Today's News

  • Heavy rains limit fieldwork in past week

    Heavy rains fell across most of the state last week, hindering planting progress and affecting crop conditions.
    Statewide, total precipitation averaged 3.70 inches, with some regions receiving close to 4.5 inches. With excessive rains causing flooding across the state, many fields are likely to require replanting.
    Localized severe weather caused damage to buildings and trees in various locations, while dumping several    inches of rain.
    Temperatures across the state averaged 69 degrees for the week, 1.7 degrees above normal.

  • Banners promote safety on rural roads

    With this year’s prolonged planting season keeping the county’s farmers traveling to and from their fields, the Fayette County Farm Bureau and other organizations are reminding motorists of the dangers of sharing the roads with oversized agricultural equipment.

  • Legion Auxiliary meets on June 20

    American Legion Auxiliary Unit 95 of Vandalia will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the Legion Home.
    Officers for 2013-14 will be elected.
    All members are encouraged to attend.

  • Shobonier School Reunion is this Sunday at Ponderosa

    The annual Shobonier School Reunion will be held this Sunday at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    Those planning to attend are asked to gather in the Lincoln Room at 11 a.m., and a buffet lunch is at noon.
    All students of Shobonier School, former residents of Shobonier and those with strong ties to Shobonier are encouraged to attend. Each person is responsible for his or her lunch.
    A short business meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by a special memorial for those who died in 2012.

  • Amateur radio Field Day will be held June 22-23

    On-air demonstrations, satellite communications and emergency preparedness activities are on tap for members of the Old Capital Amateur Radio Club as they gear up to celebrate Amateur Radio Week, June 22-23.
    During Amateur Radio Week, enthusiasts will put on demonstrations, give talks to community groups and take part in other activities to raise awareness about Amateur Radio.

  • Deem – 50 years

    Rod and Sharon Deem of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday.
    The Deems, who met while Rod was teaching in Altamont, were married on June 2, 1963, in Altamont.

  • Howard – 50 years

    Ronnie and Mary Howard will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15.
    A special, early celebration was held at the Wisconsin Dells.

    Ronnie and Mary were married on June 15, 1963, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Elmo.
    They are the parents of two sons: Matthew and his wife Rhonda, and Jeffery and his wife Chris.
    They have six grandchildren: Brady, Madison, Maisie, Courtney, Brandi, and Jacqulyn and her husband Jordan Grace.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings, pictured in 1938, lived in Loogootee.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team finished fourth in the state wrestling tournament, bringing home a trophy for the fourth year in a row.
    A panel of Fifth District Appellate Court judges upheld the conviction of Shobonier man Rocky Bennyhoff. Bennyhoff was convicted of reckless homicide for his part in a 1995 wreck that resulted in the death of two Vandalia teens.
    George Ryan, the Illinois Secretary of State who was a candidate for governor, was the guest speaker at the Lincoln Day dinner in Vandalia.

  • Duels were used to settle personal issues

    As far as my research shows, there has never been a duel fought in Vandalia. There have been a couple of hangings, whippings meted out by the local sheriff, according to law, a few murders and a tarring and feathering or two, but no duels.
    Duels were an accepted way for gentlemen of honor to settle “difficulties” of a personal character in the early days of Illinois.