Today's News

  • 'Vandalia Raid' part of Civil War history

    Alenia Dressor McCord was reared in the Bethel community, now Reno, about eight miles northwest of Greenville and was a child during the turbulent years of the Civil War.
    She told her granddaughter, the late Alenia McCord, many family stories. Miss McCord is remembered by many as a teacher at Vandalia High School. One of her stories was about an event that would become known as the "Vandalia Raid."

  • Museum event is this Sunday

    The second in this Seasons of Events sponsored by the Fayette County Museum will be held Sunday at 2 p.m., in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Entry is from the parking lot west of hall.
    Linda Dust, a storyteller from Assumption, will provide the program. She has relatives buried in Vandalia and will be telling historical family stories.
    After years of dabbling in folk music, Dust became a fan of storytelling and began attending concerts and festivals. It wasn’t much of a leap from singing folk ballads to telling folk tales.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 1

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, November 2

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Wayne P. Romanik, 40, Greenville, was arrested on Oct. 29 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while his license is revoked. Bond was $2,500, and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Gage M. Johnson, 18, 117 E. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 29 on a charge of theft less than $500. She was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Elle B. Sanders, 18, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 28 on charges of possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bodn was $1,000.

  • Mother and daughter operate Sunny Days

    This is the third in a series of introductions to the children’s day care and learning centers located in the area.

  • Tuesday's general election features a number of races

    In five days, Fayette County voters will go to the polls to cast ballots on a number of local, state and federal races.
    Polls are open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, and grace period and early voting continues at the Fayette County Courthouse through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. In-person absentee voting continues at the courthouse through 4 p.m. on Monday.
    At the top of Tuesday’s general election ballot is the presidential race, which pits incumbent Democrat Barack Obama against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    Five Star Learning Center (first photos) took first place in the float division at the Vandalia Lions Club's annual Halloween parade last Thursday evening.

    Among the parade watchers, second photo, was 3-year-old Olivia Roe, dressed up as a Halloween Jack-o-lantern. More photos from the parade, and from the Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Saturday, are in a photo gallery on our website.

  • Park Board looks to fill vacancies

    Vandalia Park District officials are looking for individuals willing to run for district board seats next spring.
    In fact, they are looking for a couple of individuals who are willing to begin serving right now.
    Chuck Hutson, president of the park district board, said on Tuesday that the board is down to three members following the resignations of two members.
    Long-time board member Mark Miller, who was serving as president of the board, resigned recently, and Larry Bingham, another long-time member, resigned several months ago.

  • Sex offender agrees to 10 years

    A Brownstown man accepted a prison sentence for a felony sex offense right before his case was to be presented to a jury.
    Lloyd W. Merkley accepted a plea bargain on Tuesday that includes a 10-year prison term.
    Merkley, 61, pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

  • Senior Spotlight: Austyn Krueger

    Even when she is in a bad mood, it doesn’t take much to make Austyn Krueger smile.

    The easy-going senior who transferred to Vandalia as a sophomore not only keeps the team in positive spirits, she also has used an all-around game to help lead the Lady Vandals to one of the best seasons in school history.

    “I feel like if I am in a good mood, then everyone around me will be in a good mood, too,” Krueger said. “You have to look at the positives in everything to make more out of it.”