and most downstate districts – during the March meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday.

  • News Briefs

    Taylor re-elected chief of VVFD
    Ed Taylor Jr. was re-elected chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department at the department's annual meeting last month.

  • Volunteer Workers

    The Central Illinois Food Bank provided food for 239 families, with the total number of individuals served by the distribution being 686.

    The total included 243 children under the age of 18 and 141 seniors.

  • Ripperger to speak at final Lenten Luncheon

    The sixth and last Lenten Luncheon of this season will be hosted by Mother of Dolors Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 27, with the noon meal and program held in the Parish Hall building just across the street.

  • County to tighten its policies

    He didn’t go into detail on the reasons for them, but the chairman of the Fayette County Board said on Tuesday that the board will be looking at changes to the policies and procedures for the county and its employees.
    At the close of Tuesday’s board meeting, Knebel said, “This board needs to look at the procedures of this county,” he said. “The way it’s been run the past several years … it’s pretty lax.

  • County OKs another fund transfer

    Though it wasn’t unanimous, the Fayette County Board voted on Tuesday to transfer another $250,000 from its capital improvement fund in order to meet payroll.
    And while the board approved that transfer, in an 11-3 vote, board Chairman Steve Knebel and several other board members said the board will have to look at making cuts instead of transfers.