Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings, pictured in 1973 feeding Robbie their pet Robin, grew up in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Charles Davis, 34, of Assumption was arrested for the armed robbery of First National Bank in Ramsey in December.
    Senior Courtney Ulm was crowned queen at the homecoming dance at Patoka High School, and Fred Venturini was crowned king.
    Glenn Poshard, a Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, and Bob Churchill, a Republican candidate for secretary of state, visited Vandalia.

    20 Years Ago

  • Judge Farmer revered then and now

    On June 10, 1927, Supreme Court Justice William M. Farmer was honored by newly elected judges of the Fourth Judicial District in celebration of his 30th anniversary on the circuit and supreme court benches of Illinois.

  • Sunshine Week promotes access

    Welcome to Sunshine Week 2013. This is the week during which media outlets across the nation point out the importance of openness in government offices and access to vital information.
    A transparent and accessible government is obviously a priority for newspapers and the media generally. But it’s also important to all citizens, businesses and organizations that need to interact with government entities at all levels.
    When our government is responsive to its constituents, we all win.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jaswant Singh, 58, Reseda, Calif., was arrested on March 12 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a charge of speeding. Bond was $1,500.
    • Devin J. Mathis, 19, 320 W. Jackson St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 11 on a charge of illegal consumption of alcohol. He was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Zhak J. Balyan, 41, Valley Village, Calif., was arrested on March 11 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 14

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ 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, March 15

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Jesse Lee Weaver
    Christine May Zimmerman

    Jordan Dominique Dennis
    Kristen Renee Hubrich

    Joshua Lee Shellenbarger
    Kayla Jo Bell

    Eric Gavin Harrison
    Brittany Nichole Williams

    Zachary James Mueller

  • Vandal coaches enjoying improved shed

    VANDALIA – Ever since the building was constructed in the 2000s, many opposing teams have been envious of Vandalia High School’s indoor hitting shed.

    Constructed with money raised by the Sports Boosters, the metal building between the high school baseball and softball fields has allowed many players an opportunity to face live pitching during the offseason or when the spring weather doesn’t allow players to be outside.

    But despite its many benefits, the building still needed some improvements.

    Enter the Field of Dreams committee.

  • Vandals Insider: Small-ball in order

    VANDALIA – Any general baseball fan who is interested in seeing high school players hit a lot of home runs probably will want to find games other than Vandalia’s.

    But just because the Vandals won’t be a power-hitting team in 2013, it doesn’t mean that coach Luke Hohlt’s team won’t be scoring runs.

    Returning just one home run – from senior Michael Wells – Vandalia will rely heavily on speed, bunting and good contact-hitting to produce runs this season.

  • Lady Vandals Insider: Godoyo will return

    VANDALIA – Megan Godoyo didn’t throw a pitch for the Lady Vandals during her sophomore season.

    And when she injured her knee in the middle of January, it looked like her junior season would be in jeopardy, too.

    Godoyo will miss part of the season, but she is expected to return to the Lady Vandals in the middle of April.

    “Megan is projected to come back in about a month or so, if everything goes well,” coach Brian Buscher said last Friday. “She’ll be back before the end of the season for sure.”